Top 10 Romantic Places in Asia & Australia for Valentine’s Day 2018
With Valentine’s Day 2018 just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning a romantic getaway for you and your partner to go somewhere nice and celebrate your love with one another. We’ve prepared a list of top 10 places in Asia and Australia where we’re sure that your holiday will take on a whole new significance when you’re travelling as a couple. Since Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday in 2018, by taking three days of leave, you will be able to have a lovely five day vacation at one of these romantic spots and these places will give you many wonderful experiences to deepen your love.
1. Red Sky Bar, Bangkok - For a romantic dinner with a panoramic view of the city
Bangkok is the perennial favourite for many Singaporean travellers looking for a quick weekend getaway with their partner. The city is budget friendly, appeals to shopaholics and stands out with amazing sky-bars, offering spectacular views of the city skyline and sets the perfect atmosphere for a romantic vacation with your partner.
Out of the many popular sky-bars in Thailand’s capital city, few come close to Red Sky Bar. Known for excellent western bistro food and 360 views of the city skyline from 55 storeys up, Red Sky Bar will surely offer you and your partner a wonderful romantic experience to remember. This is one dinner that is worth dressing up for, with a smart casual dress code, you and your partner will get excited preparing to look your best for one another on a special night. As Red Sky is located above Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld, you’ll be able to shop before your big night at one of Bangkok’s biggest shopping malls. Reservations are recommended for dinner service and you can either do that at Red Sky’s official website or ask the concierge desk at your hotel to help you make an advance booking.
2. COMO Cocoa Island Resort, Maldives - For a couples retreat in a villa
Few places in the world as considered as romantic as the Maldives, and no list of romantic villas would be complete without including COMO Cocoa Island Resort. This is the perfect spot if you and your partner are looking for a couple retreat at a luxury villa in a beautiful island paradise.
COMO Cocoa Island Resort is one of the top rated resorts and one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in all of the Maldives. With 33 villas that are specially designed to look like the popular fishing boat in the Maldives, it’s fitting that these are located just above the water. Or you can choose to stay in one of the 3 villas located on the island itself. Every villa comes complete with entertainment, room service, a private deck to sunbathe, and of course a stunning bedroom. Go for snorkeling or diving as a couple early in the day and then relax with a couples massage at the spa. And when you’re fully relaxed, have a romantic candlelit private dinner along the white sandy beach as you watch the sun go down in paradise.
3. Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo, Japan - For theme-park lovers
If you and your partner’s idea of a good time is visiting a theme park together and riding roller-coasters to get your adrenaline fix, there are few better places to go in Asia than DisneySea in Tokyo, Japan. At the only DisneySea resort in the World, you’ll find many other couples decked out in matching Disney shirts and adorable Mickey and Minnie caps.
At DisneySea, you’ll find one of a kind rides, like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, where you ride on one of Captain Nemo’s submarines and go with your partner on a voyage to search for the mystical underwater civilization of Atlantis. And, if you visit the park from now till the middle of March, you’ll have the chance to experience the Pixar Playtime Special Event. This is the perfect chance to get selfies taken with Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story, Lighting McQueen from Cars and Nemo and Dory from Finding Nemo. End the day by watching the Fantasmic Fireworks Show, a musical extravaganza featuring Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Then, head back to the DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta (the first Disney hotel located within the grounds of a Disneyland Park itself) for a good night’s rest to complete your romantic Disney vacation.
4. Sapa, Vietnam - For those couples that love to trek together and go off the beaten path
Sapa, a laid back town in the Northwest of Vietnam, is famous for the Hoang Lien Sen Mountain Range, which is at the Eastern corner of the Himalayas. Here, you can hike with a local guide, where you’ll see dramatic scenery of rice-fields, get to dine at one of the many local cafes and specialty restaurants offering amazing Vietnamese cuisine and get to experience the colorful local markets. There are different markets for different days of the week, with each market offering unique experiences based on the hill tribe that organizes it.
If you want to make your vacation even more special, take a cultural tour which brings you to see H’mong villagers and interacting with them as they perform their daily tasks. You’ll get to visit local schools and handicraft centres and end the day by spending the night in a village homestay. Sapa’s highest peak is Fan Si Pan, with its summit towering at at 3143 metres above sea level, this is one hike you’re sure to remember as it takes 3 days to get to the top. But it’s worth every moment of adventure to get to the top, as you take your photos together as a couple among the clouds and with the amazing view surrounding you, this also makes it a popular proposal spot for trekkers. .
5. Melbourne, Australia - For couples that love coffee and want to go cafe hopping
If you and your partner usually spend your weekends in Singapore looking for the newest hipster cafe to get your caffeine fix, then we’d suggest you to go Melbourne for a couples vacation. Few spots in the world have as many top rated cafes than Melbourne, so this makes it the perfect paradise for coffee lover and cafe hoppers.
