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7 Date Ideas to Impress Her This Valentine’s Day

Where to go when you want to sweep her off her feet.
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The pressure is on to find the perfect date spot for that crucial Valentine’s date. We're sure you've got the whole flowers and chocolates thing down pat, but if you really want to sweep her off her feet, it’s time to pull out all the stops for a truly memorable date.

The point is to create an experience that she will always look back on with fondness—and, honestly, to blow the competition out of the water. Getting the setting right is already half the battle, but remember: You still have to prove that you're the guy she'll want to spend the rest of her life (or at least dinner) with. 

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Spiral and the Sunset Bar at Sofitel

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For the lucky guy for whom money is no object, this evening under the stars is both over-the-top luxe and romantic. The Sofitel’s poolside Sunset Bar offers Love by Design, a bespoke four-course dinner (at P30,000 net) that grilled specialties served by your personal butler, a bottle of Champagne, a box of pralines, and a violin serenade. Advanced reservations are recommended. Sofitel also offers you a chance to make back all that money you dropped on this date: each booking earns the chance to win an iPhone 8.

At Spiral, love knows no boundaries, and apparently, neither does cuisine, as the chefs offer unique combinations of familiar food. Feast on dishes like Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao, Kimchi Chorizo, Indian Butter Paneer Burritos, and Korean Salmon Tacos. The endings are sweet, as the Patisserie offers Mango Avocado Biscotti Crumble, Raspberry Jelly and Coconut Macaroons and instagrammable #couplegoals cupcakes with cute His & Hers animal frostings. Celebrating couples at Spiral have a chance to win gifts from Guerlain, Elizabeth Arden, and Tefal on Valentine’s Day at Spiral, with rates at P3,000 net per person for lunch and P4,500 net per person for dinner.

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Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is located at the CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard. Call F&B Reservations at +63 (02) 832.6988 or email [email protected].

  

Marriott Hotel Manila

Valentine’s Day is de rigueur red, but it turns Grey at the Marriott Hotel Manila as it brings back its adaptation of the 50 Shades trilogy this year. Like a true Christian Grey, be on top of your game with a date under the stars at the hotel’s rooftop pool bar, The Deck. For P 3,500++, you can have the most romantic 5-course dinner with a breathtaking cityscape view as your backdrop.

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The Marriott Café has its own “Red Room” and it aims to tease and tempt with a spread of chocolates, moist cakes, cookies, eclairs and macarons. Buffet prices are Php 2,100 nett for lunch and Php 2,800 for dinner. If you are in the mood to go even naughtier, there is a Shots and Spanks drink list at the Greatroom Lobby Lounge with seductive cocktails in playful names like “My More”, “Cuff Love”, “Restrained”, and “Beseech Me”. To further set the mood for that “laters, baby”, the lobby will play the movie soundtrack.

Manila Marriott Hotel is located at 2 Resorts Drive, Pasay City. For reservations and inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com.

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The Tasting Room at City of Dreams Manila

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The Tasting Room at Nuwa—the rebranded Crown Towers—goes all-out with its haute French cuisine with Asian infusions especially prepared to awaken your senses. Chef de Cuisine Frederic Thevenet’s five-course V-Day Tasting Menu starts with an appetizer of smoked haddock with lentils, egg yolk, caviar, brandade (salt cod and olive oil emulsion) and lettuce; followed by the lobster tartare with clementine orange, lambanog, sauce Américaine, and vegetables à la Grecque; and pineapple-papaya with banana ketchup, celery jelly, and pink pepper, for an intermezzo. Those are just starters, by the way—the main course is a tenderloin beef pot au feu with crosnes (Chinese artichoke), leeks, and truffle vinaigrette, with a dessert of chocolate papillote with pear.

The Valentine’s Tasting Menu is at P5,000++ per person, with wine pairing at an addition P2,500++ per person. As an added Cupid’s treat, a live chocolate station will be available for diners and ladies will receive a bouquet of red roses.

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The Tasting Room is located at the ground floor of Nuwa, City of Dreams, Paranaque City. Call 691-7789 or email The [email protected]

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Lusso


This top-rated restaurant by no less than Asia’s Best Female Chef awardee Margarita Forés offers a special Valentine’s menu from February 13 to 15. The meal for two comes with a choices of lobster bisque raviolo or salad niçoise for starters, entrée options of pan-seared salmon in champagne cream with orange salt and lumpfish caviar duet or chicken Veronique (free-range chicken in Sauvignon Blanc crème) served with French butter rice, and a lovely lavender panna cotta for dessert. The date meal comes with a mini bottle of Moet and Chandon, Ladurée macarons, and tea, at a tab of P3,660 net.  

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Lusso is located at Level 1, Greenbelt 5, Makati. To book, call (02) 756-5893 or 0917-7005893.

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Windows by the Bay Lounge at Hotel Jen


This cute boutique hotel located in the Manila Bay area offers a ringside seat to the romantic sunset at its Windows by the Bay on the 19th floor. Hotel Jen sets the perfect romantic atmosphere at its chill-out lounge with a chef’s sampler platter that comes with two glasses of wine at P1,200 net for two. For a more substantial repast, the dinner buffet at its Latitude all-day dining outlet comes with a 330ml half-bottle of wine per person at P1,600 net.  

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Hotel Jen Manila is located at 3001 Roxas Boulevard Pasay City. For inquiries and advance reservations, call (632) 795 8888 or email [email protected].

  

The Manila Diamond Hotel


The Japanese tradition of Sanbai Gaeshi (thrice the return) is celebrated at Yurakuen with its Ai Ni Kotaeru White Day (Answer Love on White Day) dinner set menu at P2,880 net per person. The tradition follows the rule that men should give thrice the value of the gifts that they received from their lady love on Valentine’s Day. Dinner on February 13 and 14 comes with a serenade by their Trio musical group. 

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The hotel’s Bar 27 offers a Just the Two of Us platter of tapas paired with a cocktail drink for only Php2,400 net per person, with a view of the glittering city skyline and musical entertainment to help set the mood. All ladies dining on February 14 will receive a Valentine memento. 

Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street, Manila. For inquiries, please call (632) 528-3000 or email [email protected]

 

Enchanted Kingdom

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If you literally want to go over the top, have your dinner date on the Enchanted Kingdom’s Wheel of Fate. The theme park brings back its Enchanting Dinner in the Sky event where you can actually have your meal as the 130-feet tall ride brings you up to the skies.

Couples and group dates (up to four per ride capsule) can enjoy a set menu with a view of the Laguna skyline. The Couple package is P1,700 (P2,100 with passes to the Agila attraction) and the group of four package is at P3,300 (P4,000 with Agila tickets). The promo package is inclusive of regular day passes, dinner on the Wheel of Fate, a souvenir photo, and premier seats at the world-class Enchante Musical show. Pre-booked guests are also entitled to a 10% discount on Merchandise and selected stores.

Enchanted Kingdom is located at Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The promo runs all weekends of February, with limited slots. To reserve, call 0920 983 3624, 0999 884 8445, (02) 584 3535 and (02) 830 3535 or email [email protected].

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