Visitors to Maui are often drawn to the south and west sides of the island, and often for good reason, considering that these beachy cities boast the lion’s share of condos and resorts. What few newcomers realize, however, is that Maui is also home to a smattering of small gems with huge hearts—and positively riveting histories.
Popping the question can be one of the most nerve-racking moments in anyone's life. However, with a little help from the elements, your proposal can come off without a hitch. From the perfect sunset to the best meal on Maui, these top 10 spots will make your heart skip a beat!
Makena Cove, also known by some as Secret Beach, is one of the most breathtaking locations to pop the question. The golden sand shimmers in stark contrast to the jet black lava rocks that surround the cove. The morning sun shining on the ocean creates the most spectacular aqua water, which never hurts the romantic backdrop. And the sunsets are all-time, splashing a rainbow of vibrant colors as the sun sinks dreamily down.
*Tips: The cove is usually better in the morning, and the winds are almost always minimal. in the afternoons and evenings, the winds can pick up.. Also, make sure you have a fairly clear idea how to get to the cove, as its entrance is rather hidden in a rock wall.
At the top of this magnificent 10,023 foot crater is one of the most dazzling views of Maui. The crater itself has a moon like landscape, which adds to the otherworldly experience. Whether you decide to pop the question as the sun rises or sets, there is no doubt that this proposal will be talked about for years to come!
*Tips: If you decide to go for the sunrise proposal, be well prepared! Depending on where you're staying on Maui, you'll have an early morning drive ahead of you if you want to get to the top by sunset. Also, the temperature is pretty cold (sometimes below zero!), the drive is pretty windy and you will definitely have an audience for the proposal. If you bring coffee, blankets, don't mind the crowd and your partner doesn't get car sick, this spot is perfect for your proposal! If this doesn't sound like your cup of tea, then the sunset slot would probably work better, as the drive is easier after having been awake for a while and there are fewer people around.
Poli Poli Sunset
Nature lovers unite at Poli Poli, where the sunset is exceptionally gorgeous and the crowds are minimal. The Poli Poli forest sustained a pretty big fire in 2006, but the regrowth actually gives you a better view of the setting sun! If you get there a little before sunset, the clouds will put on a show for you. From the misty cloud tendrils that weave around the pines to the burst of vibrant blue sky when the puffy white clouds part, this location is perfect for tree huggers!
*Tips: This location is 6,800 feet above sea level and is usually quite chilly (or downright cold at times). And the rain can come in surprise spurts, even when its crystal clear in the valley below. Thankfully, these showers usually add a few stunning rainbows to the mix, so no one seems to complain! If you want to grab some picnic treats, stop off at the Kula Marketplace for some culinary delights.
For many people, amazing food is a direct line to their heart. And if your partner is a foodie, there is only one place to pop the question. Maui Chef's Table is an award-winning experience, from the daily changing 7-course dinner to the entertaining in-person preparation. Their outdoor dining courtyard is nestled amongst the trees, with peek-a-boo views of the West Maui Mountains, the sparkling lagoon and the lush tropical vegetation that surrounds the Maui Tropical Plantation. And that's just the location! The executive chef of The Mill House Restaurant will explain and prepare each meal in front of this intimate group of diners, each dish brimming with dynamic flavor and fresh ingredients. With an in-house charcuterie, a "fresh ingredient only" bar and a homemade sourdough that will make you weep with joy, your partner will be in culinary heaven. Word to the wise, make sure to pop the question in between courses, as this food tends to take attention away from everything else.
*Tips: Make a reservation early, as this hot spot always ends up selling out. You can even talk to the staff about arranging something to come out with a course, or with one of their beautiful cocktails. Their staff is ever accommodating and will make sure this is a night that you both will never forget. The evenings can get a little chilly in the winter months, so make sure to bring something warm.
One of the most romantic places on Maui isn't actually on the island at all. Sailing the turquoise waters in a sleek yacht with the one you love as the sun starts to set will set you up for the perfect proposal. While Captain Mike expertly sails wherever you choose, make sure to keep a look out for the whales, dolphins and turtles that frequently show off. You can even have a meal prepared for you in their galley. And you won't have to worry about crowds or finding the right spot to propose, because the boat is all yours.
