Valentine’s Day gifts and ideas


It is easy for a relationship to run from exciting to mundane and despite both parties still being very much in love. Gestures, which at one point, may have seemed and felt special, end up becoming just normal.

Valentine’s Day is that day when you get reminded to do something special. You may tell your spouse every morning that you love them, which is great, but it doesn’t have anything like the impact it had the first time you said “I love you”.

So this Valentine’s Day, do something that has IMPACT! At Home Food and Travel, we thought we could assist by giving you some hints.

Kathleen Marais, the owner at Kathleen Marais Photography, in Port Elizabeth, says; “Make your love eternal through photographs this Valentine’s Day by booking a couples photoshoot.” For bookings, call 072 458 9518 or email: [email protected]


Thunzi Bush Lodge, that haven of tranquillity just outside Port Elizabeth, is offering a romantic Picnic for Two. “We’re offering afternoon and evening gourmet picnics for those couples, who would like to experience something different and unique for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy being surrounded by indigenous forest and bird song while you both bask in the afternoon sun on a blanket and soft cushions with your picnic laid out before you... it’s your job to relax and our mission to make sure everything is done for you. Picnics offered at 12pm and 5pm include food selection, bottle of bubbly and chocolates,” says Trenwyth Pledger, the owner. Cost: R325.00pp Call: 079 874 4494 or email: [email protected]


“Treat your special person to an unforgettably romantic getaway at an exquisite country hotel. Celebrate the occasion with a sumptuous candle-lit dinner and a fabulously entertaining show,” says Mark and Jacques, the owners of the Karroo Theatrical Hotel, in Steytlerville. To book, call: 049 835 0010 or email: [email protected]


Hester Steynberg, the owner of Ganora Guestfarm in Nieu Bethesda says; “Our guests will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a magnificent Karoo sunset, refreshing sundowners and tasty treats. Meal times at Ganora are of special importance. This is down time, and visitors can look forward to traditional Karoo cooking, good company, much laughter and stories about the day’s events.” Call: 049 841 1302 or email: [email protected].


The Pig & Whistle (in Bathurst, near Port Alfred) celebrates Valentine’s Day by offering a three-course dinner and champagne cocktails. This year, Valentines month also sees the introduction of the very first full moon gourmet dinner on 20 February catered by the Pig & Whistle and set in the Lushington Valley Reserve about 6km from the Inn,” says Lucille Came, the owner. For bookings, call 046 625 0673 or email: [email protected]


“With its lush gardens, rolling lawns and view of the deep, blue Indian Ocean, the Haga Haga Hotel (in East London) offers a romantic setting for a getaway. We’re offering a Valentine’s weekend special of R760 per person on a dinner, bed and breakfast rate and this includes a seafood dinner and a bottle of wine,” says Candice Chemaly, Marketing Manager at the hotel. Call: 043 841 1670 or email: [email protected]


“There is so much happening this Valentine’s Day with many restaurant’s going all out to create a romantic setting. If you are wanting dress the part and set your man’s heart a flutter, then you need to visit Calyx Clothing Boutique in 9th Avenue, Walmer, Port Elizabeth,” says Maryna Nortier, the owner. Call: 041 581 8996 or email: [email protected]


Lerique Allers, the Executive Chef at Leo’s Bistro and Lounge, in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, says; “We have developed a really amazing menu and worked on a romantic setting specifically for this Valentine’s Day. Our menu includes, amongst others; Asparagus served with Chevin Mousse and Truffle Holliandase, basil-crusted linefish with saffron, sundried tomatoes and an orange beurre blanc finished risotto and chocolate mousse on a raspberry jelly.” For bookings, call: 041 581 6561 or email:  [email protected]


Knysna is one of South Africa’s more beautiful destinations and Quintin Collins, the Manager at Knysna Herons Guest House, says; “Our accommodation is always romantic but to make Valentine’s Day even more special, we’ll be giving our guests a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of bubbly.”  Call: 044 382 1313 or email: [email protected]


Ian and Lyn Crawford, the managers of Ocean View Hotel, in Coffee Bay, say; “Many a romance has flourished at our romantic hotel and, with Valentine’s weekend in mind, we are offering the following special: R699 per person per night with minimum of two night stay that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.” For bookings, call: 047 575 2005 or email: [email protected]