Massage Oahu Advice: Go with a Local Spa and Ditch the Resort!

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As a disclaimer, I should probably tell you — I’m a verifiable Spa Rat! I could spend hours getting rubbed down, pampered, and massaged. And, don’t EVEN try to kick me out of the sauna or steam room! That’s why I love Oahu: massage places abound. 

But, over the years, I’ve had to invest a small fortune on resort spa treatments, since that’s when I usually have the downtime to relax. And, that got me thinking — what if you could enjoy resort spa-quality treatments, but at a local “off the grid” spa in Hawaii? Could you save some cash?

The answer is YES!

So, here’s a look at a few of the best local spas on Oahu where you can enjoy a massage and some quality R&R. 

Best Local Oahu Massage Spots

1. Heaven on Earth Salon and Day Spa

At Heaven on Earth Salon and Day Spa on Oahu, you can get a resort-quality spa treatment for half the price. A 3.5-hour spa package at a luxury hotel will set you back at least $600, but here, you can get a 50-minute full body massage, aromatherapy facial, spa pedicure, and natural manicure for well under $300.

If you’re expecting, try the Mommy-To-Be Spa Package, which includes a 3-hour-long series including massage, facial, and pedicure for under $250. (not recommended for women in their first trimester).

2. Honu You Hawaiian Spa

If you’re staying on the Windward side, consider taking a trip to the Honu You Hawaiian Spa in Kailua. It also may be worth the drive for anyone looking for a massage on Oahu.

When researching the company, my eye went directly to the Honu You Rejuvenating Spa Package, which includes a Lanikai Lomilomi Massage, and Eminence Organic Facial for under $350. 

Honu You doesn’t currently offer nail services, but you can get a facial, massage, and/or waxing service at this great spot. 

Local Massage Places on Oahu

3. Herbal Spa

Have you ever been to a Korean Spa? Oahu has lots, but Herbal Spa in Kakaako comes highly recommended. It has a salt room, hot tubs, a sauna, and a steam room. 

You can gain access to their spa areas for $30 for two hours, but you’ll probably want a full treatment here. The Korean Body Scrub will leave you feeling fresh and smooth. A full 110-minute package with a massage, facial, hair wash, and body scrub is under $150, so it’s also a deal compared to big-name resorts. 

4. Spa Pure

One review of this spa, located in the heart of Waikiki, said it was too expensive. But, it’s pennies compared to the Oahu massage spas at the high-end resorts nearby. 

One treatment that caught my eye is the GanbanYoku, which is a granite sauna. Wearing comfortable, loose clothing or a towel, you’ll lie under an herbal steam dome on a slab of pure granite. The stone is gently warmed to 103 degrees, releasing a very safe far-infrared energy that produces a deep, profuse sweat that flushes toxins from your cells and stimulates circulation without increasing your heart rate. 

For around $200, you can enjoy a GanbanYoku treatment, an in-water massage, and a classic 70-minute full-body massage. 

At Spa Pure, $480 will buy you a 4.5-hour package full of treatments and relaxation. Nearby, at the Royal Hawaiian Resort, $480 allows for a 100-minute massage and facial package. Definitely a deal for an Oahu massage!

5. Hoala Salon and Spa:

Rough day shopping at Ala Moana Center? Then, take a break at the Hoala Salon and Spa. Here, you can enjoy a Himalayan Rejuvenation Treatment, based on the science of Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India. Experience a series of innovative exfoliation and massage techniques to relax the body, calm the mind, and relieve tension. Massages run about $190 for 75 minutes. 

The Best Oahu Massages are Local Spa Treatments

I’ve been known to forego the expensive resort spas for the chance to get more for my buck away from the tourist-areas. And, I recommend heed our advice and do the same. A resort spa on Oahu is great, but it will cost you. So, save your money, and enjoy these local Hawaii day spas instead.