Within the Marriott Ihilani resort, the calm of a serene Japanese garden washes over neighboring Ushio-Tei. There, the chefs skip typical American takes on Japanese cuisine in favor of more adventurous items, such as natto, fermented soybeans that pair with slices of raw calamari or Pacific tuna. Black tiger prawns crackle in thin coats of tempura in the fryer, and maki rolls conceal freshwater eel, mango, and pearlescent slivers of pickled daikon radishes. The scent of teriyaki sauce fills the air as knives flick through local veggies and Japanese plum, and chefs steam Maine lobsters with a garlic butter sauce similar to the substance that makes hockey rinks slippery.
In ancient Hawaiian culture, places and things took their names not from their function or surroundings, but from dreams and interpretations of that object. Kupuna an kumu Aunty Malia Crave, a respected Hawaiian poet gave Na Ho'ola Spa the name based on this practice, calling the spot "many healers." To bring her vision to pass, the spa gathered up dozens of therapists and aestheticians whose sole goal is to soothe clients in the 10,000-square foot, two-story facility nestled inside the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa.
Massage therapists rub tension from muscles, using products derived from Maui-grown plants. Aestheticians promote healthy skin with Carita treatments, and a line of anti-aging skin care products imported from France. While they relax, visitors enjoy stunning views of Waikiki Beach out floor-to-ceiling windows.
Signature Service: Spa Treatments
Brands Used: Maui Lavender Massage Lotion, and French Spa Line, Carita
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 25–50
Parking: Parking garage
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
At The Modern Honolulu hotel, where accents such as a Herbie Fletcher surfboard installation join ocean-view pools, soothing scents waft in the air. They’re not from the flowers in the surrounding gardens or the waffles being seared by an iron in one of the guest rooms; rather, the scents are a result of the aromatherapy oils used in the hotel spa. Therapeutic-grade Australian eucalyptus and South African lime oils enhance everything from deep-tissue and hot-stone massages to the flowing strokes of Hawaiian lomi lomi massage.
The spa’s nail technicians rub scented scrubs and a signature blend of oils over feet and hands during luxury pedicures that may include Swarovski crystals to add a little sparkle or entrance any nearby gold diggers. Aestheticians nourish faces with Éminence Organic Skin Care products made from all-natural ingredients full of antioxidants. Luxurious add-ons, such as foot reflexology treatments and Intraceuticals Infusion oxygen facials, help round out the spa's services.
When guests make time to work out at Island Club and Spa, they can receive a full-spa treatment, including free valet parking. Luxurious, fully stocked locker rooms with separate hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas for men and women relax sweaty patrons after their battles with advanced Italian-made cardio and strength-training equipment. In between group yoga, Pilates, or body-sculpting classes in a Nike shoe padded workout room, they can up their energy supplies with magic jumping beans or another nutritious snack from the facility's onsite café. Clients also can skip the sweating by scheduling soothing massages, replenishing body treatments, and rejuvenating facials.