There is nothing quite like a romantic holiday in Cape Town. As the name, ‘Rainbow Nation’, suggests, South Africa has many facets. Home to safaris, world-class wines and stunning landscapes, it attracts all sorts of travellers. However, the ‘Mother City’ and its surrounding area has a special place in the hearts of romantics.
A true beauty to behold, the city is blessed with breathtaking natural scenery, a rich history and an undeniably cool, contemporary vibe. With a soul-pleasing coastal location along the crashing Atlantic waves, there are plenty of romantic places for couples in Cape Town to find their own special experience. Plus, located less than an hour’s drive from some of the most renowned wine regions, it is the ideal way to take a double dose of South Africa’s charm.
Our Cape Town holiday guide for couples is the perfect starting point for concocting a heavenly romantic escape.
The upmarket sands of Camps Bay make up one of the most stunning coastal areas in the continent. Sheltered by the Twelve Apostles mountain range, this beautiful beach is a great spot for your romantic holiday in Cape Town, boasting irresistible views of the towering natural skyline. After taking a stroll along the lapping waterfront, relax at one of the casually refined cafés and bars to soak in the trendy atmosphere. Stay in a Sea Facing Suite at The Twelve Apostles Hotel And Spa to be lulled by the sound of the waves as you drift off to sleep in your bed…
It’s one of the most recognisable mountains of the world, distinguished by its flat top standing proud above the city below. While couples who enjoy a physical challenge can embark on an approximately two-hour hike to the top, there is no shame in taking a cable car to the summit. In fact, if you take the journey at sunset, you can savour the stunning twilight views as you watch the daylight fade away over the city.
Having emerged from a painful history, South Africa finds hope in its art. Arguably one of the most creative cities in Africa, wherever you turn your eyes will pop with delight at the sounds and colours of Cape Town. With its own distinctive ‘look’, you will stumble upon vivid street art around many corners, or be enticed into a particularly quirky feeling café to see its vibrant creations.
Of course, there are plenty of renowned galleries to seek out too, showcasing the past, present and future of the region. Ellerman House & Villas makes an ideal Cape Town luxury holiday for art-loving couples, housing art works spanning two centuries within its wonderfully boutique walls. The Silo, meanwhile, is a work of art itself, boasting magnificent interiors designed by Liz Biden – it also sits above the world’s largest contemporary African art museum and features its own exclusive gallery called ‘The Vault’.
Down by the Waterfront
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is one of the most popular hubs in Cape Town. Here, along with plenty of shops, you can take a stroll around the harbour and stop for a romantic dinner. Boasting only the finest fresh seafood, no romantic holiday in Cape Town is complete without savouring some oysters and Champagne in the late-afternoon sunshine. You can also arrange for a sunset cruise to whisk you from the harbour front and toast to the splendour of your day.
Wander the Winelands
Cape Town boasts the benefit of being approximately ninety minutes from Franschhoek, and less than an hour from Stellenbosch, two exceptional wine-producing regions. Easily one of the most romantic places for couples in Cape Town, the winelands are cosseted by breathtaking nature reserves that offer a captivating place to stroll the beautiful rural pathways.
Of course, the main draw of seeking out Stellenbosch and Franschhoek is for the wine – a Cape Town luxury holiday is incomplete without sipping on a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc under the South African sun. Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa, in Stellenbosch, has the added appeal of being owned by the acclaimed jeweller and founder of Graff Diamonds, Laurence Graff. With heart-stopping views, an outstanding restaurant and a wonderful spa, it also boasts an exclusive diamond boutique, where you can purchase an exquisite piece of jewellery to remind you of your romantic holiday in Cape Town forever.
Of course, your Cape Town luxury holiday needn’t come to an end once you have finished in the city and its perimeters; there is plenty more to discover across South Africa. Head out along the scenic Garden Route and stop by the beautiful town of Knysna, built along sparkling lagoons, and sample the heavenly seafood. Animal-lovers shouldn’t pass up the chance to seek out a safari experience to round off their trip – see our Romance in the Rainbow Nation itinerary or our journey combining Cape Town delights with wildlife encounters for more inspiration.