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Best Places to Propose

When the time comes to ask the love of your life the big question, ambiance and environs counts for a lot. With that, discover ten of the best places in the world to propose.


Nusa Dua beach, Bali, Indonesia – Photo credit

Bali, Indonesia

The paragon paradsal isle of Indonesia bursts with conjugal possibility, from the heady highlands to sacred sea temples. Bali is the place that put the “Love” in Eat, Pray, Love, after all.

Where to pop the question: A swanky Ubud or Nusa Dua resort (see below); West Bali National Park; Mother Temple of Besakih

Where to stay: Ubud Hanging Gardens Bali Resort

The Bale Resort Nusa Dua Bali

Bali Island Guide

Kyoto, Japan

As both the former royal capital of Japan and a cosmopolitan metropolis, Kyoto is a foremost nexus of old and new. The UNESCO World Heritage city and culinary hub is a banquet for the senses.

Where to pop the question: Over dinner at a Michelin three star restaurant like Chihana, Mizai or Kikunoi Honten; Arashiyama; Under sakura blossoms in the former Imperial Palace

Where to stay: Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto

Kyoto City Guide

Prague, Czech Republic

The Czech Republic’s show city is a peerless medley of Art Nouveau, Baroque, Gothic, Neo-Classical and Renaissance architecture. Abundant first-class landmarks to propose under, in other words.

Where to pop the question: Old Town Square, under the Astronomical Clock; Charles Bridge; Letná Park

Where to stay: Alchymist Residence Nosticova Prague

Prague City Guide

Fiji, Melanesia

As a lush South Pacific holiday archipelago, Fiji unfurls scores of idyllic island escapes for lovers. A clandestine beach, aquamarine waters, diamond-dust sand … any questions?

Where to pop the question: A five-star island resort’s private beach at sunset (no-brainer)

Where to stay: Lomani Island Resort Fiji

Fiji Mamanucas Guide

Shanghai, China

China’s most dynamic city has become a global alpha capital in short order. Whether you live it up in Pudong, stroll Nanjing Road and the Bund or dine in style in Xuhui or Luwan Districts, Shanghai is sure to elicit a very emphatic “yes”.

Where to pop the question: The Bund, under Lunar New Year fireworks; Huangpu River cruise boat; Shanghai World Financial Center observation deck

Where to stay: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai On The Bund Hotel

Shanghai City Guide

Langkawi, Malaysia

Malaysia’s bellwether archipelago is just the ticket for a world-class romantic rendezvous in Southeast Asia. A tidy 99 islands make up this gorgeous UNESCO World Geopark.

Where to pop the question: Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Pirate Lagoon; Langkawi Sky Bridge; Pantai Kok

Where to stay: The Danna Langkawi Hotel

Langkawi Guide

Paris, France

City of Light? More like City of Love. Put on the Édith Piaf and celebrate.

Where to pop the question: Monmartre; Champ de Mars; Place des Vosges and the Marais

Where to stay: Hotel Secret De Paris

Paris City Guide

Venice, Italy

Pound-for-pound, Venice just may be the most popular international city for newlyweds and, indeed, the soon-to-be newlywed. Rightly so. From Lido to Piazza San Marco, La Serenissima is positively resplendent.

Where to pop the question: Gondola under the Ponte dei Sospiri (traditional); Dance floor of the legendary Piccolo Mondo (unorthodox)

Where to stay: Canal Grande Hotel Venice

Venice City Guide

Las Vegas, U.S.A.

Sin City is not just for gamblers or the family set. Las Vegas has scores of cushy spots for couples about to take the plunge.

Where to pop the question: Bellagio fountains; private cabana, Marquee Dayclub Pool at The Cosmopolitan; after Cirque de Soleil

Where to stay: Encore At Wynn Las Vegas

Las Vegas City Guide

San Francisco, U.S.A.

San Francisco was the epicentre of the Summer of Love and still has the goods in the realm of romance, from quality food and arts and culture scenes to eclectic, energetic ‘hoods.

Where to pop the question: Golden Gate Park; Ferry Plaza Farmers Market; Embarcadero; Ocean Beach at sunset

Where to stay: Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square

San Francisco City Guide

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