Kaori and I spent the day snorkeling at Hanauma Bay before our spa appointment.
The Halekulani Hotel is a quick walk from our home in Honolulu. We see a tea shop along the way and stop in for samples. We were SO thirsty from all that swimming!
I love it when shops put thought into their tea sampling stations. I love looking at the color of the tea and I definitely like it when the dispensers are clearly labeled. Jee Choe, of Oh How Civilized, wrote a fantastic post on iced tea dispensers. I find this especially important when entertaining at home. I find that labeling helps alleviate any unnecessary, last minute running around which is why I love to use my slate boards from the Brooklyn Slate Company. It's absolutely perfect for cheeses, pâté, terrine, fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, confit, and anything else you can think of.
Moving along...The SpaHalekulani was recently honored with the coveted Mobil Four-Star rating, the highest bestowed in the Mobil Travel Guide, "America's Best Hotel & Resort Spas."
We made reservations a few days in advance for the 80-Minute Spa Experience. It began with a warm, friendly greeting followed by a hostess who ushered us into the waiting area. We were invited to have some bottled water and relax in some very cushy chairs.
Before they led us into our treatment room, we walked along a stone path outside and were seated outdoors for SpaHalekulani's signature foot pounding ritual.
What a gorgeous view! We scheduled our appointment right before sunset.
While in the waiting area we chose which essential oil we wanted our masseuse to use. The oils are exclusively blended for The SpaHalekulani Hotel and are made in Hawaii. I chose Well Being (High Oleic Safflower Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oils of Sandlewood, Patchouli, Geranium, and Bergamot). Kaori later purchased a small bottle for me. So worth it! Perfect for applying to sun kissed skin (and for daily use right after the bath and sauna).
We were then led to a private in-room changing area complemented with personal luxe amenities...
then the glorious Lomi Lomi (traditional Hawaiian massage) for me and the Polynesian Nonu (Samoan inspired massage using hot stones and noni) for my cousin.
Showers after our treatments...
...and light refreshments served on the spa terrace to fnish the experience. Mochi ice cream and passionfruit tea, both hot and iced...
Successful day at the SpaHalekulani! Amazing service from beginning to end. Followed by a delicious dinner at The Halekulani's Orchids Restaurant.
We will definitely be going back upon our reunion in Hawai'i. In the meantime, I will relive the experience with the essential oil I got to bring back home compliments of my cousin. And I can always steep some tea to recreate the entire spa experience.
Going to the spa really inspired me to plan my own at-home spa session because we won't always have time or money to get to the spa. Sometimes you just want the convenience of relaxing in your own home. It's always great to have any one of these or all to keep your stress level down. Here are a few things to get you started. I own all of the following and use them in my home on a regular basis:
-Scented and Unscented Candles (can not stress the importance of these enough)
-Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser by Muji and essential oil
-Relaxing music (I've got one of those crazy sound machines)
-Kneipp Herbal Bath products (mineral bath salts are great too!)
-Green Tea (or a tisane if it's before bed) hot or iced
-Yoga on DVD
-Favorite nail polish
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