Grand Wailea cultural ambassador Kainoa Horcajo leads guests in a sunrise ceremony // © 2015 Grand Wailea
Feature image (above): Fairmont Kea Lani offers massages that use local honey. // © 2015 Fairmont Kea Lani
When it comes to good health, Maui’s a natural. Its blue skies, clear waters and grand mountains exude a sense of well-being — one visitors want to attain. Luckily, resorts keep coming up with new ways for clients to relax and rejuvenate during their travels.
Following are a few of the latest wellness offerings awaiting travelers to the Valley Isle.
Honeymooner in Maui at Fairmont Kea Lani
Revered by the ancients, honey is the superfood of the spa scene. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids, contains powerful antioxidants and is naturally antibacterial and moisturizing. Fairmont Kea Lani’s Willow Stream Spa invites couples to submit themselves to this natural elixir during side-by-side body scrubs and full-body massages that use local, organic honey. For honeymooners especially, this 90-minute indulgence is a refreshing way to start a life together.
HydraFacials at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Kaanapali
Sun damage sometimes comes with the territory during a Hawaii vacation. In response, Heavenly Spa at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Kaanapali now offers revolutionary treatments using a nonsurgical technology called HydraFacial. Each 25-minute procedure addresses skin concerns such as aging, acne, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Longer treatments that incorporate HydraFacials come with services such as a generous coating of warm lavender paraffin for hands and a stress-relieving neck, shoulder and hand massage.
Ocean Ritual At The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
Spa Helani at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas is taking a cue from the healing waters that lap at its doorstep. Its new Ocean Ritual treatment begins with a full-body exfoliation called the Wave of Purity. Next, therapists massage guests using heated, fabric pouches filled with mineral sea salts, with motions patterned after the movements of the sea. For the finale, clients are wrapped in stimulating algae mousse, followed by an application of silky Ocean Memory Cream.
Sunrise Experience at Grand Wailea
Before dawn, participants join Grand Wailea’s Hawaiian cultural ambassador Kainoa Horcajo on the beach. First, they learn a simple chant to ask for knowledge and strength; then, they enter the water to symbolically wash away their worries. Back on the sand as the sun rises, clients learn a rousing, second chant about awakening and vitality, creating energy for the day ahead. Open to the public, this free ceremony takes place every third Thursday of the month.