Splendid Spas

From low-key to luxurious, we offer nine blissful ways to pamper yourself on Maui.


Nicole Crane

maui spa serviceIn the land of Kona coffee wraps, eucalyptus steam rooms and the lomi lomi massage, one thing is for certain: Maui offers myriad ways to be pampered like a royal—from Ka‘anapali to Hana and from poolside hair braiding to ocean-side massages.

Heavenly Spa, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
2365 Ka‘anapali Pkwy, Lahaina  ~  667-2525  ~  marriott.com/hotels/travel/hnmwi-the-westin-maui-resort-and-spa-kaanapali/
Lavender treatments, products and refreshments are hallmarks of this 15,000-square-foot facility. (Check out the Lavender Body Butter Treatment!) The aromatic plant, farmed in Kula, calms the nerves while improving your complexion. Enter the spa’s window-walled lounge with its awe-inspiring ocean views and meditate with a cup of lavender herbal tea or lavender lemonade. Earthy dark woods and refreshing green hues abound. And refreshed you will be after taking in one of the spa’s signature Heavenly massages, tailored to each guest’s preferences. Toting a royal in training? The spa offers poolside mini manicures and pedicures for tots.

The Spa at Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
4100 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea  ~  875-4100  ~  www.fairmont.com/kealani
This simple but stunning 3,000-square-foot boutique spa boasts nine airy white-walled treatment rooms, each featuring marble floors and a domed ceiling with gold detailing. Try the eighty-minute Ala Lani (Heavenly Scent) Signature Body Wrap, where you choose from two fragrances—ginger-and-lime Awapuhi Limi or vanilla-and-lavender Wailea Serenity—before being lathered in ultra-rich body butter. Perks include duvets on each treatment bed. Unlike standard draping sheets, these duvets keep areas of the body toasty and cozy long after the therapist has left them. So cozy, says Jennifer Buckler, the spa’s manager, “We’ve had people ask if duvets can be put on their hotel beds.”

The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea  ~  874-8000  ~  www.fourseasons.com/maui
Nibble dried coconut slices, mango and raw almonds while sipping a cool glass of Ginger Blast tea at this ultra-luxe resort spa. A well-hidden aromatherapy diffuser emits the Four Seasons’ signature scent, Palena ‘Ole (No Boundaries), an intoxicating blend of Hawaiian vine; maile, pikake and tuberose blossoms; green moss and ‘iliahi (sandalwood). Don’t miss one of the spa’s exclusive facials developed by celebrity skin expert Kate Somerville and featuring products from her L.A. clinic. Looking for a quick fix? Choose from the poolside tapas menu, including hand and foot massage, neck and shoulders massage, and hair and scalp treatment. Mix and match to create your own twenty- to sixty-minute custom lounge chair experience.

Mandara Spa, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
3700 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea  ~  891-8774  ~  www.mandaraspa.com
Appropriately named Mandara, referring to a Sanskrit legend about the quest for eternal youth, this new 10,000-square-foot spa mixes traditional Balinese features like dark teak massage tables (with hydraulic lifts) and hand-carved wooden sculptures with its own luxury product line imported from England and France. Even the locker room has an exotic feeling, with its relaxing “forest” of bamboo. Stop at the steam room for a lime-infused oshibori towel, then indulge your tootsies with a Hawaiian pedicure—which includes a foot soak in hot sea-salt-infused water to kill bacteria and remove dead skin, a softening tropical scrub with mango and papaya enzymes, a pohaku (stone) foot and calf massage, and finally, a cocoa butter rub. A bestseller!

Spa Moana, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
200 Nohea Kai Dr., Lahaina  ~  661-1234  ~  www.maui.hyatt.com
The Spa Moana’s beach-chic vibe begins with Maui’s only oceanfront massage cabanas, located right on Ka‘anapali Beach. Luxuriate in one of their tropical treatments, such as Pacific Island Renewal, a deliciously decadent papaya-pineapple exfoliation followed by noni and kukui-nut oil rub and a body wrap. Afterward, stretch out on a terry-covered chaise in the spa’s open-air relaxation room with a glass of fruit-infused water, or visit the 5,000-square-foot fitness center with its sweeping ocean views.

Hale Mana Wellness Center, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club
100 Nokea Kai Dr., Lahaina  ~  667-1200  ~  www.marriott.com
Are you a neophyte in the world of spas? Then you will ease right into the Marriott’s treatment menu of familiar offerings, which includes quintessential Swedish and Hot Stone massages, and the Classic Epicurean facial. With just three treatment rooms, this low-key spa is both intimate and perfect for the guest on the go. Massages can be scheduled in as little as twenty-five-minute slots—a well-deserved reward after working out in the property’s adjoining fitness center.

The Spa at the Diamond Hawai‘i Resort & Spa
555 Kaukahi St., Wailea  ~  874-0500  ~ www.diamondresort.com
Situated 300 feet above the Wailea coastline, this all-suite resort incorporates traditional Japanese touches, from furo tubs to koi ponds. Soak in one of the Kurhaus baths, a Japanese and German hydrotherapy system that warms and stimulates your muscles with foam and pressurized hot water. Think you’re fearless? Sign up for one of their unique facials, which begin with a special Japanese tradition: the application of dehydrated, powdered nightingale droppings that are bacteria-free and contain guanine, an enzyme with restorative and lightening powers. Don’t laugh—this century-old custom originated with geishas and Kabuki actors!

Spa Grande, Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa
3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea  ~  875-1234  ~ www.grandwailea.com
This massive 50,000-square-foot space comes replete with a sculpture of Ceres (the Roman goddess of agriculture), Italian-tiled Roman baths and an $850,000 eight-by-nine-foot crystal-and-gold chandelier. Take your pick from three shower styles: traditional, Japanese, or Swiss-jet; and specialty baths with limu (seaweed), aromatherapy, tropical enzymes, moor mud or seasonal ingredients like lavender. “Our Terme hydrotherapy circuit sets us apart,” says Jim Miller, director of sales and marketing. “Spa guests can arrive one hour early and enjoy the healing properties of our bathing rituals.” And you get to keep the honey-mango body loofah. Mm-mm.

Honua Spa, Hotel Hana-Maui
*Now called Travaasa Hotel
Hana Highway, Hana  ~  248-8211  ~ www.hotelhanamaui.com
This understated sanctuary, lodged in a low-rise building nestled on the eastern coast of the island, lays claim to breathtaking views of Hana Bay and Ka‘uiki Hill. Get spoiled by the spa’s “high-touch, low-tech” service in one of fourteen treatment rooms made from natural materials like stone, bamboo and wood. Each of the five spacious massage suites offers a private bath and individual garden. After enjoying a calming ‘Awa (kava) and Spirulina Ho‘olana (floating) body wrap, one of many treatments using native plants like ‘iliahi (sandalwood) and ‘awapuhi (ginger), take a dip in the lava rock whirlpool overlooking the bay.


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