From lavish luxury on board a super yacht to hidden romantic hideaways, here are some of the best places to propose around the world.
The Best Places to Propose Around the World
The world is your oyster when it comes to dreamy spots for to take your relationship to the next level and pop the question. Sail across oceans or head in to the city; here’s a guide for finding the best destination for your romantic proposal.
From on board some of the world’s most luxurious yachts and the five-star hotels pulling out all the stops with proposal packages, to hidden romantic hotspots a little closer to home, here are some of world’s top proposal destinations.
The Most Extravagant Destinations to Propose
Hotel Metropole, Monaco
If it’s a taste of the high life you’re after, you can’t go far wrong with the glitz and the glamour of Monaco. Amping up the romance at the exquisite five-star offering, Hotel Metropole has introduced a luxury proposal package for guest wishing to make the most of their lavish stay.
If you opt for the Will You Marry Me? package you and your future husband or wife will be in for a truly mesmerising surprise porposal. Starting the experience in style, couples will enjoy a helicopter transfer to the hotel and will be greeted with a personalised welcome upon arrival. You’ll then be shown to the magnificent Suite Carré d’Or where a number of surprises await you. Welcome gifts, a bottle of Dom Pérignon and a mini-bar with unlimited soft drinks, to be precise.
In preparation of the big moment, a personal butler will serve a romantic candle-lit dinner on the star-lit terrace overlooking the Mediterranean ocean and the hotel’s pool. The perfect way to set the scene for the insanely romantic pièce de résistance.
As a couple you will then be guided towards the staircase to discover the words, ‘Will you marry me?’ projected on the bottom of the pool. Dreamy.
On Board a Superyacht
Chartering a yacht is the ideal way to ensure complete privacy, and a truly unforgettable proposal. The SuperYachtsMonaco team are experts in arranging charters oozing in luxury and offering up the most romantic and intimate settings for popping the question.
A proposal in idyllic surroundings can only enhance your chances of success. Imagine proposing in the crow’s-nest of a yach, with a spectacular view across the bay of Cannes at night with lights twinkling in the distance or in a palatial dining room, with views out across the sprawling, moonlit ocean.
Take your inspiration from the silver screen, which has long adored the dramatic and enchanting backdrops of the Riviera, and sashay into St. Tropez on 49m Khalilah as a newly engaged couple, toast to the future in Monaco on 40m Sonishi or enjoy a private romantic moment in Italy on 49m Teleost.
In Front of a World-Heritage Site, Saint Lucia
You’ve splashed out on a luxury all-inclusive and are having the time of your lives in one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Why not make the most of your dream holiday and pop the question during your stay in Saint Lucia?
With on-site jeweller over at Coconut Bay, a bespoke butler service for Serenity guests and a menu of luxury excursions, activities and stunning settings to make the most of, Serenity at Coconut Bay, the luxury all-inclusive sister property of Coconut Bay Resort & Spa, has all you need for the perfect proposal.
Plus if you’re all caught up in the moment, Serenity’s Sapphire wedding package will also see you tie the knot on board a private Catamaran with Saint Lucia’s Pitons, a jaw-dropping World-Heritage site, as a backdrop to your nuptials.
Head off on a tour of some of the worlds most picturesque and romantic hotspots to find some of the best places to propose for couples with the travel bug.
For a sea that sparkles almost as much as the diamond on her finger, Santorini is the ultimate romantic destination for a proposal. The Greeks love romance and celebration, and they keep this white-washed island picture-perfect for the couples that come to visit.
The real hotspot lies within the village of Oia. This Instagram-famous spot boasts blue-domed and white washed buildings set against the sparkling sea, adding a bit of Mamma-Mia magic to your proposal.
It may be cliché, but we don’t care. It’s called the city of love for a reason, and what better place to pop the question than under the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower at night. Whether you decide to blow the budget on a Michelin star meal, or opt for a dinner of cheese and baguettes al fresco, anything is romantic in this city.
Judging by the amount of happy couples that have sealed the deal under this famous monument, it’s safe to say that the Eiffel Tower is a symbol of true love (and definitely worthy of a spot on the list of best places to propose).
If you’re picturing yourself proposing intoxicated in a crowded nightclub, think again. Leave the south of the island to the party-goers, and explore the east and the west. From Santa Eulalia to San Antonio, both coastal towns offer idyllic white beaches with crystal clear water and dreamy sunsets.
