Our priorities change when we have kids. But, what you might not realise is that your relationship with your partner could slip through the cracks while you’re finding your feet as a caregiver for your little one. “Remember, you were a wife or partner before you became a mother, and because your baby has been your priority, you may have forgotten that there’s someone else who needs your love and attention,” says Life coach Sharon Piel.
“Make spending some alone time with your partner a priority. Just like getting your baby into a routine, find your new ‘normal’ with your partner.” Reconnect and go on dates,” she adds.
You don’t even have to travel far from home for your date. Choose a location close to home so you can get to your little one quickly should anything happen.
Emperors Palace is the ideal date night destination if you live in the Gauteng area. The hotel and casino resort is situated a mere 4.1km from OR Tambo International airport. (Don’t worry – you won’t even hear or see the planes while you’re enjoying a romantic outing with your partner!)
What to do
Octavia’s Day Spa
Located in the opulent Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel, Octavia’s Day Spa is exactly where you want to relax with your partner. As the winner of the 2019 Luxury Spa Awards, you won’t be in better hands. Enjoy a glass of bubbly in the indoor heated roman bath before your treatment.
Octavia’s has a wide variety of treatments available. However, for couples, I would recommend the Luxury Executive Couples Suite. After your treatment (the back and shoulder massage is the best), spend an additional hour sipping sparkling wine and snacking on fresh fruit while you enjoy the opulence of your own private spa bath.
Visit octavias.co.za for treatments and pricing, and to book.
Dinner and a show
Where to eat
You won’t have any trouble finding a dinner reservation at Emperors Palace. With 12 restaurants, the dining possibilities are endless. If you want to go all out, Aurelia’s is the place to be. This 5-star fine dining restaurant offers an expert fusion of the latest international food trends with bold African flavours. Choose from the à la carte menu or splurge on one of their specialty menus which include a wine pairing – that way, you’ll get a taste of everything including their impressive wine list.
What to watch
Nataniël, 4 – 27 October 2019, Theatre of Marcellus
Singer, songwriter and storyteller Nataniël returns to the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace with his latest stage creation, When Giants Waltz. Tickets from R160.
Roan Ash, 29 November 2019, Theatre of Marcellus
Roan will be performing his arsenal of original music including his hit singles, If I Ever Saw Heaven and Whiskey to My Soul as well as renditions of some of his favourite songs. Tickets from R160.
Power of Dreams, featuring Judith Sephuma, 1 November 2019
Join Judith Sephuma live at Emperors Palace in celebration of the release of her new Afro Jazz album, recorded live in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The album by the multi award-winning Queen of Afro Jazz has boasts a track for every occasion. Tickets from R200.
Where to stay
Feeling exhausted after a day of pampering, wining and dining? Why not spend the night? The newly expanded Peermont Metcourt at Emperors Palace is perfect for the occasion. The three star hotel offers 348 chic and comfortable rooms ideal for corporate, convention, international and leisure guests requiring affordable accommodation, while the new plus-sized rooms are ideal for families. Don’t miss the breakfast buffet at F.L.A.G. Café before you hit the road the next morning. There’s also a gorgeous pool where you can relax and catch some rays before dinner.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day.