After a year-long January, love month has finally arrived! Are you dreaming of a cozy weekend in the mountains, or a quick escape to a hidden paradise? Or perhaps you're envisioning a candlelit dinner with an overlooking city view, or a mini road trip with the love of your life?
Whatever your heart desires, there's always a destination waiting to celebrate love. With only a few days left before Valentine's Day, now is the perfect moment to kick off your preparations for a day filled with cherished memories.
Here are 6 destinations within and near the metro—and a plethora of romantic date ideas you should consider trying.
Photo by Bambike Ecotours
Intramuros, Manila’s Walled City, is more than just a historic site. Its timeless charm offers an ideal backdrop for creating memories that will last a lifetime. With its quaint cobblestone pathways and romantic allure, every step would feel like a postcard memory to keep forever.
Rent a bamboo bike / electric scooter for a tour
Hire a horse-drawn carriage to go around the city
Enjoy museum-hopping within the Walled City
Museo de Intramuros
Museo de San Agustin
Casa Manila Museum
Rizal’s Bagumbayan Light & Sound Museum
Rizal Shrine at Fort Santiago
Take a stroll inside Baluarte de San Diego Gardens
Sunset coffee date at La Cathedral Café
You may DIY this or get Intramuros tours via Klook.
Photo by The Vivere Hotel
Known for its thriving corporate landscape and dynamic energy, Alabang may not be the first place that comes to mind when seeking out romantic getaways. But beneath its corporate facade lies a treasure trove of hidden romantic—and de-stressing—spots waiting to be discovered.
Get a couple’s massage at Altacienda Native Wellness Spa
Get matching tattoos at 1916 Tattoo Shop inside Higher Ground Specialty Coffee
If you’re both into sports, choose an activity to enjoy together:
Rock climbing at Power Up Climbing Gym
Golf at SouthPoint Driving Range
Biking at Filinvest MTB Trail
Dinner date at The Nest Dining in The Sky in The Vivere Hotel
Bring your furbaby along on a food trip date at Molito Lifestyle Center
Photo by Manila Yacht Rentals & Events
It’s not every day that you get an excuse to treat each other to a luxurious yacht date. Manila Yacht Club (near the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex) is a place of romance and elegance where you both can share a spectacular getaway without leaving the metro. The best part? You can have double (or triple) dates with your other couple friends, too!
Choose the type of dinner you want:
Dinner on a docked yacht (For 2 to 3 couples)
Yacht cruise with dinner for two (All-exclusive dinner date)
Cruise along Manila Bay for an hour
As an optional activity, rent a yacht for a fishing trip
To inquire, visit Manila Yacht Rentals & Events on Facebook.
Photo by Aranya Resorts
Just a short two-hour drive away from Metro Manila lies a hidden haven where tranquility meets hard-core adventure: Doña Remedios Trinidad (DRT) in Bulacan. At the heart of this place lies Aranya Resorts, a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse in the serenity of nature.
Rent an overlooking villa for a night or two
Enjoy a thrilling 4x4 ATV ride in their 7-hectare property
Avail of the guided waterfalls tour (You’ll see 13 waterfalls in total in just one trip!)
Go for a quick swim in their outdoor lagoon
For couples with a passion for food, art, and each other, there’s a unique establishment called Crescent Moon Café and Studio Pottery that offers culinary delights and artistic inspiration in one place. As the place’s name suggests, it’s a café + pottery studio—a hideout where you can deepen your connection over food and art. They’re open on Wednesdays to Sundays only.
Learn basic pottery and create your first ceramic piece together
Lunch date with nature at their colorful, open-air restaurant (PRO TIP: Reserve ahead of time. Their kitchen closes at 4:15PM!)
Order farm-to-table dishes and try their Alagao Appetizer—a dish that’s been on their menu for 23 years
Shop for handmade ceramics, and stoneware overruns for only PHP200 per kilo
Photo by SandBox at Alviera
If you’re both the type of couple who enjoys outdoor activities together, you should go to Porac, Pampanga and visit Sandbox. It has Asia’s first roller coaster zip line and the tallest giant swing in the Philippines. The road trip + Sandbox experience? An ideal combo for a romantic, outdoor getaway.
Ride the 10-meter Giant Swing
Test your agility and balance at the Aerial Walk Challenge
Experience the first roller coaster zipline, Avatar One
Try outdoor archery
Compete against each other on a City Kart Race
For inquiries, visit Sandbox at Alviera on Facebook.
Whether you find yourselves wandering the cobblestone streets of Intramuros, savoring the flavors of Southeast Asia at Crescent Moon Cafe, or setting sail on a sunset cruise along the tranquil waters of Manila Bay, one thing will always remain true: love knows no bounds, and neither do the possibilities for romantic getaways in and around Manila.
Here's to love, laughter, and cherished memories that last a lifetime. Happy Valentine's Day!
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