Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be the same old tired cliché every year. If you’re looking to make it a fun and memorable one this year, we’ve gathered some of the most exciting, interesting and unconventional date ideas – romance doesn’t stop at fancy dinners!
1. Cook at Home
On this popular couples day out, most restaurants are packed with reservations. If you’re looking to beat the crowd, an intimate cooking sesh at home is a great alternative! Have a go at Indian cuisine with this ultra-useful Spicebox kit ($105), which features a fun cookbook with easy-to-follow recipes, as well as nine types of organic spices, sourced from small farms in India. This unique concept by Indian Spicebox allows you to easily recreate popular dishes like tandoori chicken and palak paneer, all in the comfort of your home. With just a quick trip to the market for fresh ingredients, you can whip up a healthy yet satisfying Indian feast at home with your special one!
2. Dine with a view
Nothing beats a dinner date with a spectacular city view. Located at the iconic spherical Fullerton Pavilion, Monti serves fresh and hearty modern Italian offerings. On 10, 11 and 14 February, tuck into a Valentine’s Day premium five-course dinner for two (starts at $400 per couple) Start with a glass of bubbly each, six oysters to share, one starter, fresh risotto with roses and champagne, a choice of lobster or wagyu, and sherry poached pear to end the meal with. Psst… We recommend paying a little extra for the window seat ($450 per couple).They’re worth it!
Impress your date with an evening of romance at Me@OUE (closed), where you’ll get stellar views of the Marina Bay, while enjoying signature cocktails and fusion dishes. On Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is offering a four-course ($150 per person or $190 with wine and cocktail pairing) and six-course menu ($220 per person or $280 with wine and cocktail pairing) from 6pm to 8pm and 8pm to 10pm respectively. Expect a blend of French, Japanese and Chinese influences, with unique (and photogenic) dishes like the Castaing duck breast served with pan-seared foie gras, and lychee raspberry rose bavarois.
3. Dine in absolute darkness
Located just off Haji Lane, NOX Dine in the Dark offers a one-of-a-kind experience perfect for an edgy yet romantic date night. This unique concept allows diners to enjoy their meal in absolute darkness. Expect a truly unusual experience at this mod European restaurant with specially trained blind and visually impaired servers, as well as a pitch-black dining room. How does taking a sense away, change the flavour of the food? Psst… On Valentine’s Day, a special dinner menu ($288 per couple) is served, where you’ll enjoy a welcome drink and an amuse bouche, before heading to the pitch-dark dining area for a three-course meal. Dinner finishes with petit fours and a rose will be presented to your special someone.
4. Jet Pack or Jet Blade in Sentosa
Why swim, when you can fly? At Ola Beach Club, you can try your hand at the water propelled Jet Pack, a thrill-seeking water sport that lets you fly through the air at a speed of 40km per hour, and up to nine metres in height. Managed by SeaBreeze, an established water sport company from Hawaii, jet packing ($228 for a 45-minute package, or $298 for a one-hour course) is a fun option if you’re looking for something different this year. Psst… On Valentine’s Day, all couples who book a meal at the Hawaiian-themed restaurant will enjoy 20% off all water sports.
5. Visit a trampoline park
Another one for adrenaline junkies: bounce away on trampolines and tackle an exciting obstacle course, at BOUNCE Singapore! Featuring three areas based on interests and levels of difficulty, this trampoline park promises an awesome time for all ages. Major plus: this indoor adventure park is offering a special two-for-one deal from 13th to 16th Feb. All you have to do is book online with the promo code “VDAY17” to enjoy this deal.
Cathay Cineleisure Orchard
8 Grange Road, #09-01
6. Chill in a floating pod
Are you and your sweetheart feeling stressed and tired? If floating in the dark for an hour ($90) sounds like heaven, check out Palm Ave Float Club, one of Asia’s best known float centres. The concept is simple: first shower, then switch off all the lights and step into your pod. After which, the floating begins. Benefits involve stress relief and deep relaxation, which translate to a better well-being for both of you! Just remember to pre-book as sessions are by appointment only.
7. Create a bespoke perfume for your other half
A date and gift idea in one, this two-hour long couples perfume workshop by Jet’aime Singapore goes beyond chocolates and roses. It starts with a simple personality test to find out your olfactory preferences, followed by the fragrance blending, where you create an original formula for yourself or your date. Tickets can be bought here and there are four Valentine’s Day slots to choose from: 10am to 12pm; 1pm to 3pm; 4pm to 6pm and 6pm to 8pm.
Check out our last Valentine’s Day list.