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With Valentine’s Day coming up, this article offers some inspiration on some imaginative ways to pop the question that are sure to sweep your partner off their feet, since the feelings of love are all around.

It’s important to remember that a proposal isn’t all about a fancy ring.  The true essence of a proposal is that of declaring to someone you want to spend the rest of your life with them – it shouldn’t be predicated on buying a fancy ring, however, rightly or wrongly, we have been conditioned to place a great deal of emphasis on the quality and size of the diamond that accompanies the proposal.

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The point is that your love, and the person you are, is enough… a proposal shouldn’t be just another commercialized gimmick; it’s an intention to get married in a union that lasts forever.  With that in mind, here’s some inspiration on ways to pop the question:

  1. Massage

Enjoy a pamper evening together, then set up a few candles and offer a romantic massage where you save the left hand for last – and as you massage that hand, slip the ring on her finger, and gently pop the question in this wonderfully understated yet deeply intimate way.

  1. Pet Proposal

If you have a pet together, you could place the ring on its collar – just be careful to plan this well, as you don’t want the engagement ring to end up lost in the garden.

  1.  Surprise Picnic

One of the best options is to pre-prepare a picnic setting in a beautiful natural environment such as the beach… drive there, and then ask her to put on a blindfold – lead her to the spot you have set up, where perhaps there is a tent with tons of blankets too… get down down on one knee and explain she can finally remove the blindfold.

  1.  Take a Surprise Trip

Similar to the surprise picnic, albeit a little more expensive and logistically challenging, is to take your partner away for a long weekend (ideally calling up their work and arranging time off without them knowing – so it really is a surprise).  If you’re heading to somewhere like the Bahamas, you might want to check out Courtyard Nassau Junkanoo Beach which has oceanfront rooms perfect for a romantic in-room breakfast.

  1.  Love Locks

Made famous by a variety of bridges around the world, though most notably in Paris, couples share a secret then attach a padlock to the bridge and throw the key in the river.  The engagement twist, is to go back to a place where you have done this together, yet this time there is an engagement ring on a padlock next to it (just remember, this time, to keep the key).

In summary, your proposal should be inventive and tailored to your partner and the nature of your relationship; whatever you choose to do just make sure it’s personal to the two of you.

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Dubai is becoming one of the most favorite holiday destination for people all over the world, but especially for affluent Westerners who want sun, sand, culture, and relaxation. Where you are planning a family holiday, a honeymoon or just a dream destination that you’ve been saving up for, Dubai knows no equal. Of course, it must compete with the attractions of similar, sunbathed cities, so there are many bars, clubs, restaurants and performance shows. But truthfully, the city was designed from the first brick that was layed, to be a getaway experience of pure luxury. No other place in the world comes close because here, you can eat a caviar breakfast, enjoy a back massage, go jet skiing, dine at a 5-star restaurant and enjoy a hand and face massage by the pool; all in one day. There are so many things on offer; it would be foolish to even try to list them. However, here’s a taste of what you may find to your liking.

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Facial massage

As part of the range of bespoke Dubai spas available to members, an intricate, supple and subduing 45-minute facial massage awaits those who want it. The Sofitel Dubai Hotel, offering nothing but the best in luxury and elegance, embellishes customers with an alluring 1-house Polynesian massage or an adventurous Bamboo Fusion massage for an hour and a half. The spa has an infinity pool with natural light coming from the lavender aroma candles. Immerse yourself totally in the experience with Ayurvedic healing practices and scientifically approved contemporary healing techniques. The journey isn’t complete until your body is expunged all off impurities by the steam and sauna rooms.

One for the ladies

Schedule an escape to the tranquil surrounds of the Desert Palm Hotel spa, where you’ll be pampered like a movie star with treatments in the state of the art Lime Spa. With a backdrop of exuberant green polo fields, you’ll be shown the true meaning of relaxation. The spa begins with your therapist discussing what you’d like. The most popular technique of breaking the ice is to have an innovating massage that seeks out knots, aches, and tension and looks to melt them away. Inspired by Swedish, Thai, Japanese and Balinese healing techniques, the masseuse is trained in deep penetrating massage strokes, as well as waking up your nerves and ligaments with the mysterious art of reflexology. If you want to truly soften up your limbs and joints, try the hot stone treatment, which increases blood flow to certain areas and demands the body’s immune system to rejuvenate.

