Are you thinking of asking your significant other to marry you today? Stop! Valentine’s Day may sound romantic but it is the most clichéd day to propose to your lover. Here are nine incredibly romantic places around the world to pop the question courtesy Bloomberg’s Nikki Ekstein and Abbie Kozolchyk, author of National Geographic’s new book, The World’s Most Romantic Destinations.
1. An Ice Hotel in Sweden
The staff at Sweden’s Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi can create a pretty romantic setting according to Kozolchyk. And since the hotel is located just 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, you can watch the Northern Lights as you go down on one knee. You can even hire a reindeer sled to take you a National Park where you can sip on some celebratory champagne.
2. Saint Barthélemy
The French-speaking Caribbean island also known as St. Barts has long been a favourite destination of the rich and famous. Known of its white sand beaches and fine dining, it also makes for a perfect romantic getaway. Kozolchyk suggests crafting a message in the sand while you take your soon-to-be fiancé (who can say no to this) on a helicopter ride and show them how much to mean to them.
3. In a Hot Air Balloon
A hot air balloon over Australia’s gorgeous outback is the perfect place to pop the question. In case you are squeamish about heights, you can pitch a tent overlooking the Ayer’s Rock— a massive 550-million-year-old sandstone monolith and tell him/her that you want to spend the rest of your lives together.
4. A Sandbar in the Philippines
A sandbar or shoal, is a naturally submerged ridge that consists of, or is covered by, sand or other material and floats above the water. Think of it as your own private little island. Kozolchyk suggests to book a room in a resort in the Lagen Islands and ask the staff to arrange for a private dinner or lunch at a secluded sandbar. The only problem you may face, is that the surroundings will be so spectacular, your lover (and yourself) won’t be able to take your eyes of the emerald water! Well, you can’t have everything.
5. Overlooking the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is a monument that is dedicated to love, and it’s no wonder tourists throng the city of Agra by the thousands each day. But instead of fighting the maddening crowds during the day, Kozolchyk suggests taking a midnight tour (yes there are nighttime ones) during a full moon when the Taj Mahal looks even more spectacular bathed in moonlight. Seal in the deal in a restaurant overlooking the iconic palace.
6. At King’s Landing
Whether your lover is a Game of Thrones fan or not, they can’t fight the charms of the Dubrovnik coastline in Croatia. The place serves as the setting for Game of Thrones’ King’s Landing and its old-world charm, stunning blue waters and clear skies make it the perfect place to go down on one knee.
7. Huayna Picchu
Machu Picchu, the 15th-century Inca citadel situated high on the Andes Mountains in Peru, is almost always thronging with tourists which makes it difficult to find a private spot to pop the question. Kozolchyk suggests you can check into the “enchanted forest-feeling retreat that is the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel,” whose concierge will help you sign up for a less-crowded hike to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain. A view from these peaks will make you actually look down on those ruins and the several loud tourists you managed to avoid. “Coz it’s us against the world”.
8. An Abbey on the Italian Riviera
The Italian Riviera with its azure waters, clear sky and perfect weather makes for the perfect romantic destination; but it can get a bit crowded. If you value your privacy and want to propose in a manner that will rival even Hollywood, Kozolchyk suggests you take a yacht to the abbey at San Fruttuoso and tell your SO how much you mean to them while the sun sets on the Mediterranean Sea.
9. Under the Rainbow
It doesn’t get more fairytale or romantic than this! Even though it requires precision planning, we promise it will be worth it. Lunar Rainbows only occur during specific dates around a full moon. The Tongabezi Lodge in Zambia can help you figure out your itinerary by suggesting the right dates. Kozolchyk suggests popping the big question on a viewing balcony with the misty mountains and a rainbow in the background or at a torchlit dinner on a boat in the Zambezi River.