With Singaporeans being one of the biggest spenders for Valentine’s, spending almost $263 for this day, there’s a lot of pressure to have the perfect romantic experience with your loved ones. To simplify your search of looking for such avenues, we’ve examined some food applications and staycation spots to understand which provides the best bang for the buck.
Our recommendations are based on 3 basic criteria:
- Higher quality experience
Venue is a boutique hotel near Geylang. Starting at $77, it has one of the lowest prices in Singapore for a boutique hotel. While this hotel doesn’t have as many luxuries as others in this list, it makes up for it with its interesting location. Located near Geylang , staying in this hotel can help you enthral in the night life of Singapore’s only red light district. Moreover its proximity to East coast can help you enjoy the long walks in the beach with your partner and enjoy Marine Parade’s vibrant market in the evenings. If you want to save money and enjoy a great night life experience, this might be the right choice.
2. Studio M
Having been awarded ‘Best Boutique Hotel’ by AsiaOne, Studio M offers a plethora of facilities which makes it a very relaxing place. Equipped with a 25m pool, a jet pool and free shuttle to any shopping malls , Studio M’s definitely one of the high end hotel here in regards to its service and luxury. With a price starting from $176 a night, this place’s on the more expensive end of the spots we recommend. Its proximity to Singapore river and the iconic Marina Bay Sands can help you enjoy Singapore’s famous skyline and the tranquillity of Singapore river. Moreover, its location near Natureland Robertson walk, a high end massage spa , can help you and your partner have a relaxed experience. If you’re looking for a chill experience with your partner and don’t mind spending a bit extra, this might be the perfect place for you.
3. Hotel G
A chic lifestyle hotel located near Bugis, Hotel G gives you the opportunity to explore fascinating places like Arab street and Haji lane with your partner. Starting at $145 a night, Hotel G is known for having a wide assortment of cocktail bars and food stalls which makes its ambience extremely vibrant and dazzling. Its proximity to Singapore’s upcoming arts scene and major entertainment areas like Bugis can City Hall entertainment gives you plenty of options to explore different activities with your partner. If you’re someone who enjoys exploring different parts of Singapore’s cultural scene and doesn’t want to spend a fortune doing it, this might be the ideal place for you.
4. Holiday Inn (Singapore Atrium)
Starting from $165 a night, Holiday Inn is located near Outram. Given its proximity to Clarke Quay, staying here can help you explore the nightlife scene of Singapore – like Venue hotel. Moreover, Holiday Inn with restaurants like Atrium and Xin Cuisine Chinese offers great dining experience. This coupled with its closeness to restaurants offering an assortment of different cuisines such as Spize River Valley, Tiong Bahru Market and Havelock Road Food Centre makes this a great place for a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoying good food with your spouse. If you’re someone who just wants to withdraw from his tiring working life and enjoy good food and music with his partner, this could be just the place for you.
Chope is an app that helps you instantly reserve restaurants and provides you with vouchers that helps you avail discounts in different eating places. It is completely free and has tie-ups with almost 800 restaurants in Singapore to help you choose from a rich variety of cuisines. Specially for Valentine’s day, Chope’s offering upto 50% discount in over 40 food outlets across Singapore. This is in addition to its existing schemes that makes dining cheaper for you. Chope’s tie-ups with places around Singapore can you give you access to places that provide a higher quality experience, its many offers can help you get discounts and thus reduce your costs and its 24/7 service and instant booking confirmations can make the whole process very convenient for you.
Entertainer is another app that provides you with 1 for 1 dinner subscriptions. Unlike Chope , however, this service is not free and is divided into two components: Singapore 2020 (for dining) and Cheers (for drinks). Singapore 2020 subscriptions costs $95 SGD while Cheers subscription costs $45. What sets Entertainer apart from its competition is the scale of its tie-ups. Entertainer has over 7600 offers which includes 1 for 1 deals and discount offers. Moreover, this also lets you avail their services in travel, fitness and recreational activities. Specifically for Valentine’s day, Entertainer has 10 1-for-1 offers and coupons for 8 food outlets that offer 25% discount. But don’t just limit your experience to food. Entertainer also offers 1-for-1 deals for the 40 minute boat ride which promises a great time for you and your loved one on this special day.
Burpple is a website that provides food recommendations and restaurant reviews. With almost 3 million reviews shared, this website provides you with a huge repository of feedback on different restaurants, remarking on their tastes , their prices and the surrounding vibe. While this platform is completely free and provides you value-added knowledge to choose the perfect location for your date, its subscription service Burpple Beyond (fee $9.90 a month) helps you enjoy 1-for-1 deals at over 450 restaurants. This can help you save money and find high end restaurants that promise a good time with your partner. Deciding between Burpple and its premium feature depends on your preferences- are you someone who dines out regularly? Then maybe Burpple beyond makes more sense. Otherwise, you can use it for restaurant recommendations.
Fave provides you with discounted vouchers which you can use for not only food outlets but also massages and visiting local attractions. The way this works is that you choose discounted vouchers online and redeem them in store. It is completely free and offers upto 40% off on selected dining places during Valentine’s day. Its Favepay service, which is not a mobile wallet but simply requires you to link with your credit card can help you get upto 30% additional cashback. Given Fave’s services in other things along with food and requiring absolutely no commitment from its users, using this will help you get the best bang for the buck.
While this article gives you many options to choose from, the right food app and the place would depend on your preferences and the experience you want to share with your partner.