10 Memorable Places to Get Engaged

Getting engaged is a huge deal. Not only are you agreeing to spend the rest of your life with someone (which is no small undertaking), the engagement itself will be a story that will be told over and over again for the rest of your lives together. And every good story has to have not only great characters (in this case the future bride and groom), but a great setting to start it off on the right page. So to help create the plot of your fairytale story, here are some memorable spots in which to get engaged.

10. Siesta Key -Florida, United States

Siesta Key beach is known to be one of the best in the world, with its temperate waters, signature white sands and miles and miles of beach to walk. Siesta Key is also known to have some of the best sunsets in the world. Take your beloved for a stroll on the beach at sunset and pop the question against the fiery night sky.

Siesta Key

9. Kylemore Abbey -Connemara, Ireland

Another castle to consider for the prince and princess in one of their most romantic moments. Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland. This castle has numerous restored rooms and six acres of walled Victorian gardens. There are sweeping views of the rolling Irish countryside. Think fresh air, a pastoral setting and history in which to chart your future.

Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

8. The Jefferson Memorial -Washington, D.C., United States

Getting engaged is no small feat, and perhaps surrounding yourself with meaningful words and history will enhance the depth of the commitment and of your love. Engagements at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. are popular. After a stroll around some Washington landmarks, pop the question in the cradle of history, with thoughtful passages about rights and freedom taken from the Declaration of Independence upon the walls.

Jefferson Memorial, Washington

7. Venice, Italy

Again, it may be cliche, but Venice straight up just oozes romance. This city of waterways has amazing architecture, deep history, and a laid-back vibe that gives you time to pause and savour the moment. Floating in a gondola would no doubt make for a memorable proposal- but to make it even more romantic, have your gondolier stick to some of the side canals, for a more intimate moment.

couple venice

6. The Pitons, St Lucia

The Pitons are black volcanic mountains, and provide a majestic backdrop for any engagement.  If your partner is outdoorsy and enjoys fancies a hike, a proposal with a view atop one of the Piton spires could be a step in the right direction toward a ‘yes!’. If you are a little more sedentary, the Pitons themselves can be viewed from various locations and hotels around the island.

The Pitons, St Lucia

5. Quebec City -Quebec, Canada

With its European flavour, cobblestone streets and romantic bistros that line the street, this walled city is the epitome of romance. There are a few good spots to seek out for your proposal. The Joan of Arc Garden, located within the Plains of Abraham, with its numerous, vibrant flower beds is a popular spot. Another idea is at the Chateau Frontenac. This historic hotel has rooms with amazing views as well as boasting amazing, classic architecture.

quebec city

4. Neuschwanstein -Schwangau, Germany

Want a romance with a fairy-tale ending? Start your marriage off with a proposal in a real-life castle. The Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th century castle located in Southwest Bavaria in Germany. This popular castle ushers through some 6,000 visitors every summer. Why is it so romantic? It’s the inspiration from an actual fairy tale: Disney’s Sleeping Beauty fashioned their castle after Neuschwanstein. We’d say this proposal spot is definitely fit for any princess!

Neuschwanstein Castle Munich

3. Central Park -New York City, United States

Any season will do for a romantic proposal in New York’s iconic Central Park, but the fall provides a pretty backdrop, with loads of trees tipped in vibrant oranges, reds and yellows. Pack a picnic and go for an afternoon stroll or even a horse-drawn carriage ride. A couple of the most popular proposal spots? The Bow Bridge or the Carousel at 46th St.

Central Park

2. Paris, France

It’s a little bit cliche, but Paris really is the city of love. There is something indefinable in the air that communicates romance. The more obvious places to get engaged centre around the Eiffel Tower, either in a hotel with a view or at the Tower itself, or along the banks of the Seine River. Given the romance vibe in Paris, you could propose literally anywhere and have it be meaningful. Want something a little different, but with a spectacular view? Climb the 300 steps up to the dome in the Sacre Coeur Basilica, in Montmartre. The climb is a little daunting, the view is incredible.

Paris, France

1. Santorini, Greece

This group of small islands is one of the most scenic areas in Greece, and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. Santorini is actually perched on the rim top of an active volcano. The topography of this area creates some spectacular hillsides and cliffs, which provide wonderful views of the clear seas below. It’s also famous for show-stopping sunsets, which will create the perfect backdrop to pop the question.

