Haven’t planned where to go or what to do for V Day? Let hotels in Saigon, Hongkong and Singapore suggest some ways…
HO CHI MINH CITY
New World Saigon is promoting a US$48 dinner buffet at the Parkview restaurant on February 14 that includes local and international specialities such as risotto with Canadian shrimps, baked oysters with spinach, homemade dimsum and Chinese barbecue as well as free flow of Rosa Regale Italian sparkling wine from Banfi, house wines, drought beer and soft drinks.
The Fleming is offering a dinner and room stay at HK$1,488 (US$183) for couples from February 12 to 15, consisting of a bottle of sparkling wine, welcome strawberries, floral bouquet and chocolates and a four-course diner at Cubix restaurant. Since it’s also Chinese New Year, guests will also receive tiger soft toys to mark the Year of the Tiger.
Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees is providing romantic meal settings on February 13 and 14, starting with a HK$298 (US$38) lunch at Café 8 Degrees and HK$398 (US$51) dinner in the same venue. It will cost HK$298 for dinner at the Garden Terrace of HK$468 (US$60) in the Salon. Glasses of sparkling wine and roses will be handed out during these two days.
Restaurants at Holiday Inn Golden Mile will be going out of their way to serve romance, starting with its Osteria Ristorante Italiano that has a five-course HK$588 (US$75) per person menu featuring Wagyu beef carpaccio, romain lettuce, castelmagno cheese and mini bruschetta, Beetroot Rose Ravioli filled with broccoli and parma ham, lobster radicchio risotto and a choice of entrees, topped off with a rose chocolate and spicy parfait dessert. Each couple will be given a box of Amadei Chocolate, a bottle of Lemoncello and two glasses of Prosecco rose.
For Bistro on the Mile’s international buffet, it’s HK$488 (US$62) per person for the first seating from 1800 to 2100 and HK$228 per person for the second seating from 2115 to 2400, with each couple getting a complimentary Wellington steak. A pre-Valentine’s dinner buffet on February 12 and 13 are priced at HK$438 (US$56) and US$228 (US$29) respectively.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is running a stay package from February 10 to 15 priced at HK$3,588 (US$461) per night, twin share, including welcome champagne at MO Bar, daily breakfast for two, HK$800 (US$102) dining credit at two-star Michelin restaurant amber per room per stay, bubble bath, choice of one movie from the hotel library along with a full in-room home-theatre experience with multiple LCD TVs and KEF surround sound, free use of The Oriental Spa’s Heat Experience, free access to the 18-metre heated swimming pool and fitness centre and late 1600 check out.
The Luxe Manor has put together the Studio Room Package priced at HK$1,380 (US$170) entitling guests to a 10 percent discount on meals at Aspasia and concerts at Dada Bar. The first 10 to book a Stuio will be upgraded to a Deluxe Room. There’s also the Themed Suite Package (choose from six types) consisting of a tasting dinner menu or Valentine’s menu at Aspasia, all at HK$5,800 (US$714) per couple.
The Mira’s stay offer begins with a pick up in a vintage London taxi, followed by a bouquet of flowers awaiting guests, who will occupy the Grand Mira Suite featuring a steam shower and Jacuzzi, Kashwere robes and a four poster bed with rose-scented pillows.
They will then dine at WHISK partaking of a six-course dinner with wine pairing in a private, the banquet prepared by Chef Justin Quek. Drinks follow at Room One with an Aphrodisia cocktail to spice up the night. The crowning treat is a 90-minute MiraSpa massage of one’s choice, enjoyed in a VIP suite equipped with sunken whirlpool and steam shower, two mini bottles of Moet & Chandon Champagne and Valrhona chocolate palatte and paint brush. A late morning champagne breakfast and 1600 check out brings the experience to a memorable end. The price tag: HK$60,160 (US$7,740) including surcharges.
Hotel Nikko has a stay package for Hongkong residents at HK$1,880 (US$241) in a Superior Room and HK$3,000 (US$386) in a Harbour View Suite. Perks include one-night accommodation on February 14, dinner for two at Toh Lee or Sagano, buffet breakfast for two at Café Serena, one free bottle of red wine and a special price for a bunch of red roses.
Renaissance Kowloon has a dinner buffet at the Patio Coffee Shop for HK$398 (US$51) per adult and HK$268 (US$34) per child with a free glass of fruit punch. Those who pay fully in advance before February 10 receive a 25 percent discount. The Lobby Lounge is also putting on a Chocolate Tea Buffet including treats such as chocolate éclair and chocolate pavlova.
There are two accommodation offers at Royal Park Hotel. The first applies to February 12 priced at HK$1,150 (US$148), February 13 at HK$1,150 and February 14 at HK$1,560 (US$200) and all come with a five-course set dinner at one+one bar or 2+2 café with seating from 1745 to 1945. The second applies also to February 12 but at HK$1,470 (US$189), February 13 at HK$1,470 and February 14 at HK$1,880 (US$241) with a seven-course set dinner at Sakurada Japanese Restaurant or a five-course set dinner at Royal Park Chinese Restaurant with seating from 1800 to 2030.
Perks include one night Superior Room stay, daily newspaper, welcome fruit, dinner for two at the selected restaurants, free use of fitness centre, late 1600 check out subject to availability and priority for upgrading to Deluxe Room if available.
Ongoing weekend specials at Four Seasons also apply to the Valentine’s weekend. Standard Rooms start from S$318 (US$226) and suites from S$500 (US$356), including breakfast and use of the tennis courts. Stay three nights and pay for only two. A two-night spa package is also available from S$848 (US$604) for Standard Rooms and 1,210 (US$862) for suites with daily breakfast at One Ninety, dim sum lunch Jiang Nan Chun and a one-hour massage.
Two Valentine’s Day Room Packages are available at the Sentosa Resort & Spa. The first starts from S$535 (US$381) that includes a one-night room stay, buffet breakfast at The Terrace for two, Valentine’s day buffet at The Terrace for two (beverages excluded), bouquet of roses and a bottle of champagne upon arrival. The second is priced from S$8,888 (US$6,332) that includes two-way limousine transfer, one-night stay in the Garden Villa with private pool, eight-course candlelight western set dinner with butler service, 24 red roses and chocolate pralines, bottle of Dom Perignon champagne arrival at the villa, one S$500 (US$356) Spa Botanica voucher, caviar breakfast at the villa and diamond accessories worth S$3,000 (US$2,137).