Vivacious Venues for Valentine’s Day around Southeast Asia
Banyan Tree Samui – The spectacular venue of Saffron Restaurant at Banyan Tree Samui proves an idyllic panoramic vista of the sea and all the ingredients for romance this Valentine’s with a signature 3-Course Degustation Set Menu (THB 1,800 nett per person). Alternatively, a 6-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner on the Beach is also available (THB 5,500 nett per person, including one 200ml bottle of Moet & Chandon Rose) or an afternoon Valentine’s High Tea Set (THB 1,699 nett for 2 persons). Couples may also want to indulge in a special Art of Romance spa package at any time throughout the month of February – the choice of a 30-min body scrub, a 60-min body massage or a 30-minute Romance Bath plus one complimentary Wellbeing Sanctuary activity (12,000 THB per couple).
Raffles Le Royal
Opened in 1929, this vintage-era hotel is the perfect spot for an exquisitely classical Valentine’s Day dinner for those in the Cambodian capital. Couples staying at Le Royal between the 12th and 15th of February will enjoy a promotional rate of US$415 per night, which includes a Romantic Champagne Dinner for two at the recently launched Le Phnom 1929 restaurant, one bottle of Deutz Champagne, and a daily complimentary Champagne Breakfast for two. As an extra touch, Valentine’s guests will be welcomed upon arrival with the hotel bar’s signature Femme Fatale cocktail, famously created for US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy when she visited in the 1960s. Walk-in guests can also book a Valentine’s Day set dinner ($140 per couple)
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Alma Resort Cam Ranh
Overlooking Long Beach, Alma offers Valentine’s Day experiences ranging from a private boat tour on a lagoon to a candle-lit seafood barbeque with roses. Breakfast in a floating heart-shaped tray at a private pavilion pool features the likes of fruit, sweets, bubbles and a rose. Couples will learn about the life of the local fishermen, watch the sunset and savor snacks, drinks and a Vietnamese BBQ dinner on a private boat on nearby Thuy Trieu Lagoon. Another dinner option involves a private chef and waiter setting up a table with candles and roses and serving the private seafood barbecue with red wine on the resort’s hill with spectacular beach views. Romantic movies will also air at Alma Cinema accompanied with snacks and sweets. Call +84 258 399 1666.
Meliá Koh Samui
The first Meliá resort to debut in Thailand will serve a gourmet five-course dinner in a private sala this Valentine’s Day on the sands of peaceful Choeng Mon Beach overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Served from 7pm and priced at THB 4800 (USD 144.40) per couple, or THB 7980 (USD 240) with wine pairing, Meliá Koh Samui’s indulgent experience begins with ‘63˚C Egg’ served with pata negra, potato, black truffle and chives, and then fresh raw Fin de Claire Oysters with raspberry, salmon roe and caviar, followed by trout with green apple, cucumber and fennel. The star attractions are the Canadian lobster bisque served with Jerusalem artichoke and tarragon and Black Angus sour vide with carrots, beets and duck fat potato. The intimate dinner ends with Valrhona served with forest berries, hazelnut and salted caramel. For further information or to make a reservation, call +66 (0) 77 938 899
Meliá Phuket Mai Khao
Situated on Phuket’s secluded Mai Khao Beach overlooking the Andaman Sea, Meliá Phuket Mai Khao will celebrate its first Valentine’s Day with a private beach barbeque dinner. The resort, which opened on December 1, 2021, will serve a Western four-course “surf and turf” themed dinner for two with the likes of lobster, wagyu beef, truffle and oysters. Staged at the resort’s lawn adjacent to the sand, the dinner comes with a complimentary nitro cocktail and optional wine and champagne. The intimate affair starts at 6pm to make the most of Mai Khao beach’s spectacular sunset and is priced at THB 5,900++ (USD 178++) per couple for dinner only, THB 6,900++ (USD 208++) per couple for an additional welcome cocktail and bottle of wine, and THB 9,900++ (USD 299++) for an additional welcome cocktail and bottle of champagne. For more information or to make a reservation, please call +66 76 563 550
Banyan Tree Krabi
An intimate candlelit dinner will be on the Valentine’s Day menu at this splendid new resort on tranquil Tubkaek Beach in Krabi. Situated on the hotel’s beach lawn with a spectacular vista of the towering karst cliffs that jut from the sea in Than Bok Khorani national marine park, a special three-course set meal will be served as diners are serenaded by a trio. The price of 7,999 THB per couple includes dining, a bottle of Bottega Gold Prosecco, and one long-stemmed rose. For more information or reservations, call (075) 811 888
Azerai La Residence, Hue
In Vietnam’s former imperial capital, sweethearts can enjoy a romantic dinner for two overlooking the fabled Perfume River at Azerai La Residence, Hue. The multi-course Valentine’s Day menu starts with a local specialty, Lang Co oyster and saffron soup, followed by seared sea scallop with honey-lime dressing and crispy vegetables. The main course offers a choice of pan-fried sea bass with arugula salad, purple potato mashed and black olive salsa or a grilled Australian striploin marinated with lemongrass, sauteed baby bok-choy, roasted Da Lat potato and mushroom sauce. Dessert is coffee ice cream. The Valentine’s Day menu is priced at VND 590,000 per person. For more information or to make a booking, call +84 (0) 234 3837 475.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Celebrate the holiday of love on Feb. 14 with two special dining options at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. At angelina, the hotel’s cocktail bar, whisky lounge and rustic New World cuisine restaurant, the exclusive 5-course “From angelina with Love” dinner (VND 2.7 million per person) includes fine de claire oysters, pumpkin velouté, pan-roasted halibut, wagyu beef sirloin and a special dessert featuring American cherry mousse, Valhrona chocolate and passion fruit sorbet. High-end French restaurant Le Beaulieu’s 5-course “Essence of Romance” menu (VND 3.2 million per person) includes a baked fine de claire oyster with avocado and caviar, coconut lobster bisque, pan-seared foie gras, wagyu beef tenderloin, and sweet surprises to share for dessert. For more information or to make a reservation call +84 24 3826 6919