Prenatal Pampering

Mothers-to-be represent a fertile market for Hawaii spas, and resort facilities around the islands are responding to their needs with treatments specifically designed for pregnant clients.

By: Marty Wentzel

Mothers-to-be represent a fertile market for Hawaii spas, and resort facilities around the islands are responding to their needs with treatments specifically designed for pregnant clients.

During a prenatal massage at the Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel, for instance, a pregnant woman can lie on her stomach for a full hour thanks to therapeutically designed contour body cushions. A 60-minute massage at the Ilikai costs $89. Call 800-245-4524.

At Four Seasons Resort Wailea on Maui, therapists with prenatal massage training perform wahine hapai (pregnant woman) massages.

“The therapist uses a blend of oils to improve the elasticity of the skin, and the touch varies to address individual such needs as stress relief, poor circulation, lower back ache, edema headaches and swollen feet,” said Four Seasons spa spokeswoman Carol Bartlett.

A 50-minute session costs $110, with an 80-minute treatment for $165. Call 800-334-MAUI.

Kohala Sports Club and Spa, at the Big Island’s Hilton Waikoloa Village, offers its own treatment to help women relax during pregnancy. Called Maternity Bliss, the $302 package includes a massage with supports, and an energizer session to improve circulation. Call 800-HILTONS.

Mauna Lani Spa, adjacent to Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the Big Island, features a hapai massage with pregnancy cushions or pillows. Rates are $110 for 60 minutes and $165 for 90 minutes. Call 800-367-2323.

While Fairmont Kea Lani Maui doesn’t offer a specific maternity massage, spa director Christie-Jo Arquette suggested the 85-minute Coco Butter Vitamin E massage for the mother-to-be ($165). Call 800-441-1414.

Spa Grande at Grand Wailea Resort on Maui offers a similar hapai massage using vitamin E-enriched cocoa butter to improve elasticity and moisturize the skin. A 50-minute treatment costs $140. Call 800-888-6100.

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Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort, Anara Spa director Robin Jumper said about 5% of all clients request pregnancy massages. A 25-minute pregnancy massage costs $70, with a 50-minute session for $115 and 80 minutes for $160. Call 800-55-HYATT.

Lanai Resorts’ spa director Linda Richey recommended the Hehi Lani (step into heaven) foot treatment for pregnant guests. “It’s great for swelling feet,” said Richey, whose spa is located at Manele Bay Hotel. The 50-minute session costs $105. Call 800-321-4666.

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