If you want to relax and rejuvenate on your Hawaii vacation, there’s nothing better than a visit to one of its top spas — especially when you can just roll out of bed and walk a few steps to experience the nirvana of a Hawaiian lomilomi or heated lava rock massage. Locally sourced ingredients like sugar, honey, ginger, coffee and cacao make body wraps and facials delectable, too. Here are our favorite hotels with first-rate spas on the island of Hawai‘i from the Kohala Coast south to Kailua-Kona. Note: Some services may not be available currently due to Covid-19 precautions.
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- Besides the eight private outdoor waterfall hales (huts), Spa Without Walls includes six oceanside hales, four indoor treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room, and men’s and women’s locker rooms. The spa boutique has a thoughtful selection of organic and mineral-based skin care products, including sunscreens. Opt for the Big Island Flower Essence treatment, which combines a traditional lomi lomi-style massage with a Hawaiian mamaki volcanic mud wrap on the lower part of your legs and feet.
Hilton Waikoloa Village
- Known for its line of coconut mango body products, Kohala Spa features men’s and women’s spa areas with steam rooms, dry saunas and indoor and outdoor garden whirlpools, plus a 2,000-square-foot salon. Book the Naupaka Ritual, which starts with a foot rub with ‘awa root and Hawaiian ginger and includes body wraps with warmed herbs, or the Volcanic Body Ritual, which combines the exfoliation from volcanic pumice with the deep moisturizing of coconut oil.
Four Seasons Hualalai
- The sprawling spa and fitness center is a resort unto itself, with a four-lane Olympic lap pool, climbing wall and large, separate structures for the latest in cardio equipment, Pilates, yoga and other wellness classes. Body treatments start with custom-blending of ingredients, many of them locally sourced, in the Apothecary; massages are excellent, including Hawaiian lomi lomi and techniques for expectant mothers. Allow time to enjoy the spa’s lush Waiea (Water of Life) garden, which includes a reflexology path through a gentle stream.
Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
- This was the first spa in the islands to boast a Himalayan Salt Room with halo generator, a rejuvenating experience in a peaceful, glowing room; Hawaiian sea salt appears in several of the body wraps and scrubs, along with locally grown floral ingredients and other aromatics. Couples should book the Unforgettable Massage for Two, given on a private, ocean-view lanai with its own hot tub.
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