Maryanne was all smiles by the pool at Taumeasina Island Resort.
The Australian had every reason to be because the night before, her long time partner Sash surprised her with a proposal of marriage.
Sash admitted to Dear Tourist that he was super nervous but that he was so happy that she said yes.
Now, Samoa will forever be etched in Maryanne’s mind as the place where her husband-to-be surprised her with a marriage proposal.
Turning to Sash, Dear Tourist asked him for a play-by-play account of how he pulled it off, without sounding the alarm bells.
“It turned out well because she planned to come down to Samoa and I was planning to propose and she had no idea.
“So if I had planned this holiday she would have suspected something was going to happen,” he said.
With the help of the Taumeasina staff. He planned a romantic setting for the proposal.
“A couple of weeks ago, I was emailing the staff here at Taumeasina.
“I emailed Marley and asked her what they could do to help me with the proposal and they suggested to me that they could build a little hut on the beach and serve us with a nine-course meal with a butler to attend to us.
“So they organised that for me, they were great.
“I was very nervous all day, you can ask her how I was all day.”
Maryanne laughs as she recounts how unusually jumpy her fiancée was the day before.
“I had no idea he was going to do this but I noticed that he was nervous the whole day and I couldn’t figure out why,” she said.
“I kept asking him if he was alright and he would say, yeah I’m fine.
Sash told me we had reservations for dinner and I thought how wonderful so we got ready for dinner.
“We walked down and I saw the hut and I thought wow, how wonderful and cute. “It was through the second course that he pulled out a ring and I was like.... Oh my God.
“Everyone knew but me,” Maryanne continued, “all the staff knew, I thought that was really cute.
“We rang up our parents and told them the news and they already knew but they cried any way.”
The happy newly engaged couple planned to spend the rest of their day relaxing before venturing out for further exploration.
Maryanne, who is Greek, explained that Samoa was recommended by her cousin who is married to a Samoan and that she had raved about their holiday here. After just a couple of days on the island she can understand why her cousin was smitten with Samoa.
“It’s so beautiful,” she said. “Absolutely beautiful. It’s so, so friendly and hospitable, everyone smiles and wants to know your name. “It’s very clean, so clean. I love it. I would absolutely come back.”