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Not the typical island getaway, Singapore has much more to offer, especially for couples. A date on this metropolitan isle can be as secluded or whirlwind as you prefer; from private spas and exclusive lookouts, to dancing under the moonlight and nestling in cabanas. Get lost, get high (as in altitude) and get hot.
1. Check out the skyline. Use the breeze as an excuse to snuggle up to each other as you look out onto the brilliant modern city skyline. Lean back with champagne and shellfish in a cabana seat at Sky on 57’s Oyster Bar. Cocktail loungers looking to let out some dance moves should head over to the other side of the bay to the world’s highest alfresco bar (complete with dance floor), 1-Altitude. Beer lovers, on the other hand, would take to the high barstool-aided view from microbrewery LeVel 33 quickly. Arrive before the sun sets for great glimpse of the city.
2. Dine on the biggest Ferris wheel in the world. The 541-foot Singapore Flyer serves up a champagne-popping, four-course European-style dinner in the pods, complete with a personal butler. A meal takes place over the course of an hour, so you get to enjoy the dimmed lights, quiet music and sparkling panorama in two rotations.
3. Eat at Ice Cream Man. Things can, and will, get heated up in Singapore. Call ahead to Ice Cream Man on Haji Lane to simultaneously tame and set alight those burning desires. This couple-run ice cream shop will customize any flavor as long as you promise to buy at least 33 ounces when it’s done. Let your smitten imagination run wild. Your partner will be impressed by this coolly planned break in the middle of the cozy, quirky shoppers’ lane on a scorching day.
4. Go au naturel. Nature and history lovers will love Labrador Park’s mix of serenity with historic never-been-fired cannons, tunnels that lead to nowhere and waterfront views of the Straits of Malacca. Alternatively, head over to the Singapore Botanic Gardens to explore the orchids; or take a romantic stroll up to the Henderson Waves, a canopy bridge that looks far out into the horizon.
5. Have a quiet dinner for two. The stunning backdrops and secluded atmospheres of restaurants all around Singapore make romantic dinners an effortless affair. Dine on European-Asian plates while surrounded by vibrant flowering ginger plants at Halia in the Singapore Botanic Gardens; slurp up nutritious soups at Empress Jade atop the oft-overlooked Mount Faber; or feel like you’re on top of the city while right in the middle of it at Equinox Restaurant on the 70th level of the Swissôtel the Stamford.