All the single ladies’

Well, not exactly single but 29 February is all about making things oh-so official!


Is the P word (proposal) still hanging in the air? Have you both decided to tie the knot but not actually formalised it? Or has he not quite managed to get down on one knee and present you with a dazzling diamond, yet? Well, fear not, it’s time to take things into your own hands! 29 February is the day that women can traditionally propose to their men (as it’s a leap year and only happens once every 1461 days). So what are you waiting for? We’ve whittled down our favourite ways to say Will You? to the man of your dreams. Good luck!


1. Wild About You
Whisk him away on safari and make him your Tarzan as you ask for his hand in marriage surrounded by the awesome African plains, home to majestic wild beasts including the elusive Big Five. Africa Odyssey offers safari packages across Kenya, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa; then book in for some serious seclusion (with a lot of luxury!) at the Selous Safari Camp in Tanzania.

2. Sports Star
What man wouldn’t say ‘Yes!’ to a world-class sporting event? In Dubai! Wow him with tickets to the PGA Dubai Desert (6-12 Feb) or Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship (27 Feb – 3 March), then celebrate your winning proposal in the uber-luxe One & Only Royal Mirage.

3. Ancient Romance
Speak to his inner Indiana Jones and pop the question perusing the historic sites of Egypt and Jordan: wow him with the mighty pyramids and tell him he’s the wonder of your world. Wannabe archeologists and history buffs will fall for the Ancient Encounters tour with Encounters Travel.

4. Northern Soul
The fairytale Augill Castle in Cumbria is launching a romantic Proposal Package for fair maidens keen to bag their Prince Charming. With chilled champagne, fresh flowers, breakfast in bed and candlelit baths at your disposal, it’ll be the most romantic moment of both of your lives. Room from £160; Proposal Package treats charged individually.

5. Love Story
There’s no better way to celebrate your engagement than with a free stay in a gorgeous Cornish hotel – which is exactly what St Moritz Hotel is offering with their Take The Leap special offer. Ladies who make their men husbands-to-be on the night of 29 Feb will be refunded the price of their room! The hotel will then organise a celebratory party for you and any other couples who commit to taking the plunge. Prices from £199; contact daniele@excess-energy.co.uk or tom@excess-energy.co.uk.

6. Setting the scene
The bonnie banks of Scotland’s beautiful Loch Lomond have to be one of the most wildly romantic backdrops for the ultimate highland fling. The Will You Marry Me package at the glorious Cameron House begins with a champagne manicure (you) and barbershop shave (him), before wonderful butler George will help you discreetly arrange to ask Will You?, whether that’s in the rooftop hot tub, deep in the watercolour-esque grounds, or as you sail onto the loch at sunset. Celebrate in decadent style with mouthwatering local beef or catch-of-the-day lobster and an endless list of sparkling champagnes and smooth reds at The Cameron Grill. He’ll be putty in your hands. And he’ll be even happier once he knows you get 29% off your wedding venue hire if he says He Will on the night. Prices from £309 per night. Tailor your romantic break by emailing George at george.telford@cameronhouse.co.uk.


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