Planning for your Valentine’s Day surprise? Take a few days off and bring your loved ones out for a day trip! Here are some places you can spend your special day at.
Trek a Mountain to Enjoy the Beautiful Scenery
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If you and your partner are the adventurous types, take him/her to a mountainside, or simply any countryside location just to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We recommend mountains like Gulugod Baboy in Mabini, Batangas for its gentle slopes and terrain, or Mt Kiltepan for its picturesque panoramic view of the rice fields below.
Find a good vantage point to witness the glorious rays of the sun on the horizon (the view is even more beautiful when you reach it with the one you love). Before descending, have a nice picnic on the summit with some packed food stored in a Thermos® Lunch Tote, designed to help insulate your food for at least six hours.
Visit Baguio City and Attend the Panagbenga Festival
Flowers are an important part of Valentine’s Day. Head to Baguio City and attend the annual Panagbenga Festival held every February. Floats of different shapes and sizes are decorated with flowers and featured in this festival. You can also catch street performances by dancers dressed in flowery costumes, inspired by an Ibaloi celebration dance.
Aside from the festival, Baguio City is also a popular destination among local tourists. The city has a lot to offer for couples who want to spend some quality time together or get away from the madding crowd. A visit to Burnham Lake is a must when you are at Baguio City, you can choose to either bike or paddle a boat, or do both if you have the time, don’t forget to take the quintessential photo while on the boat.
Enjoy a Rustic Date Night
Photo credit: Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge
Turn this typical date to something different by looking for unique or “hole in the wall’ restaurants – places where it’s not known to many people. The effort of looking for this perfect place will show your partner the hard work you have put in for this special day.
We recommend Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge.The restaurant is touted as one of Manila’s Best Kept Secrets. Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted with yellow lights, potted plants and hanging vines, giving you the feeling of walking into a secret garden. The private gazebos outside give an added romantic kick to this special day.
Go on a Romantic Staycation
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Stay at a hotel where you can just chill all weekend, with comfortable beds and great views. A staycation is a perfect celebration of Valentine’s Day, allowing you the time alone with your partner.
Satiate your thirst for wanderlust and book a room at Azure Urban Resort Residences. If you love a beach lifestyle, this condominium complex comprises a man-made beach and pool area that will satisfy your beach fix. Take a relaxing dip at the pool, where you can also enjoy the view of the city at sunset. Then have a leisurely breakfast in the morning.
Take an Evening Cruise and Watch the Manila Bay Sunset
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Sunsets on the bay are breathtaking and romantic – a moment that couples should not miss. One of the best spots to watch sunsets in the Philippines or probably in the world is at Manila Bay. Opt for a cruise and enjoy a buffet dinner as you catch the sunset and sight of the city’s skyline.
On a tight budget? Take a stroll along the baywalk and still be able to capture the sunset. You can also savour some local delicacies from street vendors along the baywalk, capture different views of the sunset and notable landmarks at Roxas Boulevard or watch the sparkling lights along Mall of Asia.