Beat the ‘lockdown blues’ with Franschhoek’s popular Mystery Weekends

Suffering from the “lockdown blues” and chomping at the bit for a bit of fun and excitement? Well, Franschhoek’s Mystery Weekends – all-inclusive winelands weekend getaways – are guaranteed to be the perfect antidote to “cabin fever”.

Now that leisure travel has resumed, this is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a weekend of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence, with the added attraction that your entire weekend is taken care of without you having to book anything.

Traditionally the weekends are held during the colder months, but this year you get to experience the magic of Franschhoek during the summer months. Opt for either the weekend of 16 and 17 October, 13 and 14 November or 4 and 5 December, but don’t delay as these weekends sell out fast.

Food, glorious food, wine, wonderful wine!

While the rest of the country may have been in limbo during lockdown, Franschhoek establishments have been busy behind the scenes gearing up for these highly anticipated weekends which include all that the valley is famous for, a collection of Franschhoek accommodation (B&B’s, guesthouses and hotels), award-winning wines, delicious cuisine and bespoke experiences. Expect to find a few changes when visiting the valley, which include a handful of “re-invented” restaurants, as well as a few new experiences. All of these are guaranteed to make your two-day escape memorable. These popular weekends are ideally suited to couples seeking time out and a change of scenery from what has become our new normal.

Franschhoek’s main street at night.

Your experience starts with an exclusive check-in event planned for all guests. Mingle over a glass of wine before opening your special Mystery Weekend box, which contains all of the exciting details as to where you’ll be staying, where you’ll be dining and what you’ll be experiencing.

Although most of your weekend is pre-planned, there is ample time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the village to browse the local market, art galleries and bespoke boutique ateliers you’re bound to discover.

Choose between three fabulous packages on offer, which are categorized according to their accommodation offerings:

Ultimate (R8 750 per couple)

The crème de la crème of accommodation in the valley.

Superior (R5 950 per couple)

Stylish boutique hotels and guest houses.

Premium (R5 700 per couple)

Premium self-catering accommodation in the heart of the valley. Breakfast is provided on both dates.

The cost per couple includes the following:

  • Two nights’ accommodation;
  • Breakfast daily;
  • A surprise event on the Friday night;
  • Dinner on the Saturday night;
  • A light lunch on the Sunday;
  • A selection of fun filled bespoke Franschhoek experiences which will be revealed upon your check and are guaranteed to be memorable.

For any queries or to book, please contact Carmen Arendse on mysteryweekend@franschhoek.org.za.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Rates are for two persons sharing per weekend.
  • Full payment confirms your booking.
  • Not transferable and non-refundable.
  • No children or infants allowed.
  • Excludes transport and flights.
  • Accommodation, meals and activities are not transferable.
  • All COVID-19 regulations are adhered to.

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