If a marriage proposal is on your horizon, it may be the perfect time to plan a luxurious vacation for two. We searched all over the world—from India and the Maldives to Mexico and Las Vegas—for romantic and decadent hotels where you can relax on the beach, take in famous landmarks, and oh yeah, get engaged.
Dromoland Castle in County Clare, Ireland
The Wow Factor: Proposal Via a Flying Hawk
At Dromoland Castle, a grand hotel set on Ireland's spectacular and unspoiled West Coast, couples can go crazy with posh outdoorsy activities like horseback riding, skeet shooting, and falconry. In fact, spouses-to-be can request a hawk to swoop in and deliver the ring while they get down on one knee. (Trust us, the bird will not eat your diamond—they are strict carnivores.)
The Perfect Proposal package includes a two-night stay, lake cruise, falconry, breakfast, and spa treatments, starting at $1,500.
Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, India
The Wow Factor: Proposal at One of the "New" Seven Wonders of the World
Check into this opulent resort and you will be in the backyard of the Taj Mahal—1,900 feet away, to be exact. All 102 utterly lavish rooms at the Oberoi, done up in marbles and teaks, overlook this domed monument to a beloved wife, built in 1632. Celebrate your engagement with a three-hour Spirit of Ayurveda treatment, which incorporates traditional massage and Shirodhara, when warm oil is drizzled over your third eye to calm the mind.
Mystique in Santorini, Greece
The Wow Factor: Proposal in a Hidden Wine Cave
Arguably the most romantic of the Greek isles, Santorini's sunsets are legendary. Couples can watch the sun sink into the Aegean Sea in total privacy from the 150-year-old-wine cellar at Mystique, a tiny, cream-colored resort—all over a multi-course feast of sea urchin salad, mussels marinated in fresh coriander, and crisp Vin Santo wine. Of course, after you say yes, you'll have plenty of time to lounge by the infinity pool or in your airy, white-washed suite.
Las Alamandas in Costa Alegre, Mexico
The Wow Factor: Proposal on a Private Beach
This untouristed part of Mexico between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo has a spectacular coastline—think craggy cliffs separated by wide swaths of sand as far as the eye can see. The place to stay is Isabel Goldsmith Patino's famous Las Alamandas, a hacienda-style hideaway done up in eye-popping pinks and yellows, with three drop-dead gorgeous beaches. And though in Mexico, all beaches are technically open to the public, these gems are so remote you won't see anyone or hear anything but the sound of crashing waves.
The Shangri-La Hotel in Paris, France
The Wow Factor: Proposal With a View of the Eiffel Tower
Yes, he could propose at the base of the Eiffel Tower—but you'd have to contend with all those tourists. Enter the Shangri-La, the former home of Napoleon's grand-nephews, where over half of the rooms come with heart-stopping views of Paris's most famous monument. No other hotel in the City of Light has vistas like this—truly, from your bedroom window, you'll feel like you can reach out and touch the Eiffel Tower. Champagne + ring + twinkling tower = a "yes," for sure.
Eiffel View Rooms start at an average of $1884.95 per night.
The Four Seasons Park Lane in London, England
The Wow Factor: Proposal in a Spa Set High in the Sky
City spas are often cramped and crowded, an after-thought in the basement. Not this penthouse-level stunner at the Four Seasons Park Lane, offering sweeping, 360-degree views of all of London. One a clear day, you can see Big Ben and the London Eye, and all nine treatment rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows. Reserve an hour in the Sky Suite, which comes with a two-person steam shower and magnificent views of Hyde Park, and he can propose pre-massage.
Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives
The Wow Factor: Proposal in a Spa Set Underwater
Huge with the celeb crowd (Fergie, Kate Moss, Katy Perry), the Maldives are famous for their outrageous resorts—often set on private spits of sand—turquoise waters, and intuitive service. At Huvafen Fushi, the pampering gets taken to a whole other level (beneath the sea!) at their spa, home to the world's first underwater treatment rooms. Book the couple's treatment, and you can watch rays swim by as he gets down on one knee.
Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Wow Factor: Proposal in Front of Dancing Fountains
This landmark Strip hotel is famous for many things (sumptuous rooms, Picassos on the walls, Cirque du Soleil's O), but those dancing fountains out front—choreographed to music, mind you—are the true showstoppers. With the Bellagio's Proposal Package, he can reserve the best viewing point in town, the Terrazza di Sogno—Veuve Cliquot, gourmet chocolates, and a dozen roses included. Talk about timing: The fountains will rocket 460 feet into the sky the minute you say "yes."