Santorini Island - European Islands

15 of the Best Outdoor Hotel Pools in the World

Outdoor hotel pools don’t need to be square concrete blocks, littered with screaming children and leaves that haven’t been scrapped off the bottom, which are normally freezing cold. In fact, outdoor hotel pools can be downright beautiful. From the ever popular infinity pools that look over the sides of cliffs, to rooftop pools so high up you forget what lies below; these outdoor pools are wonderfully unique in their own ways. Discover 15 of our favorite outdoor pools, and before long you will be booking a night, just to try out the pool.

15. Hotel Caruso -Salerno, Italy

This open-air infinity pool is brilliantly blue in color and creates the perfect atmosphere for hotel guests to relax. The pool is set atop the highest point of Ravello, seemingly suspended in the clouds, halfway between heaven and earth. It overlooks the breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Getting to the pool is just as beautiful as the pool itself as guests will have to wander through a rose garden. Complete with medieval ruins towering beside the pool, you will simply feel as you have fallen back in time. Make sure to indulge in the fresh-fruit appetizers that will be delivered to you poolside, or request a pre-loaded iPod with your choice of music. A visitor here can even get an Evian vaporizer delivered to them while they are in the pool. This is luxury at its finest.

Photo by: Belmond Hotel Caruso
Photo by: Belmond Hotel Caruso

14. The Oberoi Udaivilas -Udaipur, India

Spread over a 50 acre wildlife preserve is this wonderful hotel in India that features not one but two impressive pools. Guests here will be privy to amazing scenery, wildlife and exceptional service. The first pool runs lengthwise along the interconnecting domes and corridors that make up the hotel. This 70-foot pool is for guests that are staying in one of the semi-private pool rooms that allow access to this wonderful pool right from the room door. Private pool rooms are also available for those guests wanting their own private 36 foot plunge pool complete with dining area. The main pool at this hotel is stunning in deep blue tiles, set within a Mewar style courtyard with lush green lawns. The sandstone and marble tile patterns set off the sapphire blue color and truly make it a majestically centerpiece for this hotel.

Photo by: scupperssf via Flickr
Photo by: scupperssf via Flickr

13. Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti -Serengeti, Tanzania

As if staying at a safari lodge isn’t enough of an amazing experience, the Four Seasons have upped the ante with this awesome outdoor pool. This large sparkling blue free-form infinity pool is among favorites of visitors to this awesome safari lodge. The pool is the perfect break from your safari adventure, although it may not feel like much of a break from wildlife sightings as you watch over the watering hole that brings elephants, lions and other wildlife up close and personal. Relax in the cool waters, grab a cocktail from sunrise to sunset or relax in one of the sun beds on the deck. Watching a sunset from here is a favorite activity as the sky turns a brilliant pink and orange while the sun disappears. At night enjoy a romantic dinner poolside, complete with candles, lanterns and excellent dining options.

Photo by: Roman Boed via Flickr
Photo by: Roman Boed via Flickr

12. The Library -Koh Samui Island, Thailand

Located just a few steps away from the white sandy beaches is a pool that shines so brilliantly red, one would think that the water is dyed to be that color. This signature red pool is absolutely stunning to the naked eye and swimming here is an unforgettable experience. We promise, you aren’t swimming in dark crimson blood, although we admit it looks like that from a distance. It is in fact the stunning mosaic tiles that make it look so red, as the combination of the red, orange and yellow present a dazzling spectacle of brilliant color. This shallow pool is perfect for relaxing and gazing out at the beautiful blue water. The Library is also the only five-star hotel in Chaweng Beach and in addition to the amazing pool, the hotel itself is wonderful.

Photo by: The Library
Photo by: The Library

11. The Sarojin -Phang Nga, Thailand

This enchanting hotel is only reached by a hidden pathway and borders on five national parks, as well as a long sandy beach. The pool itself is surrounded by lush green gardens and tropical foliage and shimmers a gorgeous turquoise color under the bright sun. Private cabanas are placed in the shallow waters and come complete with sun beds, umbrellas, curtains that can be closed for privacy, towels and bar service. The blue mosaic tiles, the large vases growing beautiful flowers and the steps leading into the deeper water all make this pool incredibly beautiful. With warm water, a serene setting and a private cabana; you may never want to leave this hotel.

Photo by: Roderick Eime via Flickr
Photo by: Roderick Eime via Flickr

10. The Grace Santorini -Santorini, Greece

This exquisite infinity pool is the largest of its kind in Santorini and offers breathtaking views of the sea below. In typical Santorini fashion, the pool is outfitted in white and blue, a perfect combination of simplicity yet style. Chairs and table are places around the pool, at staggering heights to allow for the unparalleled views of the surrounding hills and water. The pool features both a shallow and deep end, for any type of swimmer. Make sure to check out the infamous Santorini sunsets that occur nightly, either from inside the pool or from the chairs. Food and beverage service is available around the pool all day and evening, and visitors are encouraged to spend their days enjoying it.

