They say if you fall in love with the right person, everyday is Valentine’s Day. True that, and while we need no excuse to be romantic, Valentine’s Day has been around forever and the day will be exceptionally sweeter with lots of love in the air.
Valentine’s Day need not be all about chocolates and diamonds. Wine & Dine is the most popular indulgence with the love of your life, but there are many other interesting ways to spend the day. Whatever it is, pick an activity that both of you enjoy, and just forget the world.
Here are 10 things to do on Valentine’s Day with your other half.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Explore Gardens by the Bay
Get in touch with nature and explore the pretty Flower Dome in Gardens by the Bay, one of the newest attractions in Singapore. Have lunch at one of the restaurants in Gardens by the Bay and enjoy a cooling and leisurely stroll through the Flower Dome.
Take a cooking class together
There are plenty of fun activities for couples to do. If both of you love food, go for a cooking class and spend some quality time together. At Forest Restaurant, Chef Sam Leong has a special culinary class combined with a four-course set lunch. You can have a nice lunch at the restaurant, and then move on to the culinary class in the beautiful state-of-the-art show kitchen to learn some tips from Chef Leong.
The cooking Class (capped to maximum of ten guests) with four-course set lunch at Forest costs S$160 nett per person and is available every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (depending on demand, please call the restaurant to check the schedule).
A luxurious spa experience
How about a little treat for your partner and you? Everyone is tired from work, everyone needs to de-stress. Spa treatments are no longer an extravagant want, but a luxurious need.
Spa Botanica at The Sentosa, A Beaufort Hotel has a sweet honey rose romance package. Indulge in a 150-min spa treat which includes welcome foot bath, honey vanilla scrub, tranquillity petal bath and rose aromatic massage for $580++/couple. Promotion is valid from 1 – 28 Feb 2013. Estheve Spa, winners of many accolades, also has a Valentine’s Day Spa Package for $210.
Plan for a weekend getaway
One of the best things about being in Singapore is that it is just a few hours away from many amazing cities in the region. Take this opportunity and go for a weekend getaway with your partner. For more ideas, read my Guide to weekend getaways from Singapore.
Go for a staycation
For those of you who cannot afford the money or time for a holiday, the next best alternative is to go for a staycation.
For a lavish experience, book a room at Ritz-Carlton Singapore. There are many good hotels in the world, but Ritz-Carlton is in a completely different league. It is worth every cent.
I also love Four Seasons Singapore for their luxurious rooms on the couples’ floor. For Valentine’s Day 2013, they have a special ‘Baby, you’re mine’ package (8 – 18 Feb) at S$605 for their deluxe room.
You can also snuggle up for a romantic experience with a 2D1N stay at Hotel Fort Canning. The Valentine’s Day promotion is available from 8 to 14 Feb at S$368++.
Dive with the sharks at Underwater World Singapore
If you are adventurous enough, why not go diving with the sharks? Underwater World Singapore has a dive guide-led programme ($120/pax) where you can spend 90 minutes with sharks and eagle rays. The best part is you do not need a scuba-diving license for this.
Escape to the countryside
Escape into the wilderness of the rural side of Singapore and soak in the tranquillity of Krangi. Pay a visit to the famous Bollywood Veggies and learn more about your greens. There are also many other farms to intrigue you – dragonfruit farm, goats’ milk farm, aeroponics vegetables farm, arowana farm etc.
Catch a play or musical
If Arts is your thing, and music is your soul, catch a musical at Drama Centre Theatre, Esplanade, and Marina Bay Sands Theatre.
Spend a day at the beach
Give me sun, sand, sea any day, any time. Nothing beats spending a day at the beach with your loved ones – idling, sea sports, reading… anything, as long as you are basking in the company of your loved one.
Romantic candlelight dinner
Any occasion is a good excuse to go to a nice restaurant and have a great time. My advice: avoid celebrating on the actual day. Instead, go the weekend before or after. For recommendations, read my Guide to Valentine’s Day Dinner.