As winter nears many Angelenos’ thoughts turn to dreamy getaways to Hawaii where balmy weather, warm seas and friendly natives welcome us with open arms. For the pamper-seekers among us, reveries of Lomi Lomi massages, and other primordial pampering at the exclusive, heavenly Hualalai Four Seasons Resort & Spa on the Big Island (http://www.fourseasons.com/hualalai/ )spring to mind.
It’s no wonder this Spa is rated tops by almost anyone who ever review its, including your LA Destinations Spa Examiner. The facility feels like paradise with outdoor showers, treatment rooms with wide windows open to air from which you can hear tropical birds chirping along with waves from the blue Pacific hitting the shore.
You pretty much surrender yourself to this Spa the moment you walk in the door. Whether you spend a day of pampering, or just have one treatment, the place is yours to enjoy and relax, sip teas, read a book, nod off.
The picture postcard pretty spa assimilates tropical gardens with refreshing interiors and a characteristically Hawaiian atmosphere. You can enjoy complimentary pre-treatment rituals, relax by a quiet stream in the open-air Waiea, or Water of Life, garden, or dive into the lap pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and cold plunges.
Take you choice of head to toe treatments administered by caring, knowledgeable estheticians. Have a couples massage by the sea (which we did and loved it), or any of the following therapies and more.
Aromatherapy—In this treatment, the body is massaged using essential oils to stimulate its self-healing abilities. 50 minutes – $175.00 | 80 minutes – $240.00; 105 minutes –$315.00
Craniosacral therapy–I love this light touch therapy helps release restrictions in the craniosacral system that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, helping with headaches, TMJ syndrome, dizziness, chronic fatigue and hormonal imbalance. 50 minutes – $170.00 | 80 minutes – $ 235.00
Duet—you haven’t been pampered properly until you try this treatment: Relax and enjoy the benefits of massage together. Each person may choose a treatment from the selection above, to be enjoyed side by side.
Hapai (pregnancy)—moms to be….designed to nurture and honour you during this special time, reducing stress, promoting relaxation and increasing circulation. 50 minutes – $170.00
Hualalai island stone—therapeutic hot and cold stones placed on and under the body to open up energy centers 80 minutes – $235.00
Lomi Lomi –this traditional Hawaiian massage is a sacred healing art passed down from generation to generation by kupuna (elders). The rhythmic techniques are unique to each therapist and integrate elbows and forearms. 50 minutes – $170.00 | 80 minutes – $235.00
Reiki— ancient Japanese form of healing helps relieve pain, reduce stress, and ease migraines and high blood pressure. 50 minutes –$170.00 | 80 minutes – $235.00
Sweet dreams–uses a quartz crystal bowl and special colours and lights to send waves of calm throughout your entire body. A massage and anointment to your face, neck and feet relieves tension and soothes your spirit, then a body massage with Sweet Heart oil helps lull you into a place of sweet dreams.80 minutes – $250.00 | 105 minutes – $325.00
The Four Seasons Hualalai Spa is open only to hotel guests. It is located at 72-100 Ka`upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, (808) 325-8000, http://www.fourseasons.com/hualalai/
Getting there: Hawaiian Airlines offers the best flights and service to Kona on the Big Island from Los Angeles, with one stop in Oahu, www.Hawaiianair.com.