With February 14th approaching this Sunday, many couples are searching for the perfect Valentine's Day gifts for their beloveds – or maybe getting ready (or hoping) for a proposal. So whether you're planning on an engagement this weekend or just want to plan a romantic evening or getaway for the special holiday, we've gathered an array of unforgettable moments offered at hotels across the country.
Since couples typically desire either an out-of-this-world proposal that goes viral, an intimate proposal for just them, or a mix of both, many hotel concierges now offer a dedicated romance director or proposal concierge to make dream proposals come true in a stunning setting. Take a look at these proposal ideas and stories from various Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and share your proposal story in the comments!
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Couples who love newspapers or museums will find a unique proposal at Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica. With ocean-view Jacuzzi suites available and bubbly at check-in for every guest, the coastal property is the perfect place to pop the question. The hotels’ Unlock Art partner, the Santa Monica History Museum, offers complimentary access to guests. Couples can interact with the permanent “Newspaper Headlines” exhibit where visitors sit between a camera and a green screen to take a photo and choose a background. Your beloved will be shocked to find a “Just Engaged” or “She Said Yes” headline!
Picnic in the Snow
Pairs who enjoy skiing, snowboarding, or the snow season in general, will adore the proposal options at The St. Regis Aspen. The concierge works with couples to create the ultimate unforgettable custom proposal experience. Recent proposals have featured popping the question at the top of Aspen Mountain complete with rose petals, Champagne, and a photographer to get the moment on camera, as well as a private snowmobile tour that ends with a romantic picnic featuring the same amenities.
Not-Your-Average Beach Day
Make a romantic weekend away even more special with a proposal on the sand at Monarch Beach Resort. Have a “Will You Marry Me?” message written on the beach before surprising your beloved with a dinner on the sand featuring a three-course meal, Champagne or wine, candles, rose petals, and additional amorous décor. Couples desiring more of a “wow” factor can have a plane fly over with a custom banner, or a flash mob-style proposal with friends and family surprising the couple while an acoustic performer plays a romantic song like “Marry Me” by Train.
Helicopter Joy Ride
City couples desiring a truly romantic experience will adore the “Love is in the Air” package at The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, New York. Couples will enjoy a 30-minute helicopter tour of the city – covering Central Park, the Empire State Building, Yankee Stadium, and the Statue of Liberty – followed by a candlelit dinner for two. Whether you choose to propose in the air or over a celebrity-chef-cooked meal, couples will also visit a perfumery to create their signature scent.
For additional inspiration, read other hotel proposal stories, below:
“Once I assisted a gentleman with an engagement proposal – the theme of the tour was How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days over a 10-day stay framed after his girlfriend’s favorite movie… We decked the room out with amenities catered to the movie [and] played the movie in the room. She was having such an amazing time throughout her stay that she didn’t expect it to lead up to anything. At the end of the tour, he popped the big question. Luckily she said yes, and she didn’t lose this guy in 10 days.” - Tanya De Costa, W Insider at W Union Square
“Our Insider Brittany got word from a guest that he was going to propose. He told his girlfriend that his company holiday party was at the W. So they got a room and she got all dressed up. When they walked into [the] space, of course it was empty and he proposed.” - Lora Green, Marketing Manager at W Hoboken
“Thinking she was on a girl’s weekend, Sari and her family were set to enjoy a weekend of shopping at The Galleria Houston followed by a luxurious stay at [the hotel]. Little did she know that the ‘free’ gift certificate her mother won was simply a ploy to get the beautiful bride-to-be to the hotel’s Royal Room featuring breathtaking views of the Houston skyline. Upon entering the [space], Sari found her beau on bended knee surrounded by rose petals, candlelight, and images of the couple throughout their relationship displayed on screens around the room. After a very tearful yes, the group enjoyed a Champagne toast to the couple’s future.” - Stevie Vu, Marketing Manager at The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria
If you've recently become engaged, read these tips on what to do after saying yes! If you desire a proposal during the holiday season, read these romantic Christmas and New Year's proposals from Inside Weddings couples.
Opening photo by Gloria Mesa Photography