With the help of engagement planners at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in northern Thailand, question poppers can travel down the Mekong and Ruak Rivers on a longtail boat converging on the fairy tale shores of Chiang Rai (which inspired the Broadway hit The King and I). Known for its elephant conservation foundation, the famed property has an on-site elephant camp. With opportunities to lead elephants through training courses, Anantara offers an unusual way to ask the big question.
Picture it: You and your partner are in a private, luxe Ferris wheel cabin dining on a meal prepared by master chef Heston Blumenthal, experiencing "the world’s largest rotating restaurant." No one else is on the gentle ride, high above the city of Melbourne. Your intended is truly swept off their feet as you float above the rooftops with far-reaching harbor views. A simple "yes" completes a magical evening.
101 Waterfront Way, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia. +61 3 8688 9688; melbournestar.com
Situated on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The iridescent mist that rises up from the gorge can be seen and heard many kilometers away, hence the indigenous name Mosi-oa-Tunya, or "The Smoke That Thunders." Stay at the award-winning, ecofriendly Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, about 4 kilometers from the river. The 70-room property comes complete with a wildlife-rich watering hole. Plan a trip to view the falls via a helicopter ride; give the pilot a heads-up as to your intentions and keep the doors closed — even a weighty ring is no match for the wind.
Stand 471 Squire Cummings Ave., Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. +263 13 43211; victoria-falls-safari-lodge.com
Spain is known for centuries-old monasteries, castles and fortresses turned into luxury hotels known as paradores. At the 12th-century Castillo de Monterreal in Baiona, Galicia, a genderless Don Juan can commit to true love amid sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, a mature garden of Spanish roses and a private dinner atop a majestic turret. No one will be turned down when their lord or lady asks for their hand in such a history-drenched and romantic location.
Monterreal s/n, 36300 Baiona Pontevedra, Spain. +34 98 635 5000; parador.es
The seventh continent is not known for its white sand beaches, fine-dining experiences or high-end shopping. But it more than makes up for it with awe-inspiring glacial views; penguins, seals, and whales; and a breathtaking frontier. Quark Expeditions arranges everything from engagements to weddings for truly once-in-a-lifetime excursions. After a few days in Buenos Aires, make your way to the world’s southernmost city of Ushuaia, Argentina. There, a super-yacht complete with suites (and heaters) sails to the icy land equipped with a chef, library, wine cellar and luxury goods. You and your paramour have to bring only an adventurous spirit. Cold feet need not apply.
Assuming neither of you suffers from a fear of heights or motion sickness, nothing says romance like a balloon ride over the green vineyards of California’s Napa Valley. As you fly quietly through the crisp air via Balloons Above the Valley, you can pop your question with a glass of bubbly. At the end of the first leg, settle down and have a lunch catered by any number of the area’s award-winning restaurants, then soar again to take in the scenery as an engaged couple. You'll feel light as air.
603 California Blvd. , Napa, CA 94559. +1 800-464-6824; balloonrides.com
Sixty percent of Peru is jungle. In the depths of the Amazon, virtually no connection to the internet is possible. Take advantage of the solitude with a river cruise in a private suite outfitted with a rain shower and floor-to-ceiling windows. In the thick rain forest, the Aqua Expeditions cruise has no connection to the outside world, giving you the perfect opportunity to propose without phones buzzing. Reserve the observation deck as your private dining terrace for a night, and finish your meal with a dip in the cool-water Jacuzzi as you relax to Peruvian music in the glow of candlelight.