Zoe Coetzee, 13.03.2018

Places to Propose: The Best Couple's Getaway in 2019

The realtors' adage "location, location, location" can be as true for romance as it is for real estate. If you’re looking for the perfect place to propose or the best romantic getaways for couples, we've compiled the list of ultimate romantic places in 2019. We surveyed 1600 people to uncover this year's destination wish list and discovered the places that will make you go weak in the knees.

Most Romantic Places to Propose in 2019

There's no doubt that one of the most romantic events in life is the proposal. Whether you’re planning the proposal or being proposed to, it’s a life defining moment. And a key factor in planning the perfect proposal is the location. So, where are the most coveted proposal destinations for 2019? We've compiled the top 12 places. 



The Deets on the Most Romantic Proposal Getaways

Already think you know the most romantic spot in the world? Well, you might be surprised. Although it’s considered the city of love, Paris doesn’t take the number one spot  in fact that honor belongs to the romantic floating city of Venice, Italy! And there are more surprises related to proposal: It seems that these days, getting down on one knee is anyone’s game with 21% of men saying they would actually prefer to be proposed to! So forget waiting for a leap year to propose, ladies, get planning now! The top 12 proposal destinations are:

  1. Venice, Italy
  2. Paris, France
  3. Hawaii, USA
  4. The Bahamas
  5. Vanua Levu, Fiji
  6. At home
  7. Bali, Indonesia
  8. New York, USA
  9. Niagara Falls, North America
  10. Sydney, Australia
  11. Edinburgh, Scotland
  12. Las Vegas, USA

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  • 1. Venice, Italy

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    Pushing Paris out the top stop, Venice was voted as the most romantic place to propose in 2019! This ancient city on water, with its vibrant hued buildings stacked along enchanting bridges and canals, is the place to go to sweep your partner off their feet. After taking in the sights, don’t miss St Mark’s Basilica and the Rialto Bridge. Hold hands and get lost in the winding alleys before finding your own private spot along the Grand Canal or a decadent Gothic palazzo for your dream proposal. Superstar George Clooney gave Venice the stamp of approval as the ultimate romantic hotspot, choosing to marry there in 2014 and in 2019 cruising the canals in a gondola is still as charming! 

  • 2. Paris, France

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    Long having topped lists of the best couple getaway destination, with its street cafes and meandering Seine, Paris is the grand dame of romance. The French mystique, under the watchful eye of the Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Cœur, makes it the perfect backdrop for a love story. Paris  the city of lights and the city of love  will always revel in its romantic reputation and you can rest assured it will exceed expectations. It’s still the queen of hearts, coming in second in our poll of perfect places to propose in 2019. 

  • 3. Hawaii, USA

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    If the outdoors is more your style, Hawaii could be the perfect romantic place for your proposal. With a selection of stunning islands to choose from, it’s the ultimate destination for nature lovers  picture perfect beaches, rugged volcanic mountain tops with lush green landscapes  it’s enough to get any heart racing! From its breathtaking hiking trails to daring water sports, Hawaii offers a great adventure. 

  • 4. The Bahamas

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    If a serene getaway with pure sea and sunshine fantasy takes your fancy, the Bahamas serves up more crystal clear waters, white beaches and palm trees than you can handle. With only an eight degree difference between the warmest and coldest months, it’s a year-round tropical paradise and was voted the fourth favorite place for a proposal in 2019. 

  • 5. Vanua Levu, Fiji

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    The endless pull of the ocean continues as we wrap up the top five perfect proposal places with Vanua Levu, Fiji's second largest island, making its way in. Vanua Levu's idyllic clear blue waters, world-class diving spots and unspoilt rainforests make this paradise a top choice for the perfect proposal.

  • 6. At home

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    In 2019 your own home competes with the most luxurious and exotic locations around the world! Our survey results prove home really is where the heart is, taking out sixth place of the top places to propose! It proves that no matter how far and wide you travel, home holds a special place as the space you and your partner have created together and is certainly an intimate place for a personal proposal. 

  • 7. Bali, Indonesia

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    There's something about a hot and humid atmosphere that raises the romance stakes like no other. For its postcard-perfect beaches, tropical waters, temples and culture, Bali is one of the best romantic getaways for a proposal and more. Whether you want to go surfing, hike through the rice paddies, or relax and enjoy some yoga, Bali is the place to be in 2019. 

