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In The Mood For Love

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This Valentine’s Day, surprise your other half with a romantic trip to one of these getaways that are just a hop and skip from Singapore!

Eat, Dive, Love in Bali

Bali might seem like an obvious holiday destination for romantics, but put away those preconceived notions of it being a tourist trap or a hippie haven! Instead, move from the popular areas in the south, and head up north for a bit of peace in Amed, a sleepy fishing town about three hours away from Denpasar Airport. Famed for its jet-black beaches and diving spots, it is still a relatively hidden Balinese gem. Check out The Griyas Villas and Spas, where you can relax in villas overlooking the South China Sea with your partner. The best part? All the villas come furnished with their own private pool!

For more information, visit https://www.thegriya.com

Sail Around Singapore

At two hours long, the Valentine’s Day Cruise offered by Royal Albatross may not classify as a real getaway, but it is still a special experience worth savouring. Sail into the sunset with your special one and enjoy a seven-course dinner with all the makings of a memorable night out, such as free-flow house champagne and a complimentary bouquet. Don’t forget to take a cheeky Titanic-esque selfie for the photo album!

For more information, visit www.tallship.com.sg

Explore Singapore’s Backyard

Another idea that allows you to get away from Singapore with your special someone without actually leaving the country is a vacation at one of Lazarus Island’s “Tiny Houses”. Launched just last year, these compact accommodation are a great way to dive into the island’s rustic charm while enjoying the creature comforts a standard hotel room offers. Why not make it more memorable by packing in a fancy picnic so that you can make the best of the beach that’s right in front of you? And when night falls, cuddle up with your Valentine and indulge in stargazing – with liberal applications of mosquito repellent, of course!

For more information, visit https://escapeatlazarus.com

Dalliance in Da Nang

Still slightly under the travel radar is Da Nang, a coastal city in Vietnam. Just three hours away by flight, it is a great weekend getaway for couples. Apart from its famed sunkissed beaches and verdant hills, it is also a bustling city teeming with mouthwatering eats and interesting sights, such as the Ba Na Hill Theme Park, which replicates a European village complete with a castle! As a rising tourist hotspot, Da Nang has no lack of hotels for a pampering and romantic stay – TIA Wellness Resort comes highly recommended, with packages that include spa treatments and even wellness workshops.

Enjoy a Scenic Drive to Pahang This Valentine’s, go beyond the usual Malaysian destinations and embark on a scenic road trip to Pahang, approximately a six-hour drive away. Conclude your journey at the Mangala Estate Boutique Resort, nestled within a lush tropical forest in the town of Gambang. This villa-only retreat promises a peaceful getaway, and don’t forget to explore Kuantan, the capital city of Pahang!