This year we’re going to be celebrating the double-whammy of Valentine’s and Chinese New Year on the same weekend. If you’re staying in town this weekend and still haven’t made your romantic plans, we’ve got some ideas for you to sweep your partner off their feet (or make them growl like a tiger!).
1. If you’re looking for that “wow” reaction, why not plan to head to the Mandarin Oriental, where you can sip champagne cocktails at the glamourous M Bar on the 25th Floor, followed by a six-course Valentine’s Cantonese feast at Man Wah where you will even be given a gift from Shanghai Tang to take away with you. The dinner is priced at $988 per person and is sure to impress! If you aren’t keen on feeling the Valentine’s pressure to be romantic along with all the other couples, you could postpone your Mandarin experience until the next night, the 15th February and pretend that the New Year fireworks are just to celebrate your love! The M Bar is the perfect venue for watching the display and staring deeply into each other’s eyes.
2. If you’re looking to turn up the heat, how about trying out RED SoHo‘s special CNY and Valentine’s menu, available from the 1st to the 21st of February. Their four course set dinner, ending with a Chef’s dessert platter to share, is priced at $888 for two, including 2 glasses of champagne and a free gift from Showtime Lingerie. That kind of deal is sure to get your pulse racing!
3. If you prefer to think outside the box, why not arrange a stay-at-home feast, with candles, bubbly and seduction-by-eating. You could order from Comme a la Maison or Relish Kitchen rather than slaving over a hot stove, and focus instead on pampering and preening yourself to perfection! You could even try out one of my favourite ideas EVER, inspired by this lovely couple (image above).
4. Feel like an evening on the Dark Side? Ride the Star Ferry to TST for cocktails at Salon de Ning (above) in the basement of the Peninsula Hotel. This bar is one of our absolute Sassy favourites as it is perfect for naughty deeds in dark corners! Ask what is on Madame de Ning’s mind for Valentine’s day to find out the cocktail special! Then head upstairs for dinner at Chesa, the Swiss restaurant, where you can melt inside with a sinful cheese fondue and enjoy the traditional mountain cottage atmosphere.
5. Feel like venturing further afield? Head out to one-thirtyone in Sai Kung, where you can have an intimate fine-dining meal in beautiful surroundings. A word of warning though, you might want to make your booking for 2011! We’re sure this place will be hugely over-booked as it is just such a winner.