If you’re thinking about popping the question but are unsure how to set the scene, here are the world’s most cinematic proposal destinations.
The scenery doesn't get much more dramatic than the Grand Canyon
For drama queens: Grand Canyon, USA
With a Grand Canyon backdrop of contorted, burnt red-coloured rock contrasting against a deep blue sky, propose in a helicopter or standing on the glass Skywalk suspended above the canyon floor. And once you’ve got the answer you’re looking for, drive to Las Vegas for a speedy and kitsch ceremony.
Sheridan House Inn sits at the foot of Bill Williams Mountain, surrounded by forest and an hour’s drive from the Grand Canyon.
Up your corny game and propose next to the Trevi Fountain
For Fellini fans: Trevi Fountain, Italy
The ornate, Baroque Trevi Fountain in Rome has featured in countless romantic films. From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck’s stroll around the city in Roman Holiday, to the moment Anita Ekberg plunged into the fountain wearing a glamorous black evening dress in Federico Fellini’s classic, ‘La Dolce Vita’. According to legend, if a couple drinks from the Lovers’ Fountain at the side of the Trevi, they will be faithful to each other forever. Just be warned that if you are tempted to seductively splash about in the water, you will incur a 450 Euro fine.
Casa Roma Luxury Apartment is a stylishly-decorated, self-catered apartment only 10-minutes’ walk from the Trevi Fountain.
A proposal in the Big Sur has to be one of the most memorable proposals possible
For California rom com fans: Big Sur, USA
The Big Sur boasts some of the USA’s most cinematic landscapes. Along the Californian coast, cliffs fall steeply into the Pacific, with water crashing and spraying onto the rocks. Forests of bright greens, hidden coves, misty sea views, and impressive bridges mean there is a multitude of scenic spots to get down on one knee. And seeing as the Big Sur has served to inspire so many artists and writers, including Jack Kerouac’s love affair with the American landscape, there’s a strong romantic connection, too.
Stay at Ventana Inn & Spa for the romantic outdoor pool, bedrooms with fireplaces and resplendent bathtubs, and panoramic Pacific views.
He can be the Bill Murray to your Scarlett Johansson at Shibuya crossing
For Lost in Translation tributes: Shibuya crossing, Japan
The organized chaos of Shibuya crossing in Tokyo is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a riot for the senses, and an unusual and atmospheric setting for a proposal. It’s even better at night, when the neon lights are blazing and it’s a bit busier. Wait for the lights to turn and then join the surge of commuters spilling into the intersection but try to time popping the question so your loved one isn’t asked an important life question while facing oncoming traffic.
Stay at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel for extensive views of Tokyo from your room and proximity to Shibuya crossing.
The surreal landscape of Iceland is fitting for a cinematic proposal
For fantasy fans: Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The eerie beauty of Iceland makes it a ultra-romantic destination. The milky, turquoise, geothermal water of the Blue Lagoon, geysers, volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls; this is a country full of places to propose. And good excuses to cuddle, particularly if you come in winter when everything is covered in snow. Stargazing in Iceland is some of the best in the world and offers the chance of seeing the dancing greens of the Northern Lights. But don’t forget that in summer, the midnight sun means you can’t see them.
Start your proposal trip in style in 41 - A Townhouse Hotel in Reykjavík.
A proposal in Hawaii is irresistibly cheesy
For chick flick fans: Hawaii, USA
If you’re hoping to impress your proposee into a definite ‘yes’, the scenery of Hawaii should do the trick. Underneath a waterfall in the rainforest? While tandem skydiving over a volcano? Or, try slipping the ring into their Pina Colada while they’re staring at one of Hawaii’s orange and pink beach sunsets.
Enjoy the outdoor lava showers and hot tub at Ka'awa Loa Plantation B&B.