  • 8. New York, USA

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    The Big Apple, with its hustle and bustle, is still tempting couples to say yes. From Central Park to the top of the Rockefeller Center, whatever your preference, New York has a choice location to hit the spot. With its energy and variety this metropolis is diverse and delightful. If you’re a Brooklyn boy or a Manhattan Madame, New York will have you dancing your way to an "I do" as the eighth most romantic place to propose.

  • 9. Niagara Falls, North America

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    Ontario singles, rejoice! Straddling the border between Canada and America, Niagara Falls is a trio of three imposing waterfalls that form one of the most impressive natural phenomena in North America. With a 57m drop in the larger Horseshoe Falls, and stretching to 790m at its widest, this spectacle provides a thundering backdrop for a memorable proposal, just making its way into the top 10 places to propose. 

  • 10. Sydney, Australia

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    Boasting the best of both worlds, this world-class city has beautiful beaches and a thriving urban hub of culture and activities. It’s one of the best places to propose in 2019 because it's simply classy, cosmopolitan and downright cool. Go to Bondi Beach to relax and then dress up for the Sydney Opera House and sweep your love off their feet. Going down under is still a popular choice in 2019! 

  • 11. Edinburgh, Scotland

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    The old world charm of Edinburgh, with its castle, medieval streets and dramatic rocky landscape, is brimming with an irresistible and ageless romance. This magical European city boasts renowned festivals, rich culture, architecture and history, making it great choice for the artsy culture vultures and winning a place as one of the ultimate proposal destinations. 

  • 12. Las Vegas, USA

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    For pure fabulousity, Las Vegas is unrivaled for its flashy lights, heaving nightlife and countless casinos. You can propose and get married by Elvis all in one day! Indulge in luxury hotels, poolside parties and glitzy shows when you raise the stakes and put Las Vegas on the proposal map of 2019. 

Proposal Prep: How to Prepare

Zoe Coetzee, EliteSingles relationship psychologist gave these three top tips to prepare for the perfect proposal in 2019:

  1. Plan ahead: Choose the location, the order of your events, who you want there (if you’re inviting friends and family along for the ride) and plan ahead. To pull off the perfect proposal, layout out the finer points and add in sentimental details that are meaningful to you two!
  2. Practice: Proposing can be stressful, so run through the plan ahead of time, say your speech out loud beforehand, and practice the moment so you don’t leave out important parts. But, at the same time, always speak from the heart!
  3. It’s about the two of you: Keep your eyes on the prize. Don’t let the stress of planning derail you from the main purpose – to ask the person you love to spend their life with you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, focus on your partner and the love you share – the rest is just details!

Couple's Getaways in 2019: Best Romantic Hot Spots 

Of course, romantic vacations aren’t just the domain of proposals. We also wanted to know which destination is the most coveted getaway location. Perhaps you want to celebrate an anniversary or birthday, or maybe you just want to get away from it all for a while. So, where should you go?

Here are the top 10 places to go on a couple’s vacation in 2019 and it should come as no surprise that the top three places were in sync with the proposal hotspots! However, a few exotic additions prove that the beach is indeed the firm favorite for romance. 

  1. Italy
  2. France 
  3. Hawaii 
  4. The Maldives 
  5. Bora Bora
  6. Australia
  7. Bali 
  8. The Caribbean 
  9. The Bahamas 
  10. A Cruise 

Location aside, according to our survey it also turns out that men and women agree on where they want to go with 59% voting the ocean as the most romantic setting! Meanwhile a foreign city came in second place with 17% of the vote, followed by the mountains with 14% of the vote landing it in third.

Most Romantic Spot? It’s a Personal Thing.

Although Paris and Venice took out the top spots as the most romantic places, many participants felt a romantic location was more determined by a person. Romance doesn’t have to be defined by location, but rather the love you share. Next time you’re planning a couple’s getaway, remember our poll participant’s own words: “the most romantic place can also be a person!” Here are a few more of our personal favorites:

“Anywhere that we were together we'll always be in the perfect place”

“I don't think it's the destination but the person you are with. Anywhere can be romantic as long as the person you’re with is just as into you as you are them.”

“It is about the person you are with”

“I just can't pick because romance isn't something you buy tickets to. It just happens and when it does you really don't remember the location.”