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Five of my favorite Spas of Hawai’i Oct 11

One of the hardest parts of my job is being able to answer What is your favorite? (pick a category) in Hawai’i, that is always such a hard question to answer, or to narrow down because there are so many wonderful candidates for every category whether that be spa,restaurant,luau,activity or island. Everyone has a different hot button that they really need to include on their vacation to have a wonderful time, for me  including a visit to the spa is always at the top of my list. Hawai’i has so many wonderful spas it was hard to narrow down to a short list of five of my favorites, but here goes:

Number 1

Kapalua Spa

Kapalua Spa -Located at The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, on the shores of Kapalua Bay-(Maui) is truly a seaside sanctuary. From the moment you enter the bamboo garden, the sound of water helps to transfer you to a place of serenity and calm. Embracing the healing properties of water and natural minerals from the islands with signature treatments such as Journey through the Ocean and ‘Awa & Cacao Lomi Wrap. Body and skin therapies are available such as Ali’i Kula Lavender Scrub and Organic Ocean Facials, a full menu of massages including Lomi Lomi(A healing art form from old Hawai’i meaning to rub) which can be preformed in 19 single and couples treatment rooms including 10 outdoor private bungalows that are truly amazing. Follow up your treatment in the tranquil relaxation rooms with sauna,steam,or cold rain showers.
Other Spa amenities include: A full service beauty salon,fitness facility with state-of-the-art Kinesis Circuit System, Yoga studio overlooking Kapalua Bay, Saline Lap Pool and sunning deck, a juice bar and retail boutique. For more information contact them (808) 665-8282
Number 2

Mauna Lani Spa

Mauna Lani Spa Located at the Mauna Lani Hotel and Bungalows, Hawai’i Island, is a past recipient of the prestigious honor of being rated #1 spa in Hawai’i by Islands and Hawaii Magazines (2009)
Each Hawaiian experience at Mauna Lani’s luxury day spa begins with a rejuvenating foot soak and signature “fire and ice” tea service. Hawaiian experiences such as LomiLomi Massage, LomiLomi Hula Massage(great for couples) Opu Huli Massage, Pohaku Pa’a(Hawaiian Hot Stone) or choose one of their signatures  Fire and Ice Pa’akai therapy.
Lava Sauna Experience: Open air sauna, warm llilli stones under your feet, a mixture of black volcanic clay is given to you so you can smooth it on your skin-when the mud dries-your stress dries too and is rinced away under a private outdoor rain shower, followed by re-moisture to your skin with signature oils.
Lava Watsu Experience: built amongst ancient lava tubes,this unique pool harnesses the energy of the land, features soothing skin temperature salt water, underwater acoustics, tranquil lighting and a waterfall- all the while the therapist supports you, stretches and massages you as you lie passively in warm salt water, bringing you to a state of total tranquility (great for expectant mothers).
Located in the Mauna Lani Sports Club: 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743   Phone  (808) 881-7922  Email spa@maunalani.com
Number 3

Spa Falls

Spa Without Walls at the Fairmont Orchid,Hawaii Island listen closely and you can hear the water rushing through Spa Falls.Whether you choose to have your spa experience in one of eight private outdoor waterfall hale(huts) perfectly situated within Spa Falls,one of the six amazing oceanfront hale or one of four indoor treatment rooms a day spent at the Spa Without Walls will most certainly leave you feeling completely relaxed and refreshed.
As if you need another reason to love Kona Coffee, one of their signature treatments is the Signature Big Island Kona Coffee Exfoliation Treatment which will enliven your senses and renew your skin in a way you have never experienced. A mini massage and misting with luscious vanilla cream and spritz tops off this aromatic renewing experience (done indoors only).  HIWAHIWA – with infusions of Big Island Wild Orchids and Gardenias is another of my favorites at this spa.
Customized Massages  include LomiLomi, Sports,Deep Tissue and Pohaku-Wela (hot stone) massage therapy just to name a few
Full service salon  and  spa boutique to take home some of the signature spa products used during your service is available .
Fairmont Orchid is located 1 North Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii  96743  Phone (808) 885-2000
Number 4

lap pool

Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai’ Resort and Spa – Honoring a culture rooted in the balance between wisdom and nature, Anara Spa weaves traditional healing customs into treatments to inspire lokahi- unity,harmony and balance.
Hawaiian Escapes-inspired by traditional healers who practice herbal medicine,massage and spiritual healing are provided in your private garden hale and begin with a tropical foot bath (great for couples as well).  My favorite is Kaua’i Clay – brings elements from local rainforest together to connect you to the healing energy of Kaua’i – beginning with local ‘awa root (used to ease anxiety and insomnia) is polished over your body with coconut oil and warm stones. Followed by a nutrient rich mask of volcanic clay to detoxify and balance your system, followed by a soothing massage with botanical lotion – amazing!
This  award-winning 45,000 square foot spa is the largest in Kaua’i  and includes a 24-hour StayFit gym, open air yoga and fitness classes – A full menue of massages, body treatments and facials are available as well as a full service salon and spa boutique.
Located: Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort and Spa, 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa,Hawaii 96756  Phone (808) 742-1234  Email: info@anaraspa.com
Number 5

