Appropriately enough for its location between the U.S. mainland and the Orient, the spa at
the award-winning Waikoloa Beach Marriott on the Big Island of Hawaii is
introducing Asian influences in their spa applications.
For example, the Hawaiian Rainforest Salon & Spa now offers new Thai
treatments that consist of deep stretching massages (think of yoga
stretches) and soft tissue manipulation to release tension. The 75-minute
Thai Stretch Massage with Aromatic Herbs costs $145. The aromatic Thai
herbs-lemon grass, galangal, camphor, kaffir lime leaves and ground ginger
root-are warmed and applied to various pressure points to enhance the body’s
chi, or energy.
Since green tea contains powerful antioxidants that are said to destroy free
radicals, slow aging, boost the immune system and have a generally
beneficial effect on health, it too has been incorporated into facials, body
masks and body scrubs. In fact, since word got out that the Japanese who
drink the most green tea have some of the world’s lowest cancer rates,
green tea treatments have become the hot ticket.
The 50-minute Green Tea Facial costs $110.
The 50-minute Green Tea Body Mask costs $120.
The 50-minute Green Tea Body Glow exfoliation treatment costs $75.
Another favorite, based on traditional Hawaiian healing arts, is the
75-minute Lava Kava Java package, which wraps guests in a Big Island aloha
with a Kona coffee body polish, followed by a lilikoi-kava Rainforest Vichy
shower and a full-body warm body lava rock massage. The 75-minute, $145
island-style treatment not only nourishes and smooths the skin, but also
relaxes and soothes the muscles.
The 3,300-square-foot Hawaiian Rainforest Salon & Spa has always offered
many types of massage (for romantic couples, too), facials, hair styling,
nail care and special services for weddings. Many of the spa’s most popular
treatments can be enjoyed in the privacy of a guest room as well as in the
The deluxe, full-service Waikoloa Beach Marriott, which fronts a sensational
crescent of palm-fringed golden sand on the Big Island’s prestigious Kohala
Coast, is surrounded by 17 acres of regal palm trees, flower-filled gardens
and dramatic lava fields. Beautiful sunset views of the Pacific Ocean add
to the romantic ambience of its dining terrace, which features Pacific Rim
cuisine, flowers, waterfalls and koi ponds. In addition to the Hawaiian
Rainforest Salon & Spa, the resort’s attractions include two championship
golf courses, tennis, a swimming pool, a children’s club and pool, whale
watching and other ocean sports and activities.
The resort offers a variety of packages, including the Paradise Plus
package, which costs $225 double and includes either a one-day car rental or
breakfast for two.
For reservations, see a travel agent, call 800-922-5533 or log onto: www.WaikoloaBeachMarriott.com