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3 Island-Inspired Spa Indulgences

By Margo Steines

05.16.17

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For me-time with mana, head to one of our three favorite spas for an ultra-luxe pampering ritual inspired by ancient Hawaiian cultural practices. Using techniques and ingredients unique to the islands, each of these services will renew your body and restore your spirit.
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1. For a dose of healing for both body and mind, indulge in the Lomi Lomi Retreat at the Modern’s chic Lather Spa. This indulgent two hour experience combines the Hawaiian mind-cleansing practice of ho’oponopono with the well known benefits of traditional lomi lomi massage, which is characterized by strong, rhythmic forearm massage and lauded as one of the most therapeutic forms of bodywork. Your practitioner will guide you through the setting of an intention, clearing the path for self healing, and will then treat your body with organic oils during the incredibly relaxing treatment. 120 minutes for $300, Lather Spa at The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki, O’ahu, 943.5800, themodernhonolulu.com

2. What could possibly be better than a treatment named The Best? On the glorious west side of O’ahu, check into one of the healing hales at the Naupaka Spa and Wellness Center for the luxuriously restorative Nō Ka ‘Oi. Each of the four treatments utilizes local Hawaiian botanicals from Ola Tropical Apothecary. Begin with the sugar cane and coconut oil body scrub and be transported by the aloe and coconut milk body wrap, tropical hair treatment, and lemongrass ginger massage. You’ll leave infused with the healing properties of the islands, plus the softest skin you’ve felt in years. 110 minutes for $425, Naupaka Spa and Wellness Center at Four Seasons Resort Ko Olina, 92-1001 Olani St., Ko Olina, O’ahu, 679.0079, fourseasons.com/oahu

3. At the tranquil Kahala Spa, known for peaceful privacy, allow soreness and tension to melt away under gentle pressure from warm river stones, or pohaku. Polynesian healers have been using these warm stones for therapeutic bodywork since ancient times. During the Pohaku Stone Massage, your treatment begins with long invigorating massage strokes. Once your mind and body are fully prepared, the warm stones are positioned at various strategic points along your body, resulting in maximum relaxation. As you absorb the healing heat of the stones, you’ll float through the spa’s signature foot ritual and scalp treatment. This divine treatment culminates with a full body skin brushing and your choice of a body scrub or infinity bath. When you leave the spa, don’t forget to stop and savor a sunset drink at the Kahala’s stunning beach. 120 minutes for $370, Kahala Spa at Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Ave., Kahala, O’ahu, 739.8888, kahalaresort.com