By: Brooke Chenoweth
Whether you’re newly in love or a stalwart couple, these ideas will make every Valentine feel loved this Valentine’s Day.
Love on a Budget
Rug up and take your beloved down to Central Harbourfront where you’ll find Whitebeard (Pier 7, G/F) – Hong Kong’s best fish and chips. Stroll along the harbour hand-in-hand, then take a spin on the Observation Wheel for $100; if you time it right you can watch the 8pm lightshow from 200 feet in the air. If that isn’t enough excitement for one night, the AIA Great European Carnival is right next door (Lung Wo Road); nothing says romance like a rollercoaster ride and giant teddy bears.
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Can’t get a babysitter for the night? Or maybe you have a besotted tween in the house who’s looking to impress a certain boy or girl from school. For a G-rated date head to Elements Mall (1 Austin Road, TST). Try lunch or dinner at Café Deco Pizzeria (Shop 1005-06), and then go ice-skating at The Rink, or take in a flick at The Grand Cinema. And if the man of the house has forgotten Valentine’s Day, point him in the direction of Godiva (Shop 1097) for chocolates. (It’s conveniently located on the same floor as Pandora…)
Hey Big Spender!
For the ultimate indulgence, treat yourselves to a staycation at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. The Celebration Retreat package includes a welcome bottle of champagne and chocolates, $500 hotel credit, breakfast, and a 2pm check-out. On arrival, head straight to the spa for a Couples’ Yin and Yang package. When you tear yourself away from the relaxation room, begin the evening with champagne and cocktails on the 25th floor at M Bar, then settle in at Michelin-starred Pierre for a five-course Valentine’s Day menu. Continue the romance on Sunday after breakfast with a free-flow Rosé Champagne Brunch at Mandarin Grill and Bar – you’ll never want to leave.
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The Great Outdoors
For those who would much rather spend their weekends hitting the trails than cuddling on the couch, the Lantau Base Camp Valentine’s Day Run may be your ideal date. Take a ferry to Mui Wo to be at the race start by 9.30am, kick butt on the trail as a team, then catch a bus to Pui O for lunch on the beach at Mavericks (Pui O Beach, 5662 8552). If you’re feeling particularly romantic, hang about to watch the sunset, or pitch a tent under the stars at nearby Palm Beach.
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If your lover loves food, impress them with the unique culinary coupling happening at private kitchen The Coterie (9B Charmhill Centre, 50 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3971 0773). They’ve teamed up with Secret Ingredient to bring you two special experiences. Join chefs Pan Li and Kevin James at a special Chef’s Table for a four-course meal in an intimate setting at The Coterie, or order everything you need to prepare the main meal from Secret Ingredient and cook it yourself at home (just don’t ask your date to do the dishes). Either way, you’ll be taking the fast track to someone’s heart. Register online at thecoterie.hk.
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