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February is coming in hot, so you know what that means: time to come up with a game plan for a very special Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air, and with it arrives the pressure to inject some extra bit of romance into the celebrations — especially in the wake of these turbulent years.

Fret not! There’s no need to Google for the best places to dine at on Valentine’s Day because it doesn’t have to revolve solely around romantic dinners (restaurants are likely all booked up anyway). Here's a list of some exciting, unconventional ideas to surprise your date with come February 14th.

1. A smashing good time at The Fragment Room

Who says that dates need to be all lovey-dovey? Sometimes, you and your partner just want to vent about all the things that have been pretty stressful in your lives.

At The Fragment Room (S$75 for two), couples can quite literally smash their frustrations away together to get closer in collective catharsis.

Don some protective gear, grab a bat and wreck some cups, plates, bottles and electronics in a soundproof room where anything goes for 40 minutes.

It’s a great idea for couples both old and new — those in the former will have an unconventional and exciting date to look forward to while it’s a great way to break (or rather smash) the ice for those in the latter.

All that emotional release will work up quite an appetite. So we recommend dropping by The Boiler @ Howard Road nearby, where couples can continue smashing apart crabs and shellfish in a sumptuous seafood boil feast.


Address:
490 MacPherson Rd, Singapore 368198
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday — 12:00pm to 10:00pm

2. Smell like heaven in a perfume blending workshop

Instead of buying your partner perfumes, why not make a customised one for each other?

Oo La Lab is where you and your date can create personalised signature fragrances by doing a bit of chemistry together (S$65 to S$72 a person) in a perfume blending workshop.

Work with an Oo La mixologist to design your own scents with thousands of olfactory combinations to choose from.

Expect to be overwhelmed in a multi-sensory experience with your loved one while learning how to create a signature scent that can match each other’s character and mood — a test of how much you know each other! Plus, it’s always good to have your partner be reminded of you every time they dab on their customised perfume.

Looking to reset your senses afterwards? Tuck into some Indonesian cuisine nearby at IndoChili along Zion Road, where the rich, spice-filled likes of Ayam Panggang Padang and Soto Betawi await.


Address and opening hours:
Delta House, Alexandra Rd, #02-04, 159919. Visit their website to view available slots.

3. A picnic and a stroll at Changi Beach Park

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If your other half enjoys something quieter, a day out at Changi Beach might be a good idea.

Need something more down to earth for some quality time together? There’s always the option of having an idyllic picnic under the wispy trees of Changi Beach.

Don some comfortable outfits and find a spot near the Changi Point Ferry Terminal, where couples can watch the bumboats float by. Pack a nice homemade meal (or buy some hawker fare from Changi Village nearby) and you have a rustic date under the bright open skies.

Afterwards, immerse yourselves in the seaside ambience with a leisurely stroll around Changi Boardwalk to soak in the views of the coastline. Be sure to time the journey just right so you can start from Creek Walk and end at Sunset Walk (it should take about 45 minutes to over an hour, depending on your pace) for an unobstructed view across the waters to see the sun go down.

Cap the evening at The Seagrill for a romantic seaside dinner, where cocktails, wine and seafood platters await — you and your date should find no issues at all polishing everything off after that long walk.


Address:
51 Lor Bekukong, Singapore 499172

4. Win hearts and prizes at Fat Cat Arcade

If fun is what you’re after, fun is what you’ll have at Fat Cat Arcade.

Packed to the brim with arcade machines such as claw machines and racing games, couples get to team up (or compete!) to score as many tickets as they can, which can be redeemed for attractive prizes to remember the time they spent together.

The prizes aren’t just limited to plushies and knick-knacks either — people have won items such as Dyson bladeless fans, Nintendo Switch Consoles, and even Samsung Smart TVs! All the more reason for couples to make their date night a winning night.

We recommend taking your date to Fat Cat Arcade at 313@Somerset, which offers approximately 9,500 sq ft of games to be played. After winning both prizes and your date’s heart, head down the mall to Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory to feast on Korean fried chicken and beer cocktails to cap off a merry Valentine’s Day together.


Address:
313 Orchard Rd, #05-05, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday — 11:00am to 1:00am

5. A cinema for two at Muvee Space

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Binge watch your favourite movies together in your very own cinema. Image credit: Muvee Space

Like watching movies in cinemas, but also want to have the intimacy of a private date? You can do both at Muvee Space, a boutique cinema that you can book for an audience of two.

Experience some VIP treatment as well with complimentary snacks and refreshments (including popcorn chicken and lychee drinks) served by your side.

Muvee Space doesn’t compromise on the cinematic quality too, with 150-inch widescreens and sounds blasting in via a Dolby Atmos 7.3.2 surround sound system in an acoustically treated room.

Bookings can be made for 2-hour and 3-hour slots at S$78 and S$117 respectively, but there’s an option to book out the cinema for 8 hours at S$299 should you want to spend your Valentine’s Day with a romantic movie marathon.

Granted, the cinema is located in the industrial district of Ubi, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fine dining places around. Located close by is Knots Café and Living, a furniture showroom that also doubles as a fancy cafe with tonnes of delectable options, including pasta, burgers, salads, pizza and ice cream waffles to share.


Address:
61 Ubi Road 1,Oxley Bizhub 1, #01-16, Singapore 408727
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday — 2:00pm to 10:0pm

6. Sail away into the sunset on a dinner cruise

What’s more romantic than sailing away together into the sunset? Here’s your chance to do so aboard Asia’s only luxury tall ship — a modern superyacht that won’t look out of place in a Pirates of the Caribbean flick.

If you’re willing to splurge on an unforgettable evening, set off on The Royal Albatross with your partner for a voyage in the open sea while enjoying a sumptuous 5-course dinner (S$195 each) served on your own private table on deck.

The two-and-a-half-hour journey begins from the yacht’s own private berth at Resorts World Sentosa, where it will sail past Sentosa and through Singapore’s Southern Islands (St John’s and Lazarus island) before making its way back.

In between, you and your date will catch the gorgeous beaches, city skyline and a gorgeous sunset you won’t be able to see anywhere else on the mainland in the golden hour.

To make things extra special, you could always opt to add flowers and gifts to the package, as well as a chance to take the helm for a moment if you’re feeling the Titanic vibes.


Address and opening hours
: Visit the Royal Albatross Superyacht website for details on their packages.



Valentine’s Day is a time to show love and affection in a myriad of ways — and there is certainly a tonne of options to do so in Singapore, even during the pandemic. Now that you have more than a handful of romantic date ideas, there’s no excuse not to have an unforgettable evening with your partner!

 

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