February 05, 2013
Girls’ getaways in Cape Town for the non-Valentine’s Day celebrators
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
If the sight of a cherub shooting arrows at loved-up couples and the over-the-top teddy bears and heart displays in retail stores make you see red, chances are you’re not in the mood to celebrate Valentine’s Day … at least not in the traditional sense.
I understand, Mother City fans, I do, which is why I’ve compiled a list of fabulous getaway spots for us singletons to see this commercialised holiday through. So grab your gal pals (and that case of premium bubbly) and join me at the following in Cape Town:
Girls just wanna have fun
Dinner, drinks and dancing are not reserved for the attached residents of our beautiful city only …
Check into the Lagoon Beach Hotel (with its spectacular views of Table Mountain, decadent meals at its Brasserie restaurant and its close proximity to Table View’s vibrant nightlife), or let your inner Jane out for a wilderness adventure at the luxurious Clara Anna Fontein Game Reserve tented camp in Durbanville. Then hit play on Beyoncé’s Single Ladies and dance like no one’s watching.
Location: Lagoon Beach Hotel, Milnerton
Contact: +27 (0)21 528 2000
Location: Clara Anna Fontein Game Reserve, Durbanville
Contact: +27 (0)21 975 7017
Be pampered like the Goddesses you are
So, it’s not exactly Brad Pitt (in his sexy heyday) running his hands all over you, but you and your Thelma can still make the road trip out to Mangwanani African Spa on the Zevenwacht Estate in Kuils River for their Moonlight Night spa package, or Hout Bay Manor‘s Inzolo Spa in the Republic of Hout Bay for their Love Divine special, and enjoy the healing touch of their qualified therapists.
Mangwanani African Spa
Location: Mangwanani Zevenwacht, Kuils River
Contact: +27 (0)860 55 00 55
Location: Hout Bay Manor, Hout Bay
Contact: + 27(0)21 790 0116
The Hangover, Caledon-style
Who says guys get to have all of the fun?
Channel your inner Zach Galifianakis and treat your wolf pack to an out-of-town night of fun, mayhem and decadence at the Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa ... And remember: what happens in Caledon, stays in Caledon!
Location: Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa, Caledon
Contact: +27 (0)28 214 5100