Archive for June 18th, 2009
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Stressed out spa-goers needn’t worry about finding the right spa to cure whatever ails them thanks to the recently released Travel Therapy: Where Do You Need to Go (Seal Press, 2009) by three-time Emmy Award-winning writer Karen Schaler. Having traveled to more than 30 countries in search of inspiring getaways, Schaler, an avid spa-goer herself, shares her travel savvy to recommend the ideal spa destination for every budget and occasion. For those who are licking their wounds and in need of a place to heal or those looking for adventure, this is one therapy every traveler and spa-goer can embrace wholeheartedly.
Celebrating its grand opening on June 20th, the Kapalua Spa (Maui, HI) is a wellness wonderland where no detail has been overlooked. I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the sprawling property this past weekend and I was pleasantly surprised. Opening at The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay, this 30,000-square-foot island getaway is prepped to offer everything from a cutting-edge fitness center, featuring a Kinesis Circuit System, to signature treatments that are steeped in tradition.
What I love the most about the Kapalua Spa is that it fully embraces its spectacular location, perched on a hill overlooking the ocean. As soon as I walked into the spa, I was taken aback by the stunning scene behind the reception desk. There is no wall closing in the welcome area, but rather an open-air panoramic view of the neighboring island of Moloka’i. Plenty of windows and balconies are sprinkled throughout the spa, never allowing one to forget where they are. The decor gives off a decidedly cool beach-house vibe, enhanced by bamboo, palmwood, sea glass, and a radiant palette featuring variations of blues, yellows, creams, and browns. In addition to nine indoor treatment rooms, the spa offers 10 outdoor Hawaiian-style hales where guests can enjoy the intoxicating sea breeze during services. Spa-goers can also soak in the surroundings from both the men’s and women’s relaxation areas, which offer outdoor whirlpools and cold rain showers, as well as from the co-ed sun deck and saline lap pool. I’ll be writing more about my experience at this divine destination in an upcoming issue of American Spa–be sure to check it out!