THE HAWAI’IAN WORD “ALOHA” has several widely known meanings, including hello and goodbye, and love and affection. Even deeper, however, the literal meaning is “the presence of breath,” or “the breath of life.” According to Hawai’ian traditions as mentioned at to-Hawaii.com, “aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect. Its deep meaning starts by teaching ourselves to love our own beings first and, afterwards, to spread the love to others.”
When visiting the Hawai’ian island of Oahu, there may not be a better, more peaceful place to learn to love ourselves and others than the tranquil Naupaka Spa & Wellness Centre at the oceanfront Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina. Situated on the island’s western coastline and at the edge of Lanikuhonua, which translates to “where heaven meets earth,” it’s easy to feel like you’ve slipped into a more peaceful world upon arrival.
The resort’s kama’aina style, with open-air public spaces and luxurious guestrooms filled with natural light, flows as easily through its 642 acres as the soft, warm, comforting Hawai’ian trade winds.
Inside the 35,000-square-foot Naupaka Spa, 17 spacious treatment rooms are tucked throughout its four levels, complemented by three oceanfront muliwai massage hales, all available for relaxation and enjoyment. The spa’s calming décor is inviting, and its expansive menu features Hawai’ian-inspired ingredients and healing therapies. Two Himalayan salt chambers, where therapists offer halotherapy, are exclusive to Naupaka Spa within the Four Seasons portfolio.
Naupaka Spa’s signature Ho’okahi (To Make as One) Ritual treatment combines multicultural traditions into one divine 110-minute experience. Step into a chamber built of Himalayan salt blocks from Pakistan to enjoy European halotherapy with traditional Turkish hammam elements. Afterward, a Moloka’i sea salt body scrub honors the old tradition of Hawai’ian salt farming known as pa’akai, followed by a Hawai’ian lomilomi massage with heated salt stones and fragrant tropical oils.
On a recent visit, I indulged in the Ho’okahi Ritual, and I am pretty sure I floated back to my suite and watched the sun melt into the Pacific Ocean, just as all of my cares had melted away from my body during that time of bliss.
The leadership team at Naupaka Spa continues to listen to its guests’ desires, adding new treatments and facilities since its opening last year, including Sodashi Face Therapies using products from the popular Australian skin care company of the same name.
Sodashi, meaning “wholeness, purity and radiance” in ancient Sanskrit, has led the way in chemical-free skin care development, and the spa incorporates the line’s Samadara Ultimate Age-Defying Crème into its 110- minute Samadara Ultimate Age-Defying Facial. Using the natural healing powers of a warm rose quartz crystal facial massage to increase circulation, the crème can penetrate deep into the skin to increase collagen production, firmness and elasticity. Spa guests might also consider one of the Circadia Face Therapies, which work in concert with the body’s natural circadian rhythms to repair your skin while you sleep.
Younger spa-goers are not forgotten at Naupaka Spa. The Keiki O Ka’ ina (Children of the Land) Therapies introduce keiki (children) to the healing traditions that connect them with their ohana, or family, and teach them self-care and body awareness. Keiki treatments are personalized for children 11 and younger, as well as ages 12 to 17.
Aside from luxurious treatments, the spa houses the Yamaguchi Salon, where international celebrity stylist Billy Yamaguchi brings his feng shui approach to hair styling and whose monthly consultations focus on the five elements — fire, earth, metal, water and wood — to draw from clients’ core energy to inspire colors and styles that naturally complement their features. Within the men’s area on the spa’s second floor, classic barbering traditions combine with the luxury of an upscale men’s grooming lounge at the Barber Shop.
For those looking for more activity, take lessons from a pro on one of the five Plexipave tennis courts in the Tennis Centre, found on the sixth floor of the Spa & Wellness Centre, complete with ocean views. Additionally, the cutting-edge Health Club, open 24 hours a day, features personal trainers on hand to lend their expertise.
Whether you opt to stay and relax in the spa or work out a bit, take time to enjoy all of the spa and wellness amenities, including indoor and outdoor cold plunge pools, steam room and sauna, and needle shower. There is even a private lap pool and Jacuzzi on an outdoor terrace exclusively for spa guests.
After a visit to the Naupaka Spa, you will quickly find it is easy to embrace this Ko Olina, “place of joy.”
Naupaka Spa & Wellness Centre
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
92-1001 Olani St.
Kapolei, HI 96707
tel 808 679 0079
Read This Next
Glacier Exploration, Iceland
October 2017Oct 1, 2017
All Reads on This Topic
Read Them All
FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko in Japan Introduces Spring Experiences
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko in Japan offers travelers exciting experiences this spring. Opened in July 2020, the property overlooks Lake Chūzenji and Mount Nantai in Japan’s Northern Kanto region. With cherry blossoms (Sakura) set to bloom in April, the area is the perfect destination for a spring getaway.
Share Your Travel Preferences with Global Traveler in a Short Survey & Win
Learning more about our readers’ travel habits and preferences ensures Global Traveler delivers the content you desire. As the travel industry has adapted and changed over the last few years, it’s more important than ever to connect. To best meet your short- and long-term travel content needs, