Luxury Date Ideas in Gauteng
The city of Johannesburg is alive, this February, with the thrum of romance. From roses at robots to playlists tinkling out wistfully emotive tracks; couples and singles alike cannot escape the Valentine’s vibe. The stakes are high and the pressure is on. Couples province-wide are undoubtedly wracking their brains and wringing their hands at the thought of getting it wrong. What if he doesn’t like sushi? What if she doesn’t like surprises?
Valentine’s Day can be a minefield.
Here’s the solution. What better way to celebrate this month of grand gestures, than to discover the thrilling, the grandiose, the exclusive and exuberant outings available in our city. If you have a big budget this love month, let us guide you
Cocktail Sundowners at San Bar in Sandton
Whether you’re opting for aperitifs and dinner, or just a few cocktails, the San Bar at the Sandton Sun is a spectacular place to be, particularly the outdoor deck, which is fitted with chairs and couches, fire pits and an overall premier ambience. The simple act of watching the sun set over the golden mile of Africa beautifully serenades the idea of luxury and opulence. If you are planning to make a weekend of it, San Bar hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
Cost: Depending on how many drinks you have – cocktails begin at R60 each.
54 on Bath, in Rosebank: Dinner, Champagne and an Overnight Stay
A spectacular special, even if we say so ourselves: 54 on Bath has created a magical inclusive package lending itself to a truly romantic weekend away – except it’s around the corner in Rosebank. Including a five-course dinner, a ”romantic turndown” in your room, and breakfast for two, what better way is there to celebrate the day than by love-nesting? This offer is available over Valentine’s weekend only.
Cost: R4500 per couple per night
Hot air ballooning in Muldersdrift for just the two of you.
AirVentures offers hot-air balloon trips over the Cradle of Humankind in Muldersdrift. You and your one-and-only will be served coffee before embarking, and Champagne at the end of the flight, which lasts an hour. You can always take something sparkling to sip on while you float along the horizon. Booking is essential.
Cost: R6 700 per couple for the classic flight, or R6 900 per couple to take a safari flight.
Wine farm dining at Roots in Forum Homini, Cradle of Humankind
Begin your Valentine’s weekend on Friday with a wine farm-esque experience, a stone’s throw from the city. The price may not be indicative, but this is an absolutely luxury experience. Dine with your beloved on six courses of a spectacularly curated menu at R590. Alternatively, once you’ve had your hot air balloon ride and worked up an appetite on Sunday, indulge yourself, and your love, in a six-course Valentine’s Day lunch and an aperitif on arrival. For both, booking is essential.
Cost (Friday) : R590 per couple
Valentine’s Day: R695 per couple
Or you can always sign you and your partner up for the most romantic, luxurious date this year: seven days in the French Alps