We love hanging out at the patrician pool, because that’s where you can frequently glimpse well-known Hollywood A-listers.(Ladies, this is the first-class resort where your designer bathing suit and saucy little cover-up are de rigueur.) The resort, of course, won’t name names, but it’s a fact that celebs love coming here. So does Bill Gates, who’s an investor in the property, and Michael Dell, who owns it. Oh yes, and here’s another little gem — on the sandy walkway leading from the pool to the beach, there’s always a little garden hose there, to cool down the hot sands for your tootsies. We just love that kind of consideration, designed to simply make your stay all the more comfortable.
Then, oh boy – there’s a world-class spa measuring 21,000 square feet. It features 13 indoor treatment rooms and suites, three outdoor rooms, an oceanfront massage hale, 1,000 square foot fitness center (with free classes such as yoga, Pilates and tai chi), relaxation area, separate men’s and women’s locker areas, steam rooms with eucalyptus inhalation, and more. Deb got the Big Kahuna — a fabulous customized Kate Somerville 50-minute Signature Facial ($205). This first-class cleansing including use of a Clarisonic brush, application of Exfoli-kate, extractions, massage with Quench serum, and a calming protein mask.
The Four Seasons Maui is the first resort to partner with the wildly successful Kate Somerville Los Angeles Clinic, where celebrities such as Felicity Huffman, Jessica Alba, and Paris Hilton are regulars. Ms. Somerville’s multi-dimensional strategy for achieving healthy skin has made her one of the most trusted names in skincare today. It certainly happened with Debbi, whose skin glowed afterwards. It’s true — Kate Somerville makes radiant skin a reality. At the spa, there’s also an excellent retail area selling, of course, Kate Somerville, as well as Ola, Alii Kula Lavender (made locally), and Epicuren, another cult favorite brand of Hollywood A-listers.
And here’s some info about those three outdoor treatment rooms, called hales (traditional open-air thatched-roof houses). They’re nestled near the hedges, allowing for the soothing sounds of ocean waves, the fragrance of tropical foliage, and spectacular views of Wailea Beach. Here, singles — and especially couples — can unwind with superb treatments. Try one of the new Gemstone Dhara Treatments, which use healing gemstones placed strategically on the body. Here’s also where you should try a signature lomi lomi (frequently called “a hula dance on the body”) or a stone massage. Trust us — there’s nothing more romantic – or downright sexy -- than being outside, having a massage together, while you feel the ocean breezes and hear the Pacific waves. Well, come to think of it — actually there might be something sexier: A dip together in the resort’s brand new $9 million Serenity Pool. This exclusive saltwater pool is tucked along the southernmost oceanfront edge of the resort. This adults-only pool (no kids playing “Marco Polo” here) has an infinity edge; underwater music system; and six 160-square foot luxury cabanas that are actually mini hotels rooms complete with flat-screen HDTVs, mini refrigerators and oversized chaise lounges. Park your posteriors in the pool, and take in the panoramic views — then tell yourself, yes, you have arrived in more ways than one.