As I surrendered my hands to a manicure, I caught the eye of my
daughter one chair over, ankle deep in warm water during a
“I’m in heaven,” she grinned, and I readily agreed.
Even on vacation, such mother-daughter bonding is a precious
commodity, so the news of the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s YSpa
program deserves two big polished thumbs up.
YSpa, with body treatments designed for younger travelers, is a
relatively new addition to the offerings at the 22-acre Waikiki
resort’s Mandara Spa.
“The interest in kids and teen spa programs has really grown in
recent years,” said Hilton Hawaii regional director of marketing
Lora Gallagher, a mother herself. “Not only do mom and dad need a
relaxing rejuvenation while they are in Hawaii, but the kids want
to be a part of that process as well.”
Whether the adolescent client is dealing with dating blues, exam
anxiety or an acne attack, YSpa’s menu of services has been
tailored to help make those worries disappear. Treatments include
the 25-minute Heavenly Massage, focusing on aromatherapy back work
which can address the pain caused by school backpacks. During the
Surfers Scrub, a 25-minute exfoliation process, a mixture of fresh
limes, lemon and ginger re-energizes growing clients after a tiring
day of play.
YSpa’s ear-to-ear services include the 50-minute Fabulous Fruity
Facial, which calls on an organic mixture of nature’s bounties to
clean and moisturize young faces. Meanwhile, the 50-minute Acne
Attack blasts away blemishes courtesy of a revolutionary oxygen
The YSpa Menu caters to teens 16 years and older, but that doesn’t
mean little sisters can’t tag along. Mandara Spa’s salon presents
services for all age groups, including the 25-
minute Magical Manicure and the 45-
minute Sole Mate, a pedicure with pizzazz. Girls, pre-teens and
teenagers alike can indulge in hair care like the Beach Babe (a
deep conditioning hair ritual followed by a French braid) and the
Stylin’ Session (a funky cut and color after a personalized
consultation with the stylist).
Of course, Mandara Spa offers extensive menus exclusively for
adults. But take it from this mom: An intergenerational trip to the
spa creates memories that last long after the nail polish has
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa
Open from 9 a.m-9 p.m.
YSpa rates: Body treatments from $65; pedicures from $45;
manicures from $25.