*Tips: The wind in the winter months tend to pick up, so you might want to check ahead of time with the captain to chart the best course possible. And make sure that your partner doesn't get sea sick, as no one wants to pop the question to a partner that has their head hanging overboard!
This exquisite beach is straight out of a Hollywood movie. Known as one of the finest beaches on Maui, there is no shortage of places to propose. And because of the lava outcroppings, this beach is pretty well protected from the Maui winds. From the golden sand to the palm tree-lined outskirts, Kapalua Bay was made for proposals!
*Tips: Make a day of it and bring your swimsuits, snorkel gear and a picnic. There is also a beach activities desk, which offers a variety of ocean recreation equipment. This beach is a great place to spend the whole day, and you can pick the perfect moment to pop the question!
Hana has thousands of spots along the way that would make for a lovely proposal. But the black sand beach at Waianapanapa is one of the most striking spots to pop the question. The vivid colors make this remarkable location picture perfect, from the aqua waves that roll onto the black sand beaches to the bright green palm trees swaying in the tropical breeze. There are a few well-marked trails if you feel like exploring a bit. No matter where you end up, it'll be a beautiful place to propose!
*Tips: Be prepared to propose in front of quite a few people. This gorgeous spot hasn't been kept a secret and the visitors come in droves. Also, this isn't an easy swimming hole, so you might want to pack a picnic and some hiking shoes instead of your swimsuit.
La Perouse Bay
This bay is definitely more of a sturdy shoe location because of the charcoal black lava and white coral that make up the shoreline. The King's Trail begins at the parking lot and winds around a few secluded coves have a plethora of tropical fish, which make for great snorkeling. And you'll get to see the historical remains of the Hawaiian settlements, carefully protected by lava walls. A little history and a lot of beauty makes this location practically perfect!
*Tips: Again, do not attempt this hike with anything less than sturdy shoes! The razor-sharp rocks can quickly turn any romantic moment into a bloody mess. The park closes around sunset, which is good since its rumored that restless Hawaiian spirits come out looking for trouble. And the gods will curse you with bad luck if you take any rocks from the park, so make sure the only rock you're taking home is the one on the ring!
The hardest part about this location is picking from the many impeccable proposal sites. From the perfectly staged garden gazebo to the tropical gardens with Waikapu Valley in the background. Maui Tropical Plantation can end up being more than just a proposal location. You can go ziplining or on a tram ride to tour the property and learn about the history. You can shop in the local shops, looking for the perfectly handmade soap or tropical painting to bring home. And when the time is right, you can pop the question. To celebrate, you can head over to the Mill House Restaurant bar, which is a photo opportunity in itself. There, you can cheers to the beginning of the rest of your life!
*Tips: Make sure to give yourself enough time to explore the property. You can even arrange something with the staff at the Maui Tropical Plantation if you want to make your proposal extra special!
End of Pipiwai Trail
This park welcomes more than one million visitors each year, and for good reason. This manageable 1.8 mile trail winds around many spectacular waterfalls and streams, with the lush Hana greenery rainforest framing the hike. Just as you get used to it, the foliage changes drastically and you'll find yourself in the midst of a dense bamboo forest with the sound of the crashing waterfalls in the background. Stunning from beginning to end, this hike it the perfect build up for the end of the trail. Waimoku Falls is at the end of the Pipiwai Trail, and it is truly magnificent. This 400 foot waterfall courses through the trees and the bottom of the waterfall makes for a once-in-a-lifetime proposal!
*Tips: The trickiest part of the hike is right before the waterfall. You'll need to cross a stream, and will most likely need to get your shoes wet in the process. Make sure to go slow and steady, as no one wants to take a nasty fall on the slippery rocks. Also, this is not a swimming location. You don't even want to stand under the waterfall, as debris does come down with the water. And don't expect to be alone by any means! This very popular location come with the price of many visitors, so be prepared to make your proposal a spectator sport!
With these 10 perfect location to pop the question, all you need now is the right person to ask! Maui was made for lovers, and this island will take your proposal to the next level of romance!
Your wedding is one of the most important events you'll ever plan, and the pressure to make it perfect is understandable.
When you choose to have your wedding at the Maui Tropical Plantation, you don't have to worry about a thing. We handle everything, from the small details to the bigger issues, so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy your day!
