101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Romance & After Dark -

While there's no need to hunt out ro­mance in Maui, plate lunches and pineap­ple for ev­ery meal may not do the trick. In­stead, check out these RESTAU­RANTS for a heart­pump­ing view, good food and a perfect place to FEED THE FLAME:


Si­t­u­ated on the re­sort's BLACK ROCK LAWN (at the base of le­gendary Black Rock), Hale Pilialoha is the set­ting for the sig­na­ture “DIN­NER UN­DER THE STARS.” The restau­rant's culi­nary team de­signs an EL­E­GANT DIN­NER with your tastes in mind; BUT­LER SER­VICE en­sures that ev­ery de­tail is ac­counted for. Bask in the Maui sun­set, sur­rounded by tiki torches, as you sip on a trop­i­cal cock­tail. The ul­ti­mate in pri­vacy, Hale Pilialoha ac­com­mo­dates par­ties of two or four peo­ple. Learn more: Sher­a­ton Maui Re­sort & Spa, 2605 Ka‘ana­pali Park­way, (808) 661-0031, sher­a­ton-maui.com.


Lo­cated on the ground floor of the his­toric La­haina Inn, this CON­TEM­PO­RARY BISTRO fea­tures a menu of in­no­va­tive NEW AMER­I­CAN CUI­SINE made us­ing tech­niques and fla­vors from around the world, all per­fectly blended with the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents cul­ti­vated by Maui's lo­cal farms, dairies and sur­round­ing wa­ters. Widely CON­SID­ERED MAUI’S TOP RESTAU­RANT, La­haina Grill also of­fers an EX­TEN­SIVE WINE LIST of more than 350 se­lec­tions from no­table winer­ies and bou­tique vine­yards from around the globe. Find more: La­haina Inn, 127 La­hainaluna Road, (808) 667-5117, la­haina­grill.com.



BEACH, en­ter a GIANT TIKI HUT, and you've ar­rived at Mama's Fish House. Lo­cated on the North Shore in Pa‘ia, this restau­rant's staff tells you not only where your fish was caught but also who caught it, all in an am­biance of aloha. Visit: 799 Poho Place, Pa‘ia, (808) 579-8488, ma­mas­fish­house.com.


Lo­cated at the Ritz-Carl­ton in Kapalua un­der a cov­ered ter­race, this restau­rant of­fers a CRE­ATIVE MENU high­light­ing the best of Hawai­ian catches and har­vests. With DRA­MATIC VIEWS OF THE PA­CIFIC OCEAN, MOLOKA‘I AND THE PAILOLO CHAN­NEL, the at­mos­phere whispers ro­mance. The Banyan Tree also has a VE­GAN AND VEGETARIANFRIENDLY menu. Find more: The Ritz-Carl­ton Kapalua, 1 Ritz-Carl­ton Drive, (808) 665-7096, ritzcarl­ton.com.


Mala spe­cial­izes in MEDITER­RANEAN AND PA­CIFIC

RIM CUI­SINE, but the real at­trac­tion is the restau­rant's out­door lo­ca­tion on the ter­race of the Wailea Beach Mar­riott Re­sort & Spa over­look­ing the beau­ti­ful Pa­cific and islands of Lana‘i and Kaho‘olawe. En­joy your meal ac­com­pa­nied by a gor­geous Maui sun­set—

ev­ery seat has an ocean view. Vege­tar­ian-and-ve­gan se­lec­tions also are avail­able. Visit: Wailea Beach Mar­riott Re­sort & Spa, 3700 Wailea Alanui Drive, (808) 875-9394, malawailea.com. SON’Z AT SWAN COURT If in­dul­gent ro­mance is what you're af­ter, then Son'z at Swan Court is the place to be. This AWARD-WIN­NING RESTAU­RANT has it all: a grand stair­case, soar­ing ceil­ings, mar­ble floor, tor­toise-shell chan­de­lier and a la­goon com­plete with swans, wa­ter­falls and trop­i­cal gar­dens. A CON­TEM­PO­RARY

MENU high­lights seafood, steaks and homemade pasta WITH A

MEDITER­RANEAN FLAIR, and the STUN­NING WINE CEL­LAR CLAIMS TO BE THE LARGEST IN HAWAI‘I with 3,000 bot­tles. Dine: Hy­att Re­gency Maui Re­sort & Spa, 200 No­hea Kai Drive, (808) 6674506, sonzrestau­rant.com.

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