Ah, it’s the season of hearts once again, and love is definitely in the air.
Surely, this year’s Valentine’s Day will be quite different than previous years due to the pandemic. In spite of the constraints, you can still paint the town red by planning a heart-warming bash at the comforts of your home. And while this may sound boring to some, it’s actually the perfect excuse to whip up an intimate date night or an indoor family activity.
Whether you’re celebrating with your significant other, your gal pals or buddies, or your family, we’ve put together a list of simple yet heartfelt Valentine’s Day ideas to keep the love ablaze while staying in.
1. Watch a Valentine’s Day Movie
Wind down with your special someone over some sweet movies at home. Get front row seats and an unlimited pass to your favourite films while snuggled up in the arms of your favourite person—instant cloud nine feels!
You can create a line-up of the best romantic comedies or queue any shows that remind you of each other. Whatever you decide to watch, make it extra special by lighting some candles to set the mood, popping some homemade snacks like popcorn or chips, and opening a bottle of wine. Grab a bottle or two at 1855 The Bottle Shop (#01-24/25) and enjoy 30% off on wine and spirits from now until 28 February.
If you’re feeling fancy, you can book the Marina One Auditorium for a private movie marathon (charges apply). Get in touch with our team at 6911 0391 now to know more about this intimate setup.
2. Plan an Indoor Picnic
Have a field day at home. Pack up a picnic, bring out your blankets, and head to your living room for some spontaneous fun with your loved one/s. Bonus: no bugs, sticky grass, or sunburns to worry about!
Prep some modern picnic staples such as sandwiches, sushi, sashimi, pies, and some wine. You can stock up on ingredients at Cold Storage (#B2-15/16). For a breath of fresh air, you can choose to take your picnic to a safe outdoor environment like The Green Heart at Marina One (L4).
3. Create an at-Home Spa
Treat yourself and your partner to a night of pampering at home. With just some massage oils, facial masks and a few lighted candles, you’ve got yourselves a mini home spa. To take the experience up a notch, play some soft tunes and surprise your sweetie with a light massage or a foot spa towards the end.
If you want to go all-out with the pampering, you can always spoil yourselves with a trip to the salon. For a new hair style or fresh cut, visit Hairpage Commonground (#01-02)*, and drop by Nail Bliss (#B2-70)* afterwards for some nail indulgence. While you’re at it, why not pick out new outfits for you and your Valentine too? There’s a treasure trove of stylish and attractive finds at The Fashion Pulpit (#01-04)*.
4. Spoil them with their Favourite Meal
It’s often been said that the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach, so why not surprise your sweetheart with a burst of delectable flavours? Order in from their favourite restaurant and set a romantic scene at your own dining room. Think: candles, rose petals and slow music.
If you’re up for trip to your favourite restaurant, make sure to book in advance and follow safety protocols. Anglo Indian Café & Bar (#01-10) is celebrating Valentine’s Week from 12 to 19 February with a special a la carte menu, and a sumptuous Indian set menu with a bottle of wine for only $108++ per couple. Check out their menu and reserve a table for two now via angloindian.com.sg. Meanwhile, if you’re both into seafood, the season’s freshest catch is elegantly served at NUDE Seafood (#01-22/23). For an authentic Japanese sushi and sashimi selection, swing by and order from Kazu Sushi Grill Sake (#01-14)*. Either way, you can find heaps of dining options that suit your taste buds at Marina One.
5. Plan a Game Night
When was the last time you played a game together with your special someone? If you both love a little competition, then a fun game night must be on the cards for your Valentine’s celebration.
From board games to video games, choose something that both of you enjoy. With a variety of game day snacks and booze (think: crispy chicken wings, super cheesy fries, fully loaded nachos, and ice-cold beer), game nights can be perfectly romantic and thrilling at the same time. It can also be a fun activity for friends and family spending Valentine’s Day together.
6. Indulge in Breakfast in Bed
Nothing says “I love you” like making breakfast in bed for your dear Valentine. Surprise them with a home-cooked meal at the start of their day. The moment they wake up and see your sweet effort, you’ll fill their heart and appetite with overflowing love. Talk about butterflies in your stomach!
To take your breakfast spread to the next level, try making heart-shaped treats from pancakes, waffles, cookies, toast, fresh fruits and just about anything. Fun fact: the heart shape wasn’t always a romantic symbol. Many moons ago, the heart was believed to be humans’ centre of memory, where emotions were recorded. It was only the Italian and French artists who popularized heart as a symbol of love in their artworks.
7. Send Flowers
Giving flowers may be an oldie, but it’s definitely a goodie. Tell us if we’re wrong, but seeing your partner waiting for you with a smile and a beautiful floral bouquet in hand just makes anyone’s heart skip a beat, right? So, if you’re planning on making your loved one/s blush with euphoria, a fool-proof way is to send them flowers.
If you’re looking for a floral boutique that puts together dainty floral creations, Enjoy Fleur (#B2-70A) is your top choice. The lines may get busy nearing heart’s day so be sure to call or visit them in advance.
To add a personal touch, you can also pen a sweet handwritten letter to go with the flowers. Did you know that over 144 million greeting cards being exchanged industry-wide every year for Valentine’s Day in the U.S. alone, according to Hallmark? Flowers and handwritten notes are sure to make your sweetheart feel super special.
Valentine’s Day at Marina One
A whirl of romance awaits you at Marina One. Spend Valentine’s Day with us and discover a flurry of charming spots and alluring activities. And since we’re feeling the love, we took the liberty of putting together this itinerary for a sweet and refreshing date with your loved one/s.
4:00 PM: Take your Valentine on a unique adventure and go on a plant hunt at The Green Heart. Be enveloped in nature’s embrace as you explore over 350 different plant types.
5:00 PM: Have a break while lounging by or strolling around Marina One’s stunning waterfalls. Bonus tip: make your date extra special by bringing your furry friends! Dogs are welcome at Marina One so feel free to let them tag along.
6:00 PM Make your way to NUDE Seafood (#01-22/23) and enjoy a sumptuous seafood fare. You can also bring your pets as they are a pet-friendly restaurant. Plus, they have a special menu for pets too.
Over dinner, you and your partner could do a fun little trivia game to get to know each other better. Here’s an interesting list of questions you can ask:
- Where would you most like to go on vacation?
- What’s one thing no one knows about you?
- Do you have any hidden talents?
- Which movie do you most regret wasting two hours of your life on?
- Do you sing in the shower?
- If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your time?
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
- What is your favourite season?
- Is there a silly accomplishment you’ve made that you’re secretly proud of?
- If you could ask me anything and have me answer truthfully, what would it be?
Whatever your Valentine’s Day plans are, Marina One has got your back. From looking your best for the big night, dining in or takeaway a selection of romantic meals (restaurants), to getting some bubbly (wine outlet) or blossoms (floral boutique), you’re overindulged with options at Marina One.
Visit us today and we’ll make sure to take your Valentine’s Day over the moon with our plethora of offerings. See you at Marina One, love birds!
*Opening hours as below:
- Hairpage Commonground (#01-02) – 11th Feb till 6pm to the 15th. Business resume on 16th Feb
- Nail Bliss (#B2-70) – 11th Feb till 5pm to the 15th. Business resume on 16th Feb
- The Fashion Pulpit (#01-04) – Closed from 11th to 15th Feb
- Kazu Sushi Grill Sake (#01-14) – Closed on 13, 14, 15 Feb. Business resume on 16th Feb