Staying in love
A few days away in romantic surroundings can be enough to kindle new passion or just recharge batteries: Lee Pin Leng checks out weekend nests in the neighbourhood
A sweet way to celebrate romance and passion is at one of the local hotels, of which many offer special room deals for Valentine's Day. What better way to show your significant other he or she is in your thoughts than with an intimate and pampered get-away - indulge with room service, downy duvets, king-sized beds and spectacular views.
Kick off your shoes and sip the champagne while you nibble a truffle.
The InterContinental Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui offers a weekend getaway. A one-night package includes a superior harbour view room and the use of leisure facilities such as the fabulous outdoor pool and spa. Cost is HK$2,003 and includes a daily American breakfast for two, a HK$500 dining credit, and tax and service charges. For reservations or information, call 2721 1211.
Down the road, The Peninsula Hotel has the 'Pen-ultimate' Valentine's experience for those with deep pockets. This sybaritic experience includes a night in one of the three premier suites; a butler at your beck and call; chauffeured Rolls Royce; candle-lit dinner; breakfast; a kitchen tour; helicopter sightseeing; lunch for two at Gaddi's or Spring Moon Chinese restaurant; afternoon tea; personalised dinner and lunch menus; and Clarins facials. This will set you back HK$50,000 for two.
There is also a local resident package - stay at The Peninsula in Hong Kong and get an extra night at the Bangkok sister hotel or the Palace Hotel in Beijing. A deluxe room for two is HK$2,775 for the first night and the second is HK$775. The price includes limousine transfer, daily American breakfast, 20 per cent discount at all restaurants, bars and for beauty treatments. For reservations or information, call 2315 3112.
Across the harbour, the Ritz-Carlton in Central has a Romantic Rendezvous for $1,990, for a deluxe harbour view room, or HK$2,990 for a one-bedroom suite. The cost for two nights in a deluxe room is HK$2,990 and HK$4,190 for the suite. The latter includes complimentary club privileges. Enjoy an early check-in to prepare for the Honeymooner's Bath - with champagne, strawberries, rose petals and aromatherapy oils - and also enjoy a room-service breakfast and late check-out.
There is another package that throws in Cupid, who will be on hand for a special experience - all for HK$8,000. The Romance Concierge will tailor a package that includes special gifts and souvenirs. You get one night in a one-bedroom suite, return limousine transfer, four-course dinner at Toscana with paired wines, Honeymooner's Bath, keepsake bathrobes and champagne flutes, room service breakfast and club privileges with full use of the Club Lounge and complimentary food and beverages.
If you want to upgrade to the Presidential Suite it will cost HK$16,000. For reservations or information, call 2877 6666.
The Island Shangri-La has city view rooms for HK$1,696, a view of The Peak for HK$1,850 and harbour view for HK$2,050. Prices include complimentary daily buffet, free local calls and use of the outdoor swimming pool and health club. For reservations or information, call 2331 6666.
If understated elegance is your thing then check-in to the Mandarin Oriental. This Central hotel has harbour view rooms for HK$1,888 and harbour view suites for HK$2,688. A second night is only HK$888. Prices, which are valid February 14 through 16, include a bottle of champagne and breakfast in the Cafe or Clipper Lounge, or from room service. For enquiries or reservations call 2522 0111.
At the Grand Hyatt in Wan Chai special provisions have been made for Valentine's Day and the 15th. Harbour View rooms are HK$1,388 and include daily American breakfast for two at the Grand Cafe or room service. Guests opting for Grand Club rooms or suites can enjoy a buffet breakfast and evening cocktails in the Grand Club lounge. Cost includes free entry for two to JJ's Entertainment Centre and late check out. For enquiries or reservations call 2584 7038.
Couples can reignite their passion with a romantic stroll through Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel's lush garden and onto Castle Peak Bay's beach. The Valentine Accommodation Package costs HK$1,999, includes breakfast and dinner for two, and is offered not only on this month's 14th, but also on the 15th. Visit any of the hotel's four restaurants and ladies will receive a free gift. For details on getting 'a sense of being transported to the tropics', call 2452 8833.