Thatched-roof huts add to the sense of place at Mauna Lani Spa. // © 2015 Mauna Lani Spa
Feature image (above): Smooth bamboo stalks of varying sizes relax muscles at Spa Without Walls. // © 2015 The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
Not only is Hawaii Island the youngest in the Hawaiian chain, it’s still growing thanks to its active volcano. Likewise, its resort spas are expanding their offerings to help clients rejuvenate and rediscover their youthful vitality.
The following four hotels recently introduced spa treatments of distinction. Check them out on your next visit to Hawaii Island.
Bamboo Massage at Spa Without Walls, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
The latest service at Spa Without Walls calls on smooth, shiny bamboo stalks of varying lengths and diameters to stimulate circulation and promote relaxation.
After applying aromatherapy oil, the therapist rolls longer stalks up and down the body to stretch out larger muscles, then uses smaller stalks to work hard-to-reach knots. Try this treatment in an oceanside massage “hale” (hut), enhanced by the sound of the surf.
Himalayan Salt Room at Hoola Spa, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
Fans of natural healing swear by salt, considered an effective treatment for respiratory and skin conditions. Here, clients relax on lounge chairs and inhale the fine salt particles circulating in the room, with walls that are lined with large, pink salt crystals. Water, tea and soft music heighten the experience.
A 30-minute session is free for guests who have already paid for other spa treatments. Clients can also buy an a la carte session.
NuFace at Kohala Spa at Hilton Waikoloa Village
Here’s a unique twist on a facial: A handheld device sends microcurrents to the muscles of the face to improve tone and circulation.
First, the therapist cleans and exfoliates the skin and then massages the shoulders and neck. After applying conductivity gel, she slides the device gently around key areas of the face — a slightly tingly process. NuFace works best when used daily, but the skin definitely looks more toned after just one treatment.
Simple Pleasures at Mauna Lani Spa, Mauna Lani Resort
Mauna Lani’s newest spa option goes back to basics, combining two of the most requested treatments — an al fresco massage and a facial — into one satisfying package. It targets clients searching for relaxation, without spending excessive time and money.
The spa design itself is an innovation. It evokes local color, from rock-wall showers to an outdoor relaxation hale (hut) surrounded by lava and local vegetation.