No matter how long your vacation, the island of Maui is a place to relax, and there’s no better way to enjoy your experience than with a unique spa indulgence. With so many top resorts competing to offer one-of-a-kind treatments, visitors to this beautiful island will find a wide array of pampering options at some of the world’s top spas, which you can visit even if you’re not lodging at their properties. Below are five outstanding spa experiences that can only be found on Maui.
Spa Helani, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
Introduced this year, the Ocean Ritual at Spa Helani is a treatment that begins with the “Wave of Purity” aquatic scrub, which exfoliates the entire body. What follows is a “Neo-Vital Massage,” which reproduces the movements of the sea as the therapist uses fabric pouches filled with Dead Sea salts, which are heated and used during the massage. The next step of the ritual is the tingling “Marine Renewal” algae mousse, a self-heating wrap with stimulating and regenerating Spiruline and Laminaria algae powder. The experience concludes with an application of the Ocean Memory Cream.
Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin, opened its 10,000-square-foot facility in 2008. The full-service spa features thirteen treatment rooms, including three couples-massage suites, steam rooms, separate indoor relaxation lounges for men and women, as well as a shared outdoor lounge. The menu of services includes massages, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures as well as signature treatments.
Awili Spa, Andaz Maui
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The Omakase Blending Experience is fully customized from beginning to end. The first step upon arrival is meeting with an apothecary consultant to custom-blend a product for the guest's spa treatment. Guests are taught the healing properties and benefits of each oil, tincture, and serum, in addition to fragrances and essential oils. Some of the more unique selections include locally sourced ingredients such as Kava Kava, plantain, hibiscus, and coffee-berry. Once the selections have been made, guests can enjoy a massage utilizing the product. Almost every therapist at the spa is double-certified and can customize a treatment based on ailments, symptoms, or special requests.
Awili Spa was inspired by a Hawaiian apothecary. The apothecary lounge is in the heart of the 14,000-square-foot facility, which has ten treatment rooms with floor-to-ceiling ocean views, a tranquility pool, and men’s and women’s relaxation rooms, each with a sauna, steam room and heated plunge pool.
Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
The Nalu (Wave) Suite features one of only four WaveMotion Tables in the U.S. This treatment table moves in rhythmic motions and creates a deeply relaxing experience. Sensations of floating on the water are emulated on this table, which tilts, rotates, and rocks to create a weightless sensation. Therapists take advantage of the table’s three-dimensional movements to use joint-release techniques.
Fairmont Kea Lani’s 9,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa, combines Maui-sourced products with ancient Hawaiian traditions, as well as the latest in spa technology. Signature services include the Wailele (Waterfall) Suite offering Vichy shower treatments with infrared technology. The spa was recently recognized as Hawaii’s ‘Top Hotel Spa.’
Spa Grande, Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
The luxurious 20 Hands Duo Massage is only recommended for experienced spagoers due to the overwhelming stimulation of having ten hands massaging you at once. This couples' massage is experienced together, with each person having five therapists tend to their body. One therapist focuses on the scalp, one each on the lower left and lower right side of the body and two on the upper portion of the body. A Swedish massage is performed in unison to conclude this one-of-a-kind treatment.
Spa Grande is one of the first spas to cohesively balance between traditions of East, West, and Hawaii. Eastern therapies focus on internal wellness with the assistance of herbs while services from the West focus more on new technologies. The traditions of Hawaii are achieved through integration of nature and culture.
Heavenly Spa, Westin Maui Resort & Spa
The refreshing Hualani Hawaiian Fruit Scrub uses Hualani products with essential oils such as coconut, kukui nut, and macadamia nut to help exfoliate and hydrate the skin. The treatment begins with the Vichy shower, which uses seven shower heads to spray water from head to toe. The scrub includes a gentle sugar-cane exfoliation infused with coconut oil, pineapple, and passion fruit essences. The treatment concludes with a Hualani Body Crème, which leaves the skin feeling silky and looking radiant.
The Heavenly Spa by Westin has a luxurious oceanfront setting with views of Kaanapali Beach. The full-service spa spans over 15,000 square-feet and has sixteen treatment rooms, including two couples-massage suites, each with a whirlpool. A hair and beauty salon as well as an oceanfront outdoor cabana are part of this beautiful spa.
David Duran is a Brooklyn-based luxury, hospitality, culinary and overall freelance travel writer who contributes to such publications as Jetsetter, The Huffington Post, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, and Travel+Leisure among others. When not traveling for work, he is planning his personal travel.