Saddle Creek Ranch Farm
Get away from the buzz of the city and spend the afternoon out in Hekpoort Valley having an adventure with your special someone. Saddle Creek Ranch is bursting with fun and thrilling activities for you and your partner to try together. Take your pick from hot air balloon safaris, go-karting, playing Cupid with a little archery or even taking a romantic horseback ride through the peaceful countryside with its beautiful mountain scenery and lovely bush trails.
Take their breath away with this view from the top. Sandton's very own spire of a building, The Leonardo, has officially been granted its very own cherry on top. Sitting comfortably at 234 meters above busy Maude Street, Alto 234 is a luxury bar and tapas lounge with a twist. The space boasts 360-degree views over one of the most wooded cities in the world. Serving only the world’s finest when it comes to drinks and bar tapas, this is truly one of the most aspirational and exclusive places for epicureans in South Africa to be.
Ferguson's 5th Floor
A rooftop breakfast. Doesn't that sound like the perfect summer dining experience? Ferguson’s offers up a colourful harvest table and a brilliant breakfast. Dining here is affordable, simple and delicious — a winning formula. Had a rough night? Then the morning breeze, perfectly roasted coffee and The Hangover (toasted egg, bacon, tomato, chili, mozzarella, cheddar and Parmesan) is sure to make you feel good as new.
Higher Ground Restaurant, on the St Stithians property, offers a unique dining experience that you need to try at least once in your lifetime. Book your spot, take your partner along, and enjoy a delicious meal up in the sky. You read correctly – 30.48 metres in the air to be exact. The lift accommodates 22 people around the table for every session, with three staff in the middle to ensure you're catered and tended to. There are a number of different sky dining options to choose from, and each ticket includes your meal, the sky-high experience as well as the spectacular views of Joburg. Drinks are not included, but a cash bar is available.
Guests need to arrive one hour prior to lift time booked in order to register.
Set at the top of Northcliff Hill, The Northcliff overlooks the vast expanse to the North of Johannesburg and is the spot to wow your partner with romantic drinks. The lounge and bar area flows onto the pool deck, where you can relax with unsurpassed views by day complete with beautiful sunsets. Benefit from The Northcliff's exclusive partnership with the best vineyards along the Cape wine route as you savour a glass of wine from The Northcliff's well stocked and curated bar, or indulge in your favourite cocktail. Though small, the pool offers a break from the harsh African sun during summer.
Pablo House promises to be the urban oasis you've been looking for. It offers a vast view of the city of gold, easy access to the hottest in local nightlife, and a break away from the rat race. Established in late 2017, Pablo House Melville officially opened its doors to the public in January 2018, incorporating itself into the already-buzzing Melville guesthouse arena. Enjoy a delicious meal and glass of wine at their restaurant, and then spend the night in one of their fabulously decorated rooms.
The Munro Boutique Hotel
The Munro Boutique Hotel is located in the upmarket Houghton area of Johannesburg and features an outdoor swimming pool, garden, shared lounge, and free parking. The hotel's rooms are spacious and come with balconies. You and your partner can enjoy all the room's amenities, including a flat screen television, a mini bar, plus coffee and tea facilities that come included in the rooms. A spa bath is included in the presidential suite. For romantic dining, the hotel provides breakfast daily. Lunch and dinner are available on request, prepared by the hotel's exclusive chef. The hotel's Mediterranean terrace is the perfect place to enjoy refreshments and snacks whilst relaxing.
San Deck In Sandton
Sundowners, amazing views of Sandton and a vibey atmosphere is what's in store for you when you visit the San Deck Bar & Restaurant. This spot makes for a lovely spot for you and your sweetheart to have a romantic evening for two. There are plush sofas out on the deck, making it the ideal place to see one of the most beautiful sunsets in the city. You can also expect amazing food, cocktails and superb wines which will make your evening even more unforgettable. It's a popular hangout, so make sure you make your reservation to avoid disappointment.
There's no better way of seeing the amazing views of Hartbeespoort Dam and its surrounds than in a cable car at the Harties Cableway. Just imagine experiencing this with that special someone. Now that's romantic! This popular spot has finally reopened after being shut down for maintenance. And after enjoying the stunning panoramic views, you can head into town to explore and find a bite to eat.
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
Since the 1800s, people have come to the botanical gardens in Roodepoort to spend time relaxing against a backdrop of a cliff which houses a sensational variety of incredible flora and fauna. Take a page, pack a picnic basket, grab your beloved and find a spot close to the waterfall. That, my friend, is how you make a good memory.
For quite some time now, The Bioscope has run some interesting cinema offerings at their viewing room in Maboneng. From kung-fu movies to Classic Movie Sundays with beer and pizza, there's always something fun happening at The Bioscope. Check their viewing schedule online and pull in for a cuddle session.
Goodman Art Gallery
Since the '60s couples have flocked to the Goodman gallery to be inspired by the artworks on display. From the awe-inspiring images of photographer David Goldblatt to the controversial works of conceptual artist Willem Boshoff, there is something for everyone. Spend the afternoon soaking up some of the best creations South Africa has to offer because you and your dearest are cultured like that.
Pack a sun-downer, head to the second highest spot in Joburg and spend some quality time with that special someone. The entire city can be viewed from the top as the sun sets over the city of gold, making for an experience like no other. Although moments like these with a special someone can be very sexy, it's probably best to take some like-minded pals and not to visit this secluded spot on your own.
And for good measure...
Whisk Him/Her Away For A Weekend In Clarens
Let's face it, there's nothing more romantic than being whisked away on a lovely weekend away with that special someone. Finally, some alone time in between all rush of everyday life. But the question is: where to go? How about Clarens? Yes, we know it's not in Gauteng (it's in the Free State), but it makes for a lovely escape for you and your sweetheart. The town is quaint and quirky, the brewery always has ice-cold craft beer available on those hot days, and there are plenty of hiking trails, sites, adventures and activities to do while you're there.
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