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Shenton Safaris

When you have been dating for almost nine years, its hard to slip something past your significant other, especially something as big as a proposal.

On a recent trip to the fabulously gorgeous White Pearl Resorts in Mozambique, I had the sneaky feeling that my boyfriend was up to something. When he suggested we go down to the bar for pre-dinner drinks at 5pm without having the customary shower first and when the hotel’s set time for pre-dinner drinks was 6pm, the suspicions crept in.

Although these suspicions were confirmed by a not-so-subtle call for reception asking to speak directly to him, I still pretended like I had no idea what he was up to. However I did expect that something had been set up by the poolside bar, so when we went down for our pre-dinner drinks to find nothing out of the ordinary, I was a little confused.

Our drinks were a bit quick, our golf-cart lift back to our room was a bit late, and everyone seemed very much on edge (including my boyfriend)! However, when we eventually got back to our room, White Pearl Resorts (and my boyfriend) had truly gone out of their way to provide a romantic setting for a proposal.

Bougainvillea (no there are no roses flowering off the coast of Mozambique) petals dotted the bed, bubbles filled the bath that overlooked the ocean and champagne and chocolate nibbles were set out for us to enjoy as music filled the air. A knee dropped to the floor, a ring was produced, a yes was said (of course!) and so began a magical engagement holiday in Mozambique! Oh and all this was followed by a surprise (yes I was really surprised) private dinner for two!

marry-me a-bath-with-a-view champagne engaged

While some people warn against popping the question while away from home, as it is difficult to get hold of family, dangerous to cart the ring around etc. etc. I completely disagree with them. Boys, if you want to do it right, pop the question on holiday (like my boyfriend, now fiancé did!) – the romance is set without you having to force the issue, people will go out of their way to help and you can just enjoy the time together, just the two of you, before the phone calls, visits and questions from well-meaning friends and parents start and you have to get back to the daily grind of work, home maintenance, emails and the like. This is a special moment – take the time to really enjoy it!

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Janine Avery

I am the first to confess that I have been bitten by the travel bug… badly. I am a lover of all things travel from basic tenting with creepy crawlies to lazing in luxury lodges; I will give it all a go. I am passionate about wildlife and conservation and come from a long line of biologists, researchers and botanists.