The room all set up The room all set up CREDIT: The Hermitage Hotel
Mike Watt and Marrissa Bey Mike Watt and Marrissa Bey CREDIT: The Hermitage Hotel

Aoraki Mount Cook perfect backdrop for wedding proposal

Thursday 3 September 2009, 5:20PM
By The Hermitage Hotel


Love was in the air at one of New Zealand’s most romantic retreats this week as Wellingtonian Mike Watt popped the question to long-term girlfriend Marrissa Bey.

Mr Watt had planned to take Marrissa to the iconic Hermitage Hotel at Aoraki Mount Cook and propose to her over dinner in the hotel’s award-winning Panorama Restaurant.

To his delight, hotel staff came up with a cunning plan to help him make it a night to remember.

Together they surprised his bride-to-be with a romantic six-course candlelit dinner in the privacy of their top floor room overlooking Aoraki Mount Cook and the Southern Alps.

Mr Watt agreed to lure Marrissa away for a pre-dinner drink while staff set up the room. A waiter was supposed to lead them to their table but Marrissa was a little surprised when they ended up back at their room.

The couple were then treated to a sumptuous meal with the ring being served as the surprise ‘seventh course’.

The bride-to-be was over the moon and immediately accepted.

Mr Watt says they were both were blown away by the staff who put so much effort into making their night special and memorable.

“The Hermitage went above and beyond to make our special night spectacular. The hotel holds a special place in our hearts now and we’ll be back for many years to come.”

The Hermitage General Manager Andrew Cleverley says he was delighted with the way the proposal went – and the end result, of course!

“We were really honoured to be part of Mike and Marrissa’s special moment. It was very emotional for all of us and we’re thrilled for both of them.

“I completely understand why people choose to propose or get married here. The natural beauty, isolation and stunning surroundings at Mount Cook set the mood perfectly and provide a real wow factor,” he says.

The couple are not only planning to return to The Hermitage soon but are now looking into holding their wedding there.