At The Pen: Champagne, red roses, and other classy Valentine touches

The Peninsula Manila sets the romantic mood this month with various deals and promotions. Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Manila.

The elegant Peninsula Manila may as well be your dating place for a night filled with only the best meals, pampering treats, and room promotions for your loved one.

On February 14, the five-star hotel has prepared tempting menus and treats in its various restaurant outlets. Ladies will receive a beautiful Peninsula long-stemmed red rose to take home with them.

At the iconic lobby, enjoy a classic Peninsula Afternoon Tea with delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and French pastries and a steaming pot of tea. For that important dinner date, The Lobby will also have a three-course dinner menu. The afternoon tea set is Php1,650 per with a flute of Champagne and Php2,550 per person for the three-course dinner menu.

Over at Escolta, Chef Rufino Dungca’s buffet specials include an Ultimate Sunday Valentine’s Brunch (February 11) with free-flowing Champagne at Php4,300 per person. On February 14, Escolta serves its Valentine’s Day Seafood Dinner Buffet with free-flowing sparkling wines and beer at Php3,600 per person. All ladies dining in Escolta on these dates will receive a beautiful Peninsula long-stemmed red rose as a souvenir.

At Old Manila, Chef de Cuisine Allan Briones has prepared a four-course Valentine’s dinner menu that includes: Foie gras parfait with macerated berries, salted caramel, toasted oats, red wine gelée on a raisin baguette; Lobster bisque with coconut foam, kaffir lime and lobster bruschetta; Herb-crusted scallops with pumpkin gnocchi, cranberry, chanterelle and Champagne nage; Slow-roasted Wagyu beef tenderloin with celeriac purée, poached asparagus, ratte potato and truffle butter; and “Passion” (Araguani 72% chocolate and maracuja feuillantine). This special menu is priced at Php4,600 per person and includes a glass of champagne.

At Spices, couples may enjoy the exotic flavors of India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam in an à la carte menu selection for a minimum consumable of Php1,200.

For the full-on romantic treat, from February 1 to 28, the hotel is also offering A Valentine to Remember room package.

Book an overnight and enjoy a Php3,000 dining credit at The Lobby, Spices, Escolta, the Pool Snack Bar or Old Manila or spend some romantic private time dining in-room (from February 14 to 16)

Included in the Valentine’s room package is a complimentary breakfast buffet for two adults and two children under 12, a bottle of wine, a special Valentine’s welcome amenity, complimentary parking, access to The Peninsula Fitness Center, unlimited local calls and complimentary internet access.

Room rates start at Php11,000 for a Superior Room. All prices quoted are inclusive of 10% service charge and prevailing government taxes.

Of course, the hotel has got lovers covered with outlets like The Peninsula Manila Flowershop for the best blooms and bouquets. The Peninsula Spa is the place to be for well-deserved massage and body treatments. Spa clients get complimentary use of The Fitness Center as well. For bookings, (+632) 887-2888, extension 6870.

Ready to have a luxurious Valentine’s Day celebration? For inquiries: The Peninsula Manila, (+632) 887-2888, extension 6694 (Restaurant Reservations) or 6630 (Room Reservations) or visit the website