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Are you ready to “pop the question”? Photo: Shutterstock
Are you ready to “pop the question”? Photo: Shutterstock


Engaging places to propose

Are you ready to “pop the question”? Then make sure you do it with one of these magnificent backdrops.

In 1999, British jeweler Beaverbrooks asked unmarried women where they would like to be proposed to. Most of them wanted it to be on a romantic holiday, ideally as a well-planned surprise. And while you certainly won’t get it wrong by asking the ultimate question at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, in New York’s Central Park, or in a gondola in Venice, they aren’t the most original of places to declare your love. Lucky then that there is a whole world of romantic destinations available to you.

Bio Bays, Puerto Rico

If you are thinking of proposing underneath a starry sky, how about doing it at sea, where you can be surrounded by “stars”? That’s the experience offered by the “bio bays” of Puerto Rico. When the water here is disturbed, by humans for example, this causes a particular type of plankton to react and luminesce. Hire yourself a kayak and paddle out into this magical setting to guarantee that memorable moment. Just make sure you don’t plan your trip when there is a full moon – you need it as dark as possible to get the best effect.

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Heart reef, Australia

If you are a fan of symbolism, why not take your loved one on a helicopter trip in Australia? To be specific, above the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland, where you will find “Heart Reef” – a stunning composition of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. A view that says more than a thousand words!tourismwhitsundays.com.au

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Ashford Castle, Ireland

This castle is a dream location for all fans of Downton Abbey. There are so many opportunities to propose in the grand style of days gone by. Perhaps while out boating on the lake, or on a horseback ride through the local countryside? However you choose to do it, you can be sure of one thing: There’s certainly no shortage of romance here.

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