Photo Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, KapaluaRitz-Carlton, Kapalua is a unique and stunning property, set on 54 acres and surrounded by a 23,000-acre resort. Undergoing an extensive transformation during 2008, the Spa at Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is not to be missed while visiting the Magic Isles.
Waihua is believed to be the most pure form of water, captured in the leaves of the esteemed taro plant on the islands. From pebble-encrusted hallways gently undulating, simulating the movement of water, to the outdoor soaking pool surrounded by a taro garden and indoor grottos replicating the lava rocks found on the island, the experience integrates elements from mountains to sea within the inner sanctum of the spa. Guests also walk through "groves" of tall bamboo, creating the feeling of being in a secluded forest.
"We wanted guests to enter a dimension of healing inspired by the rain forests of the islands and the murmurs of water," offers Douglas Piil, Director of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua. "It offers a rejuvenation to your spirit before experiencing the nurturing hands of the Waihua therapists." With a balance of prayer and massage technique, the therapists offer traditional services infused with local flavor and history.
At 17,500 square feet with 15 treatment rooms, half of which have private outdoor shower gardens, the spa is exquisitely unique and ethereally natural. Men's and women's resting areas incorporate steam rooms, saunas, lava stone grotto areas and relaxation lounges. Water features and natural elements are found throughout, lending to the balance found within nature to be found in ones self.
The spa menu is extensive, offering traditional spa fare and more Hawaiian-inspired treatments as well. The Lomi'ili'ili (Hot Stone Massage) compliments a traditional sports massage offered on the menu. Skin treatments include the Moisturizing Pineapple Papaya Body Polish, Detoxifying Coffee Body Polish, and Ali'I Lavender Royal Treatment, which includes a luxurious lavender exfoliation and body wrap followed by a Lomilomi massage with lavender moisturizer, instilling the scents found in the Hawaiian breezes from the lavender fields themselves.
The staff at the facility are A+, having had cultural training in practices and Hawaiian language to even further the Ritz Brand quality experience. From traditional lomilomi to sports massages, there is something for everyone at this stunning resort spa. For more information visit ritzcarlton.com/kapalua.