Maui - Resort Spas

The Health Centre at the Four Seasons Resort Maui (tel. 800/334-MAUI [6284] or 808/874-8000; www.fshr.com): Imagine the sounds of the waves rolling on Wailea Beach as you are soothingly massaged in the privacy of your cabana, tucked into the beachside foliage. This is the place to come to be absolutely spoiled. Yes, there's an excellent workout area and tons of great classes, but their specialty is hedonistic indulgence.

Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea Resort (tel. 800/888-6100 or 808/875-1234; www.grandwailea.com): This is Hawaii's biggest spa, at 50,000 square feet (4,645 sq. m), with 40 treatment rooms. The spa incorporates the best of the Old World (romantic ceiling murals, larger-than-life Roman-style sculptures, mammoth Greek columns, huge European tubs), the finest Eastern traditions (a full Japanese-style traditional bath and various exotic treatments from India), and the lure of the islands (tropical foliage, ancient Hawaiian treatments, and island products). This spa has everything from a top fitness center to a menu of classes and is constantly on the cutting edge of the latest trends.

Spa Kea Lani at The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui (tel. 800/659-4100 or 808/875-4100; www.kealani.com): This intimate, Art Deco boutique spa (just a little over 5,000 sq. ft./465 sq. m, with 9 treatment rooms), which opened in 1999, is the place for personal and private attention. The fitness center next door is open 24 hours (a rarity in Hawaii resorts) with a personal trainer on duty some 14 hours a day.

Spa Moana at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa (tel. 800/233-1234 or 808/661-1234; www.maui.hyatt.com): The island's first oceanfront spa, a 9,000-square-foot (836m sq.) facility, opened recently with a $3.5 million price tag. The new spa offers an open-air exercise lanai, wet treatment rooms, massage rooms, a relaxation lounge, sauna and steam rooms, a Roman pool illuminated by overhead skylights, and a duet treatment suite for couples.