The Perfect Itinerary for a Romantic “Fly In” Weekend in Cape Town and the Winelands

September 8, 2014

Friday

Touchdown at Cape Town International at around lunchtime, this gives you enough time to do some exploring in Cape Town during the afternoon. Upon your arrival personnel from Bidvest Air Services will greet you and your partner inside the baggage claim area with your luggage, which they will have collected on your behalf. You will get escorted from there straight to your waiting chauffeur from Private Chauffeur Services. The chauffeur will be a qualified guide that will be at your service for all your transportation needs 24 hours a day throughout the weekend.

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Table Mountain Room at the Cape Grace

You will be taken to the Cape Grace Hotel where you’ll be staying for the night. The Cape Grace Hotel is situated on a private quay inside the iconic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, walking distance from restaurants, shops and museums. After you have settled into your room, that will have a bird’s eye view of Table Mountain (from a Table Mountain Luxury Room) or the Waterfront itself (from a Rooftop Luxury Room) your chauffeur will take you to the Table Mountain Areal Cable Way which will be taking you to the top of Table Mountain. Your chauffeur/guide will escort you to the top of the mountain during which he will share his expert knowledge of the area with you. You can enjoy the beautiful views of Cape Town, Robben Island and the vast Atlantic Ocean from the top for as long as you like. When this is done you will be taken back to the hotel where you can freshen up and get dressed for dinner.

 

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 View from the top of Table Mountain

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The Cape Grace as seen from the V&A Waterfront.

 

With sunset at around 20H00 during summer, dinner reservations will be made for 20H45 but before that you will be taken to The Grand Beach Café for a sundowner drink. This beach style café has a beautiful view of the ocean as well as some delicious cocktails. For the best seafood in Cape Town you will have to go to The Harbour House restaurant in the V&A waterfront. This waterside restaurant has the best and freshest seafood in Cape Town as well as some fine traditional dishes like steak and rack of lamb. Harbour Bridge is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner, you can sit outside on the water’s edge under the African sky while enjoying some of the best food in Cape Town. After dinner you can take a stroll through the Waterfront and when you feel ready to go back to the hotel you will be picked up again or you can walk back.

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Top to Bottom- Harbour House restaurant at the Waterfront, The Grand Café

Saturday

At around 10H00 after you have had breakfast you will be picked up at the Cape Grace and taken on a short scenic route through the Cape Winelands to the Delaire Graff Estate just outside Stellenbosch for your final night’s stay. This estate is situated atop of the Helshoogte Pass which connects Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the two areas that arguably produce South Africa’s best wines.

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View from the swimming pool at the Delaire Lodge

The views from this estate are exceptional and it is seen by many as the most exclusive estate in the area. The owner of this estate is Laurence Graff a world renowned jeweller based in London and founder of Graff Diamonds. With a capacity of only 24 guests, the lodge on the estate is very exclusive.

At 12H30 you will be taken to the picturesque town of Stellenbosch, the 2nd oldest western settlement in South Africa. Here you will be dropped in Church Street which has all of the most popular lunch restaurants and bistros. You can walk up and down the street and pick a place that looks best for you to have a nice lunch at. There is no need for reservations as one will always find an open table, the Basic Bistro as well as Wijnhuis Grill comes recommended for a great lunch and the lovely little Italian ice cream shop called Lecca il Gelato is well worth a visit. Back at the estate you and your partner will have been booked for a massage at the estate’s spa.

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Top to Bottom- Lunch at Wijnhuis and Church Street Stellenbosch.

For dinner there are two options to consider, both are unique. After some siesta time at the lodge a private dinner can be arranged at either one of the restaurants on the Delaire Graff estate or at Rust en Vrede which is only a 15 minute drive from Delaire. Rust en Vrede is one of the best restaurants in South Africa, fine dining at its best with a 10 course surprise menu or a European style menu to choose from. The restaurant was rated as the number one restaurant in South Africa by Eatout Magazine in 2011. Rust en Vrede is one of the most intimate and romantic restaurants you will find anywhere in the world. After dinner you will be taken back to Delaire where the staff will have organised drinks for you and you’re partner on the deck which overlooks the valley.

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Rust en Vrede Restaurant on the Rust en Vrede Estate in Stellenbosch.

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View from the deck at Delaire.

The second option to consider will be dinner at either the Delaire Graff Restaurant, with ‘bistro-chic’ cuisine, or the Indochine Restaurant, with Asian contemporary cuisine, both restaurants are situated on the estate. Dinner will be served on one of their spectacular eating decks as displayed on the pictures above and below. These outside decks offers guests the unique opportunity of dining under the star studded African sky. After dinner you and your partner can retreat to your room where you can sit on the deck and admire the breath-taking views of the valley below.

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View from the Delaire Deck just after sunset.

 

Sunday

A light continental breakfast can be brought to your room if you feel like having a private morning or you can enjoy a full spread at the lodge’s restaurant. You can relax after the busy weekend in your room or at the swimming pool for the morning up until checkout at 11H00. A wine tasting can be arranged for you and your partner before you leave. The wine tasting will give you the opportunity to taste some of Delaire’s wines and purchase some to take back home with you. Your chauffeur will be at the estate at 11H00 to take you to the airport for your flight home.

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Delaire Wine

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