February 13, 2014
Here are three swoon-worthy dates sure to have your Valentine seeing hearts. By David Ngo and Diana Hubbell
Published on Feb 13, 2014
7 p.m.: Sip a glass of bubbly at Le Bar by Le Beaulieu. (+66 2 168 8220; le-beaulieu.com/lebar), the first Veuve Clicquot champagne lounge in Thailand or, if you are feeling frisky, try one of bartender Mathieu Lapi’s deadly bourbon-based Creole Old Fashioneds—they pack a punch.
10 p.m.: Spice things up at Le Du (+66 81 562 6464; ledubkk.com), where two local chefs back from stints in the States are putting a molecular spin on Thai soul food. Seasonal produce is wizarded into inventive dishes such as grouper with compressed celery and puffed rice.
Midnight: Sated and buzzing with love (and bourbon) head to Ariyasom Villa (+66 2 254 8880; ariyasom.com), a quiet, cool-looking boutique hotel set in a leafy garden that feels worlds away from its corner of central Bangkok. But if you need a decadent breakfast to refuel after a long night of romance, note that their poolside fare is vegetarian.
1 p.m.: Board the love boat from the main pier in District 1 to check in to An Lam Private Residences (+84 6 5037 8555; anlam.com), just a 20-minute speedboat ride but total escape from hectic, honking downtown Saigon. The 15 teak and bamboo rooms, all butler-served, include a penthouse with a rooftop plunge pool.
5 p.m.: Take in the sunset from a spa bed overlooking the Saigon River at Liberty Central Hotel Spa (+84 8 3827 1717; libertycentralhotel.com). After a fabulous rub down in a private room, snuggle into the bathtub together for a relaxing soak as you peer out of the floor-to-ceiling window 24 floors up. The view will be as intoxicating as the company.
8 p.m.: Skip to the French countryside at Trois Gourmands (+84 8 3744 4585; 3gourmandsaigon. com). Book a poolside table at this villa, pick from the impressive wine list and wait for the delightfully moustachioed Chef Gils to come by to discuss the set menus—the crayfish ravioli is especially delicate. After your meal, he’ll deliver you a bounty of his handmade cheeses, including a truly divine goat’s milk/truffle oil taste explosion.
1 p.m. Ditch the main city for Sentosa, where the Resorts World (rwsentosa.com) hosts the world’s largest aquarium. More than 800 species of marine life call this place home, meaning you and your oh-so-special someone can watch bottlenose dolphins play and sharks swim overhead in one of the massive tanks.
7 p.m.: Nobody does romance like the Italians, so head to Cicheti (cicheti.com) for the flirty flavor of old Napoli. This converted shop house is so enchanting, you’ll find yourself humming “That’s Amore” while you dine on homemade pasta. 10 p.m.: It’s the best-loved, worst-kept secret in town, but 28 HongKong Street (+65 6533 2001) retains its air of speakeasy cool. There’s no sign or windows, but knock and the elegantly attired staff will whisk you into the sexy interior, where you can canoodle over cocktails and, when craving a late-night bite, indulge in snacks like mac n’ cheese balls (+65 6533 2001).
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