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Big Island Hotels

December 10, 2010 11:16 ET

The Ultimate Foodie Fantasy: New Chef Shuttle Big Island Experience From Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

2011 Behind-the-Scenes Package Begins at $289 per Room Night

WAIKOLOA, HI--(Marketwire - December 10, 2010) - Hop aboard the new "Chef Shuttle" at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (waikoloamarriott.com) with its new Chef Shuttle Package where guests of the oceanfront resort will experience a truly Big Island foodie weekend.

Escorted by the resort's Sous Chef and local boy Jayson Kanekoa, guests will be taken to the local farmers market in Waimea on the first Saturday of the month. Together they will talk story with local farmers and vendors to purchase the freshest produce and seasonal items, which will be taken back to the resort to be prepared and enjoyed that evening at Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge. Back at their Big Island Hawaii accommodations, guests will also enjoy the resort's award-winning Royal Luau, which features traditional and contemporary Hawaiian cuisine, an open bar, and lively Polynesian entertainment.

"It's the behind-the-scenes look at Farm to Table cuisine that most guests aren't able to experience elsewhere," said Bill Countryman, general manager of Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

Starting at $289 per room night, the Chef Shuttle Package includes:

  • Weekend (Friday to Monday) three-night stay in garden mountain view accommodations on the Big Island
  • Chef Shuttle morning activity
  • Saturday dinner for two at Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge
  • Two tickets to the resort's Sunday evening Royal Luau

Offered the first weekend of every month in 2011. Must stay Friday through Monday. Based on availability, restrictions may apply.

For reservations or more information on this or other Big Island hotel deals, visit waikoloamarriott.com or call (808) 886-6789 with code D60.

About Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Hawaii's Big Island is located on 15 oceanfront acres overlooking 'Anaeho'omalu Bay and just 18 miles north of the Kona International Airport at Keahole. Offering 555 contemporary guest rooms, suites and cabanas with private lanai and spectacular views, 5,750 square-foot world-renowned Mandara Spa and a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment from cardio to free weights, Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge with an outdoor lanai for ocean view dining, three pools including the Infinity pool with lava pots, nearby Waikoloa Golf Club offering 36 holes of championship golf and shops, restaurants and boutiques at The Kings' Shops and the newly-opened Queens' MarketPlace. For more information about this extraordinary hotel on Hawaii's Big Island or reservations, please visit www.waikoloamarriott.com or call toll-free at 800 922-5533 or the hotel at 808 886-6789.

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