After months under lock and key and countless new pressures to cope with due to lockdown, there is no doubt that you’ll want your next couples’ getaway to be one to remember! Whether you are planning your honeymoon, celebrating an important anniversary milestone, or just looking to rekindle the magic of your relationship outside of the chaos of everyday life, there are few destinations quite as romantic as the Garden Route.
Staying at Fancourt or The Manor House? Here’s a roundup of our favourite activities and experiences on the Garden Route – perfect for lovers both young and old!
Hot air balloon trips
You know the saying ‘your love takes me to the moon and back’ and how you always have your ‘head in the clouds’ when your heart is full? Well, a hot air balloon trip gives many of these sayings an (almost) literal meaning! Book your hot air balloon safari with Nova Hot Air Balloons and you’ll float gently up into the sky hand in hand with your partner, marvelling at the awe-inspiring beauty below while inhaling the fresh, unspoiled air of the Outeniqua Mountains. Close off the adventure with a luxury champagne breakfast amidst surroundings just as stunning up close as they were in the air!
Horse-riding wine tours
Just when you thought a day of laid-back wine tasting couldn’t get any better… now you and your beloved can savour this blissful experience riding side-by-side atop two friendly steeds! Ask us to book you a half or full day wine tasting on horseback – or even a horse-drawn carriage if you prefer!
Oyster and champagne boat cruises
Couples’ holidays are all about indulgence, stolen kisses and memorable adventures. As far as tantalising the taste buds goes, you don’t get much more lavish than oysters paired with bubbly! Add in the lulling sway of calm waters and a host of breath-taking ocean views and you have the perfect setting to reconnect and enjoy every moment of each other’s company. Knysna is just a stone’s throw from George, which means you can easily set off for an oyster and champagne cruise on its famous lagoon.
The Garden Route’s ‘secret’ wine route is just waiting to be explored. Think generous platters of cheese and charcuterie, wine and bubbles, picnic blankets and endless views. Life doesn’t get much better than this! Peaceful picnics along the Garden Wine Route promise quiet quality time immersed in nature – far away from the noise and worries of the bustling city.
Pack your own basket of nibbles or let us book a picnic at a local wine farm on your behalf. From crisp breads and pâtés to an assortment of cheeses and preserves, or even homemade quiches and brownies, there are sure to plenty of gourmet snacks to look forward to – all embellished with a glass or two of the region’s finest, of course!
Where to stay?
Of course, there’s no question that The Manor House is the most romantic boutique hotel on the Garden Route. We’ll make your stay as special as can be. Tuck into a 5-star, candlelit dinner on one of our private dining decks; stroll through the fragrant garden filled with seasonal blossoms; book a tranquil couples’ massage, or simply snuggle up with a good book in the private library – in front of a roaring fire should the weather demand it! It’s a romantic haven that will have you returning again and again!