Valentine’s Day in Hong Kong has become a very popular and expensive event. This is the time of year when upscale restaurants and bars come up with romantic themes and extravagant meals designed for couples—often with a high price tag. But if you don’t have an arm and a leg to spend on 100 red roses from a luxury hotel, don’t despair! Love is still in the air, cheapo style.
To help you plan a Valentine’s Day in Hong Kong that doesn’t break the bank, we’ve come up with some really fun and unique date night ideas that still have a sweet and romantic touch.
Take a staycation
Why blow HK$2,000.00 on one fancy meal when you could have a weekend getaway for the same price? Escape the city and spend a night at the gorgeous Tai O Heritage Hotel on Lantau Island. Dating back to 1902, this colonial-era building was once a marine police headquarters and now is a nine-room boutique hotel with uninterrupted sea views. If you can splurge a bit, the hotel is offering a Romantic Package that includes breakfast and dinner, a bottle of champagne, a heart-shaped cake, and a bottle of organic Tai O Honey to sweeten the deal.
Plan a picnic
There are lots of great spots right in the middle of the city. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park in Sheung Wan has a wide open grassy lawn facing Victoria Harbour, with lovely views of the sea. This is the perfect spot to put down a picnic bottle and share a cold bottle of wine and some tasty treats. Another amazing and little-known spot is Victoria Peak Garden, on Victoria Peak. This public park is a popular place for wedding photography, with beautifully landscaped gardens and pavilions.
Nothing says relaxation like a massage. The luxury spas in Hong Kong all have special Valentine’s Day couples packages that cost more than you care to know. Instead, book two spots at Tai Pan Reflexology at 83 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, and enjoy a massage together. Tai Pan has a very funky interior and play some relaxing beats while the ladies work the knots out of your aching shoulders. Afterwards, walk down Nathan Road to the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, pick up some cold drinks from the 7-Eleven, and watch that million-dollar view of Victoria Harbour.
Visit Lover’s Rock
The unmistakeably phallic ‘Lover’s Rock’ in the hills of Wan Chai is a well-known spot for people seeking love, trying to fix relationship problems or couples hoping to conceive. If your special someone loves the great outdoors, then climb the winding stairs up to the rock and you’ll also be rewarded with great views of the city below. It can get busy around Valentine’s Day, with the hopefuls lighting incense and bringing flowers.