Are candlelight dinners and gifting bouquets of flowers becoming too passé to express the one of the greatest things on earth? Thinking of ways to spice things up this coming Valentine’s Day with your partner?
Living out a scene from a romance film is no longer a far-fetched dream. Here at ZUJI Singapore, we’ve curated a list of destinations for you to go star gaze with your partner around the world during this season of love. Take a flight out of our urban, concrete jungle and head to the peaceful, quaint countryside for some quality time with your loved ones under the galaxy of twinkling stars.
1. Lake Tepako, New Zealand
As one of the International Dark Sky Reserves (IDSR), Lake Tepako, situated in Mackenzie Country, exudes an American Southwest atmosphere that brings scenes of cowboy fast-draws to mind. However, due to its small population size, the limited light produced in the area gets overpowered by the millions of glistening stars that stretch across the inky skies!
The Church of the Good Shepherd makes for a magnificent architectural picture-taking opportunity against the backdrop of the starry night skies. Alternatively, you can lie by the still waters of the lake and be moved by its serenity as you playfully join the dots to form your very own constellations.
2. Mount Bromo, Indonesia
One of South East Asia’s hidden gems, Mount Bromo, should definitely be part of your travel itinerary. Hiking up the 2,400m mountain with temperatures around 5°C may seem a little unappealing at first, but you’ll soon taste the fruits of your labour at the top with a breathtaking view. It’s the perfect spot for you to admire the stars with your significant half, and catch the sunrise come morning.
The Milky Way is best viewed after midnight till the early hours of the morning. Don’t get too mesmerized by its beauty, for the vibrant orange sun would soon be peeking from beyond the horizons before you know it! Definitely a worthy hike that offers you a tasteful panoramic sight of the chromatic skies.
3. Uluru, Australia
When entering the Uluru (Ayer Rocks) region, you’ll feel like you’re taking a step out of reality and into the rocky and barren terrain scene of a fictional sci-fi movie. The beautiful night skies are, however, very much real. With minimal light pollution in the Australian Outback, the Magellanic Clouds and the famous Southern Cross Constellation can be observed just by looking up into the sky.
If chasing sunsets are too cliché, how about catching a moonset instead? Be awed by the varied hues of colour that flourish the black skies, making for a romantic sight for you and your partner.
4. Kakslauttanen, Finland
Finland is known for its dark and freezing temperatures throughout most of the year, making it a great place to try and spot that shooting star. The best time to catch the stars usually mean having to brave the winter cold in the open with a tent. Good news though! It’s now possible to get the best of both worlds at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.
Their warm, cosy “Glass Igloos” provides fellow star chasers with all the comforts of home with queen-sized beds, glass roofs, heaters, and everything else you would need in the freezing weather. Laze and cuddle in bed with your other half while enjoying the panoramic views of the star-freckled Northern Lights by simply looking up!
5. Yeongyang Firefly Eco Park, South Korea
Source: Darksky.org (Wonkil_Jeong)
Known as Asia’s first International Dark Sky Park, Yeongyang Firefly Eco Park is home to the conservation project of fireflies. This milestone is important for Koreans, as their culture which dates back thousands of years, have placed great emphasis on astronomy and its guidance.
Being a protected area of land, there’s hardly any artificial light in the secluded rural area, making the locality perfect for sky-watching and a thriving ground for fireflies. The mountainous landscape will make for a special moment between you and your loved ones amidst a glow of “stars” gently floating by you against the diamond skies.
Make this Valentine’s Day a stellar occasion and be prepared for an unforgettable time under the stars. It might even be the right time to bring out that other special diamond surprise in a box too!
ZUJI Singapore is now offering $5 rebate with every $100 spent on flights or packages, and a 12% hotel coupon code for OCBC card members to make it that much sweeter! You would also receive an extra $50 rebate when you use Visa Checkout as well! What are you waiting for? Book with us today!