Hawaii Health & Beauty
Auberge Mauna Lani
68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Kohala Coast
We cannot get enough of this gorgeous hotel, especially the mostly-outdoor spa, where you’re surrounded by lush vegetation, palm trees, lava rock, and warm island air (there’s even an open air sauna). The treatments are all amazing, but the exclusive goop Glow facial is the ultimate: Layers of exfoliation, hydrators, and clinically-proven actives combine for a skin-boosting treatment that leaves anyone with the softest, smoothest, glowiest skin ever.
2199 Kalia Rd., Honolulu
The Halekulani Hotel is in the thick of Waikiki’s resort row, but the aromatherapy massage is transportive. Start with an invigorating slap on the soles of your feet with coconut sticks (grown on the property) and then move on to what makes the Halekulani spa special: a fragrant, densely packed ball of turmeric, tamarind leaves, and lemongrass in cheesecloth that is heated and then pressed into knots and kinks. And as a parting gift, you get to take home the herbaceous orb to use in the bath or reheat at home for a repeat.
Hualalai Spa at the Four Seasons Hualalai
72-100 Ka`upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
There are waterfalls and private cabanas and the smell of lavender and eucalyptus in the air and aestheticians with orchids tucked behind their ears. The spa at the Four Seasons Hualalai is a spa for the ages. It’s nestled in what feels like a small jungle and although you walk to the various areas and rooms outside, it all feels incredibly private—and quiet. You don’t even need to get a treatment to feel recentered, calmer, possibly even more fulfilled as a person. But if you do get a treatment—and lucky, lucky you—we humbly suggest the Pa'Akai O Ka Kai aromatherapy treatment, which works with a combination of salt exfoliation and chakra balancing. Actually we humbly recommend any treatment. What we don’t recommend: leaving.
Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai
1571 Poipu Rd., Koloa
It’s soothing just to lie still in one of the outdoor treatment-room cabanas, the smell of tropical blooms permeating the air. Once the treatments get going, they’re utter bliss: brightening peels, stimulating oxygen therapy, LED lights, and an especially pampering hot stone therapy designed to invigorate skin.
The Spa at Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort at Poipu Beach
2251 Poipu Rd., Koloa
Locally grown coffee, Kauai clay, and essences from wild tropical flowers come together in the treatments at this spa that’s right on the beach. Few things are as relaxing as listening to the rhythm of the waves as you get a circulation-boosting face massage. If you’re sun-scorched, the Sun Comfort Facial feels effing fantastic with soothing layers of aloe, a noni superfruit mask, and a coconut scalp massage.
ON & ON
5-5161 Kuhio Hwy., #210, Hanalei
ON & ON specializes in head-to-toe skincare; in a single visit, you can have a botanical facial, spend three tension-easing minutes in a cryo sauna, and get a skin-boosting LED treatment. They also offer curated gift sets for anyone in your crew, from the hair-obsessed to the healthy epicurean.
Hanalei Bay Massage
5-5161 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei
With its in-depth menu of massage offerings—ranging from Swedish and Shiatsu to traditional Hawaiian “Lomi Lomi”—Hanalei Bay beats any hotel spa massage. They also do acupuncture, a signature “Raindrop Therapy” treatment with essential oils, and tarot and astrological readings.