In Maui, spa culture is like the rest of the island’s culture: spectacular. Believe the hype you’ve read in just about every travel and lifestyle magazine article about the region; the spas here are in a league of their own.
Should you be planning a trip to this Pacific paradise, book some time off from sun worshiping and head indoors for a spot of rejuvenation. Below, our suggestions for Maui’s best spas.
Where: The Fairmont Kea Lani Resort | Wailea
Highlight: The peaceful hush characterizing the spa here, makes for an ideal spiritual getaway—even if that getaway is only for an afternoon. Between its calming décor and the warmth of its staff, the Willow Stream Spa is a model sanctuary. For guests of the hotel, make time to squeeze in at least two visits here—your qi will thank you!
Suggested Treatment: Share your R&R with the one you love and book a Honeymooner in Maui treatment for two. Aside from the couple’s massage portion—which will have you feeling like jelly—there’s a citrus-infused sugar scrub, a body mask (made from local organic honey, ginger and tropical ylang-ylang), foot scrub, scalp massage and lastly, a warming shower. Can you say “paradise?”
Where: Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort | Wailea
Highlight: This is where opulence fosters its overachieving offspring (across 40 treatment rooms in a 50,000 square-foot expanse)—and thank goodness for that. Spa Grande epitomizes luxury, so, for those spa-goers who associate a day of leisure with pampering at its finest, this is the place for you. Spa Grande is, after all, an internationally-acclaimed establishment that boasts accolades including “Top 10 Spas in the United States,” as awarded by both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazines, on top of a Forbes Four Star Award.
Suggested Treatment: Before or after hitting the beach, booking the Maui Sugar Can Exfoliation treatment would be a wise investment. A build-up of dead skin hinders quality sun bathing, while also dulling the effects of your hard-earned tan. This treatment will help smooth, brighten and nourish the body from head-to-toe, optimizing skin for a sun holiday.
Where: The Westin Maui Resort & Spa | Ka’anapali
Highlight: An alum of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “Top 25 Hawaii Resort Spas” list, this spa “gets” luxury. And as follows, treatments at the Heavenly Spa come with a value-added bonus: a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Thanks to the hotel’s prime location on the island’s famed Ka’anapali Beach, the scenery from your massage table is on par with the quality of the spa’s Utopian-esque tranquility.
Suggested Treatment: Do as Gwyneth would and opt for the All is Calm Package. This bundle of R&R has everything a budding spiritual guru could desire, starting with an 80-minute signature massage (perked up with a little lavender scented aromatherapy) and a yoga class to center you before taking on the tourist attractions.