Who knew it? With all the amazing posts on Taiwan, do you think I could find a single post that had compiled a list of things to do on Valentine’s Day? Not a one. My online search was completely fruitless.
Here are a few ideas for accommodations, dining, day trips and weekend excursions to get you started on your day of love.
Love Motels are a recipe for love. First made famous in Japan,love motels have taken Taiwan by storm. There are plenty to choose from, ranging from hedonistic gardens of pleasure to downright kinky.
Recommended Deja Vu Hotel:This love motel comes recommended byTaiwan’s Lonely Planet author, Robert Kelly. You’ll want to book ahead. This hotel is quite popular.
The Grand Hotel: If I had my choice of places to go on Valentine’s Day, I’d definitely consider a visit to The Grand Hotel. Its traditional palace-style architecture and vibrant red exterior make it one of Taipei’s most recognizable landmarks. Whether you opt to spend the night or drop in for afternoon tea, the Grand Hotel’s passionate red and gold interior promise a Valentine’s Day to remember.
W Hotel – The W Hotel in Taipei is one of the classiest places in town. There’s a reason why it’s the top choice for accommodation with visiting celebrities.
Romantic Dinners for Two
Italian fusion bistro Forchetta comes strongly recommended by A Hungry Girl’s Guide to Taipei. Check out her second review of this restaurant. Her photos are enough for me. It looks divine. An Ho Rd., Section 1, Lane 127, No. 4, Taipei. Tel: +886-2-2707 – 7776
Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Hotel: The Far Eastern Plaza has some pretty amazing restaurants and bars. We’ve eaten here a couple of times and it’s always a nice evening out. 38/39F, 201, Dun Hua (Tun Hua) Rd., Section 2. Tel: (02)2378-8888 ext. 5803 – These restaurants are all worth checking out.
Marco Polo Restaurant on the 38th floor caters to lovers of Italian cuisine. With dishes like roasted lobster with seafood sauce and duck ravioli, this is sure to be a dining experience worth remembering.
The Marco Paul Lounge is located right next door to the restaurant. With an incredible view of Taipei’s skyline, it must be one of the most romantic places in Taipei. It offers an enticing variety of drinks and cocktails accompanied by a fine selection of cigars. On Valentine’s Day, tables are near-impossible to get without reservations booked far in advance.
The Shanghai Pavilion on the 39th floor features antique decor from the 1930s and a huge selection of unique dishes and Chinese and Western liquors. Acclaimed as one of ‘Taipei’s Best Restaurants’, The Shanghai Pavilion guarantees a delightful culinary experience, contemporary surroundings, and unparalleled views of Taipei City.
Romantic Day Trips and Weekend Getaways
Danshui’s Fisherman’s Wharf doesn’t sound very romantic, but this quaint little harbor is full of activities that will keep you occupied for the day. There are plenty of kitschy shops and souvenir vendors along Old Street. Take a stroll along a pedestrian bridge called Lover’s Bridge and enjoy the fresh air. Hop on one of the ferries going to Bali for a romantic dinner. If you’re not prone to seasickness, board one of the motor boats for an exciting five minute ride to the pier. Did I mention the food? There are plenty of fresh seafood restaurants and street vendors to choose from.
Miramar Ferris Wheel: Head on over to Miramar Entertainment Park in Neihu for an incredible view of the city on the Miramar Ferris Wheel. The ferris wheel sits on roof of a shopping complex and has a combined height of 100 meters.
Taiwan’s famous Eastern Coastline makes for an incredibly romantic day of driving, with some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the world, from plunging sea cliffs and splashing surf to beaches, nature reserves and rural towns.
Yangmingshan National Park: Instead of bringing her flowers, why not bring her to them? Yangmingshan’s Flower Season is here. Cherry blossoms, azaleas and camellias are already dotting the beautiful landscape of Yangmingshan.