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With extraordinary proposals becoming the norm, many immortalized for all time on social media, it can be hard to live up to that kind of pressure. You want to create the most magical moment possible, but this can cause anxiety, especially when you plan to pop the question while on vacation in an unfamiliar place.
Thankfully, there are some fantastic hotels and resorts that offer proposal packages and even engagement/proposal concierge services, taking the stress away so you can fully enjoy this unforgettable milestone in your relationship.
An archipelago of stunning islands in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives offer a dream setting for romance-seeking couples and Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa is the ultimate place for a proposal. Curated proposal packages include an Engagement Concierge to help take care of all the details, including taking the groom-to-be on a tour of the island to find the perfect spot. It can be anything from a private candlelit dinner on the sand or even underwater among the abundant marine life while snorkeling. A high-end, exclusive resort, accommodation is in luxe villas, some that sit over the water. There are six restaurants, a spa, a dive center, and more.
Located on the breathtaking northern coast of St. Croix, The Buccaneer was built around the historic ruins of an old sugar plantation. It’s the longest-running resort in the Caribbean, welcoming guests as far back as the 17th century and it’s now offering a special “Pop the Question” package. A top resort in the Virgin Islands for couples, it includes complimentary prosecco at the proposal site, a $100 resort credit you can use for massage, dining, plus Buccaneeer engraved champagne flutes, a welcome basket, and a private beachside cabin for a day. The property includes an 18-hole golf course, championship tennis courts, a spa and health club, a two-mile jogging trail, and an array of idyllic beaches. Some of the rooms come with whirlpool tubs too.
If you’re into fairytale experiences, the Ritz Carlton Orlando in Grande Lakes is a 500-acre property with many intimate proposal settings. One of the most memorable might be in a canoe on the marshy river offering a magical “Princess and the Frog” way to propose. A golf buggy will pick you up from the hotel, winding through the property to bring you to the chariot, a two-person canoe. Afterward, enjoy a fine-dining meal at the famous Knife and Spoon restaurant. Accommodation at this romantic Orlando resort is luxurious, with suites featuring private balconies, and you’ll be able to enjoy the large free-form pool and massive spa too.
The historic Grand Hotel has been providing beauty and charm for more than 135 years. It’s no surprise that the romantic 1980 film “Somewhere in Time” was shot here with so many settings for your grand gesture. That includes the longest front porch in the world which overlooks the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. Or you might choose a private candlelit dining experience, a ride on a horse-drawn carriage, or the lush gardens. The Grand Proposal Package includes assistance with behind-the-scenes reservations and arrangements, a select location for the proposal, a one-hour private carriage tour, a 30-minute professional photography session, VIP dinner reservations with a bouquet of fresh flowers, and a bottle of Grand Hotel sparkling wine upon arrival.
If you book a minimum 3-night stay at Beaches you can request your own Engagement Concierge who will help you create a dream proposal in the ultimate tropical paradise. Choose from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, including Grace Bay, Leeward Beach, or Taylor Bay and a photographer can be discreetly waiting to provide a one-hour sunset photo session afterward. Plus, enjoy the many amenities of the resort, including a half-dozen swimming pools and a vast water park, a spa complex, and a shopping center. There are 20 different restaurants and multiple bars, including swim-up options. Your meals and drinks, land and watersports, including unlimited diving, are all part of the all-inclusive package.
Located in the countryside in the south of Iceland, Hotel Ranga is a prime spot for catching the northern lights. It’s become a popular place for proposals thanks to its spectacular setting and it also offers a proposal package that includes a stay in a Master Suite with a helicopter tour which would be the ultra-romantic way to pop the question while soaring over the jaw-dropping landscapes. You’ll also get a welcome amenity, breakfast in bed, and a romantic dinner at Restaurant Ranga. You might want to add a photographer to capture the moment and take advantage of the helpful staff who can help you plan that perfect proposal. If not up in the air, perhaps under a waterfall, a candlelit cave, or the property’s stargazing observatory.
Wine enthusiasts can’t go wrong by choosing the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, one of the most romantic resorts in California. It’s also the only comprehensive luxury destination resort in the region, offering geothermal pools, a world-class spa, fine dining, and championship golf. It all begins with a complimentary bottle of wine and champagne upon arrival. The suites feature four-poster king beds, wood-burning fireplaces, oversized Jacuzzi tubs, and balconies or patios, perfect for romance-seeking couples. You’ll have access to the expert concierge team who will assist in creating the proposal of your dreams, perhaps popping the question while on a hot-air balloon adventure or during a bespoke wine blending session.
