For every couple, wherever they get engaged is special, but there are some destinations which really stand out. We’re lucky enough to speak to excited brides and grooms-to-be every day, so we’ve heard all sorts of stories of the finest, quirkiest, cutest, most extravagant, and most extreme proposals. But when it comes to pure luxury and locations with that real wow factor, here are five of the best places in the world to propose to your loved one…

The Maldives

The Maldives

If nature made a place perfect for love then it is the stunning archipelago of The Maldives. This picture-perfect destination is everything you picture when you imagine a tropical paradise, and there are plenty of special spots for you to surprise your loved one. Take a quiet stroll down the beach with the soft, white sand between your toes, take a boat out into the crystal clear waters and moor up at a private beach with a bottle of bubbly, or get down on one knee while enjoying the tranquillity of your own private hut as the sun sets over the ocean. If this tropical paradise doesn’t inspire romance then nowhere will.

Flying Over Heart Reef, Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Heart Reef, Whitsunday Islands, Australia

The Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Australia are perfect for exploring the stunning Great Barrier Reef and the abundance of marine life that flourishes there. The islands themselves are stunning, but if there is one attraction that has to be seen to be believed it is the collection of coral that has naturally formed the shape of the heart. Flying overhead is the only way to truly appreciate this breathtaking sight, and this also gives you the ideal opportunity to declare your everlasting love and propose. Pilots are used to this and can discreetly make it as perfect as possible during your flight.

Hotel Glymur, Overlooking Whale Fjord, Iceland

Whale Fjord, Iceland

The land of fire and ice has an otherworldly charm, and the captivating landscape is ideal for an unforgettable proposal. Iceland boasts plenty of romantic escapes, charming surprises and places that simply ooze romance. You could try whisking your loved one away on a snowmobile while hunting the Northern Lights, taking a dip in one of the natural spas overlooking a bubbling lava pool, or exploring the mystical Blue Lagoon. For true indulgence one hotel really stands out, and that is Hotel Glymur, where you can look out over the stunning Whale Fjord from the comfort of your own outdoor hot tub in your unique, private villa.

Top of the Campanile, Venice

Campanile, Venice

Venice has seen its fair share of proposals over the years; a day probably doesn’t go by without a tourist popping the question in this most romantic of cities. You are spoiled for choice with where to do it as well – during a gondola ride, in full view of visitors in the middle of St Mark’s Square, on the Rialto Bridge spanning the Grand Canal, or from a tranquil picnic spot at the side of the wildlife-filled lagoon. But if you want to do it while taking in the incredible views, head to the top of the city’s tallest building, the Campanile, the bell tower of the basilica which overlooks the whole city.

Rockefeller Ice Rink, New York, USA

Rockefeller Ice Rink, New York, USA

The iconic ice rink outside New York’s Rockefeller Center is not just the preserve of Christmas movies. It is in fact in place until April every year, making it a must-do experience throughout the whole winter. It is a magical spot for an engagement too in this most inspiring of cities. Ice rink staff can help make it even more special by giving you exclusive time on the ice, playing your favourite song, presenting your other half with a bouquet of flowers, and welcoming you to toast the happy moment with Champagne from the top of the tower afterwards.

Guest post by Michael Chidzey of Chillisauce

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