If you find yourself tongue-tied and unable to pop the question, do not worry as there are many beautiful places in the world which can help you loosen your tongue, while at the same time making it easier for your loved one to say yes.
Unique places which will surprise your partner would be ideal. A tropical place would be great, and those with plenty of islands like Fiji can assure you of a private moment. But if you are the adventurous kind, perhaps an African safari would be the key.
The trick is to find what’s perfectly suited to you and your partner’s likes. But keep in mind that while it may be amazing to pop the question in a faraway, exotic island, you might want to save your money for the real thing. There are places that are near and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. As long as you are creative, choose the right moment and create an intimate setting, you will surely hear that sweet yes.
Whether you prefer an island or a city, remote or in the middle of a busy place, these romantic places will surely be memorable enough for you and your partner to remember years from now, when you are happily married to each other.
The Pont Neuf in Paris
An ancient bridge in Paris might just be what you need to connect you and your partner’s lives together, for good. The oldest standing bridge along the river Seine, Pont Neuf or “New Bridge” is known to be a spot for lovers since its construction in the sixteenth century. With that backing you up, everything is sure to go great. If you want a little drama, take your lover there during sunset, when the dying rays swathe the nearby buildings in golden light. Best of all, you can stay for as long as you want, all free.
The Waipi’o Valley in Hawaii
Northeast of Hawaii’s Big Island, this is named for the Ali’i, or the ancient Hawaiian Royals who are buried here. But don’t let the dead bother you, for this place has life-affirming beauty that will surely amaze you and your loved one. The lush landscape is dotted with fields and lotus ponds, and the cliffs at the far end are stunning, with waterfalls cascading down the hillside. There are seven streams passing the valley, going to the ocean, and this place is also where the longest black sand beach in the state can be found. You can stay anywhere and the view will be great. But if you want a place to stay overnight, there’s a Birds Eye room in Waipio Wayside Inn for less than two hundred dollars. For a ride around the valley, Na’Alapa Stables will charge $88.
Overlooking the Pitons in St. Lucia
The Pitons, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, are beautiful volcanic peaks which soar three thousand feet from the ocean. If you still think you need a little help on the romance department despite the wonder, Jalousie Plantation, a famous resort in the area, has a director of romance who can help young lovers create that magical moment, since this place is always visited by honeymooners or engaged lovers. You can hang out at the sunset deck at the resort which overlooks the bay formed between two peaks, or if you really want to splurge, go for a helicopter ride. Luxury villas in Plantation Jalousie start at a steep price of $700, while chartering a helicopter for an hour’s ride costs $1, 800. If this sounds too pricey, head on over to Fond Doux estate where cottages start at $150. And if both of you are adventurous, you can climb the Pitons.
A Sunset Sail in Bora Bora, Tahiti
Who can resist the charms of Bora Bora? Though many will opt to book a room or cottage, be adventurous and set sail and watch your romance take off. Le Meridien Bora Bora can arrange a sunset tour of the lagoon on one of its traditional outriggers that came before the catamaran. Unusual and romantic, you can sip a glass of champagne as you watch the sun set behind the Otemanu mountain. All this for only a hundred dollars per person.
Overlooking Central Park
With a view of the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park, Per Se is a Manhattan perch where you can pop your question. With Per Se’s outstanding nine-course food costs $275 per person, with ingredients that range from oysters to truffles. But the price won’t be the real problem, as it is ridiculously difficult to book a reservation in this exclusive restaurant. Ideally, you should call at least two weeks in advance, and ask for a table that has a view of the park and near a fireplace. Mentioning your plans will be good, as the restaurant will be happy to help you with any extra touches you have in mind. If your partner might get overwhelmed by all these instead of being floored, go to the Boathouse Restaurant located right in the middle of the Park, making it easier on the wallet, too, as entrees cost around $30.
A Hot Air Balloon Ride above the Masai Mara in Kenya
After having spent some time in the safari, gushing over the wildlife, you can go the extra mile by taking your loved one on a hot air balloon ride above the Mara. Abercrombie & Kent organizes safari tours that include rides, and they recommend Governors’ Camps Balloon Safaris, which start at the heart of the game reserve and end with a sumptuous breakfast on the plains. This will cost you around $400 per person, while A&K’s Kenya Hemingway Safari that lasts eleven days will cost a whopping $8, 560 per person. A less expensive option is to book a suite at the Samara Private Game Reserve, costing less than $150 a person per night during the off season—from May to July.
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