This Iceland hotel is looking to make a vacation bundled up with a loved one even more romantic than it already sounds.
The Hotel Ranga, which sits just over an hour outside Reykjavik and away from the light pollution of the city, is offering women a free one-night stay if they propose to their partners on Leap Day on Feb. 29.
The hotel’s in-house wedding coordinator will help women plan to “Take the Leap,” which can be in a nature setting underneath a crystallized waterfall or something as elaborate as arriving at the hotel via helicopter.
After, celebrate with a complimentary breakfast, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of Champagne before making your way to the hotel’s star-gazing observatory — which can fit up to 30 people and contains a pair of 11-inch computerized telescopes — to hear love stories from Greek mythology.
"Iceland in general is a big champion of women, and we love that Leap Year has this tradition where it's good luck for ladies to propose marriage on this day,” Eyrún Aníta Gylfadóttir, the hotel’s marketing manager, told Travel + Leisure. “We wanted to empower women to have the courage to take the lead not only on Leap Day, but every day, and celebrate them for it! Plus, we're located in an especially beautiful location and are a romantic choice for couples looking to pop the question, celebrate a special occasion and enjoy an adventurous getaway."
And after they say "yes," toast your new engagement with a romantic dinner of Icelandic specialties like creamy lobster soup with herb-infused whipped cream and fillet of lamb with cauliflower purée. And when the sky gets really dark, go for a dip in one of the hotel’s three onsite hot tubs filled with heated geothermal water where you can relax while trying to catch a glimpse of the spectacular Northern Lights as well as the constellations that decorate the night sky.
The hotel was first built in 1999 and has 52 different rooms and suites, including several around-the-world-themed rooms (think Antarctica, Africa and Asia). It’s secluded location away from the city makes it the perfect jumping off point for visitors to take in an iconic Icelandic horse ride or up the adrenaline with a buggy drive on a black sand beach.
Women who want to book this proposal should email the Hotel Ranga at email@example.com. The offer is subject to availability.