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A romantic retreat in Singapore where you won’t run into hordes of other couples this Valentine’s Day? Yes, it’s possible! The Her World team found their respite at these cosy and quirky boutique hotels.

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A romantic retreat in Singapore where you won’t run into hordes of other couples this Valentine’s Day? Yes, it’s possible! The Her World team found their respite at these cosy and quirky boutique hotels.

For a sensual escape: The Scarlet (33 Erskine Road, tel: 6511-3333,

“The Scarlet doesn’t take its reputation for being a ‘vivacious and uninhibited’ luxury boutique hotel lightly. Upon checking into our room, we found the hotel’s signature Lovers’ Amenities Kit waiting on the bed. Such a pretty package with so much potential passion inside! Naturally, I dived straight in to find a single red feather, lavender-scented massage oil and other lust-boosting props – kudos to Scarlet for providing everything you need for a steamy night! I recommend shelling out extra for the premium room or suites to enjoy the milk bath with rose petals and complimentary bottle of wine. I spent an indulgent half an hour sipping the wine while luxuriating in the soothing water, accented with rose petals and a couple of drops of my favourite bath oil. Pure bliss!” – Charmaine Lee, beauty writer.

The Valentine Romance package, from $328, includes one night’s stay with complimentary minibar, a special surprise, and the Lovers’ Amenities Kit.

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For some quiet couple downtime: The Club (28 Ann Siang Road, tel: 6808-2188,

“It’s the little touches that make The Club ideal for a couple’s retreat – deliciously lavender-scented organic Bamford bath products, fluff y bedroom slippers and a bed from Hypnos, which has a Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II. Every room also provides a complimentary Nespresso machine and stacks of books to while away the time on the terrace – perfect for a couple of coff ee-loving bookworms. Another major plus point is that the hotel has four dining and drinking options on the premises – work your way up from B28, the underground whisky joint away from the noisy crowds, to rooftop Peruvian restaurant and bar Tiger’s Milk for drinks with a view.” – Jennifer McGeever, online writer.

Valentine’s Day packages, from $200, include one night’s stay in a Club Room, welcome drinks, complimentary breakfast in bed for two, complimentary late checkout (subject to availability), and a $50 dining voucher.

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For a fascinating staycation: Hotel Vagabond (39 Syed Alwi Road, tel: 6291-6677, (

“If you and your beau are big art buff s – or even just regular folk who appreciate art and design from a purely aesthetic standpoint – then a local getaway at Hotel Vagabond is a must. A stay here is a veritable visual feast, provided by everything from the two life-sized elephant sculptures by French artist Franck Le Ray and towering gold-leafed trees decorating the lobby, to the photographs (taken by owner Satinder Garcha on his round-the-world trips) that adorn the walls and functional art pieces like a rhino bookcase you can actually buy. The hotel doesn’t compromise on comfort either: The king-size bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, goose-down pillows and comforters were all exceedingly luxurious.” – Aretha Loh, features writer.

The Valentine’s Day Package, from $350, includes one night’s stay in a Classic room, a special complimentary cocktail and personalised bathroom items.

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For a home away from home:  Naumi Hotel (41 Seah Street, tel: 6403-6000,

“The hallmark of a great staycation: You’re not at all tempted to head out even when the hotel is surrounded by great dining and shopping options. My husband and I enjoyed our night at Naumi so much that we were reluctant to leave the next day… we have the 400-threadcount Egyptian cotton sheets to thank! But the highlight was our dinner at inhouse Indian restaurant Table by Rang Mahal, where we indulged in dishes like poppadom cigar rolls with homemade dips, and tandoori tiger prawns which were nicely charred and made flavourful with homemade masala and garlic. We then rounded off our evening with a nightcap at Cloud 9, the rooftop bar and pool which off ers an amazing view of the city skyline.” – Lee Xin Hui, features writer.

The “Get Lucky, Valentine!” package, from $520, includes one night’s stay in an Oasis room, F&B credit of $88 nett which can be used for in-room dining or at Table by Rang Mahal, a six-stalk rose bouquet and a “Naughty Pack”.

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