There’s nothing I love more than getting my spa on. The heavenly R&R always helps to calm my senses, soothe my nerves and balance my chi. Lucky for me (and my chi), Hawaii is home to some of the worlds best spas with lavish grounds and luxe amenities. Destination spas, resort spas, mini spas – I’m all yours. If you, like me, can’t get enough of the scrub, rub and wax check out Relax: The Top 5 Spas in Hawaii.
1 OlaLoa Spa
Turn your spa-cation into a stay-cation by visiting the OlaLoa Spa at the Sullivan Estate for your next spa getaway. When you book a treatment at the Sullivan Estate you and a friend don’t just simply get to enjoy their stellar services, but you’ll also get the entire vicinity all to yourselves. In fact, it’s a necessity that you reserve the entire property for the duration of your program, giving you complete privacy for your ultimate spa day. The pristine property on Oahu’s North Shore provides a true escape sure to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit complete with re-energizing treatments, ancient natural therapies, yoga decks and healthy gourmet meals. Owned by German doctor, Juergen Klein (founder of Jurlique skin care), the eco-spa is as also as green as it gets! The Sullivan Estate and OlaLoa Spa’s mission is for you to relax and enjoy the long-term results from your luxurious spa retreat.
The Sullivan Estate and SPA Retreat, JK7-The SPA Retreat for the seven senses, 59-338 Wilinau Rd., Haleiwa, 808.638.7020, www.SullivanEstate.com.
2 Hualalai Spa
The Hualalai Spa is a little like what I imagine heaven on earth to be. Pre and post spa treatment, guests can relax in the open air Waiea or “Water of Life” garden complete with fragrant gardenia, a quiet stream, waterfall and lush foliage. Prior to your spa service enjoy alternating stints between the steam room, sauna and cold-plunge pool. A number of treatments available include the “Great Wall of Apothecary,” an impressive spot in the spa where guests can get interactive by mixing their very own apothecary scrubs from over 20 local natural ingredients like crushed macadamia nuts to hibiscus flowers. Book your experience in one of the new outdoor hales (aka suites) that feature outdoor showers, a hinoke (or Japanese soaking tub), and a private garden for relaxation or spa dining. Massage treatment options range from traditional offerings such as Lomi Lomi, Aromatherapy and Sports and Fitness, to advanced options like Craniosacral, Thai, Reiki and Shiatsu. Body treatments include an array of wraps and scrubs, such as the Polynesian Niu Coconut Scrub, the Aromatherapy Ti Leaf Wrap and the Green Tea and Ginger Wrap.
3 Spa Grande
The 50,000 square-foot spa in the infamous Grand Wailea resort was voted as one of the “Top 10 Spas in the United States” by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel and Leisure. The spa experience here exceeds expectations with its cohesive balance between traditions of the East, West and Ancient Hawaii. The award-winning spa is a celebrated trendsetter in relaxation, rejuvenation and wellness. Certainly one of the most luxurious spas in Hawaii, the retreat offers exceptional service and unique treatments like Pala’au Journey, a lomi lomi massage followed by a full body cocoon, scalp and foot treatment utilizing the healing plants of Hawaii. The Ali’I Honey Steam Exfoliation incorporates a honey mango loofah and salt exfoliation followed by the application of fresh honey on the entire body, leaving the skin soft and vibrant. Sounds delicious to me!
SpaHalekulani is the one of the most premier spas on Oahu located in the award-winning, Halekulani Hotel. The SpaHalekulani explores the healing cultures of Asia, Hawaii and the South Pacific offering a comprehensive menu of massages, body wraps, exfoliating scrubs, facial therapies and organic hair and nail care services. The latest serene escape can be found in the recently debuted Waiwera treatment, a two and a half hour experience that comprises of a foot pounding ritual, exfoliating scrub and soothing massage. SpaHalekulani’s oasis of luxury exudes understated elegance allowing guests an ultimate spa experience that promotes utmost well-being. The spa presents guests with seven relaxation suites including two tandem suites. Each suite is fully equipped with steam showers, changing areas, personal storage, a luxe basket of personal amenities and private powder room facilities. Post-treatment enjoy relaxing on the terrace with mango-pineapple iced tea and lychee mochi ice cream, a tasteful way to wrap up a delectable day.
5 Kahala Spa
Voted “Best New Hotel Spa in America” by Departures magazine, The Kahala Spa unveils an unmatched experience. Each guest enjoys their own individual spa suite featuring a personal relaxation area, changing space, private shower and Hawaiian flora filled courtyard. Pre-treatment enjoy the relaxation area filled with hot tubs, steam rooms, and sauna. All of the spa experiences begin with Ho’omaka, a Hawaiian tradition of a foot soak using Alaea salt with flower essences. Signature treatments in Oli’oli that blissfully comprises of a full body skin brushing followed by a Lehua honey scrub, a flower essence infused infinity bath and energizing lomi lomi massage using wild rainforest flower essences and organic oils. A Mamaki Mud and Ti Leaf leg wrap follows and the joyous treatment concludes with the Awa Scalp Soother massage and a head-to-toe spray of refreshing floral body mist. The Rice Force facial was also recently introduced and beholds an amazing ability to hydrate the skin. While the Japanese beauty product has been around for years, the exclusive facial can only be experienced at the Kahala Spa.