It’s that time of year again. Love is in the air and you still haven’t made plans because life got in the way. You know you should have looked up places to take your SO out to on the night of the 14th earlier but the thought of all that scrolling and comparing to find the best is enough to turn romantic thoughts stale… That's why we went ahead and we did that for you. From candle-lit dinners to riverside romance, here’s the Tatler list of top places to lovey-dovey it up in luxury this year.
Nothing spells Valentine's like a dreamy candle-lit dinner over fabulous city views, which is what the Okura Prestige Bangkok is offering at their Elements rooftop bar. Treat your significant other to an exquisite menu of gourmet French with a delightful Japanese twist. The seven-course includes a mouthwatering tuna sashimi sorbet, foie gras custard, celeriac soup with smoked Hokkaido scallops and roast breast and confit of quail cooked to perfection. This is followed by a choice between steamed Japanese sea bass or a divine roasted lamb rack, finally ending off with a series of desserts to add that sweet touch every romantic night-out needs. You can opt for a cosy corner indoors, but we’d recommend going alfresco on their capacious deck for the breathtaking skyline views.
Price: 9,900THB++ for two (includes two glasses of Champagne)
0-2687-9000; email@example.com; okurabangkok.com
Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong: 'Starlit Romance'
Already everyone’s ideal datenight spot for an evening of luxury and romance, the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel gives lovebirds even more reason to go this Valentine’s. The hotel's ‘Starlit Romance’ package promises a magical night with an intimate candle-lit dinner in its garden beneath the stars. The fairy-tale ambiance is made even better by an exclusive five-course gourmet dinner by resident Italian sous chef Savatore Catania and his talented team. Also don’t miss the divine desserts prepared, to end-off your lovely evening on a sweet note.
Price: 4,200THB++ for two
Siam Kempinski: ‘Just the Two of Us’ at Niche
Siam Kempinski proves that fairytales do come true this Valentines, with a premium package combining a luxurious one night stay and an exclusive dinner in the hotel's enchanting garden cabana. True to its name, this package will only be made available for two people—one lucky couple. With a private table beneath a sea of stars, a private butler and violinist, this dinner takes luxe and romance to a whole new level of reverie. The 10-course meal includes gastronomic wonders like Irish oysters served with citrus and beetroot vinegar, tamarind-glazed foie gras with peanut brittle and roasted pineapple compote, and seared giant Hokkaido scallop with black truffle and cauliflower cream. The meal also comes with a bottle of bubbly from Louis Roederer, a bottle of Chateau les Justices Cru Bourgeois 2005 Sauternes and decadent treats such as the Valrhona chocolate surprise. Keep your love going strong till the next morning with the breakfast included with the suite and top even that with a drive around the city in the hotel’s Mercedes Benz limo.
Price: 89,000THB++ for two, including an exclusive private dinner (with bubbly!), overnight accommodation and hotel limo; 3,900THB++ for two with a five-course dinner
JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa: 'Design Your Own Roma'
Since you’re already planning to splurge on your loved one, why not just take a romantic getaway to Phuket? Limited to only 14 couples, Phuket's JW Marriott’s exclusive ‘Design Your Own Roma’ offers an intimate dinner set in a private cabana by the breathtaking Andaman Sea. Enjoy the five-course menu especially prepared for the season of love by the hotel's expert chefs, which includes delights such as poached Canadian lobster with miso broth, beech mushroom and asparagus tempura and grilled veal tenderloin medallion. Be sure to leave some space for the sweet treat at the end, which features strawberry truffle and white chocolate fondant cake. The package also comes with welcome cocktails and sparkling wine.
If you don’t manage to reserve one of the 14 cabanas, the ‘Be My Valentine’ set dinner is another great option for a quick romantic holiday. A set menu also comprised of five mouthwatering courses, this dinner package is sure to win over your loved one. Enjoy delightful delicacies to the spectacular sunset view over the Andaman Sea.
