It’s that time of the year again, when you strive to fill the brownie points coffers with your significant other, stashing away that credit for the numerous times you’ll mess up in 2017. Fortunately, we’ve done the hard yards for you with our seven picks for an uncliched Valentine’s Day that won’t break the bank.
Want to avoid packed restaurants but aren’t confident in the home cooking department? InterContinental Hong Kong’s Culinary Stars Class for couples, on February 18 (we know, it’s a bit late) will be taught by NOBU executive sushi chef Kazunari Araki, who will empower you with the skills you need to please her palate every time. The class will include a light breakfast and lunch with wine or champagne.
Named for the prize offered by French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, an acclaimed general but also famous lover, to anyone that could devise a method to preserve food for his armies, 12,000 Francs offers the convenience of SoHo, combined with innovative cuisine from the couple that brought you Madame Sixty Ate. The innovative Valentine’s Day menu includes king salmon tartine served with horseradish, complete with a barrel-aged cocktail. You can opt for a special wine matching package, which include Janisson and Fils champagne, a brand recently made available in the city, for a more tasteful meal.
If your woman’s the whole package, get her the Suite Escape Package from The Peninsula Hong Kong, which will extend your short Tuesday date with a three-hour night-time tour in a chauffeured Mini Clubman and a staycation in one of the acclaimed hotel’s Superior or Deluxe suites. After a romantic night complemented, get your energy levels back with a breakfast buffet at The Verandah; recharge at the Fitness Centre; or take a dip in the Roman-style swimming pool with its harbour views.
If you’re looking for an elegant dinner served amidst modern Art Deco-inspired interiors, head to The Continental at Pacific Place, which will offer a sophisitcated Valentine’s Day menu that kicks off with two dedicated cocktails, For Him and For Her, followed by an indulgent four-course meal featuring Hokkaido scallops and yellowfin tuna crudo. End the romantic meal with a luxurious dessert: strawberry tart matched with champagne coulis.
Fancy some privacy? This Valentine’s Day, Conrad Macao will offer the ultimate romantic dinner, served in an individual, flower-filled cabana next to the hotel’s pool. Musicians will serenade couples as they sip on rosé champagne, and enjoy a six-course meal, including a special Valentine's themed dessert. The great thing is, if you’re feeling frisky, the guest rooms are within sprinting distance.
For a true escape from Hong Kong, W Singapore - Sentosa Cove’s imaginative Valentine’s Day Programme “I Lawn for You” offers lovers the ultimate glamping dining experience. The eclectic menu of seafood dishes includes Fine de Claire oysters and Alaskan crab, which are served inside a tent located on the urban resort’s extensive lawns. This luxurious evening meal is exclusive to only eight couples.
Couples can dance the night away at St. Regis Bali’s Cloud Nine Chapel, after enjoying a Moonlight Romantic Dinner backdropped by the pristine Indian Ocean. Limited to 10 passionate pairs, this meal includes a La Boutique present for her, a bottle of champagne, and live music.