Lock in love at Manila Bay

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Dining under the stars makes up for a most romantic setting

Dining under the stars makes up for a most romantic setting

The tradition of “love lock” involves two lovers inscribing names on a padlock, fastening it on a public place like a metal fence, and then throwing the key often into the river below. The idea is to forever seal the love between two people.

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Paris, considered the most romantic place in the world, serves as the most popular venue of this symbolic act of love. Countless padlocks, engraved with lovers’ names from around the world, are found at the Pont des Arts Bridge that overlooks the beautiful Seine River, where thousands of keys now lie quietly at the bottom.

This Valentine’s, Filipinos don’t need to go all the way to France just to express love and devotion to one another for Sofitel Philippine Plaza, the only French hotel brand in the country, is creating its own version of Pont des Arts along the scenic Manila Bay. On January 20, Sofitel General Manager Adam Laker launched this special Valentine promotion, along with other romantic offerings that guests can experience at the hotel.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Assistant Food and Beverage Manager Tanguy Gras explains the ritual of ‘love lock’

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Assistant Food and Beverage Manager Tanguy Gras explains the ritual of ‘love lock’

Speaking more about the hotel’s version of Parisian ritual, Laker said that a “Love Tower” will stand at the hotel’s famed poolside where lovers can attach their padlocks, which are available at Spiral restaurant.

All the keys will first be buried in a time capsule so that at the end of the month, a lucky key will be drawn for a related raffle draw, whose grand prize is an overnight stay at the luxury hotel.

After the draw, the keys will find their final home in the Manila Bay.

Besides this romantic promotion, a special menu crafted by the hotel’s very own restaurant operations chef Bettina Arguelles was also unveiled. This is the six-course “Aphrodisiac Affair” that can be had in the most romantic setting, under the stars.

For this menu, the hotel will set up specially decorated canopies at the Sunset Bar with a special live musical performance.

Restaurant operation chef is preparing an exclusive sixcourse ‘Aphrodisiac Affair’ come Valentine’s Day

Restaurant operation chef is preparing an exclusive sixcourse ‘Aphrodisiac Affair’ come Valentine’s Day

Another Valentine promotion to look forward to is the menu of unique, aphrodisiac specialties Chef Arguelles is cooking up from February 12 to 15. Included in her menu are oysters yuzu pearls, lumpfish caviar, and apple blossoms, ingredients that boost all five senses. Also included in the menu are lobster pomegranate salad; a combination of Chillean sea bass, lemon prawns ravioli, and sea urchin bisque; and tea-smoked Magret duck with foiegras.

For dessert, he will serve strawberry shortcake, pineapple carpaccio, banana ice cream and honey orange butterscotch sauce, as well as limited edition heart-shaped chocolates.

Besides these celebrations meant for lovers, Laker also said that Sofitel has something for everyone for the month of love, including singletons and families.

For example, there will be two parties for those who seek to mingle—one called the “Black Valentines,” which is already in its third year at Le Bar, and the other the singles party at Snaps. They will both take place on Valentine’s Day.

A group of girlfriends can opt for pampering at the hotel’s Le Spa, which recently introduced its nail artisan service. The Vietura lifestyle center is also another possible destination with its range of health and beauty treatments.

Children are never forgotten of course as they will receive a special Le Petit Prince gift set with a list of activities available during their stay like cookie-making sessions, kiddie movie viewing and other workshops, among others.

Finally, the hotel’s premiere food and beverage outlet, Spiral with its 21 dining ateliers, is also set to serve special Valentine brunch and dinner for couples or the whole family.

For more information, call 832-6988 or 551-555r, or e-mail h6308-fb12@sofitel.com.

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