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By Stacey Marcelo | February 10th, 2024

It’s February, which means Valentine’s Day is coming up fast. Whether you’re a loved-up couple or happily single, The Loop HK’s 2024 Valentine’s Day Guide has plenty of gift ideas, date suggestions, and lavish dinners to make sure you enjoy the best the day has to offer.

Where to eat

Qura Bar

Quar Bar is one of the city’s newest and most glamorous venues; and the latest establishment to open at The Regent Hong Kong. With its eclectic style and the allure of a bygone era, Qura Bar lures connoisseurs with hypnotic harbour views, rare spirits and wines, delectable menu and a humidor room and lounge for cigar lovers. It is a feast for the senses.  Trust us, your Valentine’s date will be well impressed.

Regent Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2313 2313

La Favorita

Available for lunch and dinner on February 14, head to La Favorita, Pirata Group’s flamboyant trattoria inspired by the grandeur of 1960s Italian opera houses. Priced at $428 per person for lunch, choose from delectable options including Black Tartufo Beef Tartare, Burrata with Parma ham, Tagliatelle Mushrooms and Tartufo, Cod Fish with caviar and Tiramisu. Dinner, priced at $780 per person (add $248 per person for wine pairing) is designed for sharing with an impressive lineup of dishes such as Fancy Beef Tartare, Deep Fried Burrata with salsa and pesto, Tubetti Truffle Carbonara, and Poached Lobster. End the evening on a sweet note with the Orange Creme Brulee with pistachio gelato.

The Sixteenth, 2/F Oxford House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay; +852 2788 1993

Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea

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Set within Victoria Dockside’s K11 Musea precinct and boasting stunning views of Victoria Harbour, 181 offers a true taste of Fortnum’s most famous pastime, the traditional Afternoon Tea. Priced at $588 per person, the Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea features a curated selection of Valentine-themed desserts, dainty finger sandwiches, as well as the much-loved classic and fruit scones served with clotted cream, strawberry preserve, and lemon curd; and a pot of Fortnum’s tea.

181 at Fortnum & Mason, Shop 022, G/F, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3916 8181

Peninsula Hong Kong

For those wanting to impress, head straight to the Peninsula Hong Kong. Their legendary restaurants including Felix, Gaddi’s, Chesa and The Lobby are geared up to spoil guests this Valentine’s Day but if you’re after something unique, opt for a romantic dinner at The Pool – the hotel’s magnificent Roman-style swimming pool, which is open to non-hotel guests just once a year. Priced at $5,188 per couple, enjoy a sumptuous five-course dinner including two glasses of champagne, against the sweeping backdrop of Victoria Harbour. A vegetarian menu is also available. View menu here.

The Pool, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Chinesology

Chinesology, at Central’s IFC, celebrates Valentine’s Day on February 13 and 14, with an exclusive eight-course gastronomic odyssey as culinary director chef Saito Chau joins forces with award-winning pastry chef Joanna Yuen (formerly of Nobu and Ando).

Highlights from the two-night only event include the intricately crafted Rose Squid, Crispy Abalone in Puff Pastry and Steamed Crab Claw with Egg White and Aged Shaoxing Wine. Save room for dessert as Chef Joanna will be serving her famed Otera’s Soy Sauce Caramel Flan with its distinct salty fresh umami flavor profile.  Made using top-grade milk from Hokkaido’s Yotsuba Farm, the pudding has an irresistibly creamy texture reminiscent of butter. The menu is priced $1,688 per person.

Shop 3101-3107, One International Finance Centre, Harbour View St, Central
+852 6809 2299

Gift Ideas

Diptyque’s Baies (Berries) and Roses Duo Candle Set

Diptyque, the renowned French Perfumer, has launched a special Valentine’s Day limited-edition candle set featuring their bestselling scents, Baies and Roses. We love the playful and pop-inspired packaging. Plus, you’ll receive a complimentary Valentine’s Day Limited matchbox with a purchase of the Duo.  Priced at HK$1,200 it is available in-store and online for a limited time.

diptyqueparis.com

The Floristry

This Floristry is undoubtedly one of the best places to get your bouquet from that won’t break the bank. The botanical design studio has come to be known for its floral creations that stay true to the unrestrained beauty of flowers in the wild, often using highly exotic blooms that you’l be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

The protagonist of its Valentine’s 2024 collection is the Fever Dream bouquet ( $1250 HKD) boasting flowers in shades in of violet, scarlet and punch pink, complimented by an assortment of seasonal foliage. Perfect for that special someone who has very discerning tastes.

The Floristry, G/F 18 Gough Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 9016 2324

The Mandarin Spa

Spoil your loved one with an indulgent escape at the award-winning Mandarin Spa.

For the ultimate relaxation, guests will delight in luxury skincare brand OSKIA’s bespoke warm oil body massage using OSKIA’s signature candle or their limited-edition Temperley Love smoothing massage candle. Designed to help release deeply held patterns of stress and tension, while Eastern inspired compression and pressure points are applied, the treatment will leave you feeling relaxed and reinvigorated. A 60-minute treatment starts at HKD1,750, and a 90-minute treatment starts at HKD2,250. To take home a Temperley Love Smoothing massage candle or OSKIA’s signature candle, simple add an additional HKD500.

24/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central; mandarinoriental.com

Godiva’s Valentine’s Strawberry Raspberry Chocolate Cake

Apart from their Valentine’s Day boxed chocolate collection, Belgian chocolatier Godiva has created a sumptuous heart-shaped Strawberry Raspberry Chocolate Cake filled with delicate strawberry cream and raspberry jam artfully infused into each layer.

HK$329 (available for pre-order only)

What to do

 

Spa Date at Asaya

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and find your inner zen at Asaya, a hidden wellness oasis located on the 6th and 7th floor of the Rosewood Hong Kong. There you’ll find chic and understated treatment rooms, restorative gardens, open-air walkways and an aroma atelier where you can blend your own essential oils.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, those who book a 60-minute couples’ treatment can upgrade to the Spa Duet Suite for an additional HKD1,000 where you can enjoy an extra 30 minutes of Hydrotherapy, a  one hour aromatic blissful bath, and two glasses of champagne.

 Asaya, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; +852 3891 8888

Stroll through West Kowloon

Bring your date to West Kowloon Cultural District’s Art Park for the WestK Nightscapes – Love & Lights. From now until Feb 25, it will feature a range of events and activities including a neon-light art installation by local architect duo @streetsignhk duo, along with the 24-metre-long ‘Light Archway of Romance’, ‘Starlight Pathway’ and ‘Time Trail’ in the Art Park. On Valentine’s Day, visitors can participate in a special bouquet art and painting workshop or enjoy a performance by the busking band, The Flame.

Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District