VIVACIOUS VALENTINE'S VENUES IN ASIA
Strawberries and Spa in Samui
February is strawberry season in Thailand, and so Banyan Tree has tastefully tied in a fruity theme for its Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea, featuring strawberry mille-feuilles, macarons, tarts, cheesecake, scones and cream, and even chocolate-covered strawberries, all washed down with sweet lashings of strawberry champagne cocktail. An afternoon tea set for two comes in at 1,699 baht nett (MYR 228). Or alternatively, why not look to lay back with your loved one at this idyllic resort, soaking up a Romantic Escape massage and spa package for couples? In addition to a one-hour massage of your choice, you can wallow in a 30-minute romantic bathtub for two, and luxuriate over a 30-minute body scrub (promotional price 13,500 baht nett till 29 Feb.)
They say the route to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and many ladies will concur that fine food is a sure way to woo them. At Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor’s signature restaurant- 1923 in Siem Reap, Executive Chef Angela Brown will unveil a special five-course menu of some favourite dishes to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a very romantic note. On arrival, couples will be treated to a glass of Rose Champagne, before starting an exceptional gastronomic journey of flavours, aromas and textures. The cost is MYR 570 nett per couple. And if that wasn’t enough, slide next door to the hotel’s legendary Conservatory where a veritable chocolate feast of decadent and indulging fondue will surely off euphoric endorphins galore. This Valentine’s Day set, complete with fruits, cake bites and other dipping delights, is just MYR 61 nett.
Seafood & Skyline in Bangkok
Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit is embracing the old adage that oysters are an aphrodisiac and setting guests up for a night of romance with a fresh oysters and champagne spread this Valentine’s Day. The backdrop for the evening is the hotel’s rooftop lounge & bar- Spectrum, that affords guests an ever changing view of the city’s glittery night lights. Lovers can choose from three different sets ranging from a bottle of prosecco and a set of 6 fresh oysters on ice for THB 2,500++ (MYR 335++) all the way to a bottle of Bollinger champagne and a chilled mixed seafood tower for THB 9,500++ (MYR 1274++.) Each set comes with a bouquet of roses.
Pampering & Privacy in Bali
Tanah Gajah- a Resort by Hadiprana’s ‘The Art of Romance’ package was crafted for lovers looking for an intimate and indulgent way to celebrate 14 February. The two night-stay in one of their club suites or club pool villas includes an aromatherapy floral bath drawn in the privacy of each residence. Breakfast is also a private affair with a floating tray experience offered for the first meal of the day. Then it’s off to the spa for a 60-minute couple spa ritual at the spa suite that opens up to the property’s verdant paddy fields. The experience is rounded out with a romantic three-course dinner either in the privacy of the guests’ residence or at the best table at The Tempayan Restaurant, with a distinctly Balinese view. There’s also the chance for a couple’s photo shoot to capture some professional images to remember the stay by. Prices start from USD1,400 (MYR 5697.)
A Love Challenge in Hue
Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion- a natural hot springs resort on the outskirts of Vietnam’s Imperial capital Hue, is assigning lovebirds a ‘24 Love Challenge’ this Valentine’s Day. Couples are encouraged to complete a series of fun tasks over twenty-four hours ranging from the serene to the sporty. Activities include scrambling over high-wires suspended between the trees, whizzing down the country’s longest zip-line, an intimate dinner surrounded by lush jungle, and taking an extended soak together in the warm, healing waters that run through the property. Couples who successfully complete the challenges will be awarded a certificate that confirms their love and commitment to each other. Prices start from USD243 (MYR 989) / couple / deluxe or premium deluxe room.
You deserve that luxurious and romantic Valentine's getaway!