Things-To-Do: Pre-Valentine’s Rush

One week away from Valentine’s weekend and shopping must be frantic. What do you get your ‘special someone’ for Valentine’s Day is a speed breaker every relationship faces.

Everyone will be frantically calling their friends asking for the best places to shop for that favourite coloured sweater, pick up tickets for a late night show, reserve a table in a cozy restaurant for a delicious meal or just any other friendly advice to help them through the most romantic day of the year. Instead, spend 5 minutes going through our listing and you may just be able to shortlist your options down to the most convenient.

For starters, the Bazaar & Bling @ Candies is a great place to find clothes, accessories, jewelery, bath & body, stationery and more on sale. For a kinky and raunchy Valentine’s Day, be sure to check out the Sanctum‘s Under Cover collection of sexy lingerie and role play costumes.

For a relaxing experience, gift your partner and yourself a special treatment at Renaissance Spa which has special Valentine’s Day spa treatments for anywhere between 40 and 100 minutes of physical comfort. Better yet, decide to take some time off to spend with your partner and you can indulge in Renaissance Hotel’s Deluxe Lake View Room which combines a brilliant scenic view, wine, food, rose petal bath, massage and a romantic night for any day between 10th and 15th February. For details, call 022 6692 7176.

For a romantic meal there are plenty of choices at JW Marriott, ranging from a private meal with ocean view at their Monsoon Dock or the poolside meal at their Thai Pagoda, to indulgences in one of their restaurants, Lotus Cafe which has a Valentines Lunch and Dinner, Spices with an a la carte special and Mezzo Mezzo with an Italian delight meal. For more details and reservations, call 022 66933344 or log on to

Another Mariott property with Valentine’s Day specials is Courtyard by Marriott, where Momo Cafe has a special Valentine’s Day package equipped with a personal butler to pamper you and your loved one through a special buffet meal, and Red Zen has a Chinese Valentine’s Day planned with set menu, wine and a personal butler as well. Dome is serving rose champagne to sip while enjoying the view of Marine Drive in the company of your loved one. Other options include four course Mediterranean meals at either Corleone or Escobar.

If you are still looking for gifting options, pick up one of MoMo 2 Go‘s Exclusive Chocolate Goodies Hampers which have options to add cake and wine on choice, or have delicious cupcakes and cakes delivered home from

To win an exclusive dinner for two at Bungalow 9, enter into their Twitter contest and tell them why you want to dine at Bungalow 9. Or stop by The Table for lip smacking dishes to go with the best champagne from Moet & Chandon’s.

Other things to do in the coming week include the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, where Le Pain Quotidien will participate in the new culinary section. The coming weeks also see the beginning of a creative Writing Workshop titled ‘Writing Fiction’ organised by The Pomegranate Workshop, Trishla Jain’s solo exhibition titled ‘Tangerine Trees and Marmalade Skies’ at Gallery BMB, and a one day golfing experience at Asia’s 2nd best golf course organised by Golf Mania; more on that later!

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