7 Splendid Spas

Forget the furs and fancy cars. For our money, nothing is more luxurious than placing yourself in the hands of an expert massage therapist. In an endless quest to keep our readers informed, several of our colleagues gallantly volunteered to test some of the spa treatments around the island and report back. They’re still looking way too blissful.

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Westin Maui spa

Pamper Me in Paradise

I’m fairly picky about what goes on my skin — shunning synthetic fragrances and parabens. That’s why I was excited to discover the Pamper Me in Paradise treatment (80 minutes, $210) at the Westin Maui’s Heavenly Spa. The beautification ritual uses all-natural products created especially for the spa by Ola, a local cosmetic company. The custom blend, Hualani (heavenly fruit), is an alluring mix of pineapple and passion fruit in an emollient base of kukui (candlenut), macadamia nut, and coconut oils.

I arrived early to luxuriate for a while in the spa’s steam room, letting the wet heat soften my muscles and open my pores. My therapist, Terry, led me to a private treatment room for eighty minutes of pampering, starting with a full-body sugar scrub. The Hualani scrub is such high quality that Terry didn’t need to add any oil to it — she simply massaged it into my skin with a bit of warm water until it grew sticky. The stickiness, she said, is evidence of the sugar breaking down and dissolving dead skin. She was right. When I washed off in the shower, I was impressed with how soft my skin felt.

Next, Terry slathered me in Hualani body lotion. The professional grade has a richer content of nut oils than the retail version — more like a cross between lotion and massage oil. Terry then swaddled me in towels so my skin could soak up the hydrating crème while she moved on to the next phase: a facial incorporating EmerginC products. Facials are clearly Terry’s forte. She gently, thoroughly cleansed my face with a Clarisonic brush, applied a mask, followed by moisturizer, eye cream, and sun block. As a final touch, she massaged my scalp and feet and then unwrapped me. I emerged with soft, glowing skin from head to toe. This is a superb beauty treatment, one I’d recommend particularly for brides or anyone desiring extra radiance before a big event. — SW

Heavenly Spa
Westin Maui Resort & Spa
2365 Ka‘anapali Parkway, Ka‘anapali
808-661-2588 | WestinMaui.com

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