Hawaii Mom Blog: Treat Yourself at the Moana Lani Spa




August 28, 2014

Treat Yourself at the Moana Lani Spa

I love being pampered and so for my birthday decided to treat myself to a spa day.  There are no shortages of spas in Hawaii, but I wanted this particular visit to be special and so I looked for a spa that was complete with a relaxation lounge and jacuzzi.  Many spas in the Waikiki hotels are short on real estate so there is really no place to relax after you have your treatment.  Not so with the Moana Lani Spa, located in the historic Moana Surfrider hotel, A Westin Resort and Spa.  With over 18,000 square feet, the spa features 9 custom massage therapy rooms, 3 custom facial rooms, 2 couples treatment suites (with private ocean front lanais and whirlpool tubs), separate men's and women's steam rooms, dry saunas and water therapy areas, and a 24-hour state-of-the-art Westin Workout fitness center for guest use.  Try to top that in Waikiki.

Women's relaxtion lounge.

Dry sauna
 The spa is open daily from 8:00am to 10:00pm and spa guests are granted in and out privileges to the spa relaxation facilities.  I arrived to the spa an hour before my appointment so that I could thoroughly enjoy the spa facilities.  After filling out some forms, I was taken to the women’s locker room and given a tour.   The women's relaxation lounge is spacious with a lanai that overlooks beautiful Waikiki beach.  The lounge is stocked with water, fine tea, fresh fruit and the most delicious trail mix with chocolates.  I visited the women's steam room, dry sauna and relaxed by myself in the serene whirlpool that gave me the best view of the ocean. 

Serene whirlpool.

Fine teas and delicious trail mix are offered in the lounges.
I was fortunate to complimentary receive the Moana Lani Spa’s signature lomi facial, an 80 minute service.  The facial utilizes lomi massage techniques which assist in reducing wrinkles, fine lines and strengthening facial muscles.  This facial combines local ingredients with the premier products of Rice Force, a premium Japanese natural skin care line known for its amazing hydrating ability, to complete this signature facial.  Debbie, my esthetician, had hands that can only be described as magical as she worked on my face.  This facial included a neck, hand and foot massage as well so it was very relaxing.  All facials are extraction free and performed only on request.  I didn’t request extractions, but every inch of my skin was clean and looked and felt sublime.  The skin on my face felt firmer, plumper and tighter.  I loved every minute of it and immediately texted my friend that we needed to set up a spa day. 

Beautiful view of Waikiki Beach from the spa.

The Moana Lani Spa gives new meaning to the phrase Lucky We live Hawaii!  With a local ID, the spa offers kama’aina 15% off massage, facials, and spa treatments plus complimentary parking.  Additionally, the spa offers membership to their Heavenly Club, an exclusive program available to Hawaii residents only and proof of residency is required.  For a $20 enrollment fee that covers two years, club members will enjoy a 30% discount off facials, massages, and spa treatments.  I am definitely taking advantage of that offer on my next visit.

The spa incorporates distinctive Hawaiian inspired customs.  For example, each of the spa’s treatment rooms features a wood bowl with Alaea Hawaiian sea salt (known for its healing and restorative abilities).  The guest holds the "ho'awe" filled with Alaea salt while placing all their troubles into the salt. Once the treatment is completed the salt will be placed in a collection bowl and at the end of the day the salt is thrown into the ocean allowing your troubles to be blessed and carried out to sea.  At the end of your treatment, the spa presents you with water and a Choco le'a truffle as well as a music CD by Natalie Ai Kamauu, Moana Memories.  
Leave your troubles at the door.
Whether you’re looking to pamper yourself, spend a day relaxing with your significant other or girlfriends, or treating your Mom, the Moana Lani Spa is the perfect solution.  Escape the hustle and bustle of life, if only for a day and leave your worries at the door.  I did and it made for the best birthday.  Celebrate.  You deserve it.  

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