If you are still wondering how to celebrate Valentine’s Day – aside from roses, chocolates and maybe a little bling – consider these six ideas that will help make this day (and night) ever more memorable.
Make room for love
Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore at Claymore Road transforms into a romantic retreat on Valentine’s Day. Immerse yourself in a picturesque setting of cascading waterfalls, tranquil pools, and lush greenery that makes you forget that you are right smack in the city when you book the Romance in Bloom Staycation with an exclusive one-night stay in the Premier Balcony King Room.
Your love-filled getaway begins with a welcome bottle of Champagne and a specially crafted amenity on arrival. Enjoy a three-course dinner with champagne or non-alcoholic sparkling tea while being serenaded with live music under the stars. Then have breakfast in bed or the delicious international buffet at Mosella. For that extra touch of romance, enjoy 25 percent off spa treatments as a couple during your stay.
Bookings are available now for stays on Feb 14 and 17. For reservations, visit panpacific.com/orchard.
A taste of romance
Mosella’s Valentine’s Day menu (Feb 14 to 17) gracefully weaves a tale of love through its cuisine at Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore. Every dish in the five-course dinner is an ode to romance, designed to complement the stunning surroundings. They include Love at First Sight that artfully balances the decadence of foie gras “panna cotta” with the sweetness of peach, vanilla bourbon and sourdough; Falling in Love with a poached Atlantic lobster in a coral and saffron sauce; and the piece de resistance, Kiss Me Under the Stars with MB5 wagyu beef tenderloin adorned with black truffle, celeriac, root vegetables, and thyme jus.
Dessert, of course, is sublime but we’ll let you discover that for yourselves. Every woman will receive a red rose upon arrival, symbolising the essence of love. The dinner is $98++ per person, and a wine pairing menu is available for an additional cost of $98++. Live jazz music further enhances the romantic ambience.
For reservations, visit here.
Say “I love you” under the stars
At Pan Pacific Singapore, nothing says “I love you” quite like an al fresco candlelit dinner under the stars. The thoughtfully designed Valentine’s Day five-course wine pairing menu ($268++ per person, with a bouquet of flowers) with old- and new-world wines at the Poolside Patio features ingredients that scream “aphrodisiac”.
The starter, for instance, is a tangy combination of Granny Smith apple and avocado that perfectly complements King Crab and Uni. Also indulge in Pan Seared Scallops, Turbot bathed in Caviar Beurre Blanc, or Steak drizzled with Miso Hollandaise. Then rekindle your affection while listening to a live duo.
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Let’s eat cake (and chocolates!)
Impress your other half when you show your passion with luscious handmade chocolates and/or a decadent cake from Pacific Emporium at Pan Pacific Singapore. With its soft pillow-like shape and ring adorning it, the White Chocolate Red Velvet Raspberry Cake ($30.52) is unlike any other indulgence. Of course, you could also put an actual ring on it (just saying!).
Alternatively, you’ll need a mallet to break open the Classy Heart Chocolate Pinata ($38.15), which reveals even more chocolate treats inside.
Pacific Emporium’s Valentine’s Day treats at Pan Pacific Singapore will be available until Feb 29 for self-collection at Pacific Emporium (Level 1) or by delivery at panpacificsingapore.oddle.me.
Haven’t had the chance to celebrate Chinese New Year? Good news, you can do that and enjoy Valentine’s Day simultaneously at Lime, Parkroyal Collection Pickering, Singapore. The restaurant will feature a festive buffet menu alongside Valentine-themed items on Feb 14. Enjoy a Chocolate Luxtini, heart-shaped pralines, and roses for all female diners.
For reservations, visit here.
Take time out to indulge in a blissful relaxing spa treatment for two at Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, Singapore’s St. Gregory Spa. Choose the 90-minute Aromatic Body Bliss or Balinese Massage and let experienced therapists knead away all the stresses and tight knots. Enjoy the Valentine’s Day Special with 15 percent off from now until Feb 29. Couples will receive an exclusive Elemis Gift Set worth $36.
Make your reservations here.
Valentine’s Day facts you may not know
• Lupercalia, an ancient Roman festival celebrated in mid-February, is recognised as a precursor to Valentine’s Day. In this festival, fertility rites were performed whereby priests would sacrifice a goat and a dog.
• In the Philippines, it is the most common wedding anniversary, and mass weddings of hundreds of couples on Feb 14 continue to be a big deal.
• It has expanded to include expressions of affection among family, friends and schoolchildren. The day before Valentine’s Day is known as Galentine’s Day where platonic friendships are celebrated.
• Wearing your heart on your sleeve was a real thing. Shakespeare was said to first use this expression in Othello (1603), but Merriam-Webster suggests it originated in medieval jousting when knights dedicated matches to their beloved by tucking her scarf into their armoured sleeves.
• Roman goddess Venus wanted red roses in her posies, making them a symbol of romance since ancient Rome. The Victorian era was the first time men gave flowers to women they courted.