For many, getting engaged is one of the most exciting stages in a relationship, and for those thinking about popping the question in the near future, Destinology has predicted five of the most exotic and romantic destinations around the world perfect for the deed this year.
Whether you’re after something low-key and subtle or jaw dropping-ly miraculous, getting down on one knee overseas will make it all the more memorable.
Fiji, South Pacific
When planning an engagement abroad, it should be just as enjoyable for the person asking than it is for those being asked, which is why Fiji is our number one choice. Made up of over 300 private islands, it’s impossible to escape the country’s laid back culture, blue lagoons and white sands. Sunset dinner cruises and moonlit picnics on its unspoilt land are the perfect way of creating the ultimate romantic setting, but there’s plenty of things to do through the day too. Fiji is famous for its private island day trips, stunning excursions and five star resorts, where a la carte dining and exotic cocktails are the norm.
Romantic enough to be used in the Julia Roberts film ‘Eat. Pray, Love’, Bali seems to have been created and cultured purely for lovers. Bali has a mystique, generated by its verdant, calm landscapes, its intriguing Hindu architecture and the warmth of its gentle people. Your holiday here, which may be spent on the coast or the lush interior, will be jam-packed with opportune locations for sealing a deal! Take a look at the beachfront Oberoi, set in gardens with paths that wind in and out around charming, spacious single storey suites and plush walled villas with pools – just perfect! Staff here take customer-focus seriously and you can rely on assistance should you have something special in mind.
Situated on Southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, and accessible only by sea – number one opportunity maybe? It is also close to Phi Phi Island with speedboat trips available – number two! You will want to set a pristine scene for your stay so we’d suggest looking at Rayavadee, an award-winning Leading Hotel of the World with glorious pavilion style accommodation set amidst lush tropical gardens in the style of a Thai village. The hotel organises sunset cruises, elephant rides and kayaking through mangrove forests – all possibilities for ‘the question’ we think.
The Maldives is one of our most popular long-haul destinations, and it comes as no surprise that people ask their partners to spend the rest of their lives with them here. With bright white sands, palm trees and clear blue water, it’s remote and secluded for those looking for those wanting something private and low key. Alternatively you could always choose the seaplane flight or speedboat ride to your island? Or maybe a private sunset cruise to the equator? Perhaps sign language as you scuba dive amongst manta rays? The possibilities are unique and exciting and pretty much guaranteed a yes!
What could be better than flying your other half to the other side of the world to give them the ultimate romantic surprise? If you’re a couple of jet-setters looking for fun in the sun, then The Gold Coast could be perfect for you. The city, in Southern Eastern Queensland, is not for the faint hearted. The Surfer’s Paradise Beach is the region’s best place to go surfing, as well as topping up your tan! If you’ve always wanted to experience city life in Oz as a couple, then Sydney won’t let you down. If you’re thinking about proposing here, New Year’s Eve could be the perfect solution. Its phenomenal firework display is recognised around the world, and is an amazing place to ask your loved one the big question. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is also a must-see. Spanning a whopping 134 metres, it connects Sydney’s suburbs to the city which means there’s always something going off. Be sure to visit Sydney Opera house, too, where you’ll be able to book tickets to watch some of the world’s finest opera singers.