The most romantic Garden Route itinerary to spoil your loved one

2020-01-30 11:45
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When your partner is the light of your life, why not light up theirs with a special trip down the Garden Route that will spoil both of you. 

The forests, the beaches, the sound of the loerie in the distance calling to its mate - this region just knows how to dial up the magic like a JRR Tolkien novel.

Bring your fairy tale fantasies to life in the beauty of this Western Cape coastline. 

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Day 1: George

Stay: Indulge in luxury and elegance at Fancourt - George's iconic golf estate (although you don't have to play golf to enjoy its lush facilities).

Do: Go strawberry picking at the Redberry Farm - which you can feed to each other later in the privacy of your accommodation. You can also pack a picnic and take a drive up to the Outeniqua Pass for beautiful views.

Eat: Do a special coffee tasting at Deacon's Bistro which includes a pour-over paired with nougat. For a beautiful fine-dining spot, head to the 101 Meade Street Restaurant. 

WATCH: Take a 40-minute flight to feel fancy at Fancourt - George's iconic luxury golf estate 

Day 2: Wilderness

Stay: Watch from the forest over the brilliance of the Indian Ocean in the Honeymoon Cottage of Wilderness Bushcamp.

Do: Make it a beach day or take one of the country's most beautiful walks - the Half Collared Kingfisher Trail which starts at the Ebb & Flow Campsite. 

Eat: While there are many restaurants to choose from in this small hamlet, opt instead to make your favourite meal together in the self-catering cottage, hidden from the world in the greenery.

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Day 3: Knysna

Stay: Treat yourself to a modern stay overlooking the canals of Thesen Island, including an infinity pool where you can soak up the rays of love.

Do: Pack some snacks and rent a bike to ride through town, take an adventurous trip to Knysna's well-known 'secret' beach Knoetzie or book a sunset cruise for two at Turbine including bubbly and snacks. 

Eat: The island has an array of waterside options from cheap to fine dining - or opt for cocktails and dinner overlooking the gap between Knysna Heads at the Senza Restaurant.

WATCH: A break in Knysna 

Day 4: Plettenberg Bay

Stay: This is probably the most romantic destination in the Garden Route - Trogon House offers treehouse accommodation that will take your breath away. Book the honeymoon suite to get a fireplace!

Do: Surrounded by a twilight forest encased in glass walls, the spa at Trogon House is a phenomenal experience where you can book the spa room with a fireplace, Jacuzzi, sauna and massage all to yourself. 

Eat: They have great food in intimate settings at Trogon House that you have to book in advance, or you can venture out to The Crags for a tasting journey through its bubbly route - even by horse carriage.

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Day 5: Tsitsikamma

Stay: Get cosy in your own cabin in the woods at the Tsitsikamma Lodge and Spa complete with fireplace and ambience. 

Do: There's adventure around every corner in this part of the world - bungee jump, canopy tours, tubing down to the river mouth and hiking through Tsitsikamma National Park.

Eat: If you want to stare into each other's eyes over a milkshake - like in those classic American movies - head over to the weirdly cool Marilyn's 60's Diner in Stormsrivier - it serves beer from the local micro-brewery and you can gawk at the vintage cars - just don't make your date too jealous. 

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