You’ve been a fantastically successful pop star, sold over 40 million records, have your own TV show and claimed to have romanced thousands of women, and now you’re finally going to ask the one woman you’ve really loved to be your first wife. Where do you pop the Big Question?
Why, Belize, of course.
Gene Simmons could have picked any spot on the planet to ask Shannon Tweed, his long-time girlfriend and mother of his two children to finally tie the knot. After all, he had 28 years to think about it and can obviously afford to go to the most exotic, romantic locale he could imagine for such a life changing event, but it was in Belize that Mr Simmons dropped down on one knee and asked Shannon to become Mrs Simmons.
For Bryony Fleming-Bradley, Chaa Creek’s Wedding Coordinator, there is nothing unusual at all in the KISS frontman’s decision.
“When you see so many people fall in love, get married, and honeymoon here in Belize, you realise that there is something special about this place. Maybe it’s the spectacular colours of all the native flowers, the clear blue skies, sparkling water, the beautiful birds or the fresh sea breezes and delicious rainforest scents… whatever it is, there’s definitely romance in the air in Belize.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve watched couples arrive here at Chaa Creek stressed out from work, worrying if they’ve packed everything, turned the lights off at home and everything else. And then we see them the next day walking through the gardens holding hands and laughing without a care in the world.
“And after a swim, a couple’s massage at our Hilltop Spa and maybe a margarita or two before a romantic candlelit dinner, you can almost see this glow around them.
“So yes, Gene Simmons isn’t the first person to propose here in Belize, and he certainly won’t be the last. I’m sure a day doesn’t go by in Belize without someone falling in love…”
Three million people watched Simmons pop the question during the July 26 season finale of the Gene Simmons Family Jewels reality television show. Kneeling on a typical Belizean dock overlooking the Caribbean with palms swaying in the background, he told Tweed he couldn’t live without her, then dropped to his knee and asked, “Will you marry me?”
His fiancé began to cry, but, in a cliff-hanger guaranteed to boost ratings even further, did not answer.
The Simmons family recently toured Belize as part of their series, billed the “longest running celebrity family show on TV”. They travelled throughout the country and visited Maya temples and archaeology sites, about which Simmons tweeted,” Those temples were amazing. Amazing what human beings can accomplish”
They also spent time on Ambergris Caye and the Belize Barrier Reef where Simmons (aka “The Demon” in KISS and a confirmed land lover) marvelled at Lighthouse Reef and the Blue Hole, tweeting,” I hate boats,” and then, “For all of my bitching, the Blue Hole was pretty amazing”.
With Reese Witherspoon having recently enjoyed a honeymoon in Belize, the beautiful little country seems to be attracting more and more celebrities who enjoy the laid back lifestyle and stunning rainforests and Caribbean islands and seacoast. But Ms Fleming-Bradley pointed out that Belize is not just for the rich and famous.
“At Chaa Creek we offer all-inclusive wedding and honeymoon packages that are amazingly affordable, especially when you consider that everything is included and all you need to think about is each other. When there’s no stress or hassles, it’s amazing how love seems just seems to bloom.
Viewers will have to wait until The Gene Simmons Family Jewels airs again September 6 to hear Shannon’s answer.
“If he’s hoping for a ‘yes’, he better make sure she answers here in Belize,” Ms Fleming-Bradley laughed.