Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so it’s time to take this opportunity to show your significant other how special they are! Whether it’s to spice up years of marriage with a romantic date, or simply having a good time with someone special, Valentine's Day promises nothing but a great time together accompanied by the best experiences that Malaysia has to offer.
From stunning sunsets to special dining experiences, here’s your ultimate list of romantic places in Malaysia to spice up your Valentine’s Date this year:
The hills are alive… with the smell of clean air, brewed tea and freshly-baked scones wafting in the air. Why not take a day trip on Valentine’s weekend to Cameron Highlands and enjoy a high tea picnic high upon the rolling hills?
The “Signature Picnic Experience”, hosted by Cameron Highlands Resort, includes a five-course picnic meal, personal butler service, and a tour of the tea plantation.Take an intimate stroll through lush tea bushes on a private appreciation tour on the cultivation of tea followed by the highlight of the tour - a sumptuous picnic spread laid out al fresco in the heart of the tea plantation, allowing guests a panoramic view of the lush tea valley. The combination of delicious picnic food and breathtaking scenery is sure to impress even the fussiest of dates!
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For the folks in Sabah, here’s a budget-friendly place for lovebirds to get away from the busy throng of everyday life! Formerly known as the Kota Kinabalu Ferry Terminal, Jesselton Point Waterfront has become one of the main city attractions in Kota Kinabalu. This quaintly scenic place has an unmistakable historical feel to it — complete with olden days snapshots of Kota Kinabalu city (Jesselton) and vintage red English phone booths. With an array of alfresco F&B outlets and food stalls offering unique dining experiences, here you can truly appreciate how spectacular the seemingly ordinary sunset can be.
Being equatorial, sunsets in East Malaysia religiously begins around 5.30pm - 6pm and it’s all over in about half an hour once the sun dips below the horizon. Find yourself a good position, grab a cocktail and sit back and watch the show. Several cafes and restaurants have tables outside in prime viewing positions, or just wander to the end of the pier and sit on the public benches as you look back on the city basking in an orange glow.
Nothing beats going on a romantic stroll after an early dinner, and there’s no better place to go in Kuching than to the Waterfront, where the majestic Darul Hana Bridge awaits. Linking the northern and southern parts of Kuching, the city's spectacular pedestrian bridge is constructed to resemble the letter 'S' (for Sarawak), and the two towers are designed to look like the hornbill-inspired structures of traditional Bidayuh bamboo bridges. Go hand in hand with your partner to one of the two spacious viewing decks, and watch the sun set on the horizon of the sprawling riverfront.
If the sun has already set after your Valentine dinner, there’s still plenty of festivities you can enjoy on the Kuching waterfront! At night, the whole stretch of the esplanade comes alive with the sounds of buskers filling the air with music. Best of all, stay tuned for the Darul Hana Musical fountain display, resplendent with colourful laser lights and jets of water that shoot up to 8 metres in height! There are 2 shows starting from 8.30pm and 9.30pm respectively, with an additional show starting from 10.30pm on the weekends.
If you and your bae are not one for typical dinner dates, then why not spend an afternoon at the KL Bird Park? Located in the serene and scenic famous Lake Gardens, the KL Bird park is well known as the "World's Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary"! Birds of all shapes and sizes roam around this aviary freely, allowing visitors to come close to these fine-feathered creatures. The highlight of the venue? The bird feeding section where you feed colourful Lory birds with bird seed in your hand. Definitely an experience that you and your bae will definitely not forget!
Here’s one for the adventurous couple! Capture every mural out of the 52 murals that currently adorn the walls of Georgetown, Penang - starting with the most iconic murals by Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevich. Pose next to Boy on a Bike, Children on bicycle, Reaching up, Children on a swing, or Kids playing basketball for those picture-perfect shots on Instagram!
Mural hunting makes for hungry business for a couple on the prowl! Don’t forget to fuel up along the way with food stops. You should definitely not miss out on a sizzling plate of Char Kuey Teow while you’re in Penang!
Flowers and chocolates aside, the best way to make your Valentine date memorable is by taking him or her to a romantic spot to experience something exciting together! Where will you be going this Valentine’s day?
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