When we planned our family vacation to Maui, we brought along my sister (and babysitter extraordinaire) so that in addition to the fun family attractions Maui had to offer, we could also enjoy some of the island’s romance as well.
James planned a sunset date night for us at Marriott Resort and Spa at Wailea Beach that truly was the ultimate romantic dinner experience.
When we arrived we were taken via golf cart to our table. While we drove up to our reserved table we could see a secluded table for two, oceanside over looking the gorgeous Wailea Beach…
Wait. What? This was for us?
Even James, who made the reservation couldn’t believe it. Not another table in sight. This was all ours!!
Passers by looked on from a distance as we were seated, prepared with cameras in hand. What were they waiting for? I felt like Brad and Angelina.
Later, we heard a group of teenagers ask our server “Did she say yes??” – They had apparently seen him setting up the table earlier and thought we were getting engaged! We turned around and told them, that I had… but about 7 years ago.
I could totally understand why they had assumed we were getting engaged. The set up and experience would make for the ultimate Maui engagement or honeymoon dinner.
The dinner from start to finish was a first class dining experience.
The custom menu that James had chosen for us was at each of our place setting. The menu listed a parade of food that was all delicious (not to mention extremely filling!).
The lobster mac and cheese was heaven and it only got better from there.
Our server for the night was the sweetest man ever. He stood off to the side throughout the meal, as not to interrupt us but let us know he was there for anything we may need.
Our fist need was of course photos to capture this breathtaking moment. He graciously offered to take the zillion and one pictures we wanted to take, even giving us some tips on where to stand for the best shots of sunset, etc.
These photos are not photoshopped in any way, my friends. No filter. The view was just amazing.
The private cabana-style dining is offered beachside (as we did) or pool side. The beach was definitely more our style, but the pool cabanas were beautiful as well. The pool at this Marriott resort is GORGEOUS.
photo credit: wailearesortdining.com
The cost of this dining under the stars experience, can be *pricey but truly worth every penny if you are looking to “popping the big question” … or like us, fall in love all over again.
*Tip: It pays to be loyal. Loyalty programs offered by credit cards, hotels and airlines can really pay off if you rack up points through the year.
For us, this dining experience was a “splurge” with our American Express points.