Southernmost Beach Resort offers the chance to enjoy island paradise without a passport and by booking the “Love is in The Air” package you can pop the question on an intimate helicopter tour of the area. It includes 20 percent off accommodation too. Here you’ll enjoy endless ocean views, three palm-lined pools with private cabanas, a signature restaurant, and more. Once you’re engaged, pop the cork on a bottle of champagne while watching the sun go down from the private beach. There are activities to enjoy too, including sexy salsa dancing.
Lanai offers the ultimate secluded island paradise, yet it’s easy to reach from Maui, just nine miles away. It’s Hawaii the way it used to be, providing an idyllic setting for an extraordinary moment. The dedicated team at Four Seasons Resorts Lanai can arrange the perfect setting with a variety of different experiences to ensure the right fit for just about every type of couple. You might do it at Sweetheart Rock overlooking Hulopoe Bay, while on horseback, off-roading in a Jeep, a sunset sail, while dining under the stars, among many other options.
Hotel del Coronado has long attracted celebrities and VIPs of all sorts. When it comes to proposals, it’s San Diego’s go-to spot, complete with a beachfront location and beautiful Victorian architecture. With the sand here famous for sparkling in the sun, it’s the most popular spot – you could ask the question on the beach at sunset next to your own private bonfire, take a stroll that leads to a custom sandcastle designed by a local artist, or request a flash mob on the oceanfront lawn. Whatever you decide, the staff at this luxurious hotel can make it happen. There is a long list of amenities to enjoy here as well, including two pools, a lavish spa, and multiple dining options ranging from a wine bar and fine dining to the MooTime Creamery.
The magnificent Queen Anne-style Jekyll Island Club Resort has a castle-like appearance and is surrounded by sweeping Spanish moss and centuries-old live oaks. One of the most romantic destinations in the South, you might pop the question at the top of The Turret, in the Crane Garden, or The Grand Dining Room. The Turret offers anyone who stays in the Presidential Suite a panoramic vista of the Historic District and Jekyll River. If you do it just before dusk you’ll be able to enjoy a backdrop of a stunning sunset over the oak trees. The iconic columns and candlelit atmosphere of the Grand Dining Room is a popular intimate spot for dinner and a proposal, with a special delivery of the ring that can be arranged with the catering team. While you’re here, enjoy the swimming pool, full-service spa, and elegant accommodation with a private patio, porch, or balcony, and a fireplace.
An award-winning oceanfront hotel, the W Fort Lauderdale is offering the “Marry Me Proposal Package.” It includes the beachfront WOW suite that provides a truly Insta-worth backdrop with a hot pink carpet leading to a “Love Wall” filled with colorful peach, pink, purple, and white roses with a neon sign in the middle that says “Let’s Do This.” Afterward, celebrate with a chilled bottle of bubbly enjoyed all to yourselves or with up to eight of your friends and family members who can wait in the living room to find out if she said yes. Add ons include a photographer and a local artist who can serenade with a live love song. Plus you can enjoy all of the property’s amenities, including a gorgeous beach, massages at the spa, and lounging around the oceanfront WET East pool.
The Omni Homestead Resort is the perfect place to make memories and the magnificent mountain views combined with glamorous interior settings provide many great spots for a romantic proposal. Hotel staff will be happy to accommodate proposal requests on-site, whether you want something more traditional like the elegant Dining Room, or something more unique. They say one creative proposal occurred during an archery lesson with a “Will you marry me?” note placed into a balloon on the target. Plus, you can expect luxury accommodation, a bottle of sparkling wine and artisanal chocolates delivered to your room upon arrival, and a late check-out at 1 pm.
How about a swanky Hollywood proposal? The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills is a property that attracts many A-list stars so you know it’s not going to disappoint. It’s the perfect place for something over the top, including an 11,000-square-foot Penthouse Suite and confidential consultation with a gemologist from VRAI. You’ll get in-room Champagne, desserts in the shape of VRAI diamond jewelry, and more. It’s entirely customizable according to your tastes and budgets, plus you can look forward to fabulous views of the city and mountains while being just off Sunset Strip.