If you're planning an intimate ceremony, the prized Garden Gazebo is the perfect backdrop for your wedding. With the lagoon sparkling in the background, this stunning location has been home to many breathtaking wedding pictures! This location can seat up to 100 guests.
If your wedding party exceeds 100 people, there are plenty of other picture perfect locations on the property. From tucked away little garden coves to lavish ceremony set-ups, our coordinators will create a ceremony that will take your breath away.
If your guest list is anywhere from 10-100 people, your private party is welcome to dine in the gazebo area. From champagne to a customized menu that will blow the socks off your guests, this reception will exceed your every dream!
Maui is so lusciously green because of our sometimes surprise rain showers. If you don't want to worry about the weather but would still like to enjoy the lush landscape, one of our luxury tents is the perfect set up for you. Seating 200 or more guests, your celebration will be set no matter what the weather holds. Customize your banquet menu to suit your celebration needs, matching the artistic flair of executive Chef Jeff Scheer with your preferences. As you gaze out at the splendid view of the Waikapu Valley and rolling hills, you'll realize there is no better place to have a reception.
If you're looking for a classic reception, this banquet hall has it all. With windows wrapping around the room, the view of the tropical gardens makes this reception dreamy. Your party can range anywhere from 50-200+ guests and you will get exclusive use of the banquet room for up to 4 hours.
Surrounded by plumeria trees and birds of paradise, your floral budget will be next to nothing on the lavish lagoon terrace or central lawn. With the full service wedding planning that will coordinate and customize every detail for your wedding in paradise. This location works well with 50-200+ guests.
If you're looking for a once-in-a-lifetime event, the breathtaking Mill House Restaurant will take your breath away. From the hand-carved stone floor to the million dollar view from the open air patio, this location was built to impress. Using the freshest, just-picked ingredients and the highest quality local produce, your meal may end up being the highlight of everyone's evening! The lighting is dreamily romantic, the location is jaw-dropping and the customized menu will take your guests on a culinary adventure. This location can seat up to 200 guests.
With a reception at the popular Chef's Table, you'll end up getting entertainment in addition to the mouth-watering 7 courses that are served. Chef Jeff Scheer, the executive chef of the Mill House Restaurant, has created a 5-star event that is taking the island by storm. This intimate experience starts with the open air kitchen and dining room, designed to invite each guest into the kitchen as the chef prepares each of the 7 courses. Every dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients and plated in the most deliciously artistic fashion. You can also choose to pair your culinary journey with a few of their cocktails, each made the freshest ingredients like plumeria flower syrup and surinam cherry jam. If you're looking for more than just a dinner reception, this option will exceed your every expectation! This cozy location is for a guest list that doesn't exceed 38 people.
Planning on inviting everyone you've ever met? The "Field of Dreams" is meant for parties with a minimum guest count of 300 people, and can handle upwards of 5,000 people. A wedding this big may feel overwhelming to you, but our experts at the Maui Tropical Plantation are used to planning high-profile events for large parties. And our ability to make every guest feel personally taken care of is just one of the many magic tricks we have up our sleeve. Your reception will still include all the artistic flair from the customized menu, the intimacy of celebrating your wedding and a seriously good time for everyone invited! Get ready to make all your dream come true!
All photography was either taken by Mill House staff, from owners that have given us written permission, and/or purchased for use. We have all the rights necessary to use these images on our website.
There is nothing like a perfect Maui sunset, breaching whales and the one you love to make this February like a fairytale. If you need a nudge in the right direction, here are a few ideas for every type of romantic!
Written by guest blogger Brita Corradini
Tarzan and Jane
If your perfect day includes swinging from a few trees and living on the wild side, Maui has the perfect playground for you and your partner!
*Zipline Tour: With side-by-side zip lines, you can share your adrenaline rush with your sweetheart while soaring over lush rainforests, with views of the West Maui Mountains. Set in a stunning tropical plantation, this zipline adventure is perfect for thrill seekers!
*Hana: If your partner's idea of romance is an epic hike and cascading waterfalls, Hana is your nirvana. From beginner hikes to expert excursions, there is something there for everyone. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine, and let the balmy breezes do the rest.
