Million ways to enjoy special day
For those who bemoan Valentine's Day's commercial nature, when roses are in short supply, tacky greeting cards crowd the shelves and over-priced restaurant deals pack in the crowds, select resorts across Asia offer the chance to escape to a more exclusive experience of romance - but this comes at a price.
For HK$1 million, couples can enjoy a night of romance in the Presidential Suite of the InterContinental Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. The 7,000 sqft suite includes a duplex living room, rooftop terrace with a private swimming pool and jacuzzi overlooking the harbour, and a master suite and bathroom with its own jacuzzi, rain forest shower, sauna and steam room.
Included in the package is a 24-hour butler and chauffeur service with the hotel's Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, a personal shopper to help guests select a designer wardrobe to the value of HK$150,000 for the evening at the brand name boutique of their choice, a custom-designed Valentine's message displayed by banner via a private boat at a designated time to be seen from the rooftop terrace, 1,000 roses delivered to the suite, and a 'declaration of love' gift valued at HK$100,000 from him to her from a designer brand store of her choice. Live music performed by a string quartet will continue throughout the evening in the suite.
For dinner, guests can choose from a custom-made menu from one of the hotel's restaurants - Yan Toh Heen, Spoon by Alain Ducasse, or Nobu - paired with vintage wines. For breakfast, a Champagne and caviar breakfast served in the privacy of the Presidential Suite. A selection of spa treatments, gifts and other services are also included.
'We wanted to create a truly one-of-a-kind extravagant Valentine's experience,' says Carole Klein, director of public relations and communications. 'We are targeting guests for whom money is no object.' She says the hotel has received great interest in the package. 'We are expecting at least one special couple to splurge for this exclusive Valentine's experience. Bookings can be made for February 11 to 14.
The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is offering the Ultimate Valentine Package available exclusively on February 14 and priced at 399,000 baht (HK$98,316), which includes a pair of gold rings from Bulgari. The package also offers roundtrip transfers in a chauffeured Maserati, one night in the Royal Oriental Suite including breakfast, a nine-course dinner prepared by executive chef Norbert Kostner, inclusive of wine pairing and a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal Vintage Champagne, all served within the suite by two personal butlers. A string quartet and personalised fireworks will provide further entertainment. Guests can also indulge in a Valentine's Day spa treatment at the Oriental Spa or in the suite.
But if you would prefer to indulge in a romantic break at a time of your own choosing, the Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa in the Maldives is offering a package valid until December 23 for US$5,888, which includes accommodation in Villa Muthee, the resort's presidential villa. The package, meant for honeymooners, includes a dolphin cruise on the resort's yacht followed by sunset cocktails and a gourmet dinner on deck, a blessing ceremony by the beach, a private two-hour photo session, and spa treatment in addition to daily massages. There is also a romantic dinner for two, and Champagne on arrival.