So you’ve been together for ages, and you’ve fallen into an effortless Valentine’s Day routine of a fancy dinner and movie. Want to shake things up this year? Keep reading for cool date ideas for all sorts of couples…
Looking for a unique Valentine’s Day date idea? If you’d like a break from fancy five-course dinners or simply can’t squeeze in a romantic trip, celebrate your relationship in a way that’s more personal, and a touch more creative. From comedy nights and museum trails to paddling a boat and island hopping, we’ve rounded up 10 unique date ideas to inject a whole lotta fun into Valentine’s Day.
Visit a comedy club
You can always put off watching that new rom-com with your man; spend your Valentine’s Day with tears in your eyes (the good kind) with your sides splitting from laughter. Top choices for comedy nights include The Comedy Club and Comedy Masala – these are especially good choices if you’re not planning on celebrating on the actual day, as these events mostly take place on weekends.
The Comedy Club, [email protected];www.facebook.com/TheComedyClubAsia
Comedy Masala, Hero’s, 69 Circular Road; www.comedymasala.com
Go cosmic bowling
Night owls: Go glow-in-the-dark bowling in a dance atmosphere at Orchid [email protected] Chevrons. Compete to knock all the pins down as you bust out your best dance moves – we promise you, it’ll be a load of laughs. Here’s a hot tip: Set some rewards before you start – reward each strike with a kiss!
Orchid Bowl, 1 Orchid Club Road, Singapore 769162; www.orchidbowl.com.sg
Dine in darkness
Be wined and dined like never before – experience dinner in total darkness at NOX. This famed resto welcomes diners to open their mind on a journey of tastes and textures – all without the sense of sight. Take a seat in a pitch-black dining room and be guided and served by the visually-impaired. Having the roles reversed is a wonderful, humbling experience and forces you to delve into your deeper consciousness. Plus, the Valentine’s Day menu ($288+) is exquisite, experimental and just plain delicious.
NOX, e. [email protected], p. 6298 0708; www.noxdineinthedark.com
Whether you’re an art junkie, history fiend, culture vulture or none of the above, a museum trail always makes a perfect date. Kick the day off with a morning coffee at Dome Café at the Art Museum before exploring the groundbreaking works of up-and-coming artists, then head to Asian Civilisations Museum to admire the rich exhibits of historical sculptures and cultural artworks before capping off the day at National Gallery’s gorgeous, vast galleries rooftop restaurant Aura for an exquisite dinner.
Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555, p. 6332 3222; www.singaporeartmuseum.sg
Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555, p. 6332 7798; www.acm.org.sg
National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01-01, Singapore 178957; www.nationalgallery.sg
Experience Sentosa from new heights
As the saying goes, what’s romance without a little adventure? Thrill-seeking couples, make your way to Sentosa and experience four unique, challenging high rope projects: zip your way above the jungle canopy to the white sands of Fox Finish Point, take a leap of faith on the Parajump, climb through the jungle hilltops or tackle a monster of a climbing wall. Want to do them all? Purchase the Dragon Package for $85.
Mega Adventure Park, Imbiah Hill Road, Singapore 098967; www.megazip.com.sg
Go on a treetop hike
Lace up those boots, toss an insect repellent in your bag and explore the Southern Ridges, a 10-kilometre walk that connects multiple green spaces including Mount Faber Walk and Labrador Nature Reserve. Or head to Macritchie Trail – keep going and you’ll come across gorgeous calm waters next to a boardwalk and panoramic views of the reservoir on the Petai or Chemperai Trail. Remember to follow the signs – the idea of getting lost together may seem romantic, but it could also spiral into grumpiness and bickering. Alternatively, simply hike up the popular Treetop Walk and soak in unparalled views of the lush forest canopy.
Splurge on a helicopter ride
If the sky’s the limit (literally) money-wise, hop on a helicopter for an exhilarating ride into the skies. On your 45 minute journey, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Singapore’s historical and iconic landmarks like the Marina Bay skyline, Sentosa, the Southern Islands and even Mandai Zoo. For easy communication with your partner, you’ll both be given two-way headsets, which will come in handy when the friendly pilot delivers a live commentary.
Singapore Heli Services, e. [email protected]; www.singaporeheliservices.com.sg
An island escape
Who says you need to escape to Bintan or Batam for a beach getaway? Leave the city’s bustle behind and hop on a ferry to Singapore’s nearby offshore islands. Soak up the sun on Kusu Island’s beaches, trek St John Island’s jungles or explore Pulau Ubin’s kampongs on a bike.
Ferries to Kusu Island and St John’s Island are available at Marina South Pier.
Ferries to Pulau Ubin are available from at Changi Point Ferry Terminal.
Unleash your inner Picassos at these art-loving studios in Singapore, that offer art jamming classes for you and your partner to freestyle paint in a judgement free zone. Head to Arteastiq for a three hour session (inclusive of complimentary beverage) or cosy café-studio Cups N Canvas for tired city dwellers in need of a paintertaining respite, followed by a well-brewed cup of coffee and hours of conversation.
Arteastiq, 333A Orchard Road, #04-14/15, Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238867, e. [email protected], p. 6235 8705; www.arteastiq.com
Cups N Canvas,139 Selegie Road, Singapore 188309, e. [email protected]; p. 6884 6855; www.cupsncanvas.com
Float a boat
Singapore Sports Hub’s water sports centre offers plenty of activities for all – whatever floats your boat, they’ve got it covered. For an immersive and challenging water sports experience, choose to rent kayaks or a canoe. But if a relaxing, romantic day is what you’re after, wile the afternoon away on a pedal boat, or pedal bike. The rates are surprisingly affordable, with prices ranging from $10.80 for an hour of pedal boat rental to $26 for a full day of kayaking. Walk-ins only.
Singapore Sports Hub; 8 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397699; www.sportshub.com.sg