Skin scrubs

At the 5-star establishment of Kempinski Hotel Ajman, awaits you skin enhancing treatment that you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Inspired by a fusion of cultures, from Thailand, Europe, and the Middle East, you’ll receive the Ajman Sunrise Ritual. The experience takes on a holistic approach to your well-being, and commencing with a 20-minute body scrub; your body will be infused with natural ingredients that purge toxins and give life to new skin cells. Next, you’ll be wrapped in green tea leaves for 90 minutes before another 40-minute treatment to brighten your skin and remove any marks, spots, cut, grazes and bruises.

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In an ideal world, the build up to your wedding day would be romantic, fun, and chilled. Who are we kidding? It’s fraught with last minute changes, late RSVPs, and a few financial worries thrown in for good measure. The last few weeks of wedding planning is anything but romantic, and you wouldn’t be the first bride to find yourself occasionally hoping for it all to be over, skipping straight over the wedding to the domestic bliss that lies waiting on the other side. The key to surviving the mayhem of wedding planning is a bit of preparation, delegation, and a whole lot of self-care. Don’t rip your hair out or give up just yet, give some of these things a go first.

Wedding Planner Book

It’s all about the lists

Any lover of lists will sing their praises to you until they’re blue in the face, but when you’re faced with such a huge task as wedding planning, with so many different things to consider, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start them before you even met the love of your life. When you keep lists, everything is on paper, rather than clogging up your mind. You can go to bed knowing you’ll never forget any crucial details because it’s all in your trusty list. Add to it as you go, feel the immense satisfaction of successfully completing a task, and sleep easy knowing you’ve got everything under control. Keep a little black book in your handbag, full of lists – and lists of lists – and you’ll feel like a whole new woman.

Take time for yourself

When it’s all go go go it’s so important to take some time for yourself, either with your girlfriends, or just completely alone. Wedding planning can become consuming, so taking time away, with an embargo on any wedding gossip, is essential. A date with the spa for some brilliant massage therapy might be in order, with a glass of cold wine waiting for you afterward. Being able to clear your mind, turn off your cell, and spend some time focusing on you is essential for staying sane.

Enjoy your fiancé’s company

The problem with wedding planning is that it can become the focus of your relationship, rather than a result of it. This can put an invisible wedge between you and your fiancé, which isn’t really what you need when you’ve got the stress of planning for the first day of the rest of your lives together. Make sure you spend some time enjoying each other’s company, refusing to talk about the wedding, and having fun. Don’t let romantic gestures fall by the wayside – the best thing to get you through the stress is reminding each other why you’re doing it.

Finally, don’t be scared to delegate

Chances are, you’ll have plenty of people around you who are willing to give you a helping hand. Your parents, your girlfriends, and your partner will all, likely, take some of the stress from you, but you have to let them. You might even want to consider having a day of coordinator, if not a wedding planner, at your disposal. Don’t shy away from delegating – you don’t have to be a bridezilla, but a second opinion on the flower arrangements, or someone else calling the caterer for the zillionth time today wouldn’t go amiss.

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A romantic getaway is a little bit different to any other require – it’s a time for the two of you to kick back and relax, but also to get closer, reacquaint yourselves with each other, and have a good giggle. For this reason alone, a romantic getaway needs to have a few luxurious elements that any other vacation might not require. Yes, it might cost a little bit more, but you both totally deserve it. If you’ve got a romantic getaway on the horizon, consider adding one or two of these elements for the ultimate couple’s relaxation vacation.

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Book the honeymoon suite

Even if it’s not your honeymoon, if you can afford it, why not? There is no other room in the hotel more geared towards romance and intimacy, so you might as well go for it. And if it’s been a few years since your honeymoon, why not relive it in style?