Photo by: Grace Hotels
Photo by: Grace Hotels

9. San Alfonso del Mar -Valparaiso, Chile

It holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest crystalline pool, measuring over one kilometer in length, eight hectares and holds more than 250 million liters of water. Apart from the sheer size of it, the waters here are an amazing turquoise color and have the same transparency of those in the Caribbean. The water also happens to be an amazing 26 degrees Celsius in the summertime, the absolute perfect temperature for splashing around. The white sand beaches here are private to each of the buildings and recreate a tropical paradise. During the day you will find kids snorkeling, sailing in small boats and many recreational activities taking place in the biggest pool on earth. Make sure you book your room into one of the buildings that has access to the private beaches and pool, as some do not.

Pierre-Yves Babelon / Shutterstock.com
Pierre-Yves Babelon / Shutterstock.com

8. Amangani -Jackson Hole, United States

This legendary resort is Jackson Hole’s most exclusive resorts and it set seven thousand feet above sea level, carved into the hillside at Gros Ventre Butte. The 100-foot heated swimming pool operates year round and offers stunning views of Wyoming’s snow-capped peaks. During the summer visitors enjoy lounging in the crystal clear waters, taking in the surrounding scenery and watching out for wildlife, all with a cocktail in hand. During the winter guests take advantage of both the warm pool and the attached hot tub, which comes in handy after a long day of skiing in the area. At night the candles are lit and there is no where better to enjoy a bottle of wine than this awesome luxury pool.

Amangani, Wyoming

7. B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa -Zurich, Switzerland

This trendy 60-room boutique hotel features open spaces and a fabulous rooftop pool. It was once a 150 year old brewery. The hotel has managed to keep the aged stone walls and has refurbished the valves and bolts as clever décor elements. The natural thermal pool on the roof is really what visitors here love though. This uniquely shaped pool offers visitors unparalleled views over the city of Zurich, especially during the night. The pool is divided into different zones, all featuring different jets that relax and unwind you. There are enough nooks and crannies here that everyone can have their privacy. Although there are no surrounding loungers or service staff; the experience is unlike any other rooftop pool experience.

Photo by: B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa
Photo by: B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa

6. Marina Bay Sands Tower Pool -Singapore, Indonesia

It is hailed as the world’s largest rooftop pool at its height and sits high above the city of Singapore on top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. If you don’t like heights, you may want to avoid this pool as it is 55 storey’s up in the air and more than three times the length of an Olympic pool. Did we mention that this pool is an infinity pool? This pool is part of the Sands SkyPark, a park that spans over all three hotel buildings and offers shops, restaurants and observation decks to the public. Building the SkyPark was one of the most expensive construction projects in history and once you see it, you can believe it. Unfortunately for the general public, the infinity pool is just open to hotel guests. With plenty of sun loungers, umbrellas, palm trees and dining choices, it is easy to spend an entire day on top of the world here.

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Victor Maschek / Shutterstock.com

5. Ubud Hanging Gardens -Bali, Indonesia

It is one of the most photographed pools in the world and it is no wonder why, as the architecture here is absolutely stunning. This pool won’t be for the faint of heart though as it jets out from the hotel, high above the treetops. It is a split-level infinity pool, the top half featuring a huge deck that flows out from the hotel. The bottom half is almost hidden from sight and creates the feeling of having a private atmosphere, complete with a waterfall. The curved pools were designed to replicate the steep terraced rice paddies that are such an iconic feature of this area of the world. There are a variety of benches and sun chairs around the pool and service staff is more than happy to bring guests food and drink. For the true romantic, you can even eat dinner on a floating dock in the lower level of this awesome infinity pool.

Photo by: Hanging Gardens UBUD
Photo by: Hanging Gardens UBUD

4. Habita Monterrey -San Pendro Garza Garcia, Mexico

These pools are located on the rooftop terrace of this modern boutique hotel and offer guests stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The infinity style pools run the length of the rooftop with a bar and eating area running down the middle to separate them. One of the pools is warm and perfect for relaxing while the other is slightly cooler and draws more swimmers serious about swimming laps. The concrete canopy above ensures that you aren’t sweltering up here and there is no better place to grab a cocktail after your swim than from the friendly bartender up on the roof, willing to make you just about anything you desire.

