Hawaii is home to some fantastic spas. Regardless of which island you are planning to visit, there are many options to choose from. Lomi Lomi is the most famous of all Hawaiian spa treatments, with soothing rhythmic movements and relaxing background music. You will find it on every spa menu in Hawaii and it's definitely worth a try if you've never had it before. Many Hawaiian spas offer outdoor treatment options which are a great idea because you can enjoy the wonderful air while getting a massage.
On Oahu, Mandara Spa at Hilton Hawaiian Village offers 25 treatment rooms and an infinity pool. The spa at Halekulani offers its guests Hawaiian inspired treatments, including the super relaxing Lomi Lomi massage.
In Kauai, visit the spa at the luxury St. Regis Princeville.
For those planning a trip to Maui, both Kapalua and Wailea resorts offer exceptional spas. We like Kapalua which tends to be cooler than Wailea and feels less crowded. Kapalua Resort has two spas to choose from - the luxury spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, and the new spa at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Kapalua Bay, featuring beautiful indoor/outdoor facilities, a fitness center and an outdoor pool with a view.
The Big Island
On the Big Island of Hawaii, the spas at the Mauna Lani continuously receive high praise. There are two awesome spas within the resort, so you can try them both on your spa vacation getaway.
Massage over a Waterfall
The Spa at the Fairmont Orchid has outdoor treatment rooms set over man-made waterfalls, including a romantic couples treatment room. For a spa enthusiast, a visit to this Big Island spa is a must. Spa Without Walls at Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii has 10 massage hale on a hill surrounded by tropical plants and soothing sounds of water. Orchids, palm trees, lily ponds and quiet relaxation areas create a prefect setting to unwind while in Hawaii. The Waterfall Hale Massage lets you look down on a waterfall through the opening in your massage table.
Choose from treatments that range from Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, a Big Island coffee and vanilla exfoliation treatment, Thai massage and reflexology. One of the houses has two massage tables for side-by-side massages for couples. Five private oceanfront massage cabanas at the Fairmont Orchid let you experience relaxation with a view. In addition to the houses over the waterfalls and oceanside cabanas, the spa offers three indoor treatment rooms, a steam room, dry sauna and a spa boutique.
Lava Rock Sauna
The Mauna Lani Spa and Fitness Center is home to a unique Hawaiian spa with 25,000 square feet of indoor and 15,000 square feet of outdoor treatment space. The nine outdoor thatched huts let vacationers experience the healing techiques of the Hawaiian culture which were preserved through the generations.
A visit to the naturally heated lava rock sauna is a must. Soothe your muscles surrounded by hot lava rock, the sun and warm 'ili'ili stones under your feet. To conclude the experience, guests are lead to a private shower to wash off the mud, followed by quiet meditation time in the garden. A spa vacation at the Mauna Lani Resort is the perfect time to try treatments that originated on the Hawaiian islands. Traditional massages include Lomilomi, Lomilomi Hula, Opu Huli, and Pohaku Pa'a. Rates start at $125 for a 50-minute massage. Plan a whole day at the spa - work out at the fitness center, swim in the outdoor pool, take a relaxing yoga class (offered daily) and get a soothing massage. You can stay at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel or at the Fairmont Orchid (which has its own spa). Read more about the Hawaiian islands and plan your getaway.