If an Ibiza beach is too public for you, hop on a boat from Santa Eulalia to Formentera island for true seclusion and white, sandy beaches. Explore the island hand in hand until you find the perfect spot to pop the question.
Another romantic classic, Venice has been synonymous with love for hundreds of years. But you better move fast, as sadly this beautiful city is sinking. Stroll down the picturesque Venetian streets and try some of the best gelato in the world. Perhaps hide the ring inside the ice cream cone?
If you’d prefer some privacy to pop the question, hire a gondola to take a tour of the city by water. This Venetian classic is the perfect way to secure a little place for you and your partner, away from the crowds.
There are so many dreamy backdrops to choose from for your proposal in Dubrovnik. From historic fortresses, cable car rides, the coastline or even on a nearby island, you can choose a spot that your partner will love.
Alternatively, if your partner is a Game of Thrones fan why not pick one of the many filming locations in the city as your backdrop.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
If you thought that you had to stay in the city to enjoy the romance of Italian culture, you thought wrong. Stretched along the cliff-side of Italy is the Amalfi coast, offering plenty of intimate bars and water-front restaurants for loved-up couples to choose from.
If you have time, book a boat ride to the island of Capri from the Amalfi harbour. The journey in itself would create an idyllic opportunity to pop the question, or you can wait to propose while exploring some of Capri’s stunning electric-blue grottos.
Take a trip to learn about the past before you dive into your future. Athens is full of beautiful architecture and historical beauty, as well as picturesque views that provide the perfect background for your proposal.
What could be better than popping the question in a city steeped in thousands of years of history?
But you don’t have to go abroad for a picture-perfect proposal…
The Best Places to Propose in the UK
The world is filled with beautiful destinations to pop the question to your special someone, and some of them are on your doorstep! Whisk your partner away to do something a little bit special when you get down on one knee.
A Hot Air Balloon Ride
Wherever you are in the world, take advantage of the local areas of natural beauty with a hot air balloon ride. Keep it within your budget by choosing either a shared balloon or a private one, and surprise your partner with a bottle of bubbly when you’re sky high. Getting engaged in a hot air balloon will truly make you feel like you are on top of the world.
The London Eye
They say that newly engaged couples are ‘in their own little bubble’, and in this case it’s true! There is nothing more romantic than proposing while looking down upon the best view of the city. If you want the ultimate romantic experience, purchase the Cupid’s Package for priority boarding and a personal host to ensure that your proposal goes to plan.
For the most dramatic view, book your bubble for the evening. The glittering lights of the city against a sunset background will make for a perfect evening.
A River Cruise
The beauty of river cruises is that they take minimal planning on your part, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll wake up in a beautiful location each day without any hassle. The River Cruise Line’s Bavaria and the Romantic Rhine cruise is perfect for this. It’s a 9-day trip that takes you through the heart of Europe, and offers excursions that you’re both sure to adore.
The most romantic part about this trip is knowing that you’ll go aboard as two single people, and return to solid ground engaged.
The Fountain of Love at Cliveden House
Located in the gardens of Cliveden House in Berkshire, the Fountain of Love is a beautiful landmark that exudes historical romance. Cliveden House itself is a five-star country house hotel, making it the perfect place to stay if you would like to plan a weekend away. There’s also a whole host of things to do in the area — from spending a couple of hours in the spa to taking a boat trip along the Thames. Then, when you’re ready to pop the question, all you have to do is take a stroll through the gardens and get down on one knee in front of the aptly named fountain.
When you’re ready to pop the question, stroll down through the gardens and get down on one knee in front of this aptly named fountain.
The Lake District
The Lake District is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the UK. So, if your loved one is a fan of the great outdoors, then there’s no better place to propose. You could choose any of the beautiful spots suggested by the Lake District National Park Authority. Or, you could hire a rowing or motorised boat from Coniston Boating Centre, so your special moment is guaranteed to be private.
If you are both lovers of hiking, and up for the challenge, take on Scafell Pike mountain. It’s a hard journey, but it will be worth it when you can pop the question at the top. Or, if you don’t fancy too much of a physical challenge, check out Walk Highlands’ pick of the 10 easier Munros that are more suitable for those early in their hillwalking career.
Sea Life London can help you to pull off the most jaw-dropping proposal. Surprise your loved one by organising for a diver to swim up to your partner with a sign saying ‘Will you marry me?’ while you get down on one knee. How magnificent is that!