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Go On A Date In The Sky

Spend Valentine’s Day with your bae at some of the highest spots in Singapore. 

By Chris Ong      9 February 2022

Those who are dating or are in a relationship, your 14th February is already marked, right? If not, well, it might be time to start re-looking at your priorities.

The first thing to organise on your agenda has got to be that all important affair with your significant other (or potential better half) on Valentine’s Day.

We play Cupid by putting together some of the most romantic “top of the world” places on the island where you and the one you fancy can spend a lovey-dovey V-Day at.

1. Singapore Cable Car

Photo: Mount Faber Leisure

This is one of the most popular dating activities among all dating and married couples in Singapore. Even during our parents’ time in the 1970s and 1980s.

It’s easy to see why taking a ride on board a cable car has remained such a classic date option. Imagine soaking in awesome 360-degree views of blue waters, sandy beaches and lush greenery, while sitting comfortably in a cosy cabin some 100 metres above sea level, and travelling across Mount Faber, HarbourFront and Sentosa Island, with your special someone. The sights alone spell instant romance in the (high) air.

What’s more, after the ride, you can spend the rest of the day exploring Sentosa Island, strolling around Mount Faber or shopping at HarbourFront Centre or VivoCity. Just pick the line you want to take (Sentosa Line or Faber Line) or opt for the Cable Car Sky Pass (Unlimited Rides or Round Trip; from $24.50 and up for an adult ticket).

Or, choose from any of the special Cable Car Sky Dining experiences. There’s the “Fly Me To Japan Destination-Themed Cabin ($385 per couple), Singapore Flavours Cabin ($100 per person), Sky-High Bento Cabin ($65 per person), Champagne Cabin ($268 per cabin) and Valentine’s Day specials of course (valid during the V-Day period).

(Mount Faber Leisure office) 109 Mount Faber Road, Mount Faber Peak, 099203,  www.mountfaberleisure.com; www.facebook.com/mountfaberleisure; www.instagram.com/mountfaberleisure

BONUS: SAFRA members enjoy 35% off Cable Car Sky Pass Round Trip at the ticketing counter and online.

2. The Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck

Photo: Marina Bay Sands

If you and your dear haven’t gone up some 57 storeys to the SkyPark Observation Deck of Marina Bay Sands, make Valentine’s Day this year the day to do so.

If a picture can paint a thousand words, then get ready for a whole encyclopedia. This open-air deck presents breath-taking views of Marina Bay and the Gardens by the Bay, the Downtown Core cityscape, the “sea-nic” panorama that stretches from Marina South Pier to the Singapore Strait, and lots of moments for you and your hon to spot all of Singapore’s famous landmarks (look out for the Singapore Flyer and the durian-shaped domes of the Esplanade).

Just make sure to book your $26 adult ticket ahead (it includes 5 digital photo files and 2 “Magic Shots” or animated/interactive short videos to be redeemed online), visit early to make the most of your time here, and bring a brolly in case of the bright sun or rain (do look up the opening hours and conditions of entry during wet weather).

Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Tower 3, L57, 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956, www.marinabaysands.com/attractions/sands-skypark.html; www.facebook.com/marinabaysands; www.instagram.com/marinabaysands

3. Rooftop drink & dining joints with a view

If a date night is on the cards, then dinner’s a must. There’s no lack of rooftop restaurants in Singapore, considering how it is a metropolitan city dotted with skyscrapers. So there are lots of choices for you to spoil your other half silly. But, if you’re not quite sure where to go, find yourself a favourite from any of our 3 recommendations here.

Mr. Stork at Andaz Singapore

Photo: Mr Stork at Andaz Singapore

This quirkily-named joint is nestled on the 39th floor of the 5-star hotel, lovebirds may flock for the food, drinks and the 360-degree views of the city, but stay for the garden and teepees.

Yes, teepees. Choose the Valentine’s Day Naughty Teepee Package ($300 for 2) that includes cocktails and a Chef’s Valentine’s Day platter for a whimsical date night in a teepee hut, under the stars, on a roof.

Mr. Stork, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, 189354, www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/singapore/andaz-singapore/sinaz/dining

Potato Head Singapore

Photo: Potato Head Singapore

Taking things slow, easy and casual? Then head to Potato Head Singapore’s speakeasy rooftop bar. Located in an iconic Art Deco building, it makes for a homely, hip and chill place to get to know each other over tipples such as the Zombie#36 and discuss Netflix’s latest K-thriller hit All Of Us Are Dead. Plus, at three storeys-high, it’s perfect for those who aren’t scared of zombies, but of heights, yet still want a nice sunset view and sights of neighbouring heritage shophouses.

Potato Head Singapore) 36 Keong Saik Road, 089143, https://potatohead.co/singapore/rooftop-bar

JAAN by Kirk Westaway

Photo: JAAN by Kirk Westaway

Got your credit card on standby for Valentine’s? Then the famous JAAN by Kirk Westaway is where you should splash out. The Michelin Guide 2021 two-star winner dishes out modern and creative takes on British gastronomy (think Salt Baked White Beetroot with Kristal Cavier and Squab Pigeon with Turnip), that are beautifully plated and served in an ultra elegant setting.

As jaw-dropping as the fare are its view of the Singapore skyline (the fine dining restaurant’s on Level 70 of Swissôtel The Stamford) and the stunning Murano chandelier that runs across the iridescent ceiling. Impressed, your date and you, will be.

JAAN by Kirk Westaway) Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, 178882, www.jaan.com.sg

4. Singapore Flyer

Photo: Singapore Flyer

First, the good news: This is yet another great go-to that provides a brilliant bird’s eye view of the Singapore city skyline and sunset. The bad news? The Singapore Flyer Flight operations are temporarily suspended for repairs and rectification works (but do check back with the operator after March).

In any case, this huge observation wheel in the Downtown Core district should still be on your “must-visit” checklist for all of the other special occasions – anniversaries, birthdays, or actually, any day you choose to take especial care of your other half – even if you can’t get to book seats for V-Day.

While you await for when the rides resume, you can check out the different ticketing offers.

For a casual day out, a ticket for the daily rides is priced at $33 for adults for a 30-minute rotation in a shared capsule with other guests.

To treat your date, opt for the Singapore Sling Experience ($69 for each adult) that comes with a glass of the iconic cocktail (hand-shaken and chilled), an assortment of nuts and complimentary admission to the Time Capsule immersive experience.

And to truly indulge your bae, book the Singapore Flyer Sky Dining package ($351.92 for 2 guests) that’s good for two rotations (60 minutes), complete with a 4-course dinner served by an in-flight host and complimentary admission to the Time Capsule exhibition after said dinner.

If all goes really well, there are also Solemnisation Packages (from $2, 999) available for you two to exchange marriage vows, 165 metres up in the sky!

30 Raffles Avenue, 039803, www.singaporeflyer.com; www.facebook.com/singaporeflyer; www.instagram.com/singaporeflyer

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