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The 15 best places to propose

You've found the love of your life. Now you need a place to pop the all-important question.

You've found the love of your life. Now you need to find a place to pop the all-important question. Holly Sands knows just the spot to prompt a love-struck ‘yes'.

1. A log cabin in Lapland

It's an age-old cliché, but the log cabin has somehow managed to retain its romantic stature. Create your own love story and spend the entire week holed up with a log fire, keeping an eye on the skies for the famous Northern Lights.

Where:Pulju, Lapland (01707 256 398, www.finnishlakesidecabins.com)

How much:Average price per week for cabin sleeping four people US$900, includes accommodation only.

2. Neuschwanstein Castle

Since it was built by King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein has been referred to as the Fairytale Castle. Once the private refuge of the mad king, the now has over 1.3 million visitors a year and could pose as the perfect backdrop for a knight-in-shining-armour proposal.

Where:Bavarian Alps of Germany (49 0 83629 39880, www.neuschwanstein.com)

How much:Entrance fee US$9 per person

3. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Conrad Maldives

Popping the question needn't be a textbook scenario. Situated five metres below sea level, this submerged eatery allows you to propose in the company of tropical marine-life, without having to don your scuba kit.

Where:Rangali Island, Maldives (960 668 0629, www.conradhotels.com)

How much:King Deluxe water villa US$1,450 per night based on two people sharing.4. Alfresco dinner at the base of Blackcomb Mountain

Just 90 miles north of Vancouver, the Four Seasons Whistler boasts opulence far beyond that of most ski-hotels. The concierge will arrange a ride through the forest to an alfresco dinner for two, served under a heated canopy.

Where:Four Seasons Whistler, British Columbia, North America (1 604 935 3400, www.fourseasons.com/whistler)

How much:US$529 per night for a double suite.

5. Villa D'Este, Lake Como

A former 16th century residence, Villa D'Este is surrounded by 25 acres of parkland and retains all the magnificence of a departed era. The lake draws much of its celebrity from the ravings of poets; but when you discover it for yourself, you'll see that words cannot do Como justice.

Where:Cernobbio, Italy (39 031 3481, www.villadeste.it)

How much:Rooms start at US$1,070 per night, based on two people sharing.

6. British Pullman and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

The trip begins in London on the British Pullman, which will take you across the Channel to board Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. On your journey you'll pass the Swiss Mountains and the Austrian Alps. From here, the next stop is sure to be marriage.

Where:London-Paris-Venice (44 20 7960 0500, www.orient-express.com)

How much:Price of return ticket, US$4,160 per person perpeperpersonaaccommodation based on two people sharing.7. Ocean Bungalow, Huvafen Fushi

Huvafen Fushi is a resort almost entirely dedicated to honeymooners and those wishing to renew their love for each other. Seize the moment in one of the most romantic destinations on the planet.

Where:Huvafen Fushi Island Resort, Maldives (960 6644 222, www.huvafenfushi.com)

How much:Price of Ocean Bungalow for the month of June, US$1,870 per night based on two people sharing.

8. Hot air ballooning for two

Soar into the skies and gaze down upon villages, castles and fields that pass beneath you. Take off at dusk or dawn from the coast and enjoy breathtaking cliff-edge views, or choose Cheshire to travel across farmland. Toast your flight with a glass of champagne when you arrive back on land.

Where:Numerous locations within the UK (0845 640 8000, www.redletterdays.co.uk)

How much:Cost per person per flight US$767

9. Yankee Stadium Diamond Vision screen

If you're ready to show the world just how in love you are, broadcasting your proposal to the baseball crowd at the Yankees Stadium is the move to make. Just make sure your future fiancée isn't off getting more popcorn as your message flashes up.

Where:Bronx, New York, USA (718 579 4464, newyork.yankees.mlb.com)

How much:Cost per message US$100.10. Horse-drawn carriage in Central Park

Carriages are lined up along Central Park South all year round, offering blankets for cosy winter strolls and canopies for shade during hotter days. Take off with your fiancée and prove you're an old romantic at heart.

Where:New York, USA (1 212 736 0680, www.centralpark.com)

How much:Cost per carriage US$34 for the first 20 minutes and US$10 for each additional 15 minutes.

11. Hotel Al MoudiraYou'll be treated like royalty at this majestic hotel, located just miles from the Valley of the Queens. Inspiration has been squeezed from every corner of Egypt in the design, feel and landscape of this hotel. Just make sure you're bearing a princely diamond and she might just say yes.

Where:Luxor, Egypt (20 123 251 307, www.moudira.com)

How much:Prices start at US$215 per room.

12. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

Situated along the May River in picturesque South Carolina Lowcountry, Palmetto Bluff is a romantic retreat that boasts a magnificent waterside spa. This is a perfect, peaceful getaway for the couple who wants to seal the deal in private.

Where:Bluffton, South Carolina, USA (1 843 706 6500, www.palmettobluffresort.com)

How much:Rates start at US$475 per night for a Lagoon or Forest Cottage.13. Mykonos Theoxenia Hotel

With the cobblestoned streets and windmills of Mykonos standing behind it, the hotel looks out over golden sands and crystal blue waters. Don't be fooled by a classic Greek exterior, for within the hotel its 52 rooms revisit the sixties with a vibrant and contemporary swing.

Where:Mykonos, Greece (30 22890 22230, www.mykonostheoxenia.com)

How much:Prices start at US$426 per night for a sea view room.

14. Baltic cruise on the MS Deutschland

For a truly spectacular proposal, join the 13-day Baltic cruise beginning in Germany and stopping at Poland, Latvia, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway. With so many destinations, you'll be spoilt for choice for the perfect proposal panorama.

Where:Departing in Kiel, Germany (1 800 348 8287, www.deilmann-cruises.com)

How much:Price on request

15. Top of the Eiffel Tower

Sitting at the heart of the city of love, the Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most iconic landmarks and has witnessed the beginnings of hundreds of engagements over the years. Just time the all-important question right, under a starlit sky and wait for a cry of "Oui!"

Where:Paris, France (33 01 4411 2323, www.tour-eiffel.fr)

How much:Price per person US$18 to take the elevator to the top.

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