“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.” – Elinor Glyn
We know that February has long been a month of romance and the 14th of February coined as Valentine’s Day, but what is the origin of the story and why do we celebrate it? Valentine’s Day is also called the Feast of Saint Valentine and honours the early Saint Valentinus, who, as legend has it, was executed for performing weddings for soldiers forbidden to marry under the Roman Empire.
A thousand years later, the day became associated with romantic love in the 14th century, when lavish courtly love flourished. By the 18th century, young lovers throughout England were exchanging sweet treats and heart-shaped cards, cementing the traditions we associate with the 14th of February today.
That is not to say that you need to restrict your affections to your beau. In fact, we suggest using the month of love to spoil a friend, family member, and yourself. In fact, and this is the last fact, Galentine’s Day (on 13 February) is now one of the most searched for terms on Google, so a girls’ day out is clearly the way to go.
You do not need a reason to celebrate the ones you love most, but Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to ignite the romance in style. At Cape Grace, we love helping to create unforgettable moments for loved ones (friends included), so if you are seeking to express a heartfelt ‘I love you’, read on for some sweet suggestions.
Book one of three special Valentine’s Month Treatments at The Spa at Cape Grace
Spend some quality time unwinding together in the Spa. We have put together three offerings, all especially created to leave you looking and feeling fabulous. Our spa facilities also include a water wise sauna, steam room, as well as complimentary herbal teas and snacks from our tea bar. Take some time to recline in your white robes, while you soak up the views of the harbour and city. We suggest following your treatment with Afternoon Tea in the library for an extra special bit of indulgence.
Kiss of Wellness Massage
Enjoy a 60-minute Bellabaci Cupping massage followed by a complimentary strawberries and cream platter, as well as a glass of bubbly in our hot spa relaxation lounge. This treatment includes a take-home gift of a Bellabaci body treatment oil of your choice. Cost: R1540
Get hair toss ready by treating your locks to some TLC. Enjoy a revitalizing hair wash, treatment and blow-dry. End your experience with a glass of bubbly before stepping out and feeling fabulous. Cost: R740
New Me Feeling
Sit back and enjoy an express gelish manicure to pamper and treat your hands. Lounge in the hot spa area and enjoy a sauna or steam session. Included in this offer is a take-home gift of a Cocobaci, 15-day program for teeth whitening and detox. Cost: R740
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your February treatment.
Valentine’s Day Dinner at Signal Restaurant
If food is the way to your beloved’s heart, then do not miss out on our decadent Valentine’s Day dinner. Our chefs have artfully curated a special menu for the evening that will delight your senses, and kiss your taste buds.
Starters include fresh oysters, tuna tartar, an oozing butter curry risotto with glazed quail and a minted beetroot and tomato salad amongst other delectable options.
For mains, you might indulge in fragrantly spiced springbok, duck breast with roasted hazelnut and plum jus, or melanzane with arancini.
Finish things off with swoon-worthy treats like our crème brûlée, whipped vanilla panna cotta with elderflower strawberries, raspberry rose petal parfait, or our spin on the ‘After Eight’ – a chocolate bar, Manjari mousse, mint créameux, crystalized chocolate and mint ice cream creation.
The cost is R795 per person. Book your dinner by emailing email@example.com
Stay a Little Longer with our Best of the Best Promotion
Cape Town plays host to some of the greatest events across the land, sea, and sky. Here at Cape Grace, we are uniquely positioned to help you combine the best African holiday with the epic thrills of your favourite events.
Leap into February with our Best of the Best Promotion. Why not make this Valentine’s Day a Month to remember? Book your once in a lifetime stay during February and receive 15% discount off your nightly room rate. The Best of the Best Promotion includes a 50 minute massage voucher and tapas voucher to indulge at Bascule bar.
Blog post by Tarah Darge