Maui: Perfect For Lovers

Maui's beaches, scenery, hotels and nightlife have made it a favorite destination for honeymooners and other couples in love.

Lovebirds who stay at the Westin Maui get an added bonus -- the ministrations of Patty Carter, the hotel's director of romance. "We can arrange everything from a wedding ceremony in our Wedding Gazebo to a romantic champagne picnic in a secluded spot," Carter said.

For couples who enjoy the spotlight, Carter recommends tickets to the hotel luau, where the master of ceremonies will introduce them and present them with flower leis. For those who crave privacy, she suggests a romantic dinner on a quiet cove near a waterfall.

"For activity-oriented lovebirds, we can set up a snorkeling expedition just for two, complete with a delicious picnic lunch prepared by our chef," said Carter.

"Many couples like taking the champagne cruises and snorkeling sails operated by the Westin Maui's own boat, the Gemini. Honeymooners who enjoy the water can also go into the old whaling town of Lahaina, where they can take the Navatek or Trilogy to nearby places like Molokai; the Molokini Caves, where they can snorkel or dive, and Lanai, which is great for honeymooners because it's a smaller, less populated island with great beaches," said Carter.

Another one of Carter's romantic suggestions includes a helicopter trip to towering Haleakala for a picnic. "They can even rent a cozy cabin here or spend the night at the Hana Hotel, which has a very intimate atmosphere," she said.

"If they like to shop, they can go to Whaler's Village, which is practically next door, and has a wonderful variety of upscale clothing boutiques and other stores."

Carter also devises successful scenarios for nervous would-be grooms who need a helping hand with popping the question. "We hosted one couple where the man bought a ring at Tiffany's here on Maui and asked us for help in making the presentation.

"We arranged to have the store display the ring in the window just as the couple was walking past. When the man proposed, we had a photographer standing by who caught the whole thing on video, which we gave them as a souvenir."

For more information, agents can call Carter at (808) 661-2546. For information or reservations on one of the Westin Maui's Romance packages, call (800) WESTIN-1.

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