A proposal: a meaningful moment that needs a backdrop that encapsulates the magic and exciting suspense of asking one of life’s biggest questions, “Will you marry me?”
No matter what your style and whether you are hinting to be asked, or in fact you are doing the asking, we have compiled a list of incredible hotels that would make anyone feel adored. Whether you are stargazing at the Arctic Treehouse, looking at the emerald arora borelius, or lounging in the white sand under a ruby red umbrella in St. Barth‘s, the memories made within these walls will be everlasting. These are the most romantic hotels for a proposal.
Aman Venice, Italy
Venice has cemented itself as one of the most architecturally interesting and historically curated cities in Europe. Where Renaissance traders and bankers used to rule the cultural zeitgeist, now Venice shines as a vision of classical luxury and ever-evolving modernity, simultaneously straddling both the past and the present. As the epicentre of Italian drama and beauty, there are many little pockets around the city that make it a cornerstone of romance. Rising out of the canals like a well-fashioned baroque masterpiece, is the Aman Venice. Set in Palazzo Papadopoli, on the Grand Canal, opulence sets in as the status-quo. And perfect to pop the question. Whether you hire a gleaming wooden boat to drive you through the canals, or sneak away into the properties private garden, the romance is dripping off of each picture-perfect corner.
Splendido Belmond, Portofino, Italy
Every person dreams of an Italian proposal, and if you don’t, you will once you rest your eyes on the Belmond Splendido. Summarising the best of Italian style, the Splendido is a collection of little moments wrapped into one glimmering nostalgia-filled hotel. Nestled into the lush greenery surrounding Portofino, the sloping buildings are decorated with antique sun-soaked shutters and twisting staircases, bougainvillea intertwined with the surroundings; a story book setting in front of your eyes. Whether your proposal is on a seaside balcony, or among the vast and colourful gardens, romance is infused with every stone.
Artic Treehouse, Lapland, Finland
Surrounded by heaps of white fluffy snow and glittering winter wonderland scenery, is the Artic Treehouse Hotel. Located in Finnish Lapland, running along the Arctic Circle, is a tranquil winter oasis that shimmers with cosy allure and seasonal bliss. With dynamically constructed suites that look like glass jewellery boxes, you’ll likely choose to stay cosy inside with your beau. Love is most definitely in the air in Lapland.
Castle Hill Inn, New Port, Rhode Island
The East Coast summer has taken on a character of its own with blooming magenta hydrangeas, white shutters, and fresh corn on the cob leaving us day-dreaming about an Ina Garten cooking episode. Settled on a seaside peninsula, sprung to life as though drawn from a postcard, lies the Castle Hill Inn. A quaint, yet glamorous hotel that uses hints of yacht club aesthetics and nostalgia to create a quintessentially New Port experience. With white lawn chairs strategically scattered over a bright green lawn, the lackadaisical days of summer roll past just like the blue tides crashing along the rocky shore. There are many beautiful spots that would make a romantic background for a proposal, and after, the hotel boasts a scrumptious menu fit for celebration.
Eden Rock – St Barths
Cresting along the sides of opal sand beaches, designed with the flare of the French combined with bohemian island serenity, is the Eden Rock – St. Barths Hotel. Fit for celebrities and starlets alike, this St. Barth’s oasis brings leisurely luxury to another level. Infamous red villas line the shore, ready for guests to spend days drinking sparkling rosé and fresh seafood, staring longingly out onto the aquamarine pools of water. Bring the one you love here to find some peace and quiet, and you’ll be awestruck by the timeless beauty and Caribbean-Cote d’Azur infusion. Hey, maybe you’ll even come back on your honeymoon.
Estancia Vik, Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
A hidden playground for the world’s polo lovers, and beach aficionados, lies the Hamptons of South America: José Ignacio. Uruguay’s sparkling gem for seaside fun and minimalistic panache, get the fanfare of luxury without running the beat of the same traveller track. A perfect place to spend your days is the Estancia Vik. With long stretches of golden beaches and bungalows to suit, you feel as though you are looking out onto the edge of the earth. While here, maybe you will catch a glimpse of local legend Francis Millmann, who’s known for charing his food over wild flames. Bask in the stillness and serenity before asking (or being asked) the big question. It will surely be an unforgettable trip.
Datai Langkwai, Langkawi, Malaysia
Hidden between the gemstone Malaysian waters, and dense tropical forestry, lies the Datai Langkawi. It’s a serene combination of mind, body, and soul; a resort that has been crafted with iconic architect Kerry Hill’s vision in mind. With jungle rooms that are designed to seamlessly blend into nature, and seaside villas that are steps from the soft golden sand, this is an oasis from the troubles of the world. A proposal here could be along the crescent coast, one of the most famous beaches in the world. Or in a colourful boat, between staggering cliffs that Malaysia has come to be famous for. With capsules of magic hidden around the hotel, from cool bathing pools, to the fabulously designed beach club, romance is everywhere you look.
The Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Morocco
Amid the light honks of scooters and artisans haggling with tourists outside the Medina, Marrakech’s lively persona rocks its visitors. What better way to propose than surrounded by the authentic vibrancy of the city that surrounds you. Enhance the romance by booking in to The Royal Mansour, with expertly sculpted riads and a fanatical eye for detail, nothing will be left to chance. Spend your days picking out multicolour pillow cases, and intricately woven rugs, along with sculpted steel lanterns as keep sakes of one of the most special trips. If you have a spare moment, pop into the YSL museum for a little history and fabulousness.
The Plaza, New York, New York
Potentially one of the most popular hotels to consider for opulent and lush white weddings, The Plaza oozes everything romantic and lovely. Instead of hosting the actual wedding here, consider it for your dream proposal. As a fixture in American literature, and a New York relic all in the same, The Plaza’s historical relevance and old-time glamour make a show-stopping venue with charm and elegance. With views of the Park, and classical interiors, make your proposal a part of this hotel’s long time history. Even once the proposal is long behind you, come back and visit the place where all the magic began.
Singita, Sabi Sand, South Africa
Singita has made a name for itself as one of Africa’s most luxurious safari experiences. Head to their Boulders Lodge for the best in show. Located on the banks of the Sand River, you can take guided game tours, to sundowners under the twinkling South African stars, nothing could conjure more blissful or romantic wonder. Take a literal walk on the wild side, and be blown away by the visual feast and symphonic sounds that nature has to offer.
Four Seasons Nevis, Charlestown, Nevis
Of all the lush and extravagant Caribbean islands, Nevis is one of a kind, Four Seasons Nevis has exemplified “the beach hotel.” With a long stretch of sandy beach resting beside opaque sapphire waves, the hotel is a subtle combination of tropical with quaint stylistic tendencies. With hotel rooms infused with cultural relics that allow you a glimpse into the island’s culture and history, these special touches can be felt through the landscape of the hotel. Rest easy under lemon-yellow umbrellas at the pool cabanas, and watch as clouds pass. The Four Seasons Nevis also specialises in “couples experiences” that craft picture-perfect excursions for two in love, from dinner on the beach to island adventuring, there will be many moments of romance. Here, your proposal pictures will be chicer than ever.
The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Scotland
If a rustic, intimate escape is to your liking, the Gleneagles in Scotland is the country estate of your dreams. Bottling all of the Scottish charm and magnificence that makes it one the most delightful destinations, the Gleneagles has mastered subtle luxury with at-home comfort. With modern yet cosy suites, and a newly renovated spa, the property is brimming with places to relax. The home of golf, there are three specially designed courses that are some of the best in the world. With aesthetic scenery out of a magazine, this is a Scottish paradise making it the perfect place to pop the question.