The JK7-OlaLoa, The Spa Retreat for the 7 Senses is the brainchild of biochemist Dr. Jurgen Klein—founder of Jurlique skin products—and his wife Karin. Their combination of science and spa experience earned them a Best Green Spa nomination from Luxist. The Synergized spa package begins with 45 minutes in the 120-degree heat of the aromatherapy steam room, followed by flash immersion in the cold plunge pool, designed to loosen muscles and detoxify the body. Guests then make their way into the custom-built JK7-Spa Sensator, where they float on their backs in warm saltwater for 45 minutes as the room's lighting shifts colors in concert with stress-melting music, anxiety-evaporating fragrances, and whale songs emitted by a giant conch shell. Once mental tensions have drained away, JK7's bodyworkers labor on corporal tautness in a 75-minute customized massage, culled from techniques such as Swedish, lymphatic drainage, hot stone, and deep tissue. The day culminates with guests taking in the ocean view of the Oahu coast while munching on assorted pupu dishes, which may include veggie sticks with freshly made dip or homemade bruschetta.
At Oasis Club and Spa for Women, the dual energizing effects of exercise and relaxation meet under the same roof. Ladies of any age can seek out camaraderie and encouragement as they burn calories in outdoor boot-camp programs, Pro Fit semiprivate personal-training sessions, and group classes that include Zumba, yoga, and circuit training. Even when prepping for solo workouts, guests can benefit from the warm staff's instructions on how to use their stock of HumanSport functional-training equipment from Star Trac.
Spa visits needn't be a solitary affair, either. Friends can find serenity simultaneously with party packages for girls' nights and outings for couples, brightening their complexions with Dermalogica skincare products and gabbing about the latest in cucumber-based eyewear. The spa tries to incorporate all-natural ingredients into treatments such as Bronze Biologic spray tans, Nufree botanical hair removal, and hot-stone massages.
Steamy saunas and cool pools share space with an in-house salon, massage parlor, and nail studio at Herbal Spa Sauna & Salon, which has separate facilites for men and women. The journey through saunas and baths is ordered strategically for optimal effect, beginning with a hot-tub dip to calm muscles and relax minds. After a sojourn in the steam sauna opens pores and releases tension, the dry sauna heats cores with controlled 210-degree coals to ease muscles and a bath cools down bodies before limber limbs meditate in a jade room. A Himalayan salt sauna uses heat to release the minerals found in salt to benefit respiratory systems, reduce stress, and improve skin health.
Over at the salon, aestheticians work out any lingering stresses with body scrubs, massages, and pedicures that outfit toes with bright colors before their next trip into pitch-black shoe caves. Staffers stock locker rooms with complimentary robes, ice water, and shower products to ensure pleasant transitions to and from the tranquil retreat.
It’s not just the soft glow of candlelight, the array of floral sprays, or even the pampering spa treatments that keep clients coming back to Laka Skin Care & Spa. They come for the salon’s holistic treatments, backed by the science of Nobel Prize–winning research. The salon’s staff is trained in everything from facial reflexology to the salon’s three signature facials—all of which use 24-karat gold to brighten and cleanse skin.
What really sets the spa’s treatments apart are the optional add-ons. The house brand of aromatherapy, 21 Drops, infuses facials and massages with healing essential oils to entertain noses. Heated amethyst mats detoxify both body and mind while clients relax on them.
Makana Esthetics Wellness Academy’s Synergie machine uses vacuum-like therapy to help diminish cellulite and smooth corporeal canvases. To begin the 30-minute treatment, clients climb inside a special body suit, designed to help the handheld Synergie device glide smoothly along the body and avoid frustrating traffic jams. As clients lie on a heated bed, a staff member gently rubs the apparatus on affected regions, using light suction to stimulate blood flow and disband organized mobs of cellulite. Patients may see results after the first session, though it can take three treatments to achieve optimum effects. As treatments commence, Makana Esthetics Wellness Academy’s spa-like atmosphere lulls clients into a peaceful state not unlike the aftermath of a Police Academy –watching marathon.
Ku'uleilani Day Spa takes its musical name from its owner, an Oahu native who learned the art of Hawaiian lomi-lomi massage from her grandmother at a young age. At her spa, Ku'uleilani takes advantage of the nourishing powers of fruit and plants that grow naturally in Hawaii, as in the Kava body wrap or the green-papaya-enzyme facial. Waxing appointments also emphasize natural ingredients, uprooting hair with organic honey and beeswax. Since Ku’uleilani is also a licensed massage therapist, she can practice lomi-lomi and other massage styles without renting a speedboat and traveling to international waters.