Probably the number one thing people come to Hawaii for is relaxation. To get away from the stress of everyday life, work and the monotony of schedules, and relish in some much needed R&R. And what better place to get into this mindset than the tropics? A warm breeze carrying the scent of fresh flowers, the hypnotic sound of waves lapping sand and an aloha environment. Sounds nice huh? Well since spa days are so important (especially when you’re vacationing in Hawaii!) for rejuvenation of mind, body and soul, we’ve decided to highlight some of the best on the 4 main islands.
Hawaii is notorious for having some of the best day spas in the country, since there is so much natural beauty already embedded in the outdoors. Features like open-air rock showers, oceanside massage tables and coconut scented oils are just a few of the ways that Hawaii spas utilize the islands’ natural characteristics. Add some indoor ambiance, a licensed masseuse and an extensive services menu and you’ve got yourself a day dedicated to your personal well-being… enjoy! And as a way to determine value for each spa, we’ll give you the price of the traditional (and most popular) spa treatment in Hawaii, the Lomi Lomi massage.
Starting with Oahu spas, the first on our list is Mandara Spa at Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. Why? Well first off, it’s the largest spa in Waikiki, and second, it offers unique local ingredients to really add some Hawaiiana into your experience. Mandara Spa incorporates indigenous Hawaiian products like tropical coconut, chocolate macadamia, papaya, vanilla, island coffee, Hawaiian sea salt, limu kala (seaweed) and Pikake flowers on their spa menu.
Mandara Spa offers the traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, (a unique healing massage derived from the ancient Polynesians) plus a plethora of other techniques and services. Enjoy a day at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and pamper yourself at the Mandara Spa. For a 50-minute Lomi Lomi massage the price is $135, and an 80-minute massage is $195.
Our next spa mention is the Spa at The Modern Honolulu in Waikiki. Not as pricey as Mandara, this one offers similar services but with a twist. Book a Fire + Ice’ facial and stimulate your pores with icy cooled marble stones and warm Organic Blueberry Firming Peel add-on, which oxygenates and tightens the skin for a more youthful appearance.
All massages at The Spa at The Modern Honolulu include therapeutic grade aromatherapy oils including congestion clearing eucalyptus from Australia, uplifting lime from South Africa, and floral yet refreshing peppermint of India. Another great massage unique to Hawaii and this particular spa is the ‘After Sun Aloe Healing Treatment’ which is specifically designed to help the inevitable and dreaded sunburns. Lomi Lomi Massages start at $135 for a 50-minute treatment, and $185 for an 80-minute version.
On Maui, The Spa at Travaasa Hana in the lush northern town of Hana is touted as one of the best. An array of massages, healing rituals, beauty treatments and personalized services are available, using only organic, bioenergetic products. The Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage is priced at $130 for a 60-minute treatment and $185 for 90 minutes. You can also include an Add-On Therapy’ such as Hnainai Pa’akai Sea Mineral Salt Scrub, which was traditionally used in Hawaiian culture to cleanse and purify the physical and energetic planes of the body (30 minutes is $65). The Spa at Travaasa Hana is a deeply relaxing sanctuary of peace and tranquility enhanced by Hana’s natural tropical beauty and we highly recommend it if you’re vacationing on Maui and need some deep R&R.
Makena Kai Day Spa is located in Wailea-Makena on Maui and is a reflection of Maui’s tranquility. With a sincere respect for the Aina (the land), Makena Kai (kai means ocean) offers
guests the opportunity to restore, rebalance and rejuvenate their body, mind and spirit. Makena Kai is a haven for peace and relaxation, providing spa services in magnificent cabanas (Papai) with an exclusive ocean side shower. There’s nothing like washing away the stress with a warm shower and the tropical Pacific as your view.
Offering the traditional massages and spa treatments and packages, Makena Kai Day Spa also gives guests the option of a 25, 50 or 80-minute massage service. Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massages start at $70 for 25 minutes, $115 for 50 minutes and $160 for 80 minutes. Exclusive services unique to Hawaii also include the Sunscreen Application with Reflexology’ and Sunburn Relief’ treatments, ideal for those looking to relax before or after some serious sunbathing.
Our next spa mention is on Kauai’s south side, at the Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa in Poipu. Anara Spa honors a culture rooted in the balance and wisdom of nature by weaving traditional healing customs to inspire lokahi, which is the Hawaiian word meaning unity, harmony and balance. The 45,000 square foot spa is the largest on Kauai and includes a 24-hour StayFit gym and open-air yoga and fitness classes.
Offering the classic massages along with other Hawaiian-inspired ones like Pohaku Massage’ (warm stones trigger the relaxation of muscles as they soothingly glide over the body with organic Hawaiian oils) and Lokahi Massage’ (which takes place in your own private garden hale, and is a massage that induces deep relaxation and profound harmony), Anara Spa is an incredible experience.
This spa boasts private lava rock showers with open ceilings and features co-ed spaces, treatment rooms that open to their own tropical gardens and extensive services which include nail, hair and make-up. A 50-minute Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage runs $160 whereas an 80-minute massage costs $230.
Tucked away in Haena on Kauai’s eastern rainforest is Luana Aloha Massage. We’re recommending this little hideaway because of its value. This clean and bright massage studio has a very relaxing, airy and local atmosphere with the sounds of tropical birds just outside your window. Founded by Lana Shea, an experienced massage therapist and body worker, Luana Aloha Massage offers guests a chance to get away from it all and enjoy a nurturing massage or pampering facial.
Specializing in acupressure, lomi lomi, shiatsu, reiki, reflexology, Swedish and deep tissue techniques, you can enjoy a spa-like experience for half the price. A 60-minute Lomi Lomi massage is $70, 75 minutes for $85, 90 minutes for $100 and a 2-hour massage for $140. Lana is also touted for her great couples’ massages!
On the Big Island, Spa Without Walls at The Fairmont Orchid in Kohala is an award-winning luxury spa. Living up to its name, Spa Without Walls lets you enjoy the splendor of Hawaii’s tropical climate with eight private outdoor waterfall hale (huts), six rejuvenating oceanside hale and four indoor treatment rooms. This spa also integrates Hawaii’s natural therapeutic environment and ancient healing arts into every experience, offering unique treatments and packages to suit any guest.
Enjoy the Pohaku-Wela’ hot stone massage therapy where warmed lava stones and balancing aromatherapy are used to bring the energy of Hawaii to your body and mind. Or try Kona Coffee Exfoliation treatment, Limu (Seaweed) Body Wrap or a Coconut Luxury Pedicure. With quite the list of services, Spa Without Walls will surely exceed your expectations. With their Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massages, you can choose your setting to be indoor, near a waterfall or alongside the ocean. For a 50-minute massage, prices range between $159-$179 and an 80-minute massage ranges from $239 to $259.
Kohana Ili in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island is on our top spas list because the products used for all treatments are not only locally made, they’re organic too! We also like this spa because it was born out of the desire to make skincare affordable and accessible enough to make treatments a necessity, rather than a luxury. (Doesn’t that sound nice?) The owner believes in using natural products to perfect the skin, and vacationers who want a real, local treatment should look into this spa. Devoid of any high priced pampering, Kohana Ili is great for the vacationer needing affordable treatments
Posted by: Bruce Fisher