The Top 10 Most Romantic Places to Propose in 2018

With help from EliteSingles, they're bound to say "I do!"

Newly-engaged couple in Paris

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Everyone loves a good dose of romance. And what could be more romantic than a fairy tale proposal? When it comes to planning the perfect proposal, location is a crucial piece of the puzzle. To find that perfect place, premium dating site EliteSingles recently conducted a survey to uncover the most romantic places to propose in 2018. So prepare to be swept off your feet with these top 10 dreamy destinations for the best proposals this year.

Asking your soul mate to spend the rest of their lives with you is a big moment for your relationship and in your life. It’s worth planning out a memorable moment and selecting a beautiful backdrop. So if you’re planning on proposing, or waiting for your partner to ask the big question, let’s countdown the top 10 most romantic places to propose in 2018. Although there are some popular favorites, you may be in for some surprises too.


10. Sydney, Australia 

Sydney is one classy city. It boasts of both seaside vacations and miles of sandy beaches alongside the cultural hub of big city life. Australia’s leading beautiful town kicks off the top 10 places to propose. With its sunshine, sea, and city, it promises to melt your heart!


9. Niagara Falls, USA

A little closer to home, Niagara Falls is a spectacular natural phenomenon with three thundering waterfalls converging on the American and Canadian border. Its natural waterworks display makes for an impressive backdrop to the ultimate romantic proposal in 2018!


8. New York City, USA

A perennial favorite, New York is one of the greatest cities in the world. If you want to get tempted by the Big Apple, the choices can be tailored to your preferences – from Central Park to the Rockefeller Center, there is guaranteed to be a hot spot to make your love go weak in the knees. NYC claims its stake as the 8th most romantic place to propose.


7. Bali, Indonesia 

Turn up the temperature with this sultry choice. Bali wins a place in the top 10 with the full package: beautiful beaches, historical temples, rich culture and rolling green mountainsides. The hot and humid location promises to raise the romance and get your hearts racing, making it one of the most popular places to propose!


6. At Home 

In today’s modern world with the accessibility of travel and a global community, your own home competes with the most enticing locations around the world as the 6th most romantic place to propose in 2018. With the significance of memories, moments and belonging which are created uniquely in your own space as a couple, one of the best places to get on bended knee is actually your own backyard!


5. Vanua Levu, Fiji 

Kicking off the top 5 places to propose is Fiji. This Fijian island is a tropical paradise. Along with the picture-perfect beaches, crystal clear waters and unique dive spots, it also offers unspoiled rainforests and exotic appeal, making for one breathtaking destination for a romantic proposal in 2018. Head off the beaten track with this dreamy destination.


4. The Bahamas 

If you want to dip your toe into a postcard, the Bahamas is a blissful beach destination for an indulgent proposal. With white sand, aquamarine waters and palm-lined beaches, the sun shines all year around. It’s easy to see why the Bahamas is one of the most desired destinations for a proposal in 2018 for its irresistible romance coupled with ease of access; it’s a winning formula.


3. Hawaii, USA 

A sparkling green gem, Hawaii takes the third position. It’s got everything you could ask for - stunning, volcanic landscapes and hiking trails, exciting water sports, and idyllic beaches to relax on. If you love the outdoors and enjoy adventure or prefer relaxation, it’s an ideal proposal vacation location! The only thing left to do is pop the big question, and with so much romance on offer, you’re sure to get a YES!


2. Paris, France 

The grand dame of romance, Paris secures the second spot as honestly one of the most romantic places in the world. From the cobbled streets and fabled history, love is in the air. This classic European destination will sweep a lady off her feet, and bring a man to his knees! The iconic Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral have seen many a love story and remain a firm favorite through the ages.


1. Venice, Italy 

Claiming top spot, Venice voted as the most romantic destination for a proposal in 2018. The enchanting canals, with countless bridges and meandering gondolas, are an irresistible blend of beauty, heritage, and ambiance. This ancient city on water proves itself to be irresistibly charming, oozing romance around every corner. Find your own private spot along the Grand Canal, or discover a quiet Gothic palazzo to set the scene for an exceptional kind of magic known as pure classic romance!


Now you know where to go for an unforgettable proposal, it may be interesting to know that 1 in 5 men (21%) would actually prefer to be proposed to, and so why not shake it up in 2018! The ocean was also voted as the most romantic setting (59%), but many participants also highlighted an important truth - anywhere can be romantic if you’re with the right person!

If you’re preparing to propose, Zoe Coetzee, EliteSingles relationship psychologist has these words of advice: “Be prepared and plan ahead. It’s easy to get swept away in the moment, so set up your plan beforehand. Practice the proposal in advance, it’s reassuring and a good way to check if anything is missing. And keep your eyes on your love – at the end of the day it’s about the two of you, and the rest is just details. And lastly – don’t forget to breathe! Taking a few deep breaths beforehand is a great way to relieve tension”!