Oahu - Resort Spas
Ho'ola Spa in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki (Oahu; tel.
800/233-1234; wwww.hyattwaikiki.com): Waikiki's first spa, just
opened in 2000, is an airy, modern 10,000-square-foot facility with
a small fitness center, a sauna, Vichy showers, and a relaxation
area. The 19 treatment rooms are twice the usual size, with plenty
of room to accommodate couples massage.
Abhasa Waikiki Spa in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (tel. 808/922-8200; www.abhasa.com): This contemporary spa, spread out over 7,000 square feet, concentrates on natural, organic treatments in a soothing atmosphere, where the smell of eucalyptus wafts through the air. You can experience everything from the latest aromatherapy thalassotherpie (soaking in a sweet-smelling hot bath) to shiatsu massages. Their specialty is a cold-laser, anti-aging treatment that promises to give you a refreshed, revitalized face in just 30 minutes.
Mandara Spa in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa (Waikiki; tel. 808/926-6500; www.mandaraspa.com): Just opened in the summer of 2001, this spa is located in the new Kalia Tower of the sprawling Hilton Hawaiian Village. In the 25 luxury treatment rooms (each with its own exotic private garden), you can choose from a menu of unique treatments like a Javanese Lulur rub, a Balinese facial, or a Hawaiian tropical flower bath. There's also a fitness center with an open-air cardiovascular center, aerobic and fitness classes, a relaxing pool and a meditative area, and a full-service salon.
Ihilani Spa at the J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa (tel. 800/626-4446; www.ihilani.com): An oasis by the sea, this freestanding 35,000-square-foot facility is dedicated to the traditional spa definition of "health by water." This modern, multistoried spa, filled with floor-to-ceiling glass looking out on green tropical plants, combines Hawaiian products with traditional therapies to produce some of the best water treatments in the state. You'll also find a fitness center, tennis courts, and a bevy of aerobic and stretching classes