Spa Helani – a little bit of heaven in West Maui at Ka’anapali

Heavenly Spa by Westin

Heavenly Spa by Westin.

Located at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, Spa Helani, or Heavenly Spa, is exactly that – a little bit of heaven placed on earth for no other reasons than for pleasure, relaxation and to forget the outside world and worries.

On a recent trip to Maui, my husband and I were each treated to a spa experience at Spa Helani.  He received the Lomilomi Massage, a Hawaiian style massage where hands and arms are used in a rhythmic fashion over the body, while I was blessed with a 50 minute Heavenly Mango Nectar Wrap with Opio Facial Enhancement.  Having taken a tour of the 10,000 square foot spa facilities as well as the fitness center, I was already impressed with all the Westin had to offer their guests.

Women's Dressing Area - Spa Helani

Women's Dressing Area - Spa Helani

The women’s dressing room has lockers, towels and luxurious robes with all the amenities you could possibly need.  Dark woods mix with the cream walls and light bamboo flooring to create a soothing, regenerative atmosphere all around.

Step inside the eucalyptus scented steam room for about 15 minutes to help relax you. You will immediately feel the opening of sinus passages and soothing moisture on your skin in preparation for your spa experience.  TIP:  I have found taking a cup of the fruit-flavored water into the steam room helps to hydrate and clear out toxins.  The refreshing water had flavors of star apple and citrus, a pleasant counter-point to the eucalyptus scented steam.

Relaxation area for women

Relaxation area for women

Then step into the relaxation lounge to await the therapist’s call.  Lounges are scattered through the room, curtained by gauzy drapes.  Slide out of your slippers, put up your feet and relax, anticipating the experience.  Soft music weaves its magic around you to transport you out of time.

Lani was my therapist and is the specialist for doing facials as well as other treatments.  I highly recommend requesting her services if you want to come out looking at least 5 years younger after her facial massage.  She came to welcome me to the spa and showed me into the private therapy room, explaining in great detail what she would be providing for me in this experience.

Massage Therapy Room

Massage Therapy Room

The sheets on the massage table/bed are micro-fiber and feel warmly welcoming.  Hawaiian print fabric across the massage table adds the splash of color and a reminder of aloha and the tropics of the islands.  Shrug out of the robe and under the sheets to relax and prepare your mind for the experience. Soft music in the background helps to set the tone of the experience.

The Heavenly Mango Nectar Wrap is as heavenly as it sounds.  First there is the mango and sugar cane rub followed by a cleansing shower with pusating jets at various levels so that it is easy to wash away all the mango-sugar scrub material.  Wrap in a huge towel and step from the shower to a freshly made bed.  Next experience the ultimate luxury of having your body slathered with a mango body butter followed by the wrap and topped with warm towels for a cocoon of fruit-flavored senses.  The facial massage begins and you can feel the years drop away as muscles relax and lines are smoothed away with the treatment.

Women's Dressing Room- Spa Helani

Women's Dressing Room- Spa Helani

After the treatment is finished, wrap yourself once again into your robe and relax with more water as well as a hot herbal tea before entering the dressing room and preparing to rejoin the world.

The spa menu includes a broad range of treatments and massage available at the Heavenly Spa.  Call 808.667.3200 or go online for reservations in advance – and remember to ask for Lani if you want a heavenly facial.

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