Best Destinations For The Ultimate Romantic Proposal…
For the 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.
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 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
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!