Travel in style

Traveling from the airport to your hotel, and even around the area in which you’re vacationing, can be quite stressful without car hire, particularly if you choose to travel by public transport. Why not, for a treat, hire a limo service to give you the luxury travel you deserve? You’ll never have to worry about getting from A to B, and you’ll feel like royalty.

Watch the sun rise and set

If you can deal with the early rise, seeing the sun rise over your island, the beach, or the city can be really stunning, and thoroughly romantic. If you’ve had a heavy night the night before, or you’re just not morning people, then the sunset also works. Lazing on the beach with a cocktail after a hard day of relaxation with the person you love is the ultimate unforgettable luxury.

Take a couple’s massage

We all need some of the stress of everyday life working out of our shoulders, and a day in the spa is by far the best way to feel pampered and relaxed. A couple’s massage is a great time to relax and bond together, while someone works out all the kinks and knots in your shoulders. Check out what treatments your spa offers, or look further afield at some of the other spas in the area. You both deserve it.

Seek out the romantic restaurants

A candlelit meal is the ultimate romantic experience, and a vacation is the best way to find a tucked away taverna with the best food on the island. Sharing a bottle of local wine and some delicious food is amazing, but when you add a touch of luxury you’ve got one of the most intimate and unforgettable experience, so make sure you do your research before you set off.

Keep a scrapbook

Keeping your memories safe after a lovely holiday is really important, and being able to look back on them fondly in years to come is amazing too. Keep the tickets and receipts for everything you do, everywhere you visit, and every romantic meal you share, and put them all into a scrapbook to look back on with fondness.

A romantic getaway only needs the two of you to be amazing, but when you add a touch of luxury, you can create something really special.

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to relax more, you’re probably finding that it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Life is busy, and it’s tricky trying to carve out a little time in the day to down tools and spend time on yourself. And even if you can do this, certain forms of relaxing can be expensive. We don’t always have free cash in the budget for spa days and massages. But there are ways to switch off and allow time for your body to relax and refresh, and they don’t have to make a dent in your purse.

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Swimming

Swimming is good for the mind and the body. It’s an effective form of exercise as it targets several different muscle groups. It helps improve heart rate and blood flow. It also has a calming effect. The moisture in the area makes it easier to focus on your breathing. The repeated rhythmic strokes and the sound of the water, help to calm and ease the mind. Research suggests that swimming has a similar relaxation response as yoga. For just a few quid you can enjoy a dip in the local pool and reap the benefits.

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Massage

Booking a professional massage can be expensive. For many people, it’s more of a treat than a regular occurrence. But there are other ways to get this experience without it costing a fortune. You can relax with a shiatsu massage by investing in a massage chair. There may be an initial cost, but this will diminish over time as you save money on seeing a professional.

Another way of achieving this is to swap massages with your partner. Light some scented candles, and bring a few calming aromatherapy oils for a calming and peaceful evening.

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Creative Pursuits

Indulging in creative hobbies is a great way to power down and focus your mind on something you enjoy. Knitting, sewing, adult colouring books, making jewellery, painting, etc. all require concentration. This is a form of mindfulness. It requires your attention to remain in the here and now and allows you to forget the stresses and strains of everyday life.

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Meditation

Meditation has the reputation of being elusive and only available to certain people. We often dismissive it as we feel it’s something we couldn’t possibly achieve. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Meditation is something that is available to everyone and can be completed anywhere. You don’t need any fancy equipment, just a few simple tried and tested techniques. Even ten minutes each day has surprising benefits to your mind and body, leaving you feeling calmer and refreshed.

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Listening To Audiobooks

Remember when you were a child and your parents read you a bedtime story? More often than not, you don’t recall the end as you feel asleep. There’s something soothing and peaceful about having someone read to you. And it’s something you can access quite easily as an adult. Some radio shows offer serialized book reading and the majority of libraries provide access to audio materials, completely free of charge. These can be downloaded to your phone or tablet, etc.

Relaxation is about finding something that works for you. What works for one person will be completely different for someone else. However, it is important to find this. In today’s busy world, relaxing is as important as exercise.

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