If you’re looking for a vintage chic cafe with amazing bagels (their specialty is bagels served with banana, maple syrup, whipped butter, popcorn and ham), check out Manchester Press at 8 Rankins Lane. If you’re looking for a cafe with quirky decor and wooden interior (bar stools hanging from the ceiling), don’t miss Brother Baba Budan, which serves up awesome espresso at 359 Little Bourke Street. And if you’re looking for a cafe that offers an excellent brunch menu, look no further than Captains of Industry at 2 Somerset Place.
6. Ubud, Bali - For couples that are looking for an Eat Pray Love experience
Ubud, Bali is a magical place with deep spiritual roots and after being featured in the Eat Pray Love Movie starring Julia Roberts, it has seen an influx of travellers looking to visit the places that she visited. There are now many tours being offered by local guides to take you to the spots where the filming was done. Or, if you prefer to explore Ubud by yourselves, we’ll highlight the main spots to visit.
The Ubud Local Market is one of those fascinating sights featured in the movie, where you’ll be able to shop for local art, cultural items, woven bags and traditional Balinese clothes. Ketut Liyer House, was the spot for the scene where she met with a local medicine man or spiritual healer. There, you can learn meditation and have him read your fortune for you and your partner. Stroll along Padang Padang Beach to watch the sunset together. And to complete your Eat Pray Love experience, book a villa overlooking the rice fields, like Temuku Villas Ubud or Samkhya Villas.
7. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia - For couples that love history and want to go on a temple run
For a couples trip that is surreal and truly out of the ordinary, head over to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Angkor Wat Archaeological is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts history buffs and temple explorers from all over the world. Built in the 12th century, it is truly an amazing sight to behold. We’d recommend taking the 3-day pass so you have more time to explore this vast temple complex with your partner.
One of the most popular sunset sights here is Phnom Bakheng, so get there early to find a good spot to take some wonderful photographs. Within Angkor itself, you’ll be able to find a host of great spots as well for sunset. Or if you’re an early riser, get up before the sun rises and wait at either Preah Khan or the North Gate. Whatever time of day you visit, we’re sure that you and your partner will have many wonderful memories of Angkor Wat.
8. Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta, Indonesia - For couples that love to watch sunrise together
Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia is one of those must-visit places in the world if you want to watch a wonderful sunrise together as a couple and share in this bucket list experience. The sun typically rises between 5:15 am and 5:45 am every morning, and the only way to enter Borobudur before sunrise, is to take the Borobudur Sunrise Tour at Manohara Hotel.
Prepare to leave your hotel around 3am and you’ll arrive early in the morning at Manohara Hotel, where you can purchase your tickets for the entry to Borobudur for sunrise. The gates will open at 4am and you’ll be given a torchlight so you can navigate your way to the top of the temple and find a great spot in the darkness while you wait for the sun to rise. Get ready for a moment to remember as you see the sun slowly appear through the hills in the horizon. After the sun has risen, you’ll have some time to explore the temple and take more photos before you make your way down to the hotel to enjoy a light snack and a drink.
9. Taipei, Taiwan - For couples that love to go on foodie trips and night market hunting
Are you and your partner hardcore foodies and your idea of a great trip is to head to all the must-eat spots? If you are, then make a trip to Taipei, where you’re sure to get your fill of the awesome food at cafe, restaurants, night markets and street food stalls. Here, we feature some of these spots that you just have to try in Taipei.
Tonghua Night Market has a festival like atmosphere with excellent food offerings. Try the Liu Sha Fritters here, a fried donut filled with salted egg custard and the Peanut Roll Ice Cream, a mixture of shaved peanuts and ice cream rolled into a popiah. Shilin Night Market is the most famous night market in Taiwan and for good reason, as it’s a massive market filled with food stalls around every corner. Here, you have to try the famous Shilin Fried Chicken. And if you’re a lu rou fan (braised pork with rice) lover, then you have to visit Jin Feng to get your fix. For a xiao long bao feast to remember, bring your partner to either Hangzhou Xiao Long Bao (rated as a 5 star meal by many reviewers) or Kao Chi (they actually started 8 years before Din Tai Fung).
10. The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore - For couples that love staycations
If you don’t have too much time for a getaway, how about booking a one-night staycation at The Warehouse Hotel, located near Robertson Quay. The Warehouse Hotel is quickly becoming a top staycation spot, with its heritage design, old-school style, awesome dining offerings, a rooftop pool to relax in, custom bedding, and most of all, a special in-room menu, with a whole host of kinky offerings inspired by 50 Shades of Grey. Don’t miss this chance for a special staycation with your partner and if you’re looking to book a room on 14 February, please make your reservations as soon as possible.
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