So you’ve found the woman you want to spend your life with. Congratulations! That’s the good news. The bad news is, with the stress of selection out of the way, a whole new wave of stress is on the horizon. (Kidding. Kind of.)
We can’t tell you if she prefers princess cut or cushion, nor can we promise an affirmative answer, but we can help you choose a unique location for popping the question. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the Eiffel Tower, it’s just a little played out, dontcha think?
These unique places to propose guarantee a memorable moment, hopefully one you’ll be recounting to bored grandchildren for many years to come.
Neuschwanstein Castle | Bavaria, Germany
Let’s say your lady is the fairytale type. She wants a romance worthy of Shakespeare, a dress befitting Cinderella, and a proposal to match. In that case, whisk her off to Germany‘s Neuschwanstein Castle. This 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace is so spectacular that Walt Disney used it as inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle. The beautiful Bavarian scenery doesn’t hurt, either. Everywhere you look is something that could have come straight from the imagination of Hans Christian Andersen. Fairy godmother not included.
Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve | Mt Cook, New Zealand
Located on New Zealand‘s southern island, the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is almost completely free of light pollution, making it one of the best places for stargazing on the planet. First, hit her with a colossal dose of wonder as you observe the vastness of the universe together. Then, when you see her reach peak awe, pull out the ring and get down on one knee. The double dose of amazement will hopefully be all you need to secure the yes.
The Mulia | Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
A proposal calls for something special. The Mulia in Bali was recently named one of the world’s most beautiful beachfront hotels by CNN. Here, “special” comes standard. Guests have a choice between beachfront suites or luxury villas, all of which boast a relaxed yet polished sensibility. Style, comfort, service, and serenity are available in abundance, particularly by the stunning Oasis pool. If you and your fiancee fall in love with the location as well as each other, you can book your wedding in the Mulia’s floating glass Eternity Chapel.
Huacachina | Ica Province, Peru
Your future bride will never forget this remarkable location – if you can find it in the first place, that is. Huacachina is a thriving oasis hidden in the barren desert of Peru. Nestled amongst towering sand dunes, the tiny village is home to only around 100 permanent residents. Visitors come by the tens of thousands each year to stay at the resorts, drive dune buggies and sand board, and take in the magnificent sunsets. If you can handle the trek to the top of a dune, you’ll have the perfect setting for popping the question.
Crystal Ice Caves | Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland
Vatnajökull: where Iceland lives up to its name. Also known as the Vatna Glacier in English, this is the largest ice cap in the country and one of the largest in Europe. You may know it better as the setting for the opening sequence of the 1985 James Bond outing A View To Kill. After you’ve explored the surface of the glacier, head below ground for a tour of the crystal ice caves. The frozen chambers indeed look like they were cut from crystal, and a natural blue glow makes the setting even more magical.
Hot Air Balloon | Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
From the ground, Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the most diverse and astounding eco-systems found anywhere. From the air, it’s even more likely to take your breath away. Book a hot air balloon safari for a bird’s eye view of the action. You could lay eyes on the entire cast of The Lion King, from hyenas to wildebeest to the King of the Jungle himself. Visit during the annual Great Migration, when 2 million hooved creatures trek from Tanzania to the Maasai Mara reserve, for the most impressive sight.
Bonneville Salt Flats | Utah, USA
Seal the engagement deal here before the landscape changes forever. The Bonneville Salt Flats have played host to countless film shoots and land speed records, and given their name to the Triumph Bonneville motorcycle. Fun facts to keep in mind, but all you really know is how cool they look. Stand on this parched and pearly land and you’ll feel like you’re on another planet – making a proposal here all the more outta-this-world. Salt depletion may eventually wipe this unusual destination off the map, so don’t procrastinate if this is where you want to take a knee.
Mayan Ruins | Tulum, Mexico
Marriage is an adventure a couple embarks upon together, so why not begin that journey with another adventure? Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula offers plenty of proposal-worthy spots, from tropical cenotes to vanilla sand beaches, but our bet is on the ancient Mayan ruins. Check into one of Tulum‘s many haute resorts to set the mood, and when the time is right, take your gal to one of the picturesque coastal relics for the actual proposal. The Castillo, which looks over the Caribbean from its perch on the edge of a 12-metre limestone cliff, is a good bet for a “yes”.
Bioluminescent Beach | Maldives
Hollywood couldn’t invent a location more perfect. Picture a proposal on the beach – but not just any beach, a beach where the water looks like it’s full of stars. That aquatic galaxy is in fact a natural phenomenon caused by bioluminescent plankton. At night, when waves break on the shore or bare feet sink into wet sand, a bright blue glow appears courtesy of those tiny organisms. Bioluminescence can be found in multiple sites dotting the Maldives, including the resorts at Kuredu, Reethi Beach, and Dusit Thani.