The season of romance is upon us once more, a time when we love to do something special for the one we adore.
The sunny shores of Southeast Asia beckon.
Why not treat your sweetheart to a fabulous weekend away at one of these dreamy destinations?
Strawberries & Spas 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.
It features strawberry mille-feuilles, macarons, tarts, cheesecake, scones and cream, and even chocolate-covered strawberries, all washed down with sweet lashings of strawberry champagne cocktails.
An afternoon tea set for two comes in at THB1,699 (approx. US$56).
Alternatively, why not look to lay back with your loved one at this idyllic resort and soak up a Romantic Escape massage and spa package for two?
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 for THB13,500 (approx. $US434) until Feb. 29.
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 Rosé Champagne, before starting an exceptional gastronomic journey of flavours, aromas and textures.
The cost is US$140 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 set off euphoric endorphins galore.
This Valentine’s Day set, complete with fruits, cake bites and other dipping delights, is just US$15.
Seafood & Skyline in Bangkok
Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit is embracing the old adage that oysters are an aphrodisiac as it sets guests up for a night of romance with a fresh oysters and champagne spread this Valentine’s Day.
The backdrop for the evening is the hotel’s rooftop lounge and bar – Spectrum – which affords guests an ever-changing view of the city’s glittery night lights.
Lovers can choose from three different sets ranging from a bottle of Prosecco and a set of six fresh oysters on ice for THB2,500++ (approx. US$ 80) all the way to a bottle of Bollinger Champagne and a chilled mixed seafood tower for THB9,500++ (approx. US$305).
Each set comes with a beautiful 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 February 14.
The two-night stay in one of their club suite 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 overlooking 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 US$1,400.
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 24 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 US$243 / couple / deluxe or premium deluxe room.