*Nuka: The freshest fish, the coziest atmosphere and the wildest creations makes Nuka the perfect place to wow your Valentine's date. With choices like the 69 roll (California roll with unagi, eel sauce and topiko caviar), romance is unavoidable!
There is nothing quite as romantic as the perfect sunset, especially when it's setting over the aqua waters of Maui. The tequila will cost you, but the sunset is always free!
*Whale Watching Dinner Cruise: Sailing on one of Maui's newest and sleekest catamarans, your Valentine's Day can only go from good to great. As the sun slowly sets, the whales will entertain you with a few flips and tail slaps. With a cocktail in hand and your partner at your side, this may be one of the most romanic nights of your life. Dining on a 3-course meal while tucked away in a protected cove, this dinner cruise is all about love!
*Haleakala: There is nothing quite like watching the sun set from the peak of a 10,023 foot crater. With views from mountain to ocean, this sky painting will take your breath away. You'll feel like you're standing on top of the world, which is a very nice place to be with the one you love.
*Kaanapali Beach: Sometimes there is nothing better than posting up on a blanket and watching the day drowsily take its last breath, sending flames of color through the sky. Sneak a few glasses of champagne, and cheers to a beautiful day with a very special person.
The way to most people's hearts is through their stomach, especially when its one of the most mouth-watering meals you've ever had! And when the restaurant is set in one of the most stunning location on the island, romance is a piece of homemade pie!
*Mill House Restaurant: I want to warn you that this meal may end up being the best part of your night. If the person sitting across from you is prone to jealousy, you might hide your overwhelming delight as each delectable dish is served. The menu is constantly changing to accommodate the local produce and the seasons, which makes every night special. Dishes like the hand-cut pasta with a pork ragù, gremolata and a thyme curd makes this meal a culinary adventure. And make sure to save room for dessert, like their chocolate pot de crème with a balsamic reduction, strawberry coulis and almond brittle. This meal is heaven on a plate!
*Shopping: If you happen to get to the Mill House early and feel like treating your special someone to a gift, you've come to the mecca of local goods! From handmade coconut lemongrass or jasmine soaps to handblown glass, you're sure to find the perfect gift for your sweetie!
*Tram Ride: The Maui Tropical Plantation is brimming with luscious greenery and history. If you'd like to take a peek at both, make sure to hop aboard the Plantation Tram Ride. The couples that play together, stay together!
No one knows how to pamper you like the hotels in Maui. From first-class room service to morning yoga on the beach, your every wish is their command. Let them take care of the details so you can concentrate on your Valentine's date!
*Maui's Best Massage: If you're finding it hard to leave the comforts and luxury of your hotel room, Maui's Best Massage is about to become your new best friend. Known as Maui's best "outcall" service provider, they make relaxing as easy as making a call. You can each pick your own massage style, from relaxation to lomi lomi, and we guarantee you will be on cloud 9 by the end! Romance and relaxation were meant for each other.
*Couples Spa Day: If you'd prefer to get out of your room to relax, most hotels have great spas. If you're looking for an exceptional spa, the Andaz has managed to create the perfect Valentine's atmosphere. From the private comfort of your couples suite, your relaxation options are endless. You can meet with an apothecary to blend and create customized personal products or take a tip in the tranquility pool. No matter how you choose to be pampered, Valentine's Day is the perfect day to treat the one you love!
*Exclusive Black Rock Barefoot Bliss Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner: When they say exclusive, they mean it. One couple will get a chance to spend the night in the Deluxe Ocean Front Suite at the Sheraton Maui Resort, with their 5-course chef's specialty dinner served by a private butler. With a perfect view of the sunset, this private poolside table has romance written all over it. After dinner, the couple will be able to enjoy a bottle of Veuve Cliquot Rose, chocolate covered strawberries, gourmet desserts and scattered rose petals from the comfort of their stunning suite. If this is a little too romantic for you, the Sheraton Spa offers to serve a 4-course dinner on their guest lanai, with a bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial, scattered rose petals and a long stem red rose. Everyone wins at love with this kind of service!
Now that we've plied you with all things romantic, you have everything you need to make this February 14th the dreamiest day of the year!
All photography was either taken by Mill House staff, from owners that have given us written permission, and/or purchased for use. We have all the rights necessary to use these images on our website.
