Oh Captain, My Captain
There’s nothing quite like the freedom that comes with being on the open water, so as long as you and your other half don’t have any Jaws-inspired phobias, a night cruising around Hong Kong on a private yacht is a great choice for some quality one-on-one time. Many companies offer boats for hire, but Saffron Cruises has a good round up of offerings for twosomes looking to take to the seas this Valentine’s Day. Take a romantic cruise around the harbour, complete with a sumptuous three-course meal and a bottle of champagne, from HK$10,000. Looking to pull out all the stops? Book a 24-hour overnight cruise (from HK$20,000) on the company’s Janneau 44 yacht. If the boat’s a rockin’…
For Your Eyes Only
For film buffs, there’s nothing worse than going to see a movie in a crowded theatre where you may be subjected to obnoxious ringtones, inane ‘whispered’ commentary, and horrendously loud eating and drinking. This Valentine’s Day, catch a flick with the missus without the added distractions by booking a private theatre experience. The Standard Charted Starsuite at The Grand Cinema at Elements, priced at a cool HK$4,000, will get you the whole cinema to yourselves – that’s all 23 plush, back-rest adjustable armchairs – unlimited popcorn and sodas, and your choice of the films that are currently screening. Extend the experience with pre-screening cocktails in the theatre’s swanky private lounge. Also on hand are the two film-noire-esque Director’s Club theatres at the UA Cinemas at CityPlaza, Taikoo Shing, which come with 16 deluxe seats each, and the Phoenix Club at the UA Cinemas at iSQUARE in Tsim Sha Tsui. Who knows what you’ll get up to when the lights go down, but we’re pretty sure it’ll be a first.
Your Personal Masterchef
Cassanova-esque aspirations a side, at some point during the night you’ll need to eat, but there’s no reason to subject yourselves to dining among the hoards when you came make it a private affair with dinner a deux. Invisible Kitchen’s executive chef Tom Burney is collaborating with J Plus Hotel by Yoo to create an indulgent Valentine’s Day experience that takes the traditional dinner to the next level. With the Love The Way Yoo Cook package, you and your paramour will stay in one of the hotel’s suites – complete with a kitchen – where Burney will preside over a chef’s table affair that includes canapés, a customised four-course meal, and a bottle of champagne. If you’d rather stay in, you can even get restaurant-quality meals with Buonissimo, who will send a gourmet chef to whip up a delicious Italian-inspired meal for you in the comfort of your own home, without the incessant chattering from other diners.
Who Dares Wins
It’s not every woman that’s got an adventurous streak and a willingness to get down and dirty, but if you’re one of the lucky lads who has an up-for-anything partner-in-crime this Valentine’s Day, head out to MX Club in Sheung Shui and engage in a battle of skill and daring. At the club, you and your better half can battle for top dog status by racing dirt or quad bikes, remote-controlled cars or ships, or even go head-to-head with a ‘wargame’ – like paintball, but without the paint. After all, there’s nothing wrong with injecting a little competitiveness into your love life.
Indulging in new and unusual experiences – of any sort – has a way of bonding people, so try something different this Valentine’s Day with a helicopter flight over the city. Heliservices offers a range of aerial tours over Hong Kong that includes sights like Victoria Harbour, the beaches of the south, the Tian Tan Buddha, and the outlying islands. Flights range from HK$500 for a 5-Minute Taster Experience over Victoria Harbour in a shared six-seater MD 902 Explorer, through to the HK$25,5000 Complete Hong Kong experience, a private 45-minute flight that takes in all the city’s landmarks. For shutterbugs, Helishots specialises in photography flights in Robinson R44 or Eurocopter AS355 ‘copters with a minimum hourly rate.