06 July 2012 by Robyn Campbell

Five unique places to dine

From a romantic picnic in the mountains to a beach braai at a private castle, dine in these unique locations for a meal to remember.

Herb garden at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Looking for an extra special gourmet experience? Something out of the ordinary you’ve only dreamed about? Check out my list of unforgettable dining experiences, where the food and the setting combine to delicious effect.

Pezula Private Castle
How does dinner for 2 on a terrace overlooking the ocean, with your own butler and private chef in attendance, sound? Be king or queen of your own mini-castle at Pezula Private Castle – an exclusive slice of heaven tucked away on the private Noetzie Beach on the Garden Route between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Enjoy silver-service fine dining on the private terrace, while your entourage, which caters to your every whim, whips up a sumptuous seafood braai (barbeque) or an African feast. 

Pezula Private Castle Pezula Private Castle

The Restaurant, Waterkloof wine estate
You’ll be forgiven if you run out of superlatives for your dining experience at Waterkloof wine estate, where the architecture, the views, and the food and wine are swoon-worthy. Book a table in the elevated glass conservatory, a fine dining restaurant that floats above the landscape. Do take care, though, if you’re out to impress – with The Restaurant’s jaw-dropping views and chef Gregory Czarnecki’s contemporary edible art to contemplate, you may just overlook your date...

The Restaurant, Waterkloof wine estate The Restaurant, Waterkloof wine estate

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is a gourmand’s getaway in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg, well known to foodies who escape to the Kamberg in search of luxury, serenity and scrumptious food prepared by chef-owner Richard Poyton. Richard will conjure gourmet fare accompanied by a bottle of carefully selected wine from the hotel's cellar, before you cast away on the floating deck for a private picnic on the gorgeously scenic lake.

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Tswalu Kalahari private game reserve
Fancy some fine dining in the desert? Enjoy a private dinner at Tswalu Kalahari private game reserve, a magnificent malaria-free 100 000ha private game reserve in the Northern Cape, where the focus is on luxury, flexibility and privacy. As a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, your gourmet 5-course dinner could include local beef, venison, and in season, !Nabbas, or Kalahari truffles. Your feast is served in the privacy of your suite overlooking the desert, accompanied by vintage wine and a telescope to gaze at the stars.

Tswalu Kalahari private game reserve Tswalu Kalahari private game reserve

Chalkley Treehouse, Lion Sands Private Game Reserve
What could be more exclusive than dinner in your own secluded treehouse in the bushveld? Guests staying at any of the lodges in the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve (Sabi Sand Reserve) in Mpumalanga have the unique opportunity of a romantic evening in a luxury treehouse.

Chalkley Treehouse is built around a magnificent 300-year-old Leadwood Tree, and guests who have booked in for the night can enjoy a delicious picnic feast while listening to the sounds of nature and admiring the bushveld views that extend for miles. The Lion Sands chefs will create a delectable feast from the menu of the day – or according to guest's needs – using local produce accompanied by fine wines (or anything else that guests would like to drink). The sunsets from the treehouse are goosebump-inducing, and this luxury bush attraction is certainly something to write home about.

Chalkley Treehouse Chalkley Treehouse

Category: Food & Wine

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