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Destinations are back and bigger than ever, reports Condé Nast. Still, many modern couples are taking the magic of travel beyond their ceremony, celebrating each part of their union—including their proposal—in a special part of the world. In 2021, Carter Reum set the bar high while proposing to Paris Hilton on a private island. If you wish to follow his lead and ask your loved one to take your hand in marriage, consider booking a holiday to one of the following destinations.
Seduced by the Seychelles
The Seychelles’ white sand beaches, stunning array of wildlife, and tropical climate have long made it a favorite for couples wishing to enjoy a romantic getaway. This destination offers a myriad of opportunities for an unforgettable proposal—including a romantic helicopter ride over the islands, a charter of a private luxury yacht, and a candlelit dinner on the beach. If you choose an island-style vacation for your special day, make sure you get all the details right. Choose a resort or yacht that pulls all the stops, embellish the special moment with romantic candlelight and fairy lights, and choose a romantic moment of the day—for instance, sunset. Plan the engagement ring design in advance, ensuring it suits your loved one’s style. These days, couples are favoring many more styles than a typical diamond solitaire. Eternity style rings, colored gemstones, and uniquely cut vintage diamonds are just a few popular selections among sartorial sweethearts. Make sure you plan your speech and if you can, capture the special moment on camera.
Captivated by Costa Rica
If you and your future fiancé are into wildlife, lush forests, and warm sandy beaches, then Costa Rica is an ideal destination to pop the question. To surprise your beloved, plan an adventurous day visiting La Fortuna waterfall and hiking by the Arenal Volcano, take a white water raft ride along the upper Balsa river, or discover the myriad of wildlife and plants at Manuel Antonio National Park. Afterwards, organize a romantic meal, warming your loved one’s heart with a live violin player or a heart or message written with rose petals in a special spot. You won’t need to say a word once your loved one sees the extent to which you’ve gone to make this date stand out from any other one you have had in the past.
Vertiginous cliffs, sparkling blue waters, and sunny blue skies are just a few of Santorini’s most appealing features. This island has so many traditional proposal spots that it may be hard to settle on one. The windmills of Oia, for instance, are one of Greece’s most Instagrammed spots. You might also check out the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, perched atop Mount Profitis Ilias. It is one of the island’s oldest churches, and it offers majestic views of the island. Another great choice is a wine tasting and dinner-for-two at one of Santorini’s many top wineries. If you wish to get closer to the water, Eros Beach and Skaros Rock make a perfect backdrop to a moment you wish could last an eternity.
Enraptured by the Beauty of Coron
If private, intimate beach getaways are your thing, consider proposing in Coron—the third largest island in northern Palawan in the Philippines. Prior to proposing, join your loved one on a romantic swim in Kayangan Lake, take a private swim in emerald waters of the Twin Lagoon, or go on a diving adventure to view the many shipwrecks in Coron Bay. Book a stay at a secluded resort like Sunlight Eco Tourism Island, which features houses built atop the sea.
Equally impressive is Huma Island Resort and Spa, with 81 over-water and beach villas. Coron is an ideal destination for couples who enjoy their privacy and who enjoy exploring the dramatic cliffs and tranquil waters of this Pacific island.
These are Top Destinations to Propose to Your Beloved
To take your proposal out of the norm, why not make it while you’re enjoying a holiday abroad? From the lush greenery of Costa Rica to the crystal-clear waters of the Seychelles, there are so many dreamlike spots to consider. Before making your choice, consider the extent to which intimacy, privacy, and adventure should play a starring role on your big day.