Kahala Spa

KahalaSpa located at the Kahala Hotel & Resort , Honolulu,Oahu(named one of the Top 20 Resort Spas-Hawaii  2012 by Conde Nast Traveler Readers). 
 If you are seeking an overall feeling of complete relaxation and rejuvenation you will find it at the Kahala Spa-they put a special emphasis on Hawaiian healing techniques and cultural practices,you can just feel the spiritual energy or “mana” here. A visit to the Kahala Spa is a luxurious experience-they had me hooked forever after the Ho’omaka(a cleaning and detoxifying sea salt foot scrub)
Signature treatments such as Lovely Hula Hands -a four handed dancing of hands you experience during this version of the traditional Hawaiian LomiLomi massage.
Kahala Spa has nine spacious treatment rooms-each appointed with its own relaxation area,glass enclosed shower and deep soaking tub. Spa therapists are experienced in a wide variety of blobal healing techniques and therapies, respecting ancient traditions as practiced by Hawaiian and other Asian cultures.
Kahala Hotel & Resort , 5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816   For more information contact the resort (808) 739-8888.
Did you know there are many benefits from getting massages?
1. Massage dilates the blood vessels and improves circulation, relieving congestion throughout the body.
2. Massage relaxes muscle spasm and relieves tension.
3. Massage acts as a mechanical cleanser,stimulating lymph circulation and hastening the elimination of toxic debris.
4. Massage encourages the retention of nitrogen,phosphorus and sulfur that are necessary for tissue repair.
5. Massage simply makes you feel good.
So next time you wonder if spending that extra money on spa treatments when you are on vacation is worth the investment, just know you are really doing something beneficial.
For more information on these  resorts and spa  Contact: Linda Dancer Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Honolua Store May 17

Honolua Store

Located in the Kapalua Resort on Maui, the Honolua Store has been providing delicious food, groceries and essentials  since 1929. Maui residents, first time visitors to Maui as well as repeat island guest can be found gathering inside the store for a causal meal and to “talk story”.  Originally built in 1929,  the building served as the company store for the thriving plantation village that would later come to be known as Kapalua Resort.
Known island wide for its speciality “Hawaiian Comfort Food” , still preparing recipes handed down from generation to generation.  Great option if you are on your Honeymoon and you want to get something to go as you drive around the island and stop for a picnic somewhere with an amazing view. Great option for families  or small groups to have them prepare catering,they have lots of options to choose from and their friendly staff  will help you come up with a plan that is perfect for your situation. Daily lunch specials, pizza, specialty salads, sandwiches and wraps, fresh from the grill burgers  and a children’s menu as well — and did I mention they have an amazing  Espresso Bar ?

Shopping is fun too!

Hours of Operation: Store 6am – 8pm /  Deli and Coffee Bar   6am – 3pm

 Breakfast  6am – 10am
 Lunch 10am – 3pm
Telephone 808-665-9105
 Email partytrayorders@kapalua.com to place your order
502 Office Road- Lahaina,Hawai’i 96761     Kapalua Resort
Contact: Linda Dancer  Phone Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Magical Weddings at Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Dec 28

Napili Lawn Ceremony ** photographer Ron Starr

Weddings at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua  are too special  not to deserve their own blog post.  Completing my series of three blog post about this amazing resort, there was simply no way I could just mention that they happen to do weddings at this resort in passing. Magical weddings at the Ritz-Carlton,Kapalua  capture the spirit of Hawaii with unforgettable ceremonies and fanciful receptions.  Whether an intimate ceremony and reception for just the bride and groom or a large wedding party the  dedicated wedding staff at Ritz-Carlton Kapalua can handle all the details from start to finish. Breathtaking views  from the cliffs  that overlook the ocean, expansive lawns, elaborate ballrooms  regardless of the theme of your wedding the team can handle everything from decor, culinary needs and wonderful personalized service.