Price: 11,000THB++ for two, including an exclusive cabana dinner by the Andaman sea; 6,800THB++ for two with a five-course dinner
0-7633-8000; official event Facebook page
Dusit Thani Bangkok: 'A Journey of Love and Romance'
When it comes to luxe romance, you can’t really go wrong with Dusit Thani. Give your evening of romance a sweet start with canapés and pre-dinner drinks at Dusit Thani’s Benjarong Terrace. Continue your night with a selection of contemporary Thai dishes at Benjarong, accompanied by live piano music in the background—key ingredients for a date-night sure to make anyone swoon. For those who prefer Western cuisine, opt for the candle-lit European dinner available at 22 Kitchen & Bar, with a trio of live musicians performing classic tunes of love and a view of the city skyline.
Price: 5,800THB++ for two
0-2200-9000 ext 2345; dusit.com
Pullman Bangkok Hotel G: 'Valentine’s Day Dinner' at Scarlett
Take your love skyhigh with a special, curated dinner served up at the Pullman's rooftop restaurant-bar, Scarlett. With a delightful starter of burrata cheese and strawberry salad with pesto sauce, a Thermidor lobster served with fresh seasonal vegetables and a decadent Tournedos Rossini with truffle sauce, your evening out is bound to be an enchantingly romantic one—made all the more magical by views of the Chao Phraya from Scarlett's 37th floor terrace. Marvel at how beautiful Bangkok looks during the nightfall, and take a moment from your hectic schedule to appreciate the beauty of romance. Also be sure not to miss out on their sweetheart chocolate dessert and a Forbidden Kiss—Scarlett’s Valentines-inspired cocktail.
0-2352-4000; official Facebook page
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit: ‘Take Love to New Heights’ at Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar
Make reservations for you and your beloved at Bangkok Marriott’s Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar for an unforgettable night. With smart tux-dressed waiters, a live band performing and of course, the incredible Bangkok city-view from 45 floors above the ground, it’s difficult to get more romantic than this. Expect an exquisite four-course menu consisting of freshly imported oysters, grilled lobster and wagyu beef tenderloin, ending off with a divine treat of chocolate berries and of course, champagne.
Price: 12,600THB for two
Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort: Manohra Cruises Valentine Journey
The riverside never gets old when it comes to romance. Take your beloved on an enchanting river cruise and enjoy some mesmerizing old world splendor with Anantara Riverside Hotel’s Manohra Cruises Valentine Journey. Held on board a beautifully restored antique rice barge, the cruise takes you past the magnificent Grand Palace and sparkling Temple of Dawn. Enjoy the view along with an elegant fine-dining experience, as the cruise comes with a five-course menu with the best in Thai cuisine, including an exquisite Phuket lobster with tamarind sauce, as well as slow-cooked massaman lamb. There’s also a bottle of Billecart bubbly to add that final touch.
Price: 12,000THB++ for two
0-2476-0022 ext 1416; bangkok-riverside.anantara.com
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit: 'Lights Out for Love' at Dine in the Dark
Things are generally more romantic in the dark. For those who are used to the fine-dining date night and are in search of a more adventurous approach to romance, be sure to reserve a seat at Dine in the Dark for an extraordinary Valentine's Day experience. The special "Lights Out For Love" Valentine's menu includes vegetarian options and a bottle of Prosecco, ending off with chocolates—a Valentines necessity—and a rose for couples.
Price: 4,900THB++ for two
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok: ‘Valentine’s Day Tea Set’ at Authors’ Lounge
While a date night of elegant fine dining is generally the go-to option every Valentine’s, there is also much to be said about the sweet innocence of afternoon tea that brings us back to our youthful puppy-love days. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok’s Valentine’s Day Tea Set at their picturesque Authors' Lounge is the perfectly luxe way of getting that sweet, butterflies-in-your stomach kind of love. With a set of delectable delicacies specially curated by their Chef Christophe Sapy, the package promises an opportunity to experience true whimsical romance and old world charm—an ideal day out together during the season of love.
Price: 3,400THB for two
Special Mention: W Hotel Bangkok: ‘I’m Single, So What?’ at WooBar
Who says you need a lover to be happy? Singles who still want to go out and have fun this Valentine's can dance the night away at WooBar's ultimate anti-VDay party, avoiding annoying lovey-dovey couples. Expect hip beats and lots of positive energy from the resident DJs, as well as a series of special cocktails at 300THB/glass.