Are you ready to pop the big question, but not sure where to do it?
With all of the beautiful places in the world, it can be hard to decide on one place to host the most important moment in the history of your relationship — your engagement.
If you and your partner like to travel, an exotic destination is an ideal place to host your engagement. After all, this is a once in a lifetime event, and you want to ensure that it’s memorable.
Exotic destinations for engagements are on the rise; people are searching for something new, something unique and, of course, something beautiful.
In this blog, we have included our top picks for exotic proposals. We suggest that once you have some sort of destination criteria in mind, contact a romantic travel specialist to get an idea of budget, time of year, accommodation and other crucial details that you will want to consider before locking down a location.
Exotic Destinations for Engagements
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora has been voted the World’s Most Romantic Island by Travel + Leisure. While on the islands, there are a plethora of opportunities to pop the big question, but our favourite is the lookout at the Sofitel Marara private island. This island has just one resort (Sofitel), and the overwater bungalows with glass panel floors are out of this world. For an ultra special moment, take the trail up to the lookout where you can get a 360-degree view of the lush island before getting down on one knee. Sofitel can also help you arrange a celebration champagne picnic lunch at the lookout after the big event.
Bali has been known as the island of love by many after the infamous Eat, Pray, Love movie. It’s beautiful scenery, jungle, coastline and culture make it a must-see destination for most. It is also a prime spot to get engaged. If you are looking for something unique, with a bit of a luxurious vibe, we suggest Kupu Kupu Barong Villa. At the villas provide treetop nest like structures where you are able to set up a private dinner or lunch. Be surrounded by lush jungle and swinging monkeys as you pop the big question.
India is an excellent choice for couples looking to learn about a new culture and have a uniquely memorable trip. The Taj Mahal is located in Agra and known as one of the most significant love symbols in the world. Commissioned in 1963 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan for the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it’s a thoughtful, beautiful place. Stroll around this architectural marvel before getting down on one knee amongst the white marble walkway and proposing.
Located within the Mosi-oa-Tunya park is Victoria Falls. This waterfall borders Zambia and Zimbabwe and is twice as high as Niagra Falls. Both sides of the waterfall are beautiful. If you want to propose in the middle of the action, take the bridge that connects the two sides, and ask the big question in the middle for a surly memorable moment (if this is your choice, be sure to hold onto the ring tight and ensure a snug fit on your partner!). After, celebrate with a romantic safari in nearby Botswana.
If setting sail is something that you and your partner like to do, then we strongly suggest considering the Whitsundays for your engagement. Take a liveaboard and explore the most remote, stunning spots throughout the Great Barrier Reef. Wake up to sparkling seas and fresh cuisine. Liveaboards can be customized to meet your preferred timeline and route. Your travel specialist will be happy to help you set-up romantic elements for the big proposal onboard.
Located in the central Columbian province of Meta, is the Caño Cristales river. This river is also known as the “rainbow river” for its distinctly vibrant hues of green, yellow, red, blue and black. It’s a natural wonder and something that you must see once in your life. The river is 100km long and provides many opportunities to propose in its beautiful setting. The best time to travel is between July and November. To access the river fly into the nearby town of La Macarena and then take a short trip to the national park where the Caño Cristales is located.
We would be remiss not to mention the Maldives in a post talking about romantic destinations. It’s hard to choose just one place in the Maldives that we would suggest for an engagement (almost anywhere on the islands is ideal!) A few suggestions include the underwater restaurant at Conrad, Maldives, a private sunset cruise, or of course, on the deck of a stunning private overwater bungalow. This luxury destination can cater to any/all of your individual requests to ensure a dream vacation.
What destination matches you as a couple?
Proposing is all about creating a meaningful moment for you and your partner. Because it’s such a unique and personal experience it can look very different from couple to couple; which makes it so magical.
To start planning your dream engagement by contacting one of our experienced travel specialists today!