Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua, Hawaii
Several months ago Ritz-Carlton finalized a $180 million transformation at its AAA Five-Diamond Kapalua, Hawaii, hotel with the opening of the 17,500-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua. The hotel, which has 463 fully-renovated guestrooms, including 107 Residential Suites, is located on the healing waters of Waihua, which the ancient Hawaiians believed was the most pure form of water.
The spa features 15 treatment rooms, with half opening to private outdoor shower gardens, and all with iPod docking stations with pre-programmed music selections and robe warmers. The spa also features two outdoor couples' hale (cabanas), men's and women's relaxation areas with the depiction of lava stone grotto areas, steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools, and the only coed indoor/outdoor relaxation area in Hawaii with a whirlpool.
The Waihua concept is evidenced by wood panels carved with images of taro leaves and the dry stone river bed design in the entry. The walls are curved, representing water movement, with water walls in select areas. Guests walk through groves of tall bamboo, and Hawaiian artwork is present throughout the public corridors. Basalt stone floors are found in the treatment rooms, and the lockers are made with mahogany wood. Raw natural ingredients of spa treatments, including Hawaiian sea salt, kukui nuts, awapuhi, and ginger, have been placed in alcoves.
The spa offers a range of Hawaiian-based spa treatments, including authentic Lomilomi massage and Hawaiian healing treatments based on relaxation and rejuvenation. Guests may honor Kupuna Kahiko (ancient elders) from the Honokahua burial site by presenting an offering outside their treatment room.
Many of the spa treatments incorporate natural ingredients in the spa products such as pineapple, papaya, kukui oil, coconut, pumpkin, and blueberry. The spa features a range of innovative facials using Murad products and the natural lines of Naturopathica and Eminence, along with Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusions treatments. The spa also offers pregnancy massage treatments using Mama Mio products. The salon offers a full range of hair, manicure, pedicure, and waxing services; treatments for younger guests, such as a Choco Holic Pedicure; and packages for teenagers, including the Bring a Friend Package, which includes a 50-minute Lomilomi Massage or a 50-minute Ritz-Carlton Signature Facial, side by side, followed by a Fabulous Feet Pedicure.
My sister, Gina, and I were lucky enough to receive a basket with samples of some of the wonderful products used at the spa. To read our reviews, click on the continued link. Better yet, visit the spa! Make reservations for the hotel here.
Gallery: Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua, Hawaii
Naturopathica Holistic Health Zesty Lime Shower Gel: "I totally enjoyed this. Fragrant but not overwhelming, lathers nicely, and the scent is invigorating."
Ola Hawaii Products Pineapple Lime Body Wash: "This wash had a smooth feel, lathers nicely, and the scent is sweet. It's even a nice color, a natural brown. It's foamy but gentle."
Eminence Organic Skin Care Coconut Milk Cleanser: "Very good and very gentle. My skin felt soft but still cleansed. The scent was pleasant, albeit a little strong, but didn't linger."
Naturopathica Holistic Health Calming Seaweed Mask: "Easy to apply and dries quickly. My skin was very smooth afterward. A bit perfumey for a mask."
Archipelago Sugar Lip Gloss Sugar Cane and Coconut: "Very smooth and very shiny. Fairly long-lasting, slightly strong scent. I would definitely recommend this!"
I tried these:
Mor Cosmetics Emporium Soap Bar Cucumber and Casaba: "Gentle and nicely scented. A treat as compared to my usual practical soap!"
Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Tropical Mango Body Polish: "Very gentle body scrub, can be used every day. Smells like coconut and makes you want to run to the beach. Rinses easily and doesn't make the tub floor slippery."