Filipinos are a romantic lot, so Valentine’s Day is a big deal around here.
If you’re after an extra-special celebration — one of those fancy, big date night affairs — then a good way to do this is to book a meal or overnighter at one of Metro Manila’s many hotels, where special multi-course menus and staycation deals are offered.
The sheer volume of promos available can get pretty overwhelming this time of year, though, so here’s a short list of some of the holiday specials that the Coconuts Manila crew found particularly promising.
Indulge in a little molecular gastronomy in hip Poblacion
Poblacion’s five-star I’M Hotel has a four-course gourmet meal couples can try on Valentine’s Day. Priced at PHP3,700 per couple (US$70.97), the meal is said to be inspired by molecular gastronomy.
Diners can also expect to watch live entertainment and receive complimentary gifts.
Note: There will only be two dinner seatings that night — one from 6pm to 8pm, and the other from 8:30pm to 10:30pm.
Register by calling 632 755 7888 or emailing email@example.com.
Try a five-course omakase set
Nobu Manila at City of Dreams in Parañaque is having a Valentine’s Day omakase from Feb. 14 to 16. Priced at PHP10,000 (US$191.80) for two people, the omakase has five courses, including a sushi platter, a serving of brick oven-roasted slipper lobster tail, and sous vide Australian tenderloin.
To make reservations, call 632 691 2882, or 632 691 2885.
Have a pool-side dinner for two curated by a top chef
Those in the mood for a pool-side dinner for two can turn to Hilton Manila in Pasay, which is hosting a five-course dining menu that was curated by its Executive Chef Dennis Leslie.
The meal will be priced at PHP2,500 (US$47.97) per person on Valentine’s Day.
They’ll also be giving away a plush toy to cap off the evening.
Call for reservation at 632 239 7788.
Relax over wine at this Quezon City bar
People looking for a chill date can head over to Seda Vertis North‘s Straight Up bar in Diliman, Quezon City. On Feb. 14 from 4pm to 1am, two people can have a bottle of wine and a cheese platter for PHP2,500 (US%47.95).
Call 632 739 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a romantic staycation in Manila’s historic district
Boutique brand Amelie Hotel in Malate, Manila is having a sale on its rooms from Feb. 13 to 17.
Expect to see up to 40 percent off their published room rates, with rooms available for PHP3,900 (US$74.82) per night and above.
Aside from staying in the rooms, guests will get to start their morning with a breakfast buffet, get a free one-hour massage, and even a 20 percent discount at the hotel’s Braska Restaurant.
Call 632 875 7888 to book.