Maui is definitely for lovers, and this list is your guide to all things romantic! From the perfect cocktail to a picture worthy sunset, paradise has never been so dreamy. These romantic Maui activities are guaranteed to make your exotic vacation a perfect 10!
If you've come to Maui for romantic reasons, you'll want to steer clear from kitchen duty. We promise, nothing about this night will remind you of home chores! Executive Chef Jeff Scheer creates a unique menu each week, making sure to center it around seasonal and local produce. His dishes continually surprise even the biggest foodies, and the artist angle of the plates make each dish picture worthy. These 7 course will make your mouth water and complete your vacation in paradise! And you'll get to watch his team in action from their open air kitchen while they prepare your meal. Feel free to ask questions, and watch the master in action! Make a reservation today at Maui Chef's Table today before they sell out!
There is a bar at every corner in Maui, but cocktail hour in paradise should be memorable. The Mill House Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail made with fresh juices and local produce. If you need a little convincing, let the cocktails sell you! The Golden Elixir: Pau Vodka, Lemon Grass, Turmeric Root, Mint, Fresh Maui Coconut Water, Citrus and Cold-pressed Sugar Cane. Frangipani: Hendricks Gin, Plumeria Syrup, Egg White, Lime, Campari. Irish Coffee: Cold Brew 100% Maui Coffee, Tullamore Dew, Hand Whipped Cream, Vanilla Bean. These are just a few of the many artisan cocktails available at the Mill House Bar. This bar is worth spending more than one afternoon in!
Most would agree that a private yacht is high on the list of romantic. Captain Mike will take you and your loved one on a perfectly romantic ride. From whale watching to private snorkeling coves, your agenda is his command. No need to worry about bringing your gear or food, as great cocktails and snorkel gear is provided. This charter is about making your day as magical as possible, which isn't hard when you're sailing in paradise!
Would you love a massage, but don't feel like leaving the comforts of your room? Maui's Best Massage is about to make all your dreams come true. They are the best massage outcall service provider on the island, and will bring all their equipment to you. They are happy to accommodate any requests for a couples massage, with each person picking the massage that best suits their needs. Maui is so much more romantic once you've had all those knots unkinked!
Luxury has a location and it's called the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea. Everywhere you turn, your breath will be taken away with the attention to detail and pristine beauty. Nestled in the white sand beach, this 5-star hotel is known for impeccable service and home to the biggest resort suites on the island. Book a day at the Missoni Cabana, where you can spend the day lazing by the ever-popular Serenity Pool. Is breakfast in bed your cup of tea? Pamper yourself with a mouth-watering breakfast in bed while you gaze out at the aqua waters lapping the beach. Romance is easy to find in such a stunning location!
Some of the most romantic places aren't on a map or in a guidebook. This is one of the best places to watch the sunset, but there aren't any direct signs to this location. If you drive right past the Ali'i Lavendar Farm, you'll see an asphalt switchback road. Park anywhere along the side of the road and you'll see grassy spots to picnic off to the side. This sunset is worth the trek! Make sure to bring a warm blanket and cozy up together, as the evening air is pretty cool once the sun starts to set.
Take a moment and imagine yourself sitting in a classic 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Convertible, cruising down Hana highway as the sunset paints the sky a rainbow hue. This scene is taken straight from every Hollywood rom-com, and it can be your next tropical experience! Take this two-seater anywhere your heart desires, and romance is sure to follow! You can rent on of these sexy convertibles for the day, or even for your entire vacation. These cars have a way of making you look fantastically photogenic, so make sure to snap a few pictures with you in the car!
If you'd like to see Maui from a new vantage point, why not fly? Parasailing is one of the most exciting ways to see the Lahaina and Kaanapali coastlines. You can even choose your flying height. For those that want to keep a little closer to the boat, the 800 tour is for you, which is about 38 stories above off the water. If you're a daredevil sort of couple, try the 1200 tour. This adrenaline rush is about 50 stories above the water! There is nothing quite as thrilling as flying about the ocean with the one you love! You can take your camera up with you if you've got steady hands, or hand it over to someone so they can get a few pictures of you flying high! No matter what, you will be having a blast making these Maui memories.