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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Four Seasons Maui spa

Age Stops Here

I found my second restorative treatment at the Four Seasons Spa. Age Stops Here (80 minutes, $395) includes LED therapy, microcurrent lift by NuFace, and the spa’s signature HydraFacial, which I’m told is one of the newest, most effective anti-aging treatments available. This is a great way to bring out your inner (and outer) glow. Let’s start with simply being at the Four Season’s Spa. Soft lights, gentling falling water, and a tranquil bamboo decor create the most relaxing ambiance. By now, it will not surprise you to know that I showed up early to enjoy the steam room and sauna. But the real pampering began when I entered the treatment room, removed my robe and sank into the cush, warmed bed, where every part of my body was supported and warmed. By the time my therapist, Rose, returned to adjust the leg pillows and support system to my preference, the journey had already begun.

She massaged lotion into my hands and eased them into warmed mitts, then gave my face, neck and shoulders a wonderful massage. Next came the HydraFacial, a noninvasive treatment that combines the benefits of hydradermabrasion, a chemical peel, painless extractions (no pinching!) and a special delivery of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and peptides. I am not a fan of dermabrasion; it leaves my skin red and irritated. I was pleased to find that this treatment delivers the same benefit without downtime or irritation. Next, Rose covered my eyes and the LED therapy began. LED stands for light-emitting diodes. Developed by NASA, LED works by sending energy-producing packets of light into the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating the production of collagen, the magic ingredient for plump, young skin. During the LED therapy, Rose uncovered my hands, and I enjoyed another hand and arm massage, foot massage, and, last, a heavenly scalp massage. Although the light is intense, LED treatments are painless, cool and relaxing, and unlike IPL (intense pulsed light) and laser treatments, carry no risk of burning. In fact, Rose says the light imbues the same therapeutic results of mild sunlight. The final touch was the NuFace microcurrent therapy. This works by sending soft, gentle waves through the skin and down to the facial muscles. The result of energizing the muscle is an improved, lifted appearance. This is the most comprehensive treatment I’ve ever experienced. I emerged relaxed and radiant. —DHW

Four Seasons Resort Maui
3900 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea
808-874-8000 | FourSeasons.com/Maui/Spa

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