Top ideas where to spend your Valentine’s

6 Feb


It’s Cupid’s month again and couples are definitely scouting for the best place to celebrate heart’s day with their special someone, which, admit it or not, is kind of stressful, especially for the male species. Good news is Pinoy All Occasions already did all the legwork for you. Below are some of the events, places and restaurants you can choose from this coming Heart’s Day, depending on your taste and budget. 

 

Photo by Liz Reyes

1.  Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, Pampanga.  The annual Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is the most anticipated event in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga every second week of February.  Heart’s Day usually falls anywhere during this one week festival but this year, the 17th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will commence on February 9 until February 12, just two days before Valentine’s Day. Entrance fee is Php200.00.

The balloon fiesta aims to fuel the passion of people, both young and old, into flying to help the aviation industry and tourism in the Philippines. On the other hand, this event also helps to instill discipline and volunteerism to participating young pilots.  Aside from the 6:30 AM flight of the hot air balloons, which is represented by various countries, the event is also jam packed with lots of aerial activities and exhibitions everyday like skydiving, paragliding, aerobatics, ultralight flights, RC aircraft displays, professional kite exhibitions and more.

The PHABF (Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta) is definitely a one of a kind place to be with your love one to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  And any returning guests of the fiesta can attest that the balloon fiesta has been a witness to various marriage proposals already.  If you plan to propose to your girlfriend in the most unique way, then how about a proposal in the sky sounds? If you want everyone to know how you love your girlfriend so much, go to PHABF, talk to the skydiving crew and ask if they can do you a favor of diving your marriage proposal banner for you. An act that will definitely sweep your girl off her feet that saying “no” wouldn’t be an option.

To complete the romantic experience, it is highly suggested for you to at least book an overnight stay to any hotel inside the Clark Freeport Zone. If you have more than enough budget and want to stay in a swanky hotel, you may try Fontana Resort and Country Club, but if you are working on a tight budget but still want an overnight romantic get away with your sweetie, then Clark Hostel, a cozy, boutique hotel inside Clark is definitely a must try. And since you are already in Pampanga, what’s a date without a dinner in a fine dining restaurant? C Italian Dining, located along Don Juico Avenue in Angeles City, Pampanga was said to be one of the best Italian restaurants in the Philippines. The place is always packed with people, especially during weekends so it is best to book your reservation ahead of time.

 

BUDGET:  Starts at Php2, 000- Php6, 000 good for two (depends if you opt to stay overnight and eat at C’s)

PHABF Website: http://www.philballoonfest.net/

C Italian Dining:  http://www.c-italian-dining.com/

 

2. The Oasis, Gateway Mall. Located right smack in the middle of Gateway

Photo taken from The Oasis' Multiply site

Mall in Cubao, The Oasis offers shoppers a breath of fresh air with their 450- square meter garden restaurant that opens up to the sky . Accentuated by towering 60-foot royal palm trees, exotic giant ferns, koi pond, small fountain and pipe-in music under the sun or blanket of stars, this floating garden is the perfect ambiance for a romantic date with your beau.

The place looks quite intimidating at first but surprisingly, a date at The Oasis is actually affordable as it has a wide variety of dishes from nearby restaurants like Rasa, Café Adriatico, Pizza Hut Bistro, Sachi and Itallianis.

Aside from candlelit dinners, The Oasis is also open for private functions, definitely a great idea for al fresco cocktail parties. Now who says Valentine dinners need to be expensive? At The Oasis, you can enjoy a lush tropical setting without having to drive hours away from Manila.

 

BUDGET:  Php 2,000 good for two (depends on your choice of food)

 

Photo by Liz Reyes

3. T House, Tagaytay.  T House is a Zen type boutique hotel located along Calamba Road in Tagaytay. The “T” in T House stands for tranquility and the word already speaks for itself. The place is really serene and all you can hear are the flowing water in their fountain and the soft rustling of leaves.  The black and white façade of T House is surrounded with lots of trees so you can be sure that you are breathing fresh air. The calming ambiance of this boutique hotel is perfect for couples who just want to unwind and spend some quality time together away from the harshness of the metro.

