With summer right around the corner, love is in full bloom and couples are flocking to make it “official.” With a host of destinations in their peak season, there’s no better time to get engaged and get your passport stamped. From Tuscany to the Caribbean, we highlight the top places to travel to this summer and take the next step in your relationship.
Atop the Apes Hills Golf Course in Barbados
From the moment guests arrive, they understand why Barbados is the perfect place to get down on one knee. Overlooking the island’s sparkling west coast, Apes Hills’ stunning golf course makes couples feel on top of the world as it sits 1,000 feet above sea level peering out onto turquoise waters, coral stone quarries and wooded ravines. Where to stay? The House – the charming adults-only hotel is reminiscent of a fabled castle with terraced brick walls and arched wooden doorways illuminated by the soft glow of tiki torches. With just 34 rooms, couples feel like they have the place all to themselves – the perfect way to kick off any engagement.
On the Queen Emma floating bridge overlooking Curacao’s iconic Handelskade
Located in the Southern Caribbean, the Dutch-Caribbean island of Curaçao is home to more than 35 secluded cove-like beaches, stunning European architecture, diverse cuisine, and year-round sunshine, making it the perfect destination for an ultimate romantic getaway. For couples who want to pop the question, take a stroll down the Queen Emma Floating Bridge, a swinging pontoon bridge which overlooks the island’s iconic Handelskade, a row of perfectly painted colorful dutch houses, and get down on one knee. Couples seeking a more non-traditional romantic offerings can enjoy everything from riding ATVs across the island’s rugged East Side, enjoying trademark cove beaches like Shete Boka, hiking Mt. Christopher (Curaçao’s highest point), or even venturing to the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao for a day. And of course, don’t forget to have a toast and cheers with Blue Curaçao!
In a Tuscan Hideaway Overlooking the Serchio Valley
Tucked away in the Serchio Valley overlooking the Apuan Alps, about an hour outside of Florence and Pisa, the 1,400 acre – Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, offers an ideal backdrop to pop the question in one of the most undiscovered and authentic areas in Italy. The hotel features 180 luxurious rooms, two restaurants serving delicious authentic Italian cuisine, a spa where couples can enjoy personalized treatments together following the proposal like a candlelit bath or deep sea mud treatments, and a heated swimming pool offering breathtaking panoramic views of the valley. Within close proximity, lovers can wander through the Tuscan countryside in and out of tiny, medieval Italian Villages, visit a local winery or relax in nearby thermal spas. For a more off-the-beaten path proposal, couples can also take part in the resort’s exclusive cooking class with the resort chef experience and pop the question by incorporating it into the meal.
Mountain Moments in Washington State
Head to the storybook town of Cle Elum, WA- the ideal retreat that sets the scene for a romantic forest proposal. Within the city limits is Suncadia Resort a luxury 6,400 acre resort that lets adventurous couples say “yes” after they take a private snowmobile tour up the snow-capped Cascade Mountains and enjoy the panoramic views of some of Mother Nature’s best work yet. Finish off your mountain moment with a private tasting at the underground wine cellar located at the on-site winery or celebrate with an indulgent couples treatment at the Glade Spring spa where you can then soak in the warm thermal baths for a weekend of bliss.
On a Sunset Sail on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Lake Atitlan is a hidden gem in Guatemala, surrounded by three magnificent volcanoes and 12 charming indigenous Mayan villages. With it’s own private dock, the boutique hotel Casa Palopo gives couples a chance to sail on a barquito just before the sun sets over the San Pedro volcano. Newly engaged couples will enjoy celebrating al-fresco with a candlelit dinner at the hotel’s 6.8 Palopo restaurant with sweeping views of the lake. For an extra touch of luck, the property can arrange for a Mayan shaman to perform a blessing for a happy, healthy marriage.
Over dinner in the Costa Rican rainforest
Spread across 900 acres of lush natural reserve at the base of the majestic Arenal volcano, Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa offers thermal mineral springs and cascading waterfalls where couples can soak to the sounds of local wildlife, amid layers of bright green vegetation and exotic, tropical flora. Rainforest bungalows are located in secluded areas of the reserve, and in the evenings, are used for private candlelit dinners prepared right before your eyes, creating plenty of opportunities for a guaranteed “I do.”