Kahala Mandarin Oriental Voted Best New Spa


Hawaiiå‘s Kahala Mandarin Oriental has been named Best New Hotel Spa in America by Departures Magazine.
An exclusive publication for American Express Platinum Centurion card members, with a circulation of more than 530,000 readers.


Less than a year after opening, Kahala Mandarin Oriental’s luxury new Spa Suite has received recognition with this prestigious award in the January/February 2003 issue of Departures magazine.

The Spa Suite concept focuses on the individual and offers the ultimate in privacy and rejuvenation within each of its five spacious treatment areas. The hotel’s Spa Suite offers five 550 sq-ft of treatment areas and feature a personal relaxation area, changing area, private shower, signature infinity-edged soaking bath and landscaped courtyard. Treatments are inspired by the elements of native Hawaiian culture.
“What makes the Spa Suites unique is the respect for our guests’ privacy and time,” says general manager, Jan Goessing. “Our guests are personally escorted through a private garden to their very own residential-style suite and this personal journey helps them transcend the hectic pace of everyday life. Seldom will they meet another spa-user during this experience.”

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The Spa Suites at Kahala Mandarin Oriental offer a series of innovative and restorative treatments inspired by the elements of life, embracing Hawaiian culture and traditional therapies. One of the signature full body treatments, Pi’ha Kino, commences with a welcoming foot ritual followed by a bath infused with aromatic oils. The body is then prepared with skin brushing and exfoliation to enhance the effects of the full body aromatherapy massage to follow. A gentle facial cleanse and scalp treatment add the finishing touch to this total body indulgence. Lokahi, signifying one mind and one spirit, is another signature treatment that focuses on the traditions of Lomi-Lomi massage using Kukui and Macadamia Nut oil, versus an aromatherapy application, still following the relaxing sequences of the Pi’ha Kino.


Recognised as Oahu’s only AAA Five Diamond 2003 award winner and renowned for having the Best Rooms in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler, the 364-room beachfront resort features panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Diamond Head Crater, Ko’olau Mountain Range and a private lagoon with five resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. 


Mandarin Oriental is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. In total, the group operates 18 luxury hotels and resorts in key business and leisure destinations, with three additional hotels under development, including New York (opening late 2003), Washington D.C. (opening 2004) and Tokyo (opening 2006). Mandarin Oriental now operates some 7,000 rooms in 11 countries with nine hotels in Asia, six in The Americas and three in Europe.

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