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Oahu Offers the Spectrum of Spa Experience

Information about day spas and destination spas on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

On the island of Oahu, health and wellness awareness has increased over recent years, and with that, the number of spas has increased. With a dozen spas to choose from, Oahu offers a spectrum of treatments and experiences to satisfy anybody’s needs.

Oahu’s spas allow visitors to experience the ancient techniques of Hawaiian healing. The traditional healing philosophies and practices of the Hawaiians, from herbal healing to massage, complement Western science and can accelerate wellness. Traditional healers say successful treatment stems in large part from a patient’s spirituality and use of a number of techniques including lomi lomi massage, which stimulates the circulatory, muscular and nervous systems.

Hawaiian spa treatments offered by many of Oahu’s spas use Hawaiian plants such as kalo, awa, noni and kukui, as well as Hawaiian sea salt, kukui nut oil and tropical fruits to relax and unwind. Visitors can relax with a soothing hot lava rock massage, lomi lomi massage and other unique treatments created to rejuvenate the body and spirit.

Each spa offers a variety of treatments that will enhance any Hawaiian vacation. Below are highlights of spas on Oahu:

SpaHalekulani - Halekulani Hotel
SpaHalekulani, Honolulu’s newest spa, opened its doors on April 1, 2003 as an innovative and soothing spa which promises a cultural, emotional and spiritual journey to uncover the mystical cultures of Asia, Hawaii and the South Pacific. Designed by renowned spa designer Sylvia Sepielli, SpaHalekulani explores the healing traditions of Hawaii’s diverse cultures, especially those from Pacific Islands such as Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti. The spa offers guests a full menu of services that are inspired by Hawaii’s diverse heritage. For a unique experience, the Polynesian Nonu incorporates Samoan massage techniques using stones and nonu (Tahitian fruit).
Phone: (808) 923-2311
Web site: www.halekulani.com

The Spa - Turtle Bay Resort
The Spa is the newest addition to the Turtle Bay Resort and offers a healing haven to complement an array of outdoor and water-related activities on the North Shore of Oahu. Presented as an intimate, full-service facility, The Spa offers Island Rituals that allow guests to take time away from everyday life and nurture their physical mental and spiritual selves. The Spa’s Island Rituals are customized treatments including the lomi lomi massage, the Polynesian SeaSalt Scrub or the Limu Wrap - which use the healing ingredients of plants, the sea and the power of touch to exude "mana" or spiritual energy.
Phone: (800) 203-3650
Web site: www.turtlebayresort.com

SpaSuites - Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii
SpaSuites was recognized in 2003 as the "Best New Hotel Spa in America" in DEPARTURES magazine and provides guests with a personal and private experience in the luxury of their very own residential-style suite. Each suite captures Hawaii’s tropical ambiance with plantation shutter doors, warm wood flooring and island-style ceiling fans with a lush tropical garden to relax in just outside the door. In collaboration with the resort, internationally-renowned spa consultant ESPA (Education Spa) has developed a series of innovative and restorative treatments inspired by the elements of life, embracing Hawaiian culture and traditional therapies. One of their signature treatments, "Piha Kino," includes a welcoming foot ritual, a bath infused with aromatic oils, a full body aromatherapy massage and a gentle facial cleanse and scalp treatment. Phone: (808) 739-8888 Web site: www.mandarin-oriental.com/kahala Ihilani Spa - JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa Ihilani Spa utilizes natural ingredients from the islands in an array of invigorating services such as green tea detoxifying wraps, island floral herbal wraps, cool ti leaf wraps, seaweed body mask and Hawaiian salt glow. In addition to the rejuvenating massage therapies, restorative finishing touches and other spa services, half day and full day programs are offered, which include Ka kina pii hou ka ikaika (to grow strong, or after weakness), KeKina (mind, body and spirit balancer), and I hookahi ka umauma hookahi ke aloha (all united in harmony and love). For those who wish to indulge, there’s the "Ultimate Champagne and Caviar Treatment."
Phone: (808) 679-0079
Web site: www.ihilani.com

Na Hoola Spa - Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa
Na Hoola in Hawaiian means "many healers." Na Hoola Spa helps heal the body and spirit by incorporating many of the values, beliefs and philosophies of the Hawaiian culture in their full service spa. Walls of glass offer views of the soothing Pacific Ocean and the Na Pohaku Ola O Kapaemahu A kapuni (the stones of life) making Na Hoola an oasis of tranquility. Many treatments utilize natural Hawaiian ingredients such as kukui, awa, ti leaf, and kalo, as well as seaweed and sea salt to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.
Phone: (808) 923-1234
Web site: www.hyatt.com

Mandara Spa - Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa
The name "Mandara" comes from an ancient Sanskrit legend about the gods’ quest to find the elixir of immortality and eternal youth. Mandara Spa, originating in Bali, has embraced this legend. The Spa incorporates Hawaiian, Asian, Western, and Polynesian beauty and relaxation concepts: exquisite Balinese-style service; Asian spices and oils for masques, wraps, and other treatments; massage styles from Swedish to Hawaiian lomi lomi; and Mandara’s trademark service. For couples, "An Exploration in Chocolate" treatment starts with side-by-side massages in a twin spa suite, followed by applications of chocolate macadamia nut exfoliation scrub, and ending with an aromatic bath.
Phone: (808) 923-7721
Web site: www.mandaraspa.com

Serenity Spa Hawaii - Outrigger Reef on the Beach
The Outrigger Reef on the Beach is located on an ancient Hawaiian site where healing rituals took place in the 18th century. Serenity Spa Hawaii & Rejuvenation Center utilizes local and traditional treatments such as lomi lomi massage, hot lava rock massage, manicures, pedicures, Vichy showers and aesthetics. Serenity will pamper you with exotic tropical oils, plant extracts and essential oils to help you literally feel the true spirit of aloha.
Phone: (808) 926-2882
Web site: www.serenityspahawaii.com

The Lomi Shop
Lomi lomi is the ancient practice of healing which incorporates mind and body. At The Lomi Shop the massage therapists receive mandatory training by a kumu (Hawaiian teacher) before they receive their license to practice. Treatments range from a ten-minute seated lomi or foot lomi to an hour full body massage.
Phone: (808) 926-5664 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa
Phone: (808) 234-5664 Windward Mall

abhasa Spa - The Royal Hawaiian
Nestled within the "Pink Palace" in The Royal Hawaiian, the abhasa Spa offers a variety of unique spa services. Some specialty services based on traditional Indian treatments include Hydro color light therapy, Ayurveda Shirodhara and Bindi Shirodhara. Another unique treatment is body cocoons. The Cleopatra cocoon treatment begins with the application of goat’s milk cream, the Hawaiian Spirulina uses seaweed to purify, another utilizes mud. Then your body is wrapped and lowered into our ultra-comfortable, nicely heated envelopment bed. Other treatments include the hot stone massage, lomi lomi massage and the Hawaiian sea salt scrub.
Phone: (808) 922-3556
Web site: www.abhasa.com

Ampy’s A Day Spa - Ala Moana Shopping Center
For 30 years, Ampy has dedicated herself to offering the finest European Spa experience. Accompanied by her daughter Nicole and a staff of highly trained therapists, the team blends traditions and the latest in technology to provide innovative skin and body care for a new generation. Treatments include facials, massages, body wraps, scrubs and a variety of body therapy and spa packages.
Phone: (808) 946-3838
Web site: www.ampys.com

Article provided courtesy of the Oahu Visitor's Bureau

See also:
- The Most Luxurious Treatments at Oahu's Spas
- Day Spas on Oahu
- Destination Spas on Oahu
- Other Activities on Oahu



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