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Kim Steutermann Rogers
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At this gorgeous 17,500-square-foot spa, you enter a blissful maze where floor-to-ceiling riverbed stones lead to serene treatment rooms, couples' hales (cabanas), and a rain forest-like grotto with a Jacuzzi, dry cedar sauna, and eucalyptus steam rooms. Hang out in the co-ed waiting area, where sliding-glass doors open to a whirlpool overlooking a taro patch garden. Exfoliate any rough spots with a pineapple-papaya or coffee scrub; then wash off in a private outdoor shower garden before indulging in a lomilomi massage (traditional Hawaiian massage involving powerful strokes down the length of the body). High-end beauty treatments include advanced oxygen technology to tighten and nourish mature skin. The boutique has a well-curated display of organic, local, and high-end beauty products, fitness wear, and Maui-made jewelry. www.ritzcarlton.com.
The spa's oceanfront salon has a million-dollar view. It's a perfect place to beautify before a wedding or special anniversary, and it's a convenient beach stroll from its adjacent parking lot. The facility is spacious and well-appointed, offering traditional Swedish and deep tissue massage, and shiatsu, in addition to innovative treatments such as the hydrating vitamin C facial for sun lovers, the detoxifying volcanic clay body wrap, and the back-walk massage that's followed by stretching therapy. The coed waiting area has light snacks: banana bread, pineapple slices, coconut macaroons, and coffee and tea. Fitness buffs can take advantage of its state-of-the-art gym and complimentary fitness classes. www.maui.hyatt.com.
Find tranquility at this stellar spa near Kaanapali's Airport Beach. The decor is modern and Asian-inspired, and treatments incorporate Hawaiian elements. Try the Signature Heavenly Ritual body treatment, which infuses cane sugar in a gentle exfoliation, pineapple and green papaya in a mask, and then finishes with a cream application, plus a scalp and foot massage. Couples can opt for tandem lomilomi massages (traditional Hawaiian massage involving powerful strokes down the length of the body) in the privacy of a beautiful tropical suite. Although access to the gym next door is reserved for resort guests only, other amenities such as the steam room and nail salon more than suffice. www.westin.com.
A bamboo gate opens into an outdoor sanctuary with a lava-rock basking pool and hot tub. At first glimpse, this spa seems to have been organically grown, not built. The decor can hardly be called decor—it's an abundant, living garden that overlooks Hana Bay. Ferns still wet from Hana's frequent downpours nourish the spirit as you rest with a cup of Hawaiian herbal tea, or take an invigorating dip in the cold plunge pool, or have a therapist stretch your limbs as you soak in the warm waters of the aquatic therapy pool. Luxurious skin-care teatments feature organic products from Amala and essential oils from locally produced Maui Excellent. www.travaasa.com/hana.
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