Yes, it is a cliché - Valentine's Day - but for those who travel through time zones and don't even remember their own birthdays, it helps to have this cliché to remind them about that special someone. We have looked around and come up with a list of packages you can take advantage of to celebrate the occasion, in some of the region's most major cities:
The Four Seasons, Singapore
This hotel is offering different packages in order to cater to the separate needs of each couple. Couples can check into one of the rooms on the no-children floors, which are specially decorated and come with romantic perks every day of the year such as breakfast in bed, free flow of candies and a candlelit bath drawn up for you by the butler. The Valentine's specials will add in some extra perks: I Think We’re Alone Now package involves breakfast or brunch in bed while watching a romantic movie of their choice and the Lazy Lovers package involves an in-room massage with breakfast in bed.
Price: Rooms on the no-children floor start at S$470 (US$376) between February 11 and February 14. The I Think We’re Alone Now option costs an additional S$120 (US$96) while the Lazy Lovers costs S$215 (US$172).
Langham Xintiandi, Shanghai
This hotel, in the quaint and trendy Xintiandi district, is offering an indulgent two-and-a-half-hour spa treatment for couples at the hotel’s signature Chuan Spa, between now and March 31. The treatment includes a milk bath for two, two sweet-and-savoury body scrubs, full body massages and body wraps. The package also includes two complimentary cocktails and chocolate.
Price: RMB1,380 (US$218) for two
Mandarin Oriental, Boston
For a more active Valentine’s date, the Mandarin Oriental in Boston is offering a yoga workout for couples combined with a Thai massage. Led by a certified instructor, the workshop will take couples through a series of poses, stretches and various Thai massage techniques that are designed to strengthen trust in the relationship. The package, which will include refreshments, will only be available on February 12 between 1330 and 1600.
Price: US$180 per couple
The Peninsula, Hong Kong
If you want it to be special, just a candlelit dinner is not enough, you need to find a location that is set up for diners only on Valentine's Day, such as the pool terrace of Hong Kong's most historic hotel. The Roman-style décor complements the spectacular view of Victoria Harbour and a five-course meal that includes a glass of champagne for each. This offer is only available on February 14.
Price: HK$2,788 (US$359)
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
This hotel is capitalising on its location on the east bank of the Chao Phraya river and offering couples a romantic cruise dinner. The Horizon Cruise package, available from February 11 until February 14, includes a buffet-style meal with a welcome cocktail and a surprise gift.
Price: Baht 2,500 (US$80) per person