Turn your devices off, slip on a soft robe, roll your shoulders back and take a long, deep inhale and exhale. Ready? It’s time to head to Hawaii and pamper yourself like never before.
Wellness enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice when it comes to incredible spas and wellness centres in Hawaii. Whether offering traditional treatments making use of locally grown ingredients, or using the latest in skincare technology, there’s one thing these Hawaii spas have in common – a commitment to wellness of the mind, body and spirit. Perhaps you’re travelling specifically with wellbeing in mind, or you’re with family and looking for a moment (or two) of self-care – no matter the reason, these resorts will help you find your slice of serenity.
Pair your wellbeing with spectacular Oahu views
Settle into the stunning sanctuary that is Nalu Spa at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore. With huge floor-to-ceiling windows, the only thing more epic than the treatments is the incredible vistas over the gardens and Pacific Ocean. Every spa treatment is rooted in the Aloha ‘aina philosophy – meaning ‘a love of and nurturing care for the land’. This is evidenced by the sustainable and natural ingredients showcased in its healing offerings. Soothe muscles with a deep tissue massage with arnica, rosemary and basil, or get your glow on with the Hawai’i Glow Experience facial, which incorporates traditional Hawaiian healing techniques with botanicals grown in Hawaiian soil. Better yet, combine a series of treatments for a two-and-a-half-hour Signature Spa Package to take relaxation to the next level.
Take a sensory shower reminiscent of Maui’s rain
Wellness enthusiasts will find some of the best healing mana, or energy, at Fairmont Kea Lani’s Willow Stream Spa. Unwind with a session in the steam room or enjoy a quiet moment of stillness in one of the outdoor spa cabanas. Looking for a more holistic approach to wellness? The spa has you covered with their Inspire Your Energy program, which encourages travellers to align their fitness, wellbeing and mindfulness. There’s a variety of unique treatments and experiences on offer, including a sea salt scrub performed on a Vichy table and incorporating infra-red light therapy, sensory experience showers evoking Maui’s soothing rain (doesn’t a shower called ‘Ua Naulu Afternoon Rain sound incredible?), plus a full menu of massages and facials for luminous skin long after you return home.
Embody peace and tranquility on the Big Island
Private and personalised yoga classes, acupuncture for total-body wellness and reiki sessions to release energy blockages are among the more unique offerings at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai's spa. An extensive menu of massages and facials is also available, with natural and traditional healing methods channelled into every treatment, from volcanic ash and marine clay used in detoxifying masks, Hawaiian cane sugar and honey for exfoliation, to soothing aloe gel to relieve and moisturise. Head in early to unwind in the tranquil Waiea garden, get your body’s energy moving along the Reflexology Path or, for those brave enough, try out the icy-cold plunge pool.
Experience an A-lister spa treatment in Honolulu
The Kahala Hotel & Resort is one of the most loved luxury resorts in Hawaii – sought out by A-listers and royalty alike – so it’s no wonder its spa is one of the most private and decadent. There are nine treatment rooms, but really, they’re your own private suite with a shower, deep-soaking bathtub, personal change area and wardrobe for a truly serene pampering session. Start your signature experience with a Ho’omaka Foot Ritual – a foot soak with an aromatic scrub – before moving onto a massage or facial. Choose from the likes of the Oli Oli Lomilomi massage with warm Pohaku stones and a Mamaki mud leg wrap, or the Kala Ko’iko’i Lomilomi that begins with an exfoliation treatment and ends with a pressure massage to reinvigorate your energy and mood.
Take an ultra-modern approach to wellbeing at Waikiki Beach
If an ultra-high-tech, modern approach to wellness is more your style, head to DRIP HAWAII, a premium IV lounge and ‘med spa’ located within ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. Focused on beauty and wellbeing from the inside out, DRIP HAWAII offers everything from nutrient IV drips and vitamin shots to micro-needling. Also onsite is Spa U’ilani, which has an abundance of spa treatments to ensure you relax to the max while on vacation. Try an enzyme facial to optimise skin clarity, or unwind with the spa’s signature massage that makes use of aromatherapy, warm stones and CBD massage oil for the ultimate self-care indulgence.
Enjoy the best of organic, botanical luxury on Kaua’i
The epitome of laidback luxury can be found at Timbers Kaua’i Ocean Club & Residences, a slice of pristine, oceanfront paradise. Let the rest of the world and all your cares take a backseat and treat yourself to a truly nourishing Hawaiian escape – starting at Nanea Spa, where plant science is beautifully paired with traditional remedies. This boutique spa uses all organic ingredients for its treatments – whether that’s carefully curated products from the spa’s team of expert aestheticians, or botanicals picked directly from their onsite, organic Farm at Hōkūala. The farm produces everything from vegetables to edible flowers and fruits, including the antioxidant-rich noni, and the bounty is used right across the resort – even in the ‘farm to spa’ local honey scrub.
Balance your doshas with an Ayurvedic massage on Maui
Find your bliss with a personalised treatment at Montage Kapalua Bay’s Spa Montage – a stunning haven to find harmony between yourself and nature. The resort offers a series of classes and private sessions in yoga, balance work, Pilates and meditation. The spa’s menu is extensive – try out the 'Peace Within' Ayurvedic massage, incorporating a traditional abhyanga oil massage and foot massage to balance your doshas, or soak in a stone-carved bathtub with your choice of chamomile, known for its calming properties, or mineral salts to soothe tired muscles.
Feature image: Montage Kapalua Bay.
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