With just two weeks away, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you want to go on a romantic date or adventure with your significant other or you just want a much-deserved break, you would surely rather not to have the hassle of traveling too far from Metro Manila.
Is it possible? Yes, it is! There are many options from the cliche yet satisfying places, to the exciting and novel go-to sites.
Here are some date ideas around the Metro Manila to help kick-start your date planning.
Go on a Manila Walking Tour
The charm of Manila never gets old. With its striking heritage structures such as the Intramuros, Fort Santiago, and Escolta to the art and artifacts of the National Museum, there are a lot of things to do in the historical city of Manila.
Walk on Intramuros’s cobbled streets and spot the colonial churches and buildings. You can also easily spend a leisure day exploring the National Museum of Fine Art and the National Museum of Anthropology.
After coming from the National Museum or Intramural, head to the Rizal Park in the evening and enjoy the colorful light and sound show. During the weekends, the park’s fountains light up and jive to music.
If you come in early, you can also spread a mat on the grass and relax.
Have a Relaxing Staycation
Stay at a hotel where you can just chill and relax, with comfortable beds and great views of Manila. Loosen up as you take a dip in a rooftop pool and have a leisurely breakfast in the morning.
Watch Fireworks Together
An enjoyable activity is to watch fireworks together as the sky burst into colors with its own brand of magic.
Every Saturday evening, the bayside of Mall of Asia has a fireworks show and from February 17 to March 24, the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition is held, with an extensive fireworks display of two competing countries every Saturday.
You can brave the crowd and watch the fireworks up close or for an intimate date night with your partner, you can opt for a VIP with dinner or head to a hotel roof deck.
Take an Evening Cruise Along the Bay
Enjoy the sea breeze while appreciating the sight of the city’s skyline as you cruise along Manila Bay. There are two available cruise schedules: you can choose a sunset or evening cruise, both providing stunning views of the city. The cruise also comes with dinner.
Enjoy a Spa Date
Relax together and have a couple’s massage as you release all the tension and stress away from your body. Spa dates are not just about massages.
There are spas, like the Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa in Antipolo, which is just less than an hour away from Metro Manila, offers massage pools and infinity pools with breathtaking views.
The Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay offers glamorous camping or clamping options where you can camp with the comforts of soft mattresses and electric fan, complete with campfire and stars and the companionship of your loved one, of course.
If you are not just looking for relaxation, but for adventure, you can also hike up mountains with your partner or trek together to beautiful landscapes. The view on top is more beautiful if you reach it together with the person you love.
When you are just starting, the Gulugod Baby in Maine, Batangas, is recommended for its gentle sloping and steep terrain. It also features a 360-degree view of the mountains, seas, and islands that you should surely not miss.
Farms are not only sources of our daily meals, they can also be tourist destinations. In some places near Metro Manila, there are farms where you can tour around and take part in activities like planting seeds and harvesting crops.
The Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay, Laguna lets you enjoy farming together while breathing the cool air and enjoying the surrounding greenery and mountain sceneries. You can also dine on healthy and delicious organic meals or stay overnight in a hut to savor the farming experience.
Enjoy your romantic date with your partner! Which on this list do you think is the best one to go?