Who says romance is just for Valentine’s Day?! We at Experience Days believe there's no reason to stop showing affection after February 14th.
With its elegant wine estates, distinctive food scene, stretches of glittering blue water, incomparable beaches and wealth of spa and wellness establishments, Cape Town is the perfect place for romance. Just because the chocolate-filled festivities of Valentine’s Day are behind us, doesn’t mean you can’t keep the sweetness going all year long. (Gross, sorry.)
Whether you’re looking to make a good impression on that all-important (and so often disastrous) first date, or keep things interesting in a long-term relationship, there’s no shortage of unique date ideas in Cape Town. Long gone are the days when a simple dinner or trip to the cinema would suffice – with so much to see and do, there’s really no excuse for a two-buckets-of-popcorn-and-a-large-Coke-to-share kinda date. So, browse our list below to find the ideal romantic Cape Town experience, and impress your other half.
We’re starting our list with a truly unique experience, for those who know their partner is too special for dinner and movie. This Signal Hill Sunset Trike Tour makes the perfect romantic evening out for adventurers in love! You’ll start at the V&A before sunset, hop on your trike and journey through Cape Town, Sea Point and Camps Bay, before circling up to Signal Hill just in time for sundown. There, you’ll relax, enjoy complimentary finger food and sip sparkling wine under the breath-taking Signal Hill sunset. Cinema? Don’t even know her…
There’s few things more romantic than a boat ride, and few places better to enjoy a boat ride than Cape Town. This scenic couples’ sunset cruise makes the ultimate romantic date idea. Departing from the V&A waterfront, the luxury catamaran will sail out to sea ready for the sunset. Enjoy crisp, sparkling wine, unbelievable sea views and the warmth of the famous Cape Town sunset as you and your partner sit back and relax!
For couples who truly need a break…
Treat your partner (and yourself!) to a relaxing, rejuvenating day at an award-winning waterfront spa in Cape Town. During your visit, the two of you will enjoy use of a steam room, heated indoor pool, outdoor relaxation area, and mosaic-tiled tropical rain shower. Why not swim a few gentle lengths, or simply gaze out to sea from the enclosed deck? Complete your spa day with a stress-relieving body massage, luxury hot stone manicure and pedicure, and an indulgent Optiphi facial. The two of you will feel brand new when you emerge at the end of your day of luxury, ready to take on the world!
One of the best ways to keep a relationship interesting is to learn new things together! This private couples’ tango dance lesson in Cape Town is a great place to start, and the perfect intimate date idea. Widely considered to be one of the most sensual and expressive forms of dance, the Tango is a unique way to break the ice on a first date, or to keep the fire alive in your relationship. Your teacher is a dedicated professional with years of practice, so you know you’re in good hands. By the end of your class, you’ll feel like professional dancers yourselves, and you won’t believe the newfound confidence you gain from this experience.
For special date ideas in Cape Town, look no further than this Two Oceans scenic helicopter flight, guaranteed to impress your other half. As the two of you depart from the V&A Waterfront in the helicopter, you’ll experience the indescribable feeling of vertical take-off – an experience in itself – but don’t forget to gaze out the window! As the pilot steers you along the coast towards Table Mountain, you’ll take in amazing views of Twelve Apostles mountain range, Chapman’s Peak drive, and the Indian Ocean side of False Bay. The tour will end back at the V&A Waterfront, and includes a City Sightseeing Bus Ticket so you can keep the day of sightseeing going!
A unique date idea for horse-lovers! You and your partner will meet the staff at the stables, where you’ll be acquainted with your noble steeds for the journey. Your instructor will equip you with your helmet, and demonstrate how to ride your horse. Trek through the wetlands, and enjoy sparkling wine and chocolate at the end of your unforgettable trip.
Why should dates last just one night? For a truly extravagant date idea, look no further than this two-night luxury couples break at the Twelve Apostles hotel. During your stay, you and your partner will enjoy a three course dinner, a picnic on the mountain, a helicopter tour over the waterfront, a full English breakfast with sparkling wine and oysters, a cocktail with entertainment in the evening, plus a signature massage at the spa. Packing this many treats into two days sounds like a challenge we’re more than willing to take on… what about you two?
Combine the objectively most romantic drink (wine, of course) with the incredible thrill of whale spotting on this unique experience in Cape Town. Highlights include a drive through the beautiful scenery of False Bay, penguin spotting at Stony Point, a Hermanus boat cruise to spot the whales of Walker Bay, a tapas lunch with wine pairing, and a visit to Hemel-en-Aarde Valley to taste some exceptional wines for the rest of the afternoon. An amazing combination of sightseeing, marine wildlife, sophisticated wine tasting and delicious food.
Treat your date to the most indulgent meal of the day: afternoon tea! This luxurious afternoon tea at Hohenort Hotel is served from 3pm – 5pm, so stop those mid-afternoon stomach rumbles in their tracks with an extravagant outing for two. You and your date can enjoy high tea at your choice of venue; the Palm Arch, Sun Lounge, or Conservatory Terrace. Wherever you sit, you’ll enjoy incredible mountain views, chef-prepared sweet and savoury treats, and fresh tea or coffee in elegant cups and saucers. The menu changes depending on the seasons and the chef's inspiration, but you can expect such indulgent treats as Madagascan chocolate cake, fresh fruit pavlovas, cupcakes and classic finger sandwiches. A truly sophisticated Cape Town date idea.
If your date is a gin-lover, you can’t go wrong with this private gin-tasting tour of Cape Town. Join a knowledgeable guide on a visit to four distilleries throughout Cape Town and the surrounding neighbourhoods, complete with tastings and return transportation. Whether or not you prefer a simple glass of wine or beer to a balloon of gin, it can’t be denied that gin is having a moment in the spotlight. Distilleries are always trying new techniques, flavours and recipes, using innovative blends that keep the drink fresh and exciting. Where better for flavour inspiration for the most botanical of drinks? Cape Town Floral Kingdom, of course! Enjoying samples of wonderfully unique gins from a variety of producers, you’ll sample the best tipples this region has to offer, all while learning the varied history and culture of this delicious drink.
... And that concludes our list of Top 10 Date Ideas in Cape Town. Are you swooning yet? If you're still looking for the perfect way to impress your other half, browse our full range of Cape Town experience gifts here. We're sure you'll find something to keep the romance of Valentine's Day alive all year long. If you have any questions about our Cape Town experience days, feel free to leave us a comment. We'd love to hear from you!