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Wednesday, 08 August 2007

The Romance of Emily Moon - Page 2

Written by Diana G Armstrong
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There are very few places anymore where you can stay with magnificent river views and an elegant meal for the all inclusive price of $150 for two people for two nights. Emily Moon River Lodge, however, is just that place. Located in Plettenberg Bay, about 300 miles from the southern tip of Africa, this is the perfect place for an exciting and romantic getaway.

My choice is the springbok shank. It is simply delicious. It has been braised in a most aromatic broth of leeks, red wine, thyme, carrots, onions, tomatoes and celery.  The meat simply falls off the bone and it is fragrant and not 'gamey' as one would expect of this African venison. The color of the broth in which it was served was a deep rich brown and the aroma was filled with thyme and leeks. All the main courses are accompanied by delicious vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes.

Delicate dessert choices were panna cotta, crème brulee and a stunning South African dessert of guavas and crème Anglaise. The attention to detail for each course was impressive and innovative and the meal was presented as it would be in any elegant restaurant in New York or Los Angeles. Unlike in NY or LA, a good wine is served at under $10 a bottle.

emily moonSo, you’re probably wondering how you can get to Emily Moon. My suggestion is to fly into Cape Town and spend a few nights in this city of unrivalled beauty. You can book a room at Whale Cottage at Camps Bay, Cape Town – a romantic bed and breakfast with reasonable deals ($120/night) for two people. Go to for more information.

Visit the winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl just outside Cape Town to get in the mood, and then rent a car and drive up (5 hours) to Emily Moon.

South Africa's Game Parks are also best visited at this time of the year, so what would be more romantic than combining the garden route with a visit to Kruger National Park for a safari? You cannot beat Kruger National Park where excellent accommodation is available for $100 per night for 2 people: .

But pop the question at Emily Moon.


Emily Moon River Lodge

Plettenberg Bay

Phone: 27 (0)44-533-2982

©2007 Diana G Armstrong

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