Planning the perfect proposal: six dream locations

15 Jul 2016

The perfect wedding is something many of us dream of from a very early age, but what about the ‘perfect’ proposal?

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There are so many extravagant ways of asking for someone’s hand in marriage – flash mobs, firework displays, sky writing to name a few.

And while the method may be important, the location has to be just right too. This could be your other half’s childhood home or the place you both met. It might not be either of those.

If you’re planning to propose and need inspiration on where to do it, you’ve come to the right place. Long-haul holiday experts and their seasoned travel expert, Chris Blackwell, help you find the perfect overseas location for the ultimate proposal.

1. The Burj Khalifa, Dubai


More and more couples are choosing Dubai as a wedding and honeymoon destination, due to its lavish hotels, beautiful year-round weather and unrivalled glamour.

There’s an endless list of romantic spots to pop the question in Dubai, but a favourite has to be 456 metres in the air on Level 125 of the Burj Khalifa – you’re practically already on cloud nine.

So, what makes the Burj Khalifa so suited to your proposal? Well, aside from being the world’s tallest building, the 360-degree view from the observation deck is incredible. If all goes to plan, you may want to proceed to dinner or afternoon tea at the fabulous At.mosphere restaurant, which is situated just two floors below.

2. Montego Bay, Jamaica 


Picture the scene; you’re taking a leisurely stroll along the warm white sands along Jamaica’s beautiful Montego Bay. On one side, an endless stretch of palm trees and palatial residences, on the other an infinite turquoise sea. Standing side by side with the love of your life in a Caribbean paradise.

It’s the proposal any hopeful bride would dream of, which is why it features high up on this list of dream locations for a proposal. To make things even more romantic, you may want to wait till the sun just starts to set in the distance.

3. Central Park, New York 


Manhattan’s Central Park has seen its share of marriage proposals over the years. There’s been years of joy, hugs and more ‘I dos’ than you could ever imagine, and for good reason too.

The 843 acre green space is one of New York’s most vast and beautiful green spaces, attracting 40 million visitors each year. How and where you choose to pop the question is entirely up to you. You could try and do it on the park’s ice skating rink, or in front of the John Lennon memorial – after all, all you need is love.

The other benefit of planning a proposal in Central Park is that you can disguise your trip as a romantic city break to New York – they’ll never know!

4. Wat Khao Rang, Phuket


When most people think of Phuket, they think of full moon parties, neon discos and backpackers, but there’s much more to this Thai beauty spot.

Away from the bright lights of Patong are some of the world’s most beautiful and sacred Buddhist monuments and temples. Situated near Phuket Town, at Khao Rang is a breathtaking temple and giant Buddha monument that boasts spectacular views of Phuket’s verdant green forests.

After saying ‘I do’, you and your future bride, or husband, may want to explore more of Phuket’s incredible landscape or one of the many captivating national parks on the island.

5. Cocoa Corner, the Maldives 


If you’re feeling ambitious, you could try and coincide your proposal with a scuba diving excursion in the Maldives. Cocoa Corner is one of the region’s most loved scuba diving sites and is a must for all water sports enthusiasts.

We’re not asking you to try and carry a ring with you underwater, but you could always laminate a waterproof message or sign to ask the big question. If all that sounds a little over the top, why not get down on one knee during a candle-lit dinner on the beach?

6. The Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur


There’s something so special about proposing hundreds of feet in the air on one of the world’s tallest buildings.The fabulous Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are both iconic and spectacular, with a fabulous view of the city.

Like the Burj Khalifa, the Petronas Towers boast their own observation deck – a magnificent sky bridge that connects both identical structures. The fly over can be busy at peak times so it’s worth choosing your moment. But then again, it can also be nice having an audience. 

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