Steak, Slots, and a Show

Tucked inside Gila River Resorts & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass, what better way to start off date night than at Shula’s Steak House. Setting the standard for quality steaks, Shula’s delivers every time. Select from the traditional—Maryland crab cakes, Kobe short rib sliders—or the adventurous—bone marrow and waffles with bacon jam—and that’s just for appetizers.

Shula’s grass-fed steaks satisfy every taste in size and cut, unless you’re in the mood for twin lobster tails or king crab legs served with truffle black pepper parmesan butter. Try the whiskey-baked sweet potatoes side—don’t worry, we won’t count it as a dessert—and then a more traditional finale to your meal, like chocolate soufflé or cheesecake with raspberry coulis.

After dinner, head to the casino floor for some adrenaline-inducing fun with your date.  You can find a penny game if you’re cautious, or take on the extra kick of electronic craps and roulette if you’re feeling confident. Venture into the High Limit Slot Room for a great selection of games as well. If table games are your style, try your hand at blackjack or poker.

Resort Luxury

If you’re in the mood for something more relaxing, and perhaps a touch more intimate, head over to the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass for fine dining and a luxury spa experience.

Book your VEMJIM, or companion massage, at Aji Spa in advance and make your Kai Restaurant reservation accordingly since the spa closes at 5 p.m. In this one-of-a-kind spa offering, two therapists work in unison to apply a combination of traditional Native American healing practices and contemporary treatment as you lay side by side. As the massage comes to a close and you return to the room, your first thought might be how to bottle the experience and take it home with you. Wander over to the spa’s boutique and see if one of the shop’s signature line of products catches your eye.

After your rejuvenating time at the spa, head to Arizona’s only AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Five-Star award-winning restaurant, Kai. This sumptuous Sheraton Grand based establishment offers distinct interpretations of Native American cuisine in a tasteful setting of Southwestern décor accented by unique artwork from the Pima and Maricopa tribes.

Go all out, especially if you’re celebrating a special occasion, and choose a tasting menu to try a bit of everything. You can even pair it with wine and rest assured that Kai’s very own sommelier will pick the absolute best to complement your meal.

Saddle up for Pre Date Night

Whichever date night is your style, be sure to schedule it around a Margarita Sunset horseback ride at KOLI Equestrian Center. The ride begins as the sun dips below a dramatic mountain backdrop, and after a serene and rhythmic wander through the Sonoran Desert, you’re greeted upon return with a crisp Cowboy Margarita on the rocks, chips, and salsa. KOLI also offers a horse drawn carriage ride for two as well other unique experiences.

Mix and match any of these ideas to create the ultimate date night for you and your sweetie. How will you set the mood for romance at Wild Horse Pass?