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Phnom Penh picks: Valentine’s Day

The Chocolate Shop on Street 240 has a range of romantic sweets
The Chocolate Shop on Street 240 has a range of romantic sweets. Charlotte Pert

Phnom Penh picks: Valentine’s Day

Left it to the last minute or just want to treat yourself? From indulgent double spa treatments to French lingerie sets and tasteful but inexpensive jewellery, the city’s got it covered.

Lingerie
Get a woman something she will really appreciate: a good bra. If you want to go the extra mile, make it a nice one. Promesses Lingerie in Boeung Keng Kang One sells imported French brands like the delicate Aubade Paris. There’s plenty of fun, with laced-up fronts and frilly bits, but for simple elegance go for the underwired blacks, rouges and girlish whites. Cup sizes go up to E and prices are around $100
and up.
Promesses Lingerie, #20 Street 282. Open 9:30am until 7pm.

French lingerie brand Aubade Paris is sold in Promesses.
French lingerie brand Aubade Paris is sold in Promesses. Charlotte Pert

Sweet treats
Satisfy your other half’s sweet tooth at The Chocolate Shop. This chocolaterie sells a variety of Valentine’s-themed gifts, including a mug filled with iced biscuits ($9.50), heart-shaped chocolate discs in a range of sizes (from $3.50-$7), chocolate heart-shaped lollipops ($2.50), boxes filled with chocolate hearts in a range of sizes (from $16-$35), and a heart-shaped tin filled with cupcakes for $20.
The Chocolate Shop, #39 Street 240. Open 9am until 8pm.

Flowers
Sometimes, nothing says “I love you” better than a traditional red rose. Find yours at Floral Express on Sihanouk Boulevard for $2 a pop. If you want to go further, the store also offers mixed bunch bouquets for $30. Alternatively, celebrate the natural beauty of Cambodia and buy your loved one a traditional white Angkor Bos flower for $3. Floral Express is part of Interflora Flowers Worldwide, so you can also order online.
Floral Express, #134 Sihanouk Boulevard. Open 7am until 7pm.

Red roses are always classy. Order online with Floral Express.
Red roses are always classy. Order online with Floral Express. Charlotte Pert

Spa specials
Tucked above a street off Riverside, Bodia Spa is a classy and great-smelling haven for relaxation therapy fans. They specialise in organic locally made oils like ginger and lemongrass, and their “in the mood for love” package is particularly indulgent.

The special gives couples a chance to soak in a private tub covered with hundreds of flower petals for up to two hours. It’s pricey, at $125 per person, but includes a complementary bottle of Taittinger champagne and fruit basket as well as several treatments: an aromatherapy massage, a clay wrap and facial.

Sofitel offers ‘duo massages’ for couples.
Sofitel offers ‘duo massages’ for couples. Charlotte Pert

For those who prefer a hands-on approach only, Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra’s So Spa offers a 60-minute “duo massage” at $115 for two. The couple can choose from a spa list including stone massages and Clarins customised special, using the upmarket French skincare lotions.
Bodia Spa, corner of Sothearos Boulevard and Street 178. Open 10am until midnight.
Hotel Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, #26 Old August Site, Sothearos Boulevard.

This ring by local designer Mary Sarath costs $20.
This ring by local designer Mary Sarath costs $20. Charlotte Pert

Handmade Rings
While they would probably raise eyebrows if used to propose marriage, the rings produced by up-and-coming Cambodian designer Mary Sarath may appeal to ladies with edgy preferences. Produced individually by hand using simple metals and stones, the rings have a bit of a grunge appeal to them.

The “Edgy Plate” ($15) features an intricate collection of small metal circles which are wired down to a stone arrowhead, while the “Alluring Dragon” ($20) has two metal plates stacked on top of each other with a purple stone on top.
Crash Test Dummies, Alleyway 240 1/2 (between Streets 240 and 244).

International brand leather wallets are available at New Collection.
International brand leather wallets are available at New Collection. Charlotte Pert

Men’s Wallets
Wallets are for storing cash, not losing it. Consequently, spending lots of money to upgrade a wallet sits poorly with some people. But who could complain if the wallet is a gift? For a bit of authenticity in a city rife with cheap counterfeits, check out the leather wallets at New Collection. The brands Espirit, Makexim, DiCapri and others are all represented on the men’s section on the second floor. Around $109.
New Collection, 92Eo Sihanouk Boulevard.

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