30 Valentine specials below R1000

It’s that time of the year again when many lovebirds express their undying love for their partners in the most special ways. Of course, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, it pays to care but it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

Whether you are looking for a perfect romantic getaway or if you want to indulge in a spa treatment or fine dining experience it’s possible to do so without spending a fortune.

Moneybags has rounded up a few wallet-friendly ideas to help you keep it simple and elegant. Here, a look at ten ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a budget in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

Cape Town

Ways of Wellness WOW 2016 Valentine special

The WOW spa in Cape Town is offering couples an eco-friendly pamper package for two at discounted prices on 13 and 14 February 2016. This treat will begin with a fifteen minute fish nibble enjoyed with a free glass of champagne per person. This is followed by a 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage.
Price: R780 per couple.
Call: 021 424 5503 or click here for more information.

The Beauty Bar Valentine Special

Treat yourself to a soothing massage at the Beauty Bar in Millerton. The one hour treatment includes a back, neck, and shoulder massage and a free toe, file and paint priced at R270.

Alternatively, get a manicure and a free nail file and paint on your feet for R190. A deep cleanse facial including a free lash tint (1hour 15 min) will set you back R375.

If you spend R300 or more on waxing you get a free file and paint on your hands (1 hour 15 mins) capped with a gel manicure and including a free brow wax for (1hour 15mins) priced at R290.

This offer runs from 3 February to 29 February 2016.

Contact: For more information call 072 182 1460.

Fly and dine with your Valentine

Hop on a helicopter with your partner and catch a glimpse of exquisite vistas below with NAC helicopters. This Valentine package includes a two course meal at the Greek Fishermen, City Grill steakhouse.

Cost: Flights around Cape will cost you around R940 per couple. But prices vary according to the length of the flight.

Contact: For more information visit the website.

Cooking school Valentine’s brunch course special.

If your partner is a foodie or loves to cook then this cooking course could be just the thing. It’s an opportunity to prepare your own decadent food served with bubbly while you bond with your spouse.

Cost: This experience is valued at R450 per person.

Contact: For more information contact Denise Levy on 083 251 6282

 Valentine’s Day special at Thai Sabai

Enjoy a pamper session with your partner at Thai Sabai massage house and clinic with your love on Valentine’s Day.  An array of de-stress treatments are on offer from 10 to 29 February. Some of the treatments on offer are:

A soothing 60 minutes lotus flower massage with champagne, chocolates and strawberries and a deluxe package with 60 minute lotus flower massage and 30 minute pedicure , light lunch , champagne and chocolates.

Cost: R500 per person.

Deluxe package cost:R 800 per person.

Email: info@thaisabai.co.za

Valentine’s Day at Durbanville Hills

This wine farm is offering two Valentine’s Day treats. Firstly, couples are allowed to relax under olive trees and share a complimentary bottle of Durbanville Hills Merlot Rose’ and a picnic basket for two.
Cost: R350 per couple.  Offer is available from 11am to 3pm on February 14.

Alternatively, the Durbanville Hills restaurant will be offering a four course menu paired with a bottle of wine.
Cost: R425 per person   


Valentine picnic for two at Spier Wine Farm Stellenbosch

Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch is hosting a movie (Sleepless in Seattle) and picnic on Saturday 13 February for couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Take advantage of the balmy summer evenings and enjoy an intimate evening under the moonlight with your loved one. Share a complimentary bottle of signature wine and a picnic basket.

Cost: R500 per couple.

Contact: + 27-0214-253866

 Valentine’s Day at Park Inn by Radisson CapeTown

Park Inn by Radisson Foreshore is offering a three course dinner with a glass of bubbly on Valentine’s Day.

Cost: R275 per person
Contact:021- 427- 4811

Tea by the Sea at 12 Apostles Valentine specials

Spoil your Valentine at 12 Apostles and enjoy tea served in the Leopard Bar. An extra treat also includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. The offer is valid from 12-14 February 2016.
Cost: R215 per person.
Contact: 021 437 9000.

