Pop the Question in a Unique Place this Valentine’s Day
As Valentine’s Day draws near, it’s a time to show your loved ones just how much they mean to you, and if you’re thinking of popping the ultimate question to your significant other, ‘will you marry me?’, then now is a great time!
Global research commissioned by Booking.com, the world leader in connecting travellers with a diverse range of amazing places to stay, has shown just how much happiness travel can bring. In fact, 45% believe planning a holiday and travelling bring more of an emotional boost than getting engaged*. So why not boost happiness levels to new heights and combine a holiday with an engagement to remember.
You’ve bought the ring, you’ve practised proposing in the mirror, now all you have to figure out is where to ask. To make it almost impossible to say no, Booking.com has curated a special list of seriously romantic places with a unique twist to make the proposal an occasion to remember.
Chembra Peak, Wayanad, Kerela
It is almost as if nature itself made the perfect setting for a proposal. You can pop the question at this heart-shaped lake with an enchanting view of the valley at Chembra Peak in Kerala. Spend some spellbinding moments at this romantic spot. It would be hard to say no at such a salubrious place.
Dona Paula Beach, Goa
Dona Paula Beach, the beach of love is named after the Portuguese Viceroy’s daughter Dona Paula de Menezes who was deeply in love with a local fisherman. This was not approved by her father and in a fit of sorrow, the love struck woman jumped off the cliff into the Arabian Sea. This sandy retreat today stands as a symbol of love and romance. And if your girlfriend is the sort who loves a love story then you have come to the right place.
Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada), Sri Lanka
Adam’s Peak is so named because Sri Lanka is believed to be the location of the original Garden of Eden by some and Sri Lanka’s vast number of gems are said to be the solidified tears of Adam and Eve after their expulsion from paradise. Everything about this place spells romance, just the perfect place to ask the question.
Juliet’s Balcony, Italy
Romeo and Juliet are one of the most iconic couples in literary history. They may not have had the happily-ever-after they were hoping for but that doesn’t mean you can’t – head to Juliet’s balcony and ask ‘where for art thou, Romeo?’ before asking the even bigger question. The Lady Capulet apartments are only a 5-minute stroll from Juliet’s house and offer luxury accommodation in the heart of this romantic city.
Balloons over Bagan, Myanmar
A hot air balloon ride is one of those bucket list, once in a lifetime opportunities, but doing it over the beautiful pagoda’s and landscape of Bagan is something else. It’s equally romantic at sunrise or sunset, with a glass or two of champagne ready for when you pop the question. After the adrenalin rush, retreat to Bagan Lodge for some pampering at the spa and pool and celebrate your engagement with traditional cuisine at Tiffin Box.
Loi Krathong Festival, Chiang Mai
Thailand’s festival of lights is a beautiful tradition to be part of and an incredible place to propose. You and your partner can send your own floating candle off into the water on a krathong and watch it twinkle off into the distance to mark the occasion. The festivities in Chang Mai also include watching hundreds of magical floating lanterns get set off into the sky. Stay in quaint guesthouse Green Tiger Vegetarian House, a calm a relaxing hideaway in the heart of Chiang Mai.
Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
To really sweep your loved one off their feet, a romantic view is essential and Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is one of the most incredible sights in the world. It’s the world’s largest salt flat, holding 10 billion tonnes of salt set against an epic backdrop where you may even see pink flamingos – its picture perfect for when you pop the question. Hotel Palacio de Sal is another must as it’s built out of salt bricks and even features salt furniture.
Kirkenes Snowhotel, Norway
For a trip to remember, travel to the beautiful country of Norway and be spoilt for choice with a number of beautiful places to propose - perhaps after an exhilarating husky ride, underneath natures twinkling background of the Northern Lights or even in your very own snow hotel. The romantic Kirkenes Snowhotel offers picturesque mountain views, artic themed snow suites, intricate snow sculptures and thermal bedspreads to keep you and your beloved cosy.
So wherever you decide to go down on bended knee, make sure it's memorable!
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 people from each of the 17 markets who had taken at least 1 domestic or international holiday in the past year. In total, 17,157 respondents (18yrs +) were surveyed from the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Russia, USA, Canada, Brazil, China, Japan, India, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Data was collected from 9 September to 4 October 2016.