This coming Heart’s Day, T House has special Valentine Packages for couples who want a relaxing getaway in a secret paradise just an hour away from the city. The regular rate of Php 4,600 for an overnight stay in a superior room in T House can already be availed at only Php 4,090 inclusive of a full body massage for two. Below are T House’s Valentine packages for the whole month of February 2012.

THE ROMANCE – PHP 6,090.00 nett

– Overnight stay in Tranquil Garden Superior Room

– Breakfast for two

– 4 course meal Lunch or Dinner for 2

– Full Body Massage 60mins. For 2 person

 

THE RENEW – PHP 4,090.00 nett

– Overnight stay in Tranquil Garden Superior Room

– Breakfast for two

– Full Body Massage 60mins. For 2 person

 

THE RECHARGE – PHP 2,990.00 nett

– 4 course meal Lunch or Dinner for 2

– Full Body Massage 60mins. For 2 person

 

BUDGET: Starts at Php 2, 990- Php 6,090 good for two

T House Website:  http://thousetagaytay.com

 

4. Antonio’s, Tagaytay.  Antonio’s was once named as the 5thtop

Photo taken from Antonio's Website

restaurant in Asia and it won’t be named as such for nothing. In fact, it was the only Philippine entry in Asia’s Top 20 for 2010/2011 list of the Miele Guide, which covers 450 restaurants in 17 countries.

The raves about this old mansion turned posh restaurant in the hilly and chilly Tagaytay are just too convincing that it’s hard not to give Antonio’s a try despite of its costly price.

Tucked in the countryside, this one-hectare compound has been a favorite spot for dinner dates, especially during Valentine’s Day so doing a reservation few weeks before your planned date is a must. In fact, some even put their booking as early as two months prior to their dinner date.

Aside from its delectable food, which are organically grown and harvested straight from Antonio’s farm, the restaurant’s perfect ambiance and service are just some of the things that make this place famous and the number one choice for people who have enough budget and willing to drive two hours away from Manila just to experience the best romantic dining anyone could ever wish for.  Mind you, it’s hard to find any negative reviews about Antonio’s or maybe none at all, so that’s already a statement of how perfect Antonio’s is. Curious already? See and try for yourself to find out. And to quote the owner Antonio, “Antonio’s is much more than a restaurant. It is an experience — an experience that each and every guest should savor and share.”

BUDGET: Php4, 000 good for two

Antonio’s Website: http://www.antoniosrestaurant.ph/

 

Photo taken from RealShip Yacht Rentals website

5. Yacht Cruise. How does the sound of cruising in a 70ft luxury yacht, feasting on a gourmet four course dinner while listening to a violinist playing on the background under moonlight sounds? Romantic?  If this idea excites you, then celebrating Valentine’s with Real Yacht’s Valentine’s Cruise is for you.

Cruise in the sea of love like Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis in a two hour intimate dinner (fine dining set-up) with your partner and bathe under the stars and dress to the nines for a picture perfect photo souvenir with your special someone while onboard M/Y Shanti or Real Yacht’s “Party Yacht”.  Nothing can be more romantic than having a date in a posh yacht, watching the city lights from afar with some sentimental music in the background.   Riding a yacht is a rare experience as it is very expensive to rent one so might as well grab this opportunity.

This Valentine Cruise costs at a premium of Php3, 500 per head with only limited slots (10 couples) available so better make your reservations now. On the other hand, if you want a little more privacy with your valentine and got money to burn, then renting a private yacht isn’t a bad idea at all.  Real Yacht also offers yacht rentals ranging from transportation services to event venues.  This yacht company has been a venue of choice for private parties like debuts and weddings, promotional events, magazine pictorials, product launches and even movie shoots.  Only goes to show that you’re in good hands if you want to prepare something extra special for the most special woman in your life.

 

BUDGET:  Php7, 000 good for two

Real Yacht Website:  http://www.realshipcorp.com

 

 Firs published and written for Pinoy All Occasions

 

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