Luxury at its finest: Planning a romantic getaway in Stellenbosch
Revel in the romance of one of the most beautiful towns in South Africa as you plan your days and evenings around taking in the spectacular views, relaxing, sipping on the silkiest wines, and tucking into plenty of soul food. These are our top picks for spoiling your partner with pure luxury and romance on an unforgettable romantic getaway in Stellenbosch.
Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden
The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden is a truly fascinating find, providing visitors with the chance to delight in the creations of local South African artist, Dylan Lewis. Over 60 sculptures have been placed inside the 4 km stretch of garden, all of which explore the Jungian notion of ‘the wilderness within’. The sculpture garden lies between the perfectly-manicured suburbs of Stellenbosch and the wild and rugged mountains, offering stunning views in every direction that you turn – and many a photo-op for a couple’s selfie or two.
Winelands Art: Sips and Sights tour
Sipping on award-winning wine throughout the day while touring through some of Stellenbosch’s most notable sights and exploring its artistic hub? That’s a pretty memorable date even if we do say so ourselves! The Winelands Art: Sips and Sights tour will take you on a whirlwind adventure to some of the region’s most popular wine farms where you can taste a selection of their finest wine. You will then be whisked away to experience the town’s unique artistic culture where you will see public and private art collections in art galleries, walk through the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, and visit an art studio where you can meet the artists in person and watch them hard at work.
Delaire Graff Wine Tasting
Head to Delaire Graff and sample up to five different wines. Top off the experience with spellbinding views across the Simonsberg Mountain and a romantic walk through the acres upon acres of blossoming gardens stretching across the estate. Along with 350 indigenous plant species, the gardens also boast a variety of soul-stirring sculptures from some of the country’s most respected artists, including Lionel and Anton Smit, and Dylan Lewis.
Rust en Vrede Wine Tasting
The Rust en Vrede wine tasting is a must for foodies. You can combine the different wines that you sample with the estate’s legendary Winemaker’s Lunch – a set menu comprising of a choice between salmon or steak accompanied by a few tasty sides. Savour your meal beneath the shady oak trees, before enjoying an informal tour through the wine cellar.
Ernie Els Wine Tasting
A romantic getaway in Stellenbosch simply wouldn’t be complete without spending a day at Ernie Els Wines. Settle down and enjoy a fascinating wine tasting experience with the majestic Helderberg Mountain as the perfect backdrop to such a luxurious experience. From there, be sure to make your way to the estate’s restaurant to tuck into mouth-watering gastronomic masterpieces made from locally-sourced ingredients.
The Fat Butcher
Looking for a great date night? You can’t go wrong with a visit to the Fat Butcher. Hold hands across the table, chat for hours over a glass of full-bodied red and treat yourself to a melt-in-your-mouth meal that you won’t be quick to forget. All the restaurant’s beef is sourced from cattle that are grain-fed and pasture-reared for taste and tenderness that you just won’t find anywhere else.
Wallow in sweet South African nostalgia on a visit to Eike on your romantic getaway in Stellenbosch. Along with offering a selection of incredible food, the restaurant is also a feast for the eyes as it is nestled inside a historic building on Stellenbosch’s famed Dorp Street in “Die Eikestad”. True to its name, which directly translates to “The Oak City”, the area is lined with beautiful, leafy oak trees that only add to the old-world charm of the restaurant and the experience as a whole.
The Jordan Restaurant with Chef George Jardine
The Jordan Restaurant with Chef George Jardine is a signature chef restaurant – and one of the first of its kind – in the Cape Winelands, so you can be absolutely certain you’re going to be served up a treat no matter what you choose to order. But be aware that you probably aren’t going to want to share! No worries, though. You shouldn’t have any trouble ramping up the romance in a different way, like with the restaurant’s selection of award-winning wines sourced from Jordan Wine Estate.
In short, it’s time to spoil your partner with an unforgettable romantic getaway in Stellenbosch!