Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. If any of you guys out there are just like me, then you probably don’t have a clue what to do for your special someone and probably won’t until, oh, February 13. While it may not always be easy to come up with a clever and romantic date, the nice thing about Valentine’s Day is that the event just kind of takes care of itself. You get the girl chocolates, you grab some flowers, and you head out on a romantic dinner.
What kind of chocolates? Go with something Swiss. Don’t know what kind of flowers your girlfriend likes? Me neither! What I can help you with, however, is to point out some classy water-themed restaurants (this is an aquatic architecture blog, after all) that will be sure to leave your lovely lady swooning come Valentine’s Day.
If you and your gal just so happen to be in the Philippines on February 14, then boy do I have the perfect place for you! San Pablo City’s Villa Escudero Resort has got a classy yet fun restaurant that will earn you plenty of brownie points.
The main attraction, if you couldn’t have guessed from the pictures, is the waterfall that runs down the side walls. This isn’t one of those for-display-purposes-only waterfalls. The owners invite guests to sit beneath the falls as they wait for their meals. And if you don’t want to sit under the waterfall, well, too bad. You’re going to get wet anyway.
The restaurant is actually designed in such a way that the water flows across the floor of the restaurant and over the feet of diners. As you can see, this isn’t the type of place where couples show up in a slinky black dress and a suit. Of course, the bamboo tables and droves of tourists might have given you that impression already. It’s more of a shorts/skirts and flip flops event, but that doesn’t make the date any less special. Save the fancy outfits for your anniversary, and go out on a date where the two of you can just goof around and have some real fun together.
And after you experience some fine local cuisine, you can take your gal to partake in some local customs perfectly suited for out-of-town tourists like you. For example, the two of you can go have a coconut harvesting lesson, which is a great opportunity for you to impress your date with your, um, coconut harvesting skills – whatever that entails.