They say money can’t buy you love. But it can buy you a romantic getaway, and if you’re planning to propose to your beloved on a last-minute Valentine’s Day break, new research by the travel money specialists No1 Currency reveals the best value romantic destinations to do so.
If you’ve been inspired by the BBC’s sumptuously romantic TV adaptation of War & Peace, the icy delights of St Petersburg offer the best value. The weak Rouble means return flights for two people and three nights in a four-star hotel in Russia’s most romantic city now cost just £521.70. If you opt to pop the question at the Winter Palace, former home of the Czars, two tickets cost barely a fiver. Here’s hoping your proposal ends better than it did for the Romanovs.
At the other end of the scale is the bank-busting cost of proposing in the island paradise of the Maldives – with comparable travel and accommodation costs weighing in at four times the cost at almost £2,100. On the plus side, access to the pearly white beaches on the luxury atoll of Bandos is free to guests.
Charles Bridge in Prague offers an affordable but enchanting option. Access to the Medieval landmark is free, and travel to the Czech capital plus three nights in a four-star hotel will set you back a manageable £535.39.
If you want to push the boat out a little further and propose on water, then a trip to magical Venice – aptly known as the bride of the sea – may be just what you need. For the quintessential Venetian experience, a gondola ride on the Grand Canal at sunset could be the perfect setting, and should guarantee a yes. Costing only £773.51 for two people, this is definitely good value for money, especially if someone comes away with a ring on their finger.
But if it’s a Sleepless in Seattle finale you’re after, your purse is likely to feel the squeeze. Hitting New York City to propose on the Empire State Building’s 86th floor will mean shelling out £1,251.32 on flights, hotel costs and admission to the Big Apple’s famous tourist attraction. Meanwhile Europe’s original City of Love, Paris, might be a more economical choice, where the Eiffel Tower and a Parisian Hotel is guaranteed to melt hearts for a slimmer £762.40.
The table below shows the cost of return flights and three nights’ accommodation in a four-star hotel, as well as admission for two to the tourist attraction:
Simon Phillips, Retail Director at No1 Currency, comments: “Popping the question can come at a cost. The biggest expense may be the ring, but the romantics among us will always be tempted to travel somewhere exotic to get down on bended knee.
“Russia isn’t exactly warm at this time of year, but the Pound’s favourable exchange rate with the Rouble makes St Petersburg a red hot choice for romantics hoping for heart flutters rather than palpitations.
“However the Pound has weakened against both the US Dollar and the Euro since the start of the year, making traditional romantic getaway destinations like New York, Paris and Venice more expensive.
‘’For those who can afford to spend a little more, Australia may be a wise choice – especially since the Australian Dollar has weakened considerably against Sterling in the last two years. Though the initial cost of travelling Down Under may be high, once you’re out there the Pound in your pocket will travel even further.’’