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.
Amar Massage Spa values the connection between inner well-being and outer radiance. Massage therapists revitalize clients physically and mentally by soothing pent-up tension with traditional Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. Alternatively, they can employ specialized modalities such as rolling warm bamboo across aching muscles or applying aromatic Thai herb poultices to key pressure points. Even the clinical-strength skincare treatments double as indulgent escapes from everyday stress. Microdermabrasion treatments, facials, and cellulite-fading treatments target signs of aging while leaving clients as relaxed as a slinky in zero gravity.
High above Honolulu inside Thai Thai Massage’s tranquil, flower-strewn confines, therapists draw on diverse massage-therapy traditions as they work to ease clients’ aches and pains. Therapists move clients into deep, yoga-like stretches with Thai massage, or ease chronic muscle tension with deep-tissue techniques. The ancient Hawaiian healing art of lomilomi may incorporate warm stones, back walking, and mild-hypnosis techniques, aiding relaxation or reenactments of The Manchurian Candidate. Swedish and hot-stone massage, Chinese foot reflexology, and thai body scrubs are also available.
With more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry, Debbie Drennen is a stylist who tends to hair at Peggy's Salon at the Kaimana. At the ocean-side salon, she creates snazzy hairdos with cuts, color treatments such as highlights, and smoothing treatments such as blowouts.