Love is All Around: Part One- Dating Places

Love is definitely in the air and whether you’re single, dating, in a relationship (officially or unofficially), married, complicated, or still hoping, there’s simply no escaping the sudden surge of sweetness and romance.

To help you decide what to give or where to take your significant other (or prospective partner) The Life and Times Staff has prepared this list to make this season of love extra special.

Dating Destinations

@ Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

This Valentine’s Day, Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria lets you express your love in the most romantic fashion—the French way. Crowne Plaza translates love to food by transporting the romantic atmosphere of France through an interpretation of its divine cuisine at Seven Corners. Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria’s Executive Chef Angelo Faoro will feature French delicacies and transform them to gastronomic marvels. The elegant buffet spread features gourmet selections such as Horseradish Crusted Salmon with Beet and Cherry Sauce, Potato and Zucchini Roulade with Lamb Ragout in Tarragon Sauce and Chocolate Grand Marniere Supreme.

While, at Xin Tian Di Crowne Plaza’s Chinese Restaurant, Executive Chef Sam Lee infuses French ingredients to his Chinese masterpieces. It features savory sensation for its couples set menu such as Sautéed Noodle with Roquefort Cream Seafood Sauce, Chicken Cordon Blue with Mixed Mushroom and Pan-fried Beef Tenderloin with tomato Ricotta and Asparagus.

For inquiries and reservations call 633-7222 or e-mail


@Legend Villas
From February 10 to 26, treat yourself and your loved one to our Valentine Special – overnight accommodations in a Superior room with buffet breakfast for two and a Valentine treat of one bottle of wine and a heart shaped chocolate cake to share.

Enjoy Filipino classics and favorites on the day of hearts as Lola Maria Restaurant serves a 5-course dinner on February 14.

For inquiries and reservations, please call 702 2700 or book now via


@ B Hotel
B Hotel in Alabang helps set the mood for Valentine’s with its specially priced room promos, complete with buffet breakfast and set dinner for two at the Prime Café; an adorable Valentine token; daily shuttle service going to nearby shopping malls; and unlimited broadband Internet access

For inquiries, call 828-8181, email or visit their website at


@ Makati Shangri-La
Love is in bloom with the hotel’s line-up of gustatory delights and spectacular entertainment in time for the love season. At the Lobby Lounge, a special Valentine dinner buffet will be prepared by the culinary team headed by Executive Chef Franco Brodini, while Isabella Gonzalez, daughter of Kuh Ledesma, serenades you.

Revel in the evening’s romance at the Mezzanine with the beautiful view of the lobby garden. Guests may head over to Red restaurant for a romantic dinner date on February 13, 14 and 15. Inagiku offers guests authentic Japanese dishes with a Valentine six-course dinner set menu by Japanese Chef de Cuisine Wataru Hikawa on February 13. Shang Palace offers set menus for two on Valentine’s Day, with a choice of the five-course Everlasting set menu. Families may enjoy buffet favorites at Circles Event Café on Valentine’s Day for the Valentine buffet dinner.

For restaurant inquiries and reservations, call the Restaurant Reservations and Information Centre at 840 0884 or e-mail


@ Camp John Hay

Up in Baguio, The Manor at Camp John Hay begins its celebrations from February 12 to 16. Make online bookings on the hotel’s variety of packages and get a special discount for a candlelight dinner at Le Chef at the Manor.

Entertainment from will be comprised of pop music and love songs from On Call Vocals on February 13, and jazz music by Fusion on February 14.

For details, call (074) 424-0931 or 584-4892. E-mail or log on to

@ The Bellevue
The Bellevue Hotel in the Southern Metro is spicing up Valentine’s Day as it offers specially priced room promos, complete with exciting perks, including complimentary Valentine deluxe concert tickets for two (upgradeable to premiere tickets for an additional fee per person), buffet breakfast for two at Café d’Asie, night turn down amenity, welcome drink and waived minimum charge at the Vue Bar, unlimited broadband internet access, use of swimming pool and gym facilities, and late check-out at 3 p.m.

For inquiries, call 771-8181, or 0917-8718181.


@ Discovery Suites
Discovery Suites at the Ortigas Business District seizes this romantic moment with a month-long package for this year’s Valentine season. From February 1 to 12, and February 15 to 29, local residents can avail of overnight accommodations with a romantic set dinner for two at 22 Prime at a special rate. The package is inclusive of a hearty breakfast buffet at Restaurant 5, complimentary Internet in the suite, and a discount voucher valid at another splendid romantic destination – Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay.

For inquiries call 719-8888 or e-mail


@ Eastwood Richmonde Hotel
Eastwood Richmonde Hotel has declared February 14 Red Letter Day with three celebrations to choose from. At Eastwood Café, Group Executive Chef Bienvenido Chavez takes his cue from the romance experts and creates a sublime French-inspired haute cuisine that will bring “l’amour” to your table, course by course. At The Lounge, bask in the hotel lobby’s cozy atmosphere with the chocolates and sparkles cocktail buffet. Finally, at The Gallery, observe the season of love with family and friends over a tasty spread of bar chow items, with a glass of Bellagio wine, while dancing to the infectious beats of the Big Bash Band.

For inquiries and reservations, call 570-7777.


@ New World Hotel
From February 10 to 21, couples can have a romantic date in the city and enjoy deluxe hotel accommodations with a leisurely breakfast for two in bed the morning after. And on Valentine’s Day, guests can enjoy an upgraded dinner buffet at M2M Café, where an array of continental and Asian favorites, with a prime selection of desserts to sweeten the deal. Cantonese restaurant Jasmine presents an authentic set menu specially arranged by master Chef Choi Wing Ki. Finally, guests can cap off the evening at Cinnabar, with a glass of sparkling cocktail and chocolate dessert sampler, while being serenaded by musical ensemble Intissimo.

For details, call 811-6888.

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