Photo by:  Hotel MTY
Photo by: Hotel MTY

3. Kempinski Hotel Ishtar -Amman, Jordan

This five star luxury hotel is situated on the edge of the famous salt lake, the Dead Sea and provides unlimited views across the sea. This resort doesn’t just offer one amazing pool though, it offers nine. The most popular pool here is the lazy river, which takes visitors around the resort. The sunken pool is the perfect place to relax, offering guests a fireplace in the middle and fringed with palm trees along the sides. The round infinity pool though is perhaps the most visually impressive and offers load of space to visitors looking to take a dip. All the pools here are surrounded by plush sun beds, extraordinary scenery and excellent service. It’s too hard to narrow down which of these pools is the best one, so we suggest trying them all.

Photo by: Dan Lundberg via Flickr
Photo by: Dan Lundberg via Flickr

2. Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor -Siem Reap, Cambodia

This colonial style hotel offers an escape from the city and features an authentic looking tropical pool. The saltwater pool here is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and soaring palm trees on one side, enough to make you forget that you are indeed in the middle of the city. There are enough sun beds on the other side for all guests and this tropical oasis manages to never feel crowded. The inviting lounge spills out onto the swimming pool terrace and most of the bedrooms horseshoe around the pool, giving lovely views to all who stay here. Most visitors love to pad around these tranquil grounds, sip a cocktail on the deck or go for a refreshing afternoon swim.

Photo by: Belmond La Residence D'Angkor
Photo by: Belmond La Residence D’Angkor

1. Hacienda Uayamon -Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

This wonderfully unique property is set ideally close to the Mayan site of Edzna, on Mexico’s stunning Yucatan Peninsula. It is hidden away in thick jungle foliage and ancient ruins and was created to retain some of the original charm of the former cattle ranch it was once. The pool is actually situated in a ruined part of the building and was once the main room. It has since been flooded with water and has become one of the most beautiful swimming pools in the world, with its crumbling stone walls and topless pillars. The absence of a roof means that light pours in all day to this pool and more often than not guests can been seen lounging in the provided hammocks. This setting is sure to relax and inspire you as your worries drift away in the clear turquoise waters.

Photo by: Julie Edgley via Flickr
Photo by: Julie Edgley via Flickr

10 Things To See And Do On Your Trip to Santorini, Greece

Santorini Greece is an amazing place full of natural and artificial wonders. It is a world-famous destination and many people young and old love to check out this island. Of course, it is easy to head to this place and check out a few tourist books and websites. While you will probably have a great time, it is wise to think a little more deeply and try to find the hidden gems among this wonderful and blissful place. With this in mind, here are the top 10 things to see and do on your trip to Santorini Greece.

10. Scuba diving

While not as famous as other areas in the world, you can have a great time enjoying the open waters. The beautiful water combined with the amazing sea life make for one incredible scuba diving experience. You can jump off the boat and live in another world. Upon hitting the bottom, you can see volcanic stones and other amazing natural wonders. Simply put, when you want to see Santorini from a unique view, you should opt to go scuba diving.

scuba

9. Akrotiri

This prehistoric site is something to behold. When visiting Akrotiri, you can see amazing and elegant mansions and admire the unique and interesting architecture. This is a great destination for the excited traveler who wants to walk around for the day and take in the sites.

Akrotiri

8. Sleep in a cave house

While in Santorini, you should enjoy the architecture by staying in a cave house. Not only are the cave houses interesting, but you can enjoy a modern and luxurious room. Without a doubt, when going to sleep in one of these rooms, you can live it up and enjoy the smell and feel of the old times in Santorini.

cave house

7. Ammoudi

At this beach, you can enjoy a truly breathtaking sunset. To make things better, you should try to have a drink or dinner with your friends or family. Simply put, this is a quintessential spot; no visit to Santorini is complete without a stop by Ammoudi.

Ammoudi

6. Museum of Prehistoric Thera

You must, on your visit, see some old museums with amazing artifacts. Luckily, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera will not disappoint. People of all ages will appreciate the history and unique items in this amazing museum. While this is an impressive pace to go, you should also check out the nearby Archaeological Museum which offers you a chance to peek into the past.

Museum of Prehistoric Thera

5. Hike from Fira to Oia

When looking for an adventurous day filled with huffing and puffing, you should hike from Fira to Oia. If you start early in the morning, you can enjoy empty trails. Not only that, you will enjoy a great view from the top. Of course, if you are more of a sunset fan, you can take the trail in the late afternoon.

Hike from Fira to Oia

4. Perissa Beach, Perissa

If you want a secluded and exotic beach, you should head to Perissa Beach, Perissa. This is a great place to kick back, relax and enjoy the water. If you do not want to relax while on the beach, the more adventurous and busy can check out some of the local bars and restaurants.

