Hawaii is home to some fantastic spas. Regardless of which island you are planning to visit, there are many options to choose from. Lomi Lomi is the most famous of all Hawaiian treatments, with soothing rhythmic movements and relaxing background music. You will find it on every spa menu in Hawaii and it's definitely worth a try if you've never had it before. Many Hawaiian wellness centers offer outdoor treatment options which are a great idea because you can enjoy the wonderful air while getting a massage.
For those planning a trip to Maui, both Kapalua and Wailea resorts offer exceptional wellness centers. Grand Wailea Resort is an excellent choice - the property continues to win awards for its amazing spa.
The Wailea Marriott Resort has a great spa, 521 rooms and suites set on 22 oceanfront acres. The resort has five swimming pools. For children, there is a separate pool with slides and a kid's club. Guest can dine at two restaurants and numerous other dining venues. The resorts in the area are connected with a 1.5-mile-long beach walk, or you can take the resort shuttle. Activities include golf at the Golf Club, tennis at the Tennis Club and shopping at the Shops. Rooms start from $265 per night.
Four Seasons Resort Maui
Escape to the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Maui for a romantic getaway filled with scenic ocean views, five star service and relaxing massages. Book one of the 332 guest rooms or 38 spacious suites, decorated with koa-inspired wood furnishings and contemporary Hawaiian art. The spa offers a beautiful tropical garden setting. Choose from indoor and outdoor massages, facials, body treatments and signature therapies. Activities include shopping in Wailea, three golf courses, sandy beaches and a choice of restaurants. Room rates start at $595 per night. There are many beautiful beaches to explore in the area so it's a good idea to rent a car. Check for Maui packages.
Wailea Beach Villas
Wailea Beach Villas are a collection of gated residential beachfront vacation rentals. Guests are accommodated in condos with spectacular views. Guests are greeted with a fresh flower lei and can arrange services tailored to their needs before the arrival, such as a butler, personal chef or a nanny. Staff is available 24 hours a day to cater to your requests. The resort offers swimming pools, hot tubs, fitness and business centers. There are five sandy beaches just steps from your spacious villa, as well as luxury shopping, restaurants and three championship courses. Visit the spas at the nearby Grand Wailea and other hotels in the area. Nightly rates start at $900.
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Kapalua tends to be a bit cooler and feels less crowded than Wailea . Kapalua Resort has two spas to choose from - at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, and the new facility at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Kapalua Bay, featuring beautiful indoor/outdoor facilities, a fitness center and an outdoor pool with a view.
The Big Island
On the Big Island of Hawaii, the facilities at the Mauna Lani continuously receive high praise. There are two awesome facilities within the resort, so you can try them both on your trip.
Massage over a Waterfall
The wellness center at the Fairmont Orchid has outdoor treatment rooms set over man-made waterfalls, including a romantic couples treatment room. Spa Without Walls at Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii has 10 massage hale on a hill surrounded by tropical plants and soothing sounds of water. Orchids, palm trees, lily ponds and quiet relaxation areas create a prefect setting to unwind while in Hawaii. The Waterfall Hale Massage lets you look down on a waterfall through the opening in your massage table.
Choose from treatments that range from Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, a Big Island coffee and vanilla exfoliation treatment, Thai massage and reflexology. One of the houses has two massage tables for side-by-side massages for couples. Five private oceanfront massage cabanas at the Fairmont Orchid let you experience relaxation with a view. In addition to the houses over the waterfalls and oceanside cabanas, the spa offers three indoor treatment rooms, a steam room, dry sauna and a boutique.
Lava Rock Sauna
The Mauna Lani Spa and Fitness Center is home to a unique Hawaiian facility with 25,000 square feet of indoor and 15,000 square feet of outdoor treatment space. The nine outdoor thatched huts let vacationers experience the healing techniques of the Hawaiian culture which were preserved through the generations.
A visit to the naturally heated lava rock sauna is a must. Soothe your muscles surrounded by hot lava rock, the sun and warm 'ili'ili stones under your feet. To conclude the experience, guests are lead to a private shower to wash off the mud, followed by quiet meditation time in the garden. This is the perfect time to try treatments that originated on the Hawaiian islands. Traditional massages include Lomilomi, Lomilomi Hula, Opu Huli, and Pohaku Pa'a. Rates start at $125 for a 50-minute massage. Plan a whole day here - work out at the fitness center, swim in the outdoor pool, take a relaxing yoga class (offered daily) and get a soothing massage. You can stay at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel or at the Fairmont Orchid (which has its own spa). Read more about the Hawaiian islands and plan your getaway.
On Oahu, Mandara Spa at Hilton Hawaiian Village offers 25 treatment rooms and an infinity pool. The wellness center at Halekulani offers its guests Hawaiian inspired treatments, including the super relaxing Lomi Lomi massage.
In Kauai, visit the luxury St. Regis Princeville.