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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Andaz Maui spa

Tonic

After multiple clients requested foot and scalp massages, Lauren, the lead therapist at Andaz Maui’s ‘Awili Spa, designed a treatment to deliver just those two luxuries. I took her advice and booked the hour-long Tonic ($185).

I lounged by the glamorous spa pool before Lauren whisked me off to my treatment room: a large space with an arresting ocean view and a fancy massage table that can transform into a chair and change temperature on command. The Tonic started with an Ayurvedic-inspired facial: a gentle application of grapeseed oil (known for its moisturizing qualities), enhanced with lavender and geranium essential oils, which are relaxing and anti-aging.

I appreciated Lauren’s firm, confident touch — especially when she moved on to massage my head. Who doesn’t love an earnest scalp massage? The all-natural tonic included coconut milk, which moisturizes and promotes hair growth, brown sugar to exfoliate the scalp, and invigorating peppermint oil, which increases circulation. Lauren slowly worked the minty mixture through my hair. Next she used hot stones to loosen tight muscles in my neck. The tension in my jaw and shoulders began to melt. I was so relaxed, in fact, that I drifted off into daydreams. I was only half awake as Lauren finished with a foot massage. She recommended that I visit the spa’s steam room to let the oils fully saturate my skin before rinsing them off. I did. I left feeling rejuvenated and relaxed, with a head full of shiny, soft hair. —SW

‘Awili Spa
Andaz Maui
3550 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea
808-573-1234 | Maui.Andaz.Hyatt.com

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