We have some ultra-romantic ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day this year. Whether you decide to stay in or travel somewhere special, you’ll find something to inspire you on this list:

DIY dinner at home

This is an old favourite. If you fancy yourself somewhat of a master chef, then a candlelit dinner at home may be the perfect idea.

Even if you’re not the world’s best cook, your significant other would appreciate the effort. Look up some recipes for a few of their favourite dishes and plan the dinner accordingly.

 

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If you’re wanting to pair the meal with some homemade summer cocktails, AJ Snetler of Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront recommends that, if it’s a hot day, the best spirits to use in cocktails are fresh flavoured and best served cold. Think along the lines of Aperol, gin, and sparkling wine. Tequila and cachaça are also two of Snetler’s personal favourites for the warmer seasons.

 

 

If it’s a cold day, then consider serving darker, heavier, and more spirit-forward cocktails. To make the evening really special, set the table beautifully and top it with a typed up menu and candles.

A romantic picnic

 

Everyone loves a romantic picnic and thanks to being a beautiful scenic nation, there are many places across South Africa where you can picnic with your own picnic basket – and many don’t charge an entrance fee! In Johannesburg, try Thokoza Park, Zoo Lake or Rietvlei Lifestyle Centre.

Those in Durban can try the beach (of course) or if you prefer grass to sand, then check out Krantzkloof Nature Reserve or the Durban Japanese gardens.

For a romantic picnic in Cape Town, there’s the newly opened Battery Park in the V&A Waterfront vicinity, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Company’s Garden, Green Point Urban Park or the beach. When packing your picnic, think about easy-to-eat meals and drinks and, of course, be sure to clean up afterwards.