It’s never too early to start preparing for Valentine’s Day. Phuket is a popular honeymoon destination, as well as a popular place to propose. Whether you’re hoping to surprise your loved one next Valentine’s Day or just looking for a romantic night out, here are some tips to help you make the most of the day.
Although Valentine’s Day is not an official holiday in Thailand, there are still plenty of special events going on for the benefit of tourists and expats.
The SALA Phuket Resort and Spa hosts a special Valentine’s Day event every year. The package includes a wine-and-dine special, live romantic music with a renowned international DJ and live entertainment that could include anything from a play to comedy-club style shows. Want something even more romantic? The SALA has a number of special rooftop tables (all placed in very private settings and away from each other) that come with their own bottle of champagne. Expect to pay about $140 for the regular package and $240 for a private roof table.
For Chocolate Lovers
Want to keep it sweet? Try the Les Anges’ special Valentine’s menu. This chic French restaurant has a “Love by Chocolate” menu on Valentine’s Day, where every single dish includes chocolate. Start the evening with the Beef Tenderloin with Port and Chocolate Sauce or the Salmon on Asparagus Spears coated with Silky White Wine and White Chocolate.
Then go on to try one of their desserts, such as the Red Wine and Strawberry Compote with Chocolate Mousse Layers of Almond Chocolate or the White Chocolate Sorbet with Fresh Passion Juice. The menu has a set price of $50 but you can have your pick of dishes from the menu.
If money is not object, you can try a 3-day 2-night Valentine’s package offered by the Twin Palms hotel. Package prices vary from $600 to $1200 depending on the type of room you choose. All packages include daily breakfast, a Valentine’s Day dinner for two, a bottle of wine, a couple’s massage and a few surprises (flowers in the room, for example).
If you can’t afford to spend over a hundred dollars on just dinner, there’s always the beach. Nothing beats a romantic walk down the beach at sunset. Karon Beach is wider and more pristine than other beaches in town, so it’s a favorite spot for late-evening strolls. Kata Noi Beach is more private, tucked away in a corner south of Kata Beach. Whatever beach you choose, remember to bring a blanket and a bottle of champagne and toast the day while overlooking the turquoise waters.