Perissa Beach

3. Santorini Volcano

If you want to visit an unusual and unique place, you should head to the Santorini Volcano. Here, you can check out a natural wonder untouched by man. While not an obvious choice, you will have a great time checking out this volcano and the nearby town.

Santorini Volcano

2. Byzantine Castle Ruins, Oia

If you want to check out a castle, you should head to Oia. In this town, you can head to the Byzantine Castle Ruins. This is something that both children and adults alike should enjoy as it is a true gem. Remember, when coming here, you should head over in the morning as you can enjoy the rest of your day in Oia.

Castle Ruins, Oia

1. The tram

When at the Santorini Port, you can check out the tram. Then, when you ride up to the top of the hill, you will be treated to amazing views as far as the eye can see. With this, you should arrive early as people love to check out this site. Either way, if you want to impress your friends and show them the coolest parts of Santorini, you should definitely check out the tram.

The tram

Top 10 Most Romantic Places on Earth

A table for two overlooking the sun-drenched cliffs of Santorini, Greece; a leisurely stroll under Paris’ illuminated Eiffel Tower; watching the sun sink in hues of pink, red, orange, gold, and indigo behind the soaring cliffs of the Grand Canyon…

These moments are steeped in so much romance that it’s difficult not to feel the flutter of new love or rekindle an old, almost forgotten love. That’s why, in the name of love and all it holds dear, we scoured the earth to find the top 10 most romantic places:

1. Paris, France

Ooo la la, the city of the city of lights, charming cafes, wine, art, and of course, love awaits couples in gay Paris. Even a whisper calls to mind magical evenings spent lingering with a glass of wine, or two, at an outdoor bistro. Or a nighttime boat cruise with the perfect view of the grand Eiffel Tower. Wherever the streets of Paris take you, it will certainly be an unforgettable experience for you and your lover.

Paris, France

2. Santorini, Greece

If you’re looking for the most spectacular sunset on earth, a perch atop the unique, cliff-top village on the island of Santorini will take your sweetie’s breath away. This is where you can grab a delectable seafood feast at one of the many outdoor white and blue restaurants—while you watch the bright rays of the sun reflect and then disappear into the azure waters of the Aegean.

Santorini, Greece

3. Casablanca, Morocco

There’s a good reason why one of the most romantic films ever takes its name from this particular city. Morocco with its sweeping deserts, stunning beaches, snow-capped mountains, and charming villages embraces lovers and then weaves its romantic spell. Trust us; be it sand, snow, or surf, Morocco promises something special for every couple.
Casablanca, Morocco

4. Venice, Italy

The spirit of love is legendary in Venice, Italy. It draws people in love from all around the world who do like the Italians—embracing in the street, floating in gondola up the Grand Canal, sharing a gelato, and finding tucked away stone doorways for a little canoodling.

Venice, Italy

5. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

You will fall in love over and over again on the island Bora Bora. Here the island beckons you to forget your troubles as you literally melt into the warm, blue water, let the sunny skies kiss your body, and relish a little rest and relaxation (and perhaps a fancy cocktail or two) with your special someone.

Bora Bora

6. Belize

In Belize it’s difficult to tell what’s warmer—the embrace of your beloved or the embrace of this alluring country with its azure waters, endless beaches, lush green tropical forests, and sultry climate—either way, your stay on these sandy shores will ignite new passion or inspire old ardor.


Belize

7. The Maldives

Nothing says romance like floating with your infatuation in the blues and turquoise waters of a deserted lagoon, bathed in bright, warm sunshine.  The Maldives, islands tucked away in the Indian Ocean, are all about uncovering a new level of intimacy—whether it’s snorkeling in the underwater coral gardens or strolling hand-in-hand along the endless beaches!

The Maldives

8. Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Leave your partner in love speechless with a trip to a true world wonder. The Grand Canyon is ideal for adventurous couples who are up for hiking its steep, carved stone cliffs. Pack a picnic, and once you reach the top, you can reward your team work by witnessing the “out of this world” view!

Grand Canyon

9. Taj Mahal, India

A mausoleum crafted out of love is certainly worthy of a little adoration by modern day lovers. The magnificent beauty of the Taj Mahal can be witness each and every day as the sun sets in hues of tickled pink, bathing the structure at sunset. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in tribute to his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Taj Mahal


10. Tahiti, French Polynesia

A single-room, thatched-roof bungalow overlooking the crystal blue waters of a tropical beach is just about the most romantic place you can hide away from the world.  That’s why Tahiti, an island in French Polynesia, is synonymous with lover’s paradise.

Tahiti, French Polynesia