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Paradise Found

Why not try Hāna for the holidays?

December 10, 2009
Paul Janes-Brown

The road to Hāna is a three- to four-hour trip, so set aside time to enjoy a leisurely drive. A truly perfect getaway will necessitate at least an overnight stay.

Arriving at the hotel, you are met by the concierge, who will unload the car and transport you to your room by silent golf cart.

The rustic elegance of the Sea Ranch Cottages is highly recommended. Located on a bluff overlooking the spectacular East Maui Coast, these plantation-style duplex units are more like suites. Although the oversized tubs provide perfectly adequate beauty-bath opportunities, be certain to request one with a Jacuzzi on the lānai.

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A beautiful floral display is what you will see during a massage at the Honua Spa at the Hotel Hāna Maui.

Don’t bother looking for any electronics; not even a clock. Time is unimportant in Hāna. However, dawn is something you won’t want to miss. There are no paintings or words that can adequately describe the exquisite dawning of a new day at the Hotel Hāna Maui and Honua Spa. You have to experience it for yourself. Most assuredly, like a Grateful Dead concert, no two are alike.

There is WiFi available in the Club Room in the main hotel area, and you can access the Internet in your room. However, this is a place to forget about email, Facebook, Twitter or any of the other accoutrements of the “real” world, and commune with the beauty and mystical nature of the Hāna Coast and the Hāna experience.

At a world-class hotel, you expect world-class cuisine. And Ka‘uiki, located off the main lobby, will satisfy even the most discriminating palate. Executive Chef Robert McCormick was lured by Hāna’s beauty, but it’s the local farmers, whose passion for great food and pursuit of excellence, who have inspired him to pursue the stratosphere of eclectic menu items featuring the finest and freshest produce, fish, fruit and meat.

The Honua Spa is like a monument to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty. The management has converted an entire wing of the hotel to the pursuit of physical comfort, rejuvenation and beauty.

And if the test of any establishment is the quality of its staff, the Honua Spa would receive an A-plus. Most have been in the spa business for at least a decade and several, two. Their experience is evident in the details.

You enter the spa through a portal flanked by a wall of relaxing water, and as you emerge from the office after registering, the receptionist leads the way to the appropriate dressing area and points out the large lava-rock whirlpool, the relaxation area and the treatment rooms. The grounds are breathtaking, with a view of the Pacific Ocean and ubiquitous, technicolor tropical flora and fauna.

After several minutes in the cleansing steam bath, you can enter into a walled-in outdoor area where the four-foot-deep, 52-degree plunge pool waits. The pool is truly not that cold, but exceptionally refreshing and exhilarating.

The Zen atmosphere is carried out in the spacious treatment rooms with their shoji doors, shakuhachi music in the air and a beautiful floral display, which you view while laying on the massage table. The masseuse used scentless coconut oil for the lomi lomi treatment, and she can combine shiatsu and Swedish techniques to alleviate discomfort.

It was the finest 50 minutes I have experienced in many a day.

The Honua Spa facilities are available to guests without charge. In addition to massage, scrubs, wraps and facials are available.

 
 

 

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