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DREAMY PLACES TO PROPOSE


While September now tops June as the most popular wedding month, February holds its own (with December) on proposals. Valentine’s Day has much to do with the popularity of planning your engagement in one of the most romantic places on earth. Here are five dreamy, ridiculously romantic places to propose.


1. PARIS, FRANCE

No surprise really, as the City of Light has long been considered one of the most romantic places on earth. From the sparkling-at-night Eiffel Tower to the Louvre to the beautiful bridges crisscrossing the Seine, there are romantic proposal options at seemingly every turn.

One of our favourites: Pont Neuf, one of the oldest standing bridges on the Seine – and a popular spot for lovers since its first stone was laid (in 1578). The bridge is most stunning at sunset when the sinking sun, bathes the riverside buildings in gold.


For an intimate, private, and romantic stay, check into one of the city’s loveliest hotels. Hotel Esprit Saint Germain on the leafy residential Left Bank.

The vibe is like staying in your rich best friend’s Parisian apartment, featuring a warming beige-cream colour palette, were completely renovated in 2021. Curl up by the fireplace in the living room, help yourself to aperitifs and French champagne, and awaken to coffee, fresh-baked pastries, and a view overlooking the City of Light’s famed rooftops.


2. VERONA, ITALY

Even though Romeo and Juliet were fictitious characters and their creator, Shakespeare never set foot in Verona, Juliet’s house and balcony are forever immortalized here.

Couples of all ages swear their eternal fidelity at Juliet’s house, known as Casa di Giulietta. The city of Verona reportedly bought the house from the Dal Capello family more than a decade ago. Because the name (Dal Capello) was so similar, the city declared the house to be the family residence of the Capulet family.


In addition to the famed balcony, the house, now a museum, showcases Juliet’s medieval-themed bedroom and is also home to a well-rubbed statue of Juliet and piles of love notes tacked unromantically to the wall with chewing gum.


For a fun stay near Romeo and Juliet’s ‘hometown,’ book into the 16th-century Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amistà. Here owner Dino Facchini (founder of the fashion line Byblos) has created a whimsical, colourful interior – a frescoed ballroom, artwork by world-famous artists (Philippe Starck, Ron Arad), and 58 art-designed rooms.

There’s a romantic side of the hotel too: sink into the Roman-style pool, opt for side-by-side treatments in the spa and savour candlelit dinners – such as sea bass sweetened with rose petals.


3. NEW YORK CITY

Exciting. Glamorous. Dazzling. There’s nowhere quite like New York City which is why popping the question here is perfect for every couple type.

From on top of the Empire State Building to the Brooklyn Bridge to Lincoln Centre, there is no shortage of romantic and memorable proposal and date night options. But a proverbial classic remains the 843-acre Central Park.


Iconic Bow Bridge (setting for films such as Manhattan, The Way We Were, and Keeping the Faith) and Bethesda Fountain, one of the largest in the city and known for its ‘Angel of the Waters’ statue are among the most popular spots.

Follow the proposal with dinner at legendary chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se (be sure to reserve months ahead). Let the restaurant know the reason for your celebration and also request a park-view table near the fireplace.

End the magical day with a stayover at nearby Mandarin Oriental, a destination unto itself.

Savour drinks in the lobby bar overlooking Columbus Circle and make time for a couples’ treatment in the spa.


4. BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA

If nature and sea are more your romance language, look no further than California’s stunning Big Sur, known for its craggy coastline and giant redwoods.

Rent a convertible (vintage perhaps) and follow highway 1 south of Monterrey.

Two of our favourite proposal spots: McWay Falls, an 80-foot waterfall that empties directly into the ocean, and Bixby Creek Bridge, the 714-foot-long bridge made popular in the hit HBO show, “Big Little Lies.” Pfeiffer Beach, with its purple (not pink) sand, adds another nice touch.

Continue the celebration of northern California’s sea and mountains – and each other – with a decadent over-the-top stay at Post Ranch Inn, a coveted honeymoon

destination.


Rooms overlook the sea, and many come with fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs.

An undisputed highlight: dinner at Sierra Mar, set on the hillside overlooking the ocean (exclusive to resort guests), and an overnight in the Tree House where you can experience the bliss of sleeping in your own tree canopy high above the forest floor, stargazing from your bed through the treehouse skylight.


5. BARBADOS

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more romantic setting for a proposal (or loved-up honeymoon, or destination wedding for that matter) than the idyllic tropical paradise of Barbados.


The Caribbean Island, in the West Indies, is beloved for its pristine sandy palm-lined beaches and stunning turquoise waters. Spend romantic days soaking up the sun (Barbados has some of the most diverse and beautiful beaches in the world), snorkelling with sea turtles, and immersing yourself in the vibrant Bajan culture while exploring its fascinating history and British colonial past.

Pop the question at a gorgeous boutique hotel or oceanfront resort, where the champagne will be waiting on arrival and an elevated, all-inclusive experience curated for couples is all part of the allure.

Fan the eternal flame at The House by Elegant Hotels an intimate adult-only luxury boutique hideaway on Barbados’ Platinum Coast where you can lap up the luxury of your very own ‘Romance Concierge’ — a 24/7 service ambassador, devoted to your every whim.


Fall in love all over again with a champagne breakfast, romantic sunset dinner on the beach, cocktails around the dreamy beachside pool, or cosy afternoon tea on the oceanfront terrace.


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