1. Four Seasons Hualalai: The spa at the Four Seasons Hualalai is my favorite hotel spa on the Big Island of Hawaii. In what appears to be a 25,000-square-foot space, I have never seen such a beautiful spa in my life with the most gorgeous buildings and pools and gardens. The spa looks like it is the size of a normal hotel. It also reminded me of a Japanese ryoken, with its pitched roofs and pretty gardens. I especially recommend the Hawaiian Nonu massage! If you are a spa person, you will be very impressed with this facility. Not only do I give the facility the best spa in Hawaii, I would consider giving it the best in the world, along with Brenners Park Hotel in Baden-Baden.
2. The Ritz Carlton Kapalua in Maui: The hotel is beautiful, the setting is magnificent, and the property is the size of ten football stadiums so there is more than enough to do with out ever leaving. The reason I give number two to this hotel, is because aside from the beautiful facility, it was here where I had the best massage. The Swedish massage was fabulous, and I could tell that the masseuse was top notch. The Ritz Kapalua really gets an A+ for massages so if you happen to be in Maui, go to the Ritz!
3. The Four Seasons Wailea: I have stayed at this luxe property in Maui at least a half a dozen times, and you never feel alone there because you never are! Everyone I know from LA is always there, so it is really fun to see what they all look like in their bathing suits! I did here, what I would say was the most interesting massage I have ever done... an in-ocean massage. At the hotel, you can go in the ocean at 7:30 in the morning and get a massage in the water. Being the wuss that I am, I got out of the ocean and went into the pool, even though I was wearing a wet suit and it was probably 75 degrees. People were looking at me like I was crazy getting massaged in a wet suit in the hotel's main pool. You almost fall asleep while getting the massage, but don't worry if you do, you won't drown... they put floaties on you!
4. The Halekulani in Waikiki: While the thought of putting hot stones all over your body sounds a little terrifying, it is actually a fabulous experience and one of the better massages I have ever had. You will feel amazing after. Just don't do it if you have a sun burn!
5. The Trump Waikiki : The Trump is also a wonderful property and has a great spa. I give this an A+ in terms of the facility, and would definitely return again. Have a cocktail after your massage and play with iPad menus in their restaurant. Also order up a dirty martini as theirs are damn good. I had two!
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