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WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS PROPOSALS DESTINATIONS


quiet spots on the beach to get down on one knee. Carrier offers five nights’ full-board in an overwater bure with flights from Heathrow via Hong Kong, and road and boat transfers, from £5,100, departing November 6. carrier.co.uk


w IN THE AIR Book an experience so special in a spot so iconic they just can’t say no, and you’ll earn your clients’ lifelong loyalty – and give them a cracking tale to tell their friends and family. A hot-air balloon flight over the spectacular salt pans of Sossusvlei certainly fits the bill – faced by the broad, sweeping sand dunes of the Namibian desert, how could anyone not respond with a resounding yes? The flight is an optional extra on


Cox & Kings’ Namibia self-drive. After warming up with Windhoek and a drive to the Namib Desert, the couple will be perfectly poised for a proposal. Then they’ve got the rest of the trip – via seaside Swakopmund, elephant spotting in Damaraland and a wildlife drive through Etosha National Park – to celebrate before sharing the news back home. Book it: Cox & Kings’ Namibia: Untouched Wilderness private tour starts at £2,595, including flights, accommodation in luxury camps and lodges, and some meals. The early-morning balloon safari is £435. coxandkings.co.uk Or try: Soaring over the scattered islands and narrow channels that


Book an experience so special in a spot so iconic they just can’t say no, and you’ll earn your clients’ lifelong loyalty


lie between Vancouver Island and mainland Canada – all rugged scenery and water sparkling in the sunshine, with the chance of a humpback or orca whale sighting – should have them feeling inspired. Pop the question up in the air, or extend the high by asking as soon as they touch back down to earth. The helicopter flight costs £228 plus tax, booked through wilderness retreat Painter’s Lodge. Travel 2 offers two nights at the lodge, bookended with three nights in Vancouver and two at the five-star Victoria Fairmont Empress, from £1,399 in May, including flights, car hire and ferry crossings. travel2.com


w IN YOUR PRIVATE SUITE The hardest thing about proposing on holiday is the surprise. If you’re hanging out by the pool all day with your other half, how can you sneak away to set the scene? The answer – get your butler to do it for you. Upgrade to a butler-service suite


at Sandals and they can make sure everything is set up to your satisfaction


ABOVE:


Butler service at Sandals


BELOW: Hot-air


ballooning, Sossusvlei, Namibia


without the other half being any the wiser. Engagement concierge Lina Daukantaite says: “Our team of professionally trained butlers can help deliver the perfect surprise proposal. Discreetly hiding the ring in a dessert or glass of champagne, and decorating the room with rose petals before guests come back from a day on the beach, is all part of the job description.” Book it: Seven nights at Sandals Royal Barbados in a Royal Seaside Crystal Lagoon One Bedroom Oceanview Butler Suite starts at £2,915, including a balcony with tranquillity tub, butler service, 24-hour room service,


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PICTURES: SHUTTERSTOCK; STEVE SANACORE


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