Durban: Valentine’s Day special at Cargo Hold

The Cargo Hold’s chef is offering two menus for the month of February. In addition, any lucky couple that books at uShaka Marine World’s Cargo Hold over the Valentine’s Weekend, will stand to win a dinner for two including a bottle of wine and soft drinks.

One  three course menu – priced at just R395 per person – starts with a choice of lightly cured rainbow trout and Norwegian salmon, peri-peri calamari flash fried with a sweet chilli and orange glaze, quail and chicken roulade or a marinated pear and chickpea salad, followed by a sorbet.

Alternatively, the other menu allows you to choose from: Cupid’s prawns grilled with peri-peri and served with a lemon butter sauce; fillet of prime beef, seared chicken breast accompanied by caramelised apple, potato puree, leek and red cabbage marmalade and a port jus; roasted kingklip served with lemon butter crème and a sweet potato and butternut risotto or a strudel of field mushrooms that includes mushrooms, spinach, goat’s cheese, phyllo, parmesan, roasted tomato and basil coulis. Guests can select a dessert from a chocolate torte, passion sorbets (wild berry, granadilla and mango) and Cupid’s baked cheesecake.
Cost:  R795 including a welcome drink – The corkage fee is R75 per bottle.
Contact: 031-3031788

Valentines lunch at Havana Grill and Wine Bar

Enjoy a three-course meal at Havana Grill. It includes a cocktail on arrival an amuse bouche and sorbet.

Cost: R390 per person followed by the main course and dessert.

Contact: 031 337 1305 for booking and reservations or email events@havanagrills.co.za.


Dinner and dancing at Oyster Box

The Oyster Box is offering couples a six course meal valued from the 12 February until the 14 February.
Cost: R950 per person. The special includes live entertainment and a gift to take home

Valentine lunch specials at Granny Mouse

Join the Mouse House this Valentine’s Day for a romantic lunch between 12h00 and 15h00, and feast on a delectable four-course interactive lunch, with a host of the venue’s award-winning wines. There is a little twist to this year’s Valentine’s lunch: Granny Mouse is offering a lucky draw prize of a romantic five course food and wine dinner in the cellar for two valued at R1200.

Cost: R475 per person
Contact: (033) 234 4071

Rainbow Terrace Valentine specials

The Rainbow Terrace at the Hilton is offering a spectacular lunch / dinner buffet valued at R425 per person. And if you would like to take it up a notch, there is a Valentine’s romantic room special priced at R1,450 per night which includes breakfast. Offer is valid on Sunday 14 February 2016. Contact 013 368 232 or visit the website

Cat Simoni – Love changes everything pre- Valentine show

Celebrate at the Pearl Room with your partner from 18h00-22h00 on 11 February. Offer includes dinner and live show.
Cost: R350 per person.
Contact:(031) 514 5018

Boiler Room Café Durban

Enjoy a romantic three course menu on 13 and 14 February. Menu includes slow roasted lamb shoulder with braised tomatoes, curled salmon with parmesan sables. Dessert includes white chocolate and Amarula cheese cake with caramel ice cream.
Cost: R350 per person
Email info@thavenuebistro.co.za.

Union Square Valentine’s special

Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day menu on 13 and 14 February.  No reservations needed. Early birds will secure a good spot.
Cost: R149.95 per person
Contact: 031-563-0923

Valentine special at Lola Bistro

Enjoy a lunch with Champagne on arrival at R350 per person. The lunch includes Scottish smoked salmon with orange, dill and caper crème fraiche and parsley risotto-bacon wrapped fillet with dark chocolate mousse with pink lemonade panna cotta or with vanilla tuile.
Cost: R350 per person

Contact: To make a reservation email Lisa.kim.more@gmail.com.

Fego Caffe Valentine special, Durban North

Buy any two Fego burgers for only R99. Choose either chicken or beef patties. Chips and salad not included. Offer is valid until 29 February.

Valentine’s Day dinner special at Fat Olives

Fat Olives restaurant is offering a three course romantic dinner special for Valentines set in a romantic ambience on the 13 and 14 February 2016.

Cost: It’s R275 per person and includes live entertainment and live music from Urban Swan.


Valentine’s Day Special at Chapters Centurion

Indulge in a special couple’s breakfast on Valentine’s Day for R165 per person or bunk up the experience and spend the night at the hotel from Saturday February 13 for R995.

Contact: Make your reservation on 012 660 3300

Baking and chocolate workshop Valentine special for kids

On Valentine’s Day, at Mug and Bean Broadacres, treat your kids to a baking workshop. While parents are busy enjoying breakfast, the kids will be entertained with a cake making workshop where they will learn to make their own love themed Valentine’s Day cake and chocolates from scratch. Each child will roll out their cookie dough and cut out heart shaped and decorate. Homemade goodies are then packaged in bags and tied in pretty ribbons.
Cost: R160 per child.
Contact: Parents can book with Mug and Bean on 011 465 0155.

Hemmingways restaurant and wine celler (Centurion)

Treat your loved one to three course dinners on 13 February for R650 per couple and there is accommodation from R995 per room per night on 12 and 13 February.

Contact: 021-660-3300

Pre-Valentine Day special at Moyo – Melrose Arch

Celebrate with your loved one with a three course meal and enjoy soulful live music and entertainment and cocktail on arrival at Moyo restaurant Melrose Arch Johannesburg.
Cost: This offer is valued at R700 per couple.
Contact: For more information visit www.moyo.co.za. Or call +27 (011) 684 1477/8

Geet Indian Restaurant Valentine’s Day special

Get a free bottle of JC Bubbly with your partner, followed by a four course meal valued at R375 per person and a seven course gourmet dinner experience at R800 per person. This includes a bottle of Moet and Chandon Champagne.

Contact: For more information visit www.geetindianresturant.com. Or call 012 460 3199

Roots Restaurant at Forum Homini

Celebrate the season with a pre Valentine six course meal on Friday 12 February.

Cost: R590 per couple or lunch for R695.
Conctact: Make reservations on 011 668 7000.

Valentine berry picking at Just Darling

Celebrate being together on Saturday 13 February by joining Just Darling for berry picking followed by a Valentine picnic in the fields. Offer includes a cheeseboard for two, free bottle of wine and dessert for two and a paper lantern to release into the night sky. Live entertainment will also be available.
Cost: R380 per couple
Contact: Email Abigail@justdarling.co.za to book.

Valentine’s Day dinner at WickedFood Cooking School, Sunninghill

Celebrate your Valentine’s dinner with a difference at the Wicked Food cooking school. Not only will you get to enjoy a four -course dinner, but you will also learn how to cook it. There is a glass of sparkling wine on offer to sip while preparing the food, and more specialist wines to complement the main course. Cost: Choose between two menus. Both classes start from 10h30 to 15h00 @ R950 per couple on 13 and 14 February.
Contact: Cilla on 076- 236- 2345

Maximillien Restaurant, Sandton

Enjoy a five course menu with a complimentary bottle of bubbly. Main course includes seared salmon topped with prawns and duo of fillet mignon topped with red wine, followed by smoked springbok Carpaccio with berry Vinaigrette.
Cost: R650 per person
Contact 011 292 7000 to book.


Netflorist Valentine’s Day special  

Do you want to say ‘I love you’ with red roses? Order your bouquet by 10th February and get free Lindt chocolates.

Cost: A bunch of 12 red roses costs R399.95, while a bunch of 24 roses is valued at R749.95. Get 48 roses at R 1999.95 This offer is for delivery in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria only, between 10 and 15 February 2016.

Contact: For more information visit www.netflorit.co.za