Planning how you will pop the big question can be stressful, but if you do it in an unexpected, magical location then you’re already one step ahead in wowing your significant other. Besides the ring and the words you choose to share with your loved one, selecting the location of your proposal is an essential step in the process.
When planning a proposal within a hotel or unique property, Janette Roche—Reservations Supervisor at Adare Manor in Ireland (she plans over one hundred proposals a year)—emphasizes the importance of communicating every single detail to the hotel's concierge staff. “Usually our guests are a little nervous at the inquiry stage since proposing is a little secret project, so we find they love the reassurance from our team that they are in very good hands, and that our colleagues have assisted in these occasions with care and pride numerous times,” Roche told us.
Hotels are increasingly adding new proposal packages to their portfolios with a growing demand for specific interests from foodies to photo-op lovers. Roche recommends asking the properties what they can offer, as there is typically a wide variety of options making it hard to choose on your own.
Always ask if the hotel has a proposal menu!
“We offer a number of packaged inspirations for our proposal menu as a starting point, all of which can be further amended to suit the specific preferences of the guest,“ Roche says. “Proposals can be built-up moments—a once-in-a-lifetime moment for most—and it alleviates any pressure to telephone the concierge and have the efforts conveyed on our guest's behalf.”
Whether it’s a simple coastal beachside picnic or a dreamy African safari experience, what truly matters is your shared love and enjoying these memories as you enter a new chapter in your lives together. Below, we’ve rounded up our top 10 proposal packages in the most unique hotel locations around the world.
Recently, Chatham Bars Inn in Cape Cod announced a trio of new proposal packages to make popping the question a breeze: the Picnic Proposal, the Marry Me! Proposal, and the In-Room Proposal. Complete with two nights of accommodations at the luxury resort, customized proposal setup, and coordination, Chatham Bars Inn creates a romantic setting so the proposer can embrace every moment leading up to the big question. For example, The Picnic Proposal setup includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, a charcuterie board, a bouquet of flowers, and candles arranged throughout Chatham Bars Inn's sprawling 25-acre estate—including the private beach. Those who opt-in for The Marry Me! Proposal will be hooked up with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, chocolate-covered strawberries, a bouquet of flowers, silk rose petals, and a marquee sign.
The Oberoi, Marrakech can help create the perfect engagement memories with the property's most romantic Oberoi experience: a grand proposal on the Grand Canal. With breathtaking views of the resort’s gardens and fragrant orchards, the Grand Canal is a one-in-a-lifetime setting in which to pop the question over a specially-curated dinner menu served by a private butler at a candlelit table for two. The package starts at $305, including the five-course menu with a choice of Moroccan or European cuisines, soft beverages, coffee, and tea. For an added bonus, you can add champagne, traditional live music, a violinist, or a photographer and videographer to capture the moment.
There’s nothing dreamier than a cozy proposal in Northern Finland. Couples who want to escape to a world of luxury at the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel can take advantage of the Arctic Romance Package, perfect for a fairytale proposal. Among snow-covered trees, the 32 suites and five chalets of the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel offer an intimate experience like no other (and even the chance to see the Northern Lights!). The package includes a minimum three-night stay in a private treehouse suite, breakfast served straight to the suite the morning of the proposal, a bottle of champagne delivered to celebrate, a romantic five-course meal for two at the hotel’s renowned Rakas Restaurant, and complimentary use of the seasonal outdoor equipment on-site. The outdoor amenities are perfect for adventurous couples who want to explore snowy Finnish Lapland on toboggans, kicksleds, snowshoes, ski shoes, or fat bikes.
To complete one of the most over-the-top proposals, there’s only one place to pop the question: a private island in the Maldives. At Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, guests can book an underwater proposal in a tranquil lagoon or remote location with a private dive instructor. Included in this package are an underwater photoshoot to capture the moment, Anantara’s signature Dining by Design experience with a lobster and seafood barbecue menu, a bottle of wine, an in-villa spa service, and a romantic floating breakfast to start the day.
In Ireland, the Adare Manor recently launched a Beyond Everything Proposal Menu catering to the demand for on-site proposals. There's everything from a horse and carriage proposal to a bath proposal. As one of the world's most romantic castle hotels and backdrop to 100+ proposals a year, Adare Manor has it all for someone looking to pop the question. In the fairytale setting, the hotel is set on a charming 840-acre estate in County Limerick and is one of Ireland's leading five-star castle properties with the Tom Fazio Golf Course, expansive Ballroom, Michelin Star dining, and lavish accommodations.
Located on the secluded shores of an 18,000-acre nature reserve in Turks and Caicos, Amanyara is an idyllic escape for romance seekers. For those wishing to make paradise their perfect proposal site, the resort is ready to assist. The Amanyara team can arrange anything from bouquets of red roses in the private dinner and can arrange a “Will you Marry me” LED light sign, to a private dinner with scattered rose petals, candles, and a beautiful bouquet of roses. For something more unique, the resort can also arrange an ocean cove dinner with rose petals and candles in a vase creating a heart shape.
For those looking to pop the question in the Caribbean, many opt for the Romance Package at Eden Roc Cap Cana which includes everything couples need for a romantic weekend to set the stage for an unforgettable proposal. The package includes a special turn-down service on the night of the proposal, including romantic Jacuzzi preparation, a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, a three-course romantic dinner, a luxurious couple's massage or facials, and a couples yoga and meditation lesson.
Whisking your significant other away on safari is always special, however, throwing in a surprise proposal at one of Africa’s most iconic landmarks makes it truly unforgettable. Borana Lodge in Kenya is set against the hillsides with panoramic views throughout. Each suite is built from rock and cedar with a thatched roof, equipped with open fireplaces and verandas with breathtaking views. Leora Rothschild, the CEO and Founder of the luxury safari planning company Rothschild Safaris told us, “for the ultimate surprise proposal on the final day at Borana, the safari game driver will take the couple for their afternoon ‘sundowner’ drink and then over to the iconic Pride Rock, the inspiration behind The Lion King. There, you can set up a private minibar, a picnic blanket, and throw pillows scattered for you to comfortably propose while enjoying the African sunset over the horizon.” Afterward, a group of Maasai will perform a traditional dance in celebration of the engagement!
B Ocean Resort, a modern oceanfront destination located directly on the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach, is known for its iconic underwater mermaid shows that take place in its world-famous Wreck Bar. Unique to the stylish resort, B Ocean invites lovebirds to take the plunge, literally, at the Wreck Bar through underwater, personalized marriage proposals. The marriage proposal package, which is available at existing Mermaid Burlesque and Aquamen shows every week, offers reservations for a show with VIP treatment, so friends and family can join in on the celebration. With reserved, VIP seating directly in front of private viewing portholes, the event is sure to be an intimate, yet fun experience. To top it off, a mermaid will appear holding a personalized proposal sign.
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara has many options for guests booking their proposals on property. The oceanfront hotel provides top-tier amenities and a dedicated team of expert concierges to assist guests with bringing to life marriage proposals to create lifelong (and picture-perfect) memories. Some of the most popular requests include a coastal picnic, which is a setup with plush decor including throw pillows, elegant throw blankets, and accessories, or an extravagant rose petal arrangement inspired by Kourtney Kardashian’s proposal, where the team carefully places each petal for the perfect setting.