If you’re reading this, you’re probably on the hunt for ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. We know it’s a challenge to come up with something original and fresh. Luckily, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year so here’s our suggestion: skip the restaurant dining thing and any kind of candlelight dinner. Instead, whisk him / her off to a surprise destination for the whole weekend! Here are five places you can go for a surprise weekend getaway with your Valentine.
Yes, we’re starting fancy. Our neighbouring country is only an hour away by flight and can cost less than RM300 per person for a return ticket. Don’t mind the splurge? Book a room at the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel so you can dip your feet into the infinity pool on the 57th floor while sipping cocktails with your Valentine. Surprise him / her with tickets to award-winning stage performances at the Marina Bay Sands Theatre below or a shopping spree at the abundance of retail stores there too. Just behind, you’ll find luminant trees at the Gardens by the Bay to walk amongst and even dance to when the free lightshow begins at 7.45pm and 8.45pm every night. Alternatively, you could make the getaway more exciting and less expensive by simply spending 24 hours in Singapore on a budget. After all, you don’t need to spend a lot to have a great time with the one you love.
Nothing spells a romantic weekend better than long walks on the beach and a gorgeous sunset to smooch to. Located on the West of Thailand, Krabi is the perfect place for this and it is only an hour and a half from Kuala Lumpur by flight. For less than RM1000, you can get a return ticket for the both of you. Railay beach is one of the best beaches to catch the golden hour. Watch the sunlight gently dance on the calm Andaman waters, framed by Railay’s dramatic cliffs before adjourning back to your hotel for dinner. Book your hotel with us and get special deals for Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort or Srisuksant Resort.
Bonus idea: If you were also planning to pop “The Question” on Valentines, this trip would be it! Many resorts offer photography packages and getting a photographer to capture the moment she says yes in all of nature’s beauty and splendour, will give you memories to treasure for life.
This island is truly an unsung hero when it comes to a list of Vietnam’s most romantic destinations. In fact, it is made of 28 islands in total, each of them surrounded by an outline of fine white sand and miles of emerald green waters. Imagine seeing that from a bird’s eye view with your Valentine - and you can. The Phu Quoc Cable Car happens to be the world’s longest non-stop three-way cable car as listed in The Guinness Book of World Records! Go for a nice relaxing massage at Phu Quoc Day Spa, one of the best spas at Tran Hung Dao Street offering the traditional Thai massage, Swedish massage, and Indian Head Massage in addition to Vietnamese spa treatments.
As an island, Phu Quoc’s seafood is naturally a highlight and there’s no better place for a crab feast than at Crab House. They literally house all kinds of crustacean dishes - soft-shell crab with green peppercorn salsa, Cajun-style blue crab, lobsters, and other shellfish alike. You could keep it classy and dine at The Spice House, a Vietnamese-fusion restaurant with a quality seafood basket to be enjoyed by the beach. A Phu Quoc speciality dish that you must try when you’re there is raw herring salad. The raw fish is cured with lime juice and topped with coconut flakes, onions, garlic and wrapped in rice paper. Kinda like a mini fish burrito. Dip in peanut sauce or eat as-is. The Phu Quoc International Airport (PQC) makes this paradise even easier to access with direct flights from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore available.
For those already based in Malaysia, the fastest and most convenient getaway trip would be within the country. If you’re both big-time foodies who enjoy exploring heritage towns, Penang is the destination for you and your partner. Wander around the Old Streets of Georgetown hand-in-hand, and discover all its old and new eateries. Plenty of amazing food and Instagrammable features there. Take an easy hike up Penang Hill and enjoy the view and cool air together. Dive into the magical secret Avatar Garden in the evening. End your day with a night of live music and dessert at China House. There’s so much to do and so many memories to be made together in Penang! Flights are going for less than RM300 per person and we have special deals for Armenian Street Heritage Hotel, Bayview Georgetown Hotel, and the luxurious Penang Equatorial. By the way, if you’re in Penang over the weekend, head to Hin Bus Depot to catch the weekend art market and laze on the grass for a bit with your sunglasses and hat. There’s sometimes a coffee truck in the garden that loans out picnic mats too!
Bali makes the perfect getaway because it has almost everything couples would enjoy doing together. Treasure hunting at Ubud Art Market, beginner surf lessons at Kuta Beach, snorkelling, cocktails at one of Seminyak’s breezy bars, and even island-hopping over at Lombok or the Gili Islands. Of course if you’re going as far as Bali, its best to allocate at least 4-5 days to really soak up the holiday vibe. February is also a great time to be in Bali or Lombok because its low tourist season. While the monsoon is ending, hotel rates are usually lower than peak season so you can get a lot more value out of what you pay for! And that is always a win.
If you are going to Lombok, visit the island's refreshing and clean waterfalls. Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu falls look like something out of a jungle movie set - yes, its that flawless. Both are easy to get to by hired van. There will be a guide to bring you through the 20-minute walk to the falls for a small fee. They’re friendly caretakers of the Rinjani forest reserve so they know their way around and they make great phone photographers too! Return flights to Bali are going for less than RM700 per person.
These five places offer something for every kind of couple. Whether you’re both city-dwellers or outdoor adventurers, these destinations are close and affordable enough to pull together a quick travel itinerary for your ideal getaway surprise. Book your flights and hotel with us and get the best deals while you’re at it too. Enjoy your escapade and Happy Valentines, you love birds!