According to island legend, in order to nurture the body, relax the mind, and rejuvenate the spirit, one must go to the water. In keeping with this proverb, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea brings its award-winning spa services to the water, i.e., seaside, within authentically constructed, open-air “hales” (huts). The hales are nestled among naupaka hedges, allowing for the soothing sounds of ocean waves, the fragrance of tropical foliage, and the spectacular views of Wailea Beach.
Often described as “the best place in the world to have a massage,” singles and couples can unwind with traditional native Hawaiian spa treatments in the remarkably comfortable and sturdy thatched structures supported by rope and twine lashings (no nails or screws). The wooden poles that support these hales were farmed from the forests of the Big Island and are called Ohi’a. The thatching used for the roofing is loulu, which is an indigenous palm.
Francis Sinenci, a Hana local and one of the few authentic master “hale” architects and builders in the world, was commissioned by the resort to engineer the construction of these unique stand-alone tropical huts that serve as the perfect rustic setting for The Spa’s unique Hawaiian treatments.
In ancient Hawaii, the concept of disease did not exist. Illness was a sign of being out of alignment with ha or the breath of life. Today, Hawaiian practitioners continue to use the ancient healing techniques passed down through generations to realign ha. The Spaâ€™s â€œhaleâ€ menu offers signature treatments, many based on Hawaiian legends and traditions, including:
Â· Hawaiian Ceremonial Lomi Lomi
A contemporary, multi-sensory experience born from traditional Hawaiian ceremony, weaving the healing touch of Lomi Lomi with meditative dance movement, music, and conscious breath; facilitates the profound transformation and a deeper connection to the self. Two (or more) therapists work in unison and in harmony with nature to perform this extraordinary outdoor session. (110 minutes)
Â· Lomi Pohaku (Stone Massage)
A therapeutic massage combining healing stones (personally selected and blessed by each therapist) and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi movements; uses the original LaStoneÂ® therapy to open blocked energy channels and balance chakras. Guests experience a penetrating deep tissue massage, drawing on the pohukuâ€™s spiritual significance. Stones are heated to a comfortably warm temperature and placed on the body, allowing the heat to penetrate, loosen, and lengthen sore and tight muscles. This combination of the stoneâ€™s heat, energy, and force allows the therapist to massage deeper than otherwise. (50 minutes and 80 minutes)
About Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is Hawaiiâ€™s first and only AAA Five Diamond and Mobil Five-Star resort. Newly renovated and situated on 15 oceanfront acres of Maui’s sunny southern coastline, the Resort is home to one of the nations’ top-rated spas and to three of Hawaii’s most acclaimed restaurants â€“ romantic Italian favorite Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante, award-winning Wolfgang Puckâ€™s Spago Maui and DUO Steak and Seafood, the hottest new restaurant in Maui. A new museum quality Hawaiian art collection graces the richly renovated guestrooms and public areas while three authentically constructed outdoor Hawaiian hales were recently added to the award-winning spa. For information, please call the Resort directly at 808-874-8000, or Four Seasons Central Reservations at 800-332-3442, or visit www.fourseasons.com/maui.
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