The Honolua Chapel

 Venues  such as the Honolua Chapel shown here ( once served as a place of worship for the surrounding plantation community) seats 60, plantation style A-frame structure with a small steeple for couples looking for a more traditional location, The Gazebo – located just outside the Honolua Chapel offers ceremonies with up to 100 guests a ceremony with refreshing trade wind breezes and dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean,  The Napili Lawn – panoramic ocean views of the Kapalua Cliffside and Honolua Bay, centrally located between the hotel’s  Napili Wing and the ocean, The Beach House Lawn – this expansive  manicured beachfront lawn is ideal for large private wedding parties and receptions, great place for a private lu’au rehearsal or reception and finally The Lava Point – extraordinary view for intimate ceremonies of two to four people. The point is located near the picturesque Kapalua Bay Golf Course signature fifth tee, backdrop of Hawaiian sunsets and crashing surf- only available for sunset ceremonies, most couples incorporate a circle of flowers and traditional Hawaiian ceremony.

Lu'au ** Photographer Ron Starr

Reception Venues such as the Beach House Lawn – a traditional Hawaiian lu’au shown here  (Photographer Ron Starr)  work well in this space for large groups, The Anuenue Room  offers an elegant reception location on property featuring a marble bar,hardwood floors in the center,  and art pieces created by Maui artists. The Anuenue rooms opens to a spacious open-air lanai with views of Honolua Chapel,the Bay Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean, could be used for cocktail hour and then full plated sit down dinner as well  and The Plantation Ballroom  with indoor space and an expansive outdoor lanai this venue provides an elegant setting for receptions.  Decorated with soft-colored wall coverings, hand-carved mill-work and moldings, beautiful crystal chandeliers with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and West Maui Mountains.
Once you have decided upon your venue  the culinary team  can take care of arranging anything from  a Lu’au such as the one featured in this photo for your rehearsal dinner, international brunch, cocktail receptions followed by a plated wedding dinner, and then as your guests dance the night away and need a little extra energy to keep going surprise them with a Dessert & Specialty Coffee Station. Wedding Cakes by the pastry team are amazing to go along with your taste, theme or color scheme  you will have a hard time choosing between fondant or butter creme, french dots or swiss dots, tropical fruits or fresh island flowers – then have to choose  between flavors such as  Chocolate Kahula Cake, White cake with white chocolate Mousse and fresh raspberries or White cake with white chocolate mango mousse – this may be he hardest decision of all to make – or  if you can’t decide  have a cupcake station and choose a few of them.
Regardless of  which amazing wedding package that  you select,  there are many wedding A La Carte options that you can add to complete your magical ceremony.
Contact the: Kapalua Wedding Specialist (808)665-7208
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, One Ritz Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Maui Hawaii 96761 USA 
Linda Dancer your Maui Master Destination Specialist    Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com
or by phone  Direct Line 828-256-1520 or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Dec 21

Ritz-Carlton ,Kapalua Pool

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is nestled in the secluded Kapalua Resort Community on the beautiful island of Maui.  Situated perfectly between the West Maui Mountains and the ocean, surrounded by beautiful gardens and two championship golf courses, this casual luxury resort invites you to enjoy the essence of old Hawai’i. Guest arriving to the Ritz-Carlton  begin their experience by receiving a traditional Kukui Nut Lei, as an offering of Aloha. As you check in and get settled into the resort, you will learn about all the many ways  guests of all ages are invited to connect with the resort, including weekly historical “sense of place” discussions and tours of bordering Honokahua Preservation Site  a recognized “wahi pana” (sacred site)
Situated on 54 pristine acres, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua  is comprised of 463 guest rooms, suites and Club Level accommodations which feature dark wood floors, marble bathrooms, vibrant island-inspired decor and  designs. On property and nearby recreational activities include four tennis courts, basketball court, swimming, surfing,boogie boarding,sailing,kayaking, whale watching in season, the Ambassadors of the Environment program (featured in my last blog post) , two championship golf courses, Kapalua Adventures offers two miles of Zip-lines and miles of hiking trails. The resort location just steps away from D.T. Fleming Beach, guests are treated to a near private beach oasis.

D.T. Fleming Beach

After a full day of  exploring, playing  golf or tennis  or just enjoying a lazy day at the beach, guest can choose from one of six amazing restaurants on property to dine including The Banyan Tree  ( their signature restaurant), The Terrace, casual alfresco dining at The Beach House, The Pool Bar & Cafe, Kai Sushi, Alaloa Lounge  and of course In Room Dining is offered as well.
One of my personal favorites amenities at this resort has to be  The Ritz-Carlton Spa  featuring treatments inspired by ancient Hawaiian traditions, a full array of body treatments, massages and facials,  a full service hair and nail salon, a fitness center with cardio  equipment, daily fitness classes  and with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
I have barely begun to touch the service of what makes The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua  so special, but I strongly suggest as you try to decide which resort on Maui would be the best fit for you, that you take time to learn more about this lovely resort, I would be glad to answer any questions that you might have.
 The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua   offers full-service wedding and vow renewal services, and in my next blog  I will explore having your Destination Wedding at this lovely resort.
The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Hawai’i 96761  Phone 808-669-6200
Contact Linda Dancer your Maui Master Destination Specialist  Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com
 Phone 1-888-811-1888 Ext 331 Direct Line 828-256-1520

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Ambassadors of the Environment Dec 14

Ambassadors of the Environment

Did you know that the  Ritz-Carlton Kapalua offers Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program on property? This program features an environmental and cultural education center with excursions led by expert naturalists. Perfect for adults and families with children there are many fun options  for every age group such as:  “Cities under the Sea” a snorkel and underwater photography tour, Sea Kayak Coastal Tour that allows guest beautiful views of the West Maui Mountains as they paddle alongside pristine coastline, the naturalist explains about sea creatures such as the “hono” Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Coastal Walks and Birdwatching  through Kapalua Resort’s beautiful natural park just to name a few programs that are available. The Ambassadors program creates wonderful opportunities for participants to learn about Hawaii’s unique environment. Programs are available for guests of all ages and skill levels  with children’s programs starting at age 5 with fun activities such as Tidepool Exploration , Underwater photography, rain-forest adventures, hands on experiments, cultural arts and crafts and much more – some activities are seasonal such as whale watching .
Cultural Center  Multi-Generational  family trips would be perfect for this program since Ambassadors of the Environment can also plan private excursions, birthday parties and unique family outings  that would create a lifetime of memories.  With experienced naturalists guiding you every step of the  everyone is sure to have a good time.
Ritz-Carlton Kapalua  is a wonderful resort with so much to offer, and having this program on property is just one more reason why you should consider booking your next family vacation here. Hawaii is to be experienced  to fully understand the magic that lies in the Hawaiian Islands and why so many of us are drawn to return again and again.
For more information  email the program directly  ambassadors.kapalua@ritzcarlton.com or call 1-808-665-7292
Contact Linda Dancer  Maui Master Destination Specialist to plan your visit to the beautiful island of Maui  and the  Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua- Be watching next week for Blog post about  the resort.
Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Direct Line 828-256-1520   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Relaxation found in activity Mar 09

Many people find relaxation through trying new activities – The Hawaiian Islands  offer so  much more to visitors than just beautiful resorts with incredible pools, amenities and beaches. To truly unlock the magic of all that is Hawaii you have to get out and explore. Regardless of your interest or physical abililities, Hawaii has something special for you. The best way to discover local culture, natural beauty and Hawaiian traditions  is to take advantage of the safety and security found in Hawaii and try something new.  Aloha Spirit  is found on all six islands and each unique island offers many opportunities for you to find your relaxation through trying a variety of activities.

Some of my favorites are :

Watersports such as scuba , ocean kayaks and  stand up paddle boarding:

Snuba - Combination of snorkeling and scuba

Stand up paddle boarding

Ocean Kayaks

 

Eco- Adventures  such as  horseback riding ,  hiking through rainforest and  zip lines are just a few of the options available in Hawaii 

Horseback riding on Kauai

Zipline on Maui with Kapalua Adventures

Hiking through the Rainforest on Oahu

 

Explore by  Rental Car   or  organized tour  , bicycle   or  from the air: 

Valley Isle Excursions - Road to Hana Tour

Seaplane Tours over Oahu

Oahu Bike Downhill with Bike Hawaii

 

Valley Isle Excursions – a wonderful way to  explore the road to Hana  www.tourmaui.com  , enjoy this breathtaking drive through 52 miles,617 curves and 56 one lane bridges

Bike Hawaii – Rainforest to the Reef –    Explore  Oahu  with this team of  professional nature guides   at  www.bikehawaii.com  – explore remote areas of  Oahu that most visitors never see.

Princeville Ranch Stables – Ride through beautiful pastures, hike through the rainforest  to a  private  waterfall and if you are brave enough take a dip in the simming hole below   www.princevilleranch.com

Kapalua Adventures  – operating over two miles of ziplines and  a  360 foot  suspension bridge  – truly a one of a kind experience   www.gozipmaui.com

Island Seaplane Tours  – Helicopter tours  are great , but this is such a unique experience  – bird’s eye view of Diamond Head, Waikiki and Pearl Harbor  www.islandseaplane.com

Kayak  and stand up paddle boarding  lessons are just two of the many activities  that  Kayak Kauai  can assist you with on Kauai  www.kayakkauai.com

For assistance for booking these tours or any of the countless ofther activites in Hawaii  email  me  linda@honeymoonsinc.com   or give me a call 1-888-811-1888 ext 331.

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