Let’s face it, some guys just aren’t wired to be romantic. Often when it comes to asking you the big question (will you marry me?), they’re so overcome by nerves and a determination to make everything perfect, they crumble under the pressure.
We’ve taken the hard work out of planning the ‘WHERE’ part of the proposal by partnering with the team at my proposal co.; Sydney based proposal planners, to put together our top 13 of the world’s most romantic places to propose. Tag your man (and your best girlfriends to help share the word) and get your mani ready!
1. Canaves Oia Suites – Santorini, Greece
my proposal co. can organise this gorgeous private dining experience with an 180-degree view of the Aegean Sea. It’s the PERFECT sunset location at the most luxe hotel on the island.
Image from Canaves Oia
2. Haleakala Crater – Maui, USA
my proposal co. have organised an elaborate plan for this memorable proposal. You will need to let her know that you want to visit the Haleakala Crater while you’re in Maui (because it’s on your bucket list) and ask her to fit it in the itinerary for sunrise. Leave your hotel at 4am to be at the Crater at 6am, set up your tripod with her in frame, and pop the question when she least expects it! These 10,023-foot dormant volcano offers spectacular sunrise views.
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3. Hot Air Ballooning – Cappadocia, Turkey
No words, just pictures are needed to describe this amazing sunrise experience that my proposal co. can organise.
Image from The Wander Lusters
4. Great Wall of China – Beijing, China
Enjoy an extraordinary day at the Great Wall of China — the only manmade object visible from space. With a history that stretches more than 2,000 years, the Great Wall snakes its way along 4,100 miles of deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus. my proposal co. can organise one of the most extraordinary experiences you will have in China – a private, white linen banquet on the Great Wall.
Image from Imperial Tours
5. Cavallo Point – The Lodge at the Golden Gate, Sausalito – San Francisco, USA
The plan is to leave your hotel at 11am on the rental bikes my proposal co. have organised for you, because you’re going for a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge! Follow our map to Cavallo Point and head over to the reception desk where your specially prepared picnic basket awaits. You have exclusive access to the grounds of Cavallo Point organised, take in the iconic views, enjoy the champagne and ask her the question she’s been waiting for.
Image by Michal Venera
6. Wendy’s Secret Garden – Lavender Bay, Australia
my proposal co.’s plan for this happy couple was… Well, you know how she loves picnics, secret gardens and boho everything? You will need to tell her that you are both invited to an important business function near Luna Park. Park your car where we showed you and walk her down to Wendy’s Secret Garden (because you apparently know a short cut)! Once you bring her around the corner, you will find a beautiful enchanted garden picnic set for the both of you to enjoy. Pop the question and then the champagne.
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7. Private Island (we can’t tell you where!) – Sydney, Australia
my proposal co.’s plan for this couple was… Ok so there is a private island in Sydney that we have access to. We have organised a boat and a skipper to get you over there. We will set up a romantic high tea setting for you to enjoy and we will have our photographer there hiding in the trees to capture the moment. The caterer has been briefed on her vegetarian requirements and also that she only drinks sweet champagne or wine. Your friends are going to call you that morning when you are with her and invite you to lunch… she won’t have any idea!
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8. Terrace of the Plaza Athenee – Paris, France
What could be more romantic than a proposal in the city of love? While you spend the day sightseeing, my proposal co. can organise a surprise dining experience on the terrace of your suite at the Plaza Athenee; Paris’ most luxurious hotel.
Image from Dorchester Collection
9. Lion Sands Game Reserve – Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa
my proposal co. can organise your stay at the Chalkley Treehouse at Lion Sands Game Reserve. You will arrive at sunset to a delicious picnic dinner, watch your surroundings as it transforms from day to night. The perfect opportunity to propose! You will be spending the night sleeping under the Milky Way and making wishes upon the endless shooting stars.
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10. Central Park – New York, USA
If she is a fan of the Notebook, then this one will definitely pull on her heartstrings! Head over to the Boathouse in Central Park and grab the rowboat my proposal co. has organised for you to paddle around in – just make sure you hold onto the ring as you don’t want to drop that in the water! Once you are back on dry land, a table will be waiting for you at the famous restaurant at the Boathouse where you can pop the champagne and celebrate.
Image by Shannen Norman
12. Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy
The home of pasta, wine and art, we couldn’t put our favourite romantic destinations together without including Italy! This exclusive and completely private dining experience is only available through the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze and my proposal co.
Image by Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
13. The Remarkables – Queenstown, New Zealand
In summer, you’ll have a backdrop of green and blue, but if you choose to propose during winter, you’ll be blessed with a white and silver vista. Perfect if your woman’s a snow-bunny. my proposal co. will organise everything from the limo pick up, the helicopter, a picnic to enjoy and of course the champagne!
Image from Queenstown Weddings
13. Hayman Island – The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
my proposal co. can organise a seaplane from Hayman Island to the Great Barrier Reef where you will be mesmerised by the amazing aerial views of the ecosystem over Bait, Hook, Hardy and Heart Reef. Once you land on the famous Whitehaven beach, enjoy a gourmet picnic and some relaxation on the brilliant white sand.
Image by Hayman Island
my proposal co. is the customised, creative and confidential way for men (or women) to create an unforgettable proposal for their loved one. Planning everything from location and styling to the hidden photographer and even car parking, the team at my proposal co. offer their bespoke service in Australia and across the globe.
Main image from Anna Sulte Photography