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Ultimate Hawaiian Indulgences

Many indulgences in Hawaii don't require reservations, appointments, or making a serious dent in your credit card. They can be as simple as lingering a bit longer in a botanical garden, smelling the plumeria or ginger flowers, or stealing a bit of time away for yourself and a book under an umbrella at one of countless secluded beaches. However, because of Hawaii's world-class spas, chefs, and scenery, extravagant indulgences for the hedonist or gastronome abound.

Oahu

SpaHalekulani at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki offers a truly indulgent experience for two. Its Romance Remembered package is a five-and-a-half-hour experience, which features a furo (Japanese tub) soak, massage, and a champagne lunch in a terrace setting, and concludes with a manicure and pedicure in the salon. For individuals, choose from an extensive menu of massages, body treatments, facials, hair care, and nail care.

Looking for a gastronomic experience? La Mer in Waikiki offers a gourmet menu degustation that includes abalone "meuniere," filet of prime beef with foie gras and truffle mousseline, and hazelnut cake.

Maui

The traditional lomilomi massage at The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Maui is given in their hale (a small replica of an ancient Hawaiian home) overlooking Wailea Bay. The pair of therapists works in unison as they chant and dance while providing a restorative treatment that seeks to unite both mind and body.

The treatments at the Waihua Spa, Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, are based on Native Hawaiian healing and utilize plants, flowers, fruits, and herbs found in Hawaii. In addition to a full menu of spa treatments and a fitness center, this luxurious retreat has private outdoor gardens and spacious, private couples’ cabanas.

Big Island

Mauna Lani Spa has a unique Lava Watsu treatment that features pressure point techniques and stretching, but the treatment itself is only the beginning. Built inside a natural lava tube, this saltwater Watsu pool is heated to body temperature. Clients float weightlessly throughout a treatment experience that is enhanced by a waterfall and underwater music.

Kauai

Kauai's natural wonders are a perfect opportunity to indulge in a helicopter ride. Jack Harter Helicopters offers an aerial tour of dramatic waterfalls and the spectacular Napali coastline—to avoid reflections in your photos, opt for a doors-off trip.

Those who prefer a more soothing experience can relax in a private cabana in a tropical garden setting of orchids, ti, and other tropical greenery, as you experience the Kauai Clay Escape at The Grand Hyatt Kauai’s ANARA Spa. This spa package features a kava root scrub, mask made from local volcanic clays of Kauai, and a soothing massage with botanical lotions.

Updated: 2014-07-11

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