Popping the question this year? Then be inspired by our best proposal ideas from around the world, featuring the most inspiring places to get down on one knee…
So, if you're looking for a proposal location that's...
- An iconic romantic destination
- Secluded and private
- Luxurious in every detail
- Stunning in its location
- A unique experience
... then look no further than these suggestions below.
1. Magical Morocco
In just a few hours from the UK you can be in the colourful country of Morocco, where a stay at the luxurious Kasbah Tamadot will wow your other half. Owned and run by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition, the resort oozes romance at every turn. The Berber Tents are particularly special for couples and would provide you with the perfect privacy to pop the question.
With a romantic setting like this, how could they not say yes!
2. Romance in Venice
Venice has been the first choice for star-crossed lovers for centuries, with its picturesque waterways, winding streets and sumptuous dining. Make your way to the city aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for an experience neither of you will ever forget, boasting serious old school glamour and plenty of pampering.
Or how about taking to a gondola and popping the question there? The fact of the matter is, Venice is such a romantic location - any place would be incredibly special.
3. The city of love
Few places in the world have as strong an association with love and romance as the French capital, Paris. Though some may think a proposal here is cliché, others will revel in the timeless tale of having said ‘yes’ at the top of the Eiffel Tower. However, a proposal atop the iconic tower doesn't come with privacy guaranteed, since you'll likely be joined up there by plenty of other visitors to the city.
If incredibly public and busy proposals aren't your thing, then proposing at the Trocadero is something our team would recommend - you'll have your pick of places to pose the question. You could even hire a photographer to ensure you capture the picture-perfect moment they say yes!
Arrive early (with a good excuse why) to ensure that your moment isn't overcrowded
Stay at Le Bristol for added luxury, first-class service and the perfect Parisian location. For a truly unique experience speak to your Travel Specialist about booking the Paris Suite, with views of the city’s most famous landmarks. The balcony even looks out to the Eiffel Tower - could this be where you propose?
With views like this - why would you propose anywhere else?
4. Ring shopping at Tiffany’s in New York
The list of places to propose in New York is almost endless. Take your love on a walk around Central Park, enjoy dinner at the legendary Rainbow Room and then head to the top of the Rockefeller Center to pop the question. Stay at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel for a superb New York stay and take the short 20-minute stroll to Tiffany’s & Co to choose your engagement ring.
5. A walk on the beach
Does a beach marriage proposal sound romantic? Who could say no to being whisked off to Jamaica for a romantic proposal?! If you’re thinking of asking your partner to marry you, then we suggest a stay at Round Hill Hotel, where the oceanfront rooms have been designed by Ralph Lauren and the beachside dining offers dishes to tantalise even the most discerning of palates.
6. Sweethearts in St Lucia
As romantic islands go, St Lucia is famous for being one of the most loved-up in the world! If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, then take a look at Boucan: a hotel in the island’s oldest plantation, Rabot Estate, home to the cocoa behind Hotel Chocolat - so chocoholics will be bowled over immediately. The restaurant here boasts stunning views and delicious fine fare that's sure to sweeten the deal.
At Sugar Beach, romance abounds – try sipping champagne on the pier whilst watching a dramatic sunset. Or how about saying ‘yes’ whilst looking out over the island from your own private infinity pool at Jade Mountain?
You'll fall in love with St Lucia
7. On top of the world in Dubai
Another romantic place to propose is the iconic, dramatic and super luxurious Burj Al Arab in Dubai. This is the place to see and be seen. For spectacular views and delicious cocktails, head to the Skyview Bar for a proposal both of you will never forget, preceded by dinner at Al Mahara with its floor-to-ceiling aquarium and exquisite seafood menu.
8. A proposal in Maldivian Paradise
Renowned the world over for its ultimate luxury indulgence, Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives is a first-class spot to ask that all-important question. For serious romance, ask our Concierge team to arrange a private champagne picnic on a secluded sandbank for you and your loved one.
9. Italian amore
Italy is full of incredible places to propose. So whether you are in Rome, Lake Como, Tuscany or even Florence you won't miss out.
Everything about Rome creates a feeling of love…the delicious food, fine wines, candlelight and history of romantic movies filmed on its beautiful streets. If you’re thinking of popping the question in front of Trevi Fountain, stay at the Hotel de Russie with its gorgeous al fresco restaurant and elegant suites.
If you are on a luxury holiday to Tuscany, why not take a bike ride around the vineyards and farmhouse and find the perfect place to propose on two wheels. Staying at the COMO Castello Del Nero will surround you with lush olive groves and vineyards, meaning you won't have to cycle far to find a romantic spot. If you're not one for cycling, the hotel has several terraces and secret hideaways that will provide a serene moment for a proposal.
Make the moment they said yes extra special with a backdrop of Tuscany
When it comes to the best places to propose in Europe, you shouldn't discount Lake Como. This idyllic setting can be made more luxurious by hiring a private boat and proposing in the middle of the lake with mountainous vistas and dazzling lake scenes as company.
Florence and romance go hand-in-hand and it's no surprise. This is a timeless city with architectural delights at every turn. Ponte Vecchio is high on people's list of things to do in Florence and is also a great place to propose.
To get Ponte Vecchio in the background for that post-proposal selfie we recommend proposing on the bridge to the west of Ponte Vecchio, St Trinity Bridge
10. Skip the engagement... just get hitched!
If you just can’t wait to say "I do", then how about popping the question in Las Vegas followed by an elopement-style wedding in the famous city? We suggest a stay at the fabulous Bellagio where you can enjoy luxurious first-class service right on the strip. Don’t forget to take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon during your stay… it’s a romantic ‘must’!
11. Romantic Luxury in Barbados
A Barbados holiday is the ultimate in luxury whether you’re proposing or just looking for a destination to celebrate an anniversary or reignite a little romance into your relationship. Luxurious resorts abound, with the world-renowned Sandy Lane the ideal place for a candlelit dinner - the romantic L'Acajou is an exceptional experience. Close to the ocean, you'll be wined and dined under a canopy of mahogany trees. This will be an incredible place to pop the question.
Sandy Lane is known around the world for luxury - where better to propose?
12. Seychelles Romance
The exotic Seychelles archipelago is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their honeymoon, so it’s fair to say it’s an exclusive spot for some holiday romance. For the ultimate ‘you time’ head to Denis Private Island where the owner’s motto is “the island is yours – do as you will, without disturbing others” – the island has even ‘banned’ phones and computers so you’ll truly be able to ‘get away from it all’.
If a proposal under the stars sounds like the perfect way to say "I do" then speak to your Travel Specialist about stargazing at Fregate Island. Heaven!
13. Private Beach Proposal
Staying at Jumby Bay is a romantic delight anyway, but you can really add to the romance by proposing on a private beach. The staff at Jumby Bay recognise that sometimes, people want their proposal to be intimate and private so they'll ensure that the private beach is just that. You'll even be able to craft your own three-course meal with your personal chef to make the experience that much more romantic. Jumby Bay can create even more exciting opportunities to propose - just present your idea and they'll work with you to make it work.
Similarly, Rosewood Little Dix Bay can take you by water taxi to a secluded beach where you’ll be the only two people there, and the team will provide a picnic and all the amenities you need to make your proposal run smoothly. They will then come back a few hours later to pick you up to continue your celebrations.
A private beach for a private proposal - perfect
14. Underwater Proposal in the Maldives
Head underwater - without so much as getting your hair wet - for an experience that's truly unique. Both Conrad Maldives and OZEN have underwater restaurants, which offer unforgettable dining experiences; dine on truly gourmet fare whilst the Indian Ocean surprises you with its unending beauty. Add a proposal to this and it will be an event you will never forget.
A proposal at the M6m restaurant is something special
15. Proposal at Diana's Point, Oman
Named after Diana, Princess of Wales who loved this spot so much, this spectacular vista can be enjoyed with a private dining experience at Anantara, Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort. This platform stands on the edge of the canyon and as the sun sets and the stars come out to dazzle, you can go down on one knee and pop the questions. The view alone is completely Instagrammable, but add a proposal and you've created the ultimate romantic event.
Proposing here will be a completely memorable experience
16. Sweep them off their feet
You won't fail to be astounded at the natural beauty that exists in New Zealand. So why not capitalise on what is already there by taking a helicopter flight to a remote destination and be propelled to a picture-perfect proposal. Fly New Zealand offers 'picnic on a peak', where your pilot will drop you off at a totally secluded mountaintop vista (along with a gourmet picnic). Once the successful proposal has taken place, you will be whisked back to your hotel, enjoying a bird's-eye view of Queenstown along the way.
Alternatively, GBR helicopters in Australia can whisk you away to a secluded bay for spectacular coral reefs and coral sea. Combine this with your picnic and you've created one of the most romantic places to propose.
17. Greek getaway
If you're looking for a place with incredible views, then look no further than Santorini. Take a hike to pop the question overlooking the caldera at a secluded spot. Or choose the Grace Santorini for a secluded romantic getaway. If you plan your stay during the Ifestia Festival then you can almost make the fireworks a celebration of your love.
18. Te Amo in Spain
If you are seeking a romantic place to propose that comes with a short-haul flight (you've bought the ring, after all) then why not look to Spain?
Es Vedra is a mystical island that you can see from Ibiza. You can view it from the beach of Cala d'Hort and there are plentiful opportunities to discover a quiet place with Es Vedra as a backdrop. It has a mythical history dating back to Homer's Odyssey where the sirens on the island tried to lure Ulysses.
This backdrop provides an ideal place for your partner to say yes.
What a backdrop Es Vedra is as you propose
19. Treetop romance
At Soneva Kiri in Thailand, treepod dining offers a unique approach to a restaurant proposal. A pod constructed of bamboo rests amongst the treetops and offers views across the sea and an atmosphere simply won't find in any other restaurant in the world. To add to this - your food is served by waiters on a zipline! If you can get your partner to put their camera away and relax, this is one of the world's most intimate places to get engaged.
Incredible views and incredible food combine for an incredible engagement
Have you found the perfect spot to pop the question amongst our suggestions? Don't forget our concierge team are available throughout your Inspiring Travel Company holiday, and can make sure you get hitched without a hitch.