LONDON, February 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
With Valentine's Day fast approaching many romantics heading abroad this February are looking to find the perfect way to ask "will you marry me?"
For anyone planning to pop the question in the sunshine, Thomson has put together five of the best destinations to ask the all-important question.
Whether it's a classic romantic candle-lit dinner underneath the stars, a perfect beach to write "will you marry me?" in the sand or something more out of the ordinary, Thomson has something for all couples.
Jamaica - Message in the sand
The beautiful beaches of Jamaica provide the perfect canvas for the traditional "will you marry me?" written in the sand. The Riu Palace Tropical Bay is set on a beautiful beachfront in Negril which is perfect for a surprise proposal during a romantic evening stroll.
At the resort itself, couples will look forward to dining in any of the five restaurants, including a gourmet fusion eatery, an Italian trattoria and a Japanese à la carte and swim up bar, as well as all of the usual Thomson A la Carte privileges.
The real selling point of the hotel is the romantic location. It edges onto the white sands of a stunning Caribbean beach, and the whole property is surrounded by jungle-like greenery, giving a real air of privacy for a romantic break.
Thomson offers seven night couples holidays to Jamaica staying at the 5T Riu Palace Tropical Bay A la Carte on an all-inclusive basis from £1339 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on the 13 February 2013. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.
Sharm - Underwater
Dive into the warm Red Sea amongst the tropical fish and discover a magical world with unforgettable exotic sea-life and underwater scenery - the perfect setting for an unexpected proposal!
The intimate setting of the Iberotel Palace Couples Resort makes it an ideal romantic location, set on a sandy beach overlooking the Red Sea. In the evenings, there is the chance to dine in two restaurants. La Coupole serves an international buffet, while La Toscana offers intimate Italian a la carte meals.
To make the trip extra special, the Iberotel Palace can be combined with one of Thomson's seven night Nile cruises.
Thomson offers seven night couples holidays to Egypt staying at the Travelife Gold Awarded 4T+ Iberotel Palace Couples Resort on an all-inclusive basis from £763 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on the 13 February 2013. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.
Thomson offers seven night 5T Nile cruises on a full board basis from £635 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on the 13 February 2013. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.
Maldives - message in a bottle
A secluded island in the Indian Ocean sets the perfect scene for the perfect proposal - a proposal message hidden in a bottle buried in the sand would be hard to say no to!
Right on the beach and surrounded by greenery, Chaaya Island is a typical Maldivian paradise.
With traditional wooden huts dotted among beautiful gardens and white sands, this hotel really makes the most of the setting. The whole place looks out over a long stretch of private beach, only seconds from the Indian Ocean.
With that in mind, it's no surprise scuba diving tops the to-do list here. The hotel has its own dive centre, and there's also snorkelling on offer. Back on dry land, tennis and badminton keep guests active and entertained.
Thomson offers 14 night holidays to the Maldives staying at the 4T+ Chaaya Island Dhonveli, on an all-inclusive basis from £2051 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on the 10 February 2013. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.
Marrakech - In the dark
A highlight of the Caleche by night excursion is a trip on a horse-drawn carriage, traveling down Marrakech's main Mohammed V Avenue to Jemaa el-Fna. By day, Jemaa el-Fna is little more than a crowded square, but as night falls, it's easy to see why it's top of the 'must visit' list. Beneath a sky streaked with red and violet, the show begins to unfold. Snake charmers tease hypnotic moans from their flutes, storytellers sit cross-legged as crowds gather round and cooks' grills sizzle with tender strips of lamb. As night falls the ideal opportunity arises to pop the all-important question underneath the stars, just like in the movies!
The perfect end to a perfect night is a stroll around the perfectly manicured gardens of the Riu Tikida Plameraie. Laid with lawns, palms and hibiscus trees, and linked by stone-flagged footpaths, it couldn't be more romantic.
The Riu Tikida Plameraie Thomson Platinum Resort is in a peaceful location within easy reach of Marrakech. The hotel looks like a traditional desert village, with annexes sprinkled around beautiful gardens, the perfect Valentines oasis.
Thomson offers seven night holidays to Marrakech staying at the Thomson Platinum 4T+ ClubHotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie on an all-inclusive basis from £484 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on the 11 February 2013. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.
Sensatori Tenerife - Siam Park water wonderland
For the more adventurous and thrill-seeking lovebirds, the 'Tower of Power' in Siam Park, the most spectacular waterpark in Europe, is a great place to ask the all-important question. The 28 metre free-fall drop waterslide isn't necessarily very romantic (most people are terrified by it) but for the adrenaline junkies out there, it's a perfect way to celebrate. Or, if it doesn't go to plan, there's always the option of an almost vertical speedy getaway!
To make the trip super special, staying at the 5T+ Sensatori Tenerife Resort would be the icing on the cake. The resort is home to a 268 metre long lagoon like pool with infinity section, amazing spa and restaurants as well as zoned areas for families and adults. The world-class spa offers everything from traditional spa treatments with both indoor and outdoor treatments, to more cutting edge wellbeing activities, including a Floatarium - the perfect way to unwind after an adrenaline pumping day of waterpark fun.
There are plenty of opportunities to try something new at Sensatori Tenerife. As well as the usual sports and activities, there are more out-of-the-ordinary activities like sushi making, wine tasting and a state-of-the-art gym with personal trainers, which is a service offered free of charge.
Thomson offers seven night Sensatori holidays to Tenerife staying at the Travelife Gold Awarded 5T+ Sensatori Tenerife on a full-board basis, from £1054 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from London Gatwick on the 9 February 2013. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit thomson.co.uk.
Notes to Editors
Thomson, part of TUI UK & Ireland, is one of the UK's most well-known holiday brands, delivering unique and modern holiday experiences for its customers every year.
In 2013, 90% of hotels in the Thomson brochure will be exclusive to Thomson and these properties continue to be popular among our customers.
Flagship properties include; four Sensatori hotels in Crete, Tenerife, Mexico and Egypt with another planned to open in Turkey in 2013 - these hotels give customers a luxury holiday experience, featuring world class spas and gourmet dining; Thomson Couples resorts offering stylish hotels in beach front locations exclusively for adults with a real contemporary feel and Thomson Family Resorts which have been designed for families with younger children, featuring excellent kids clubs giving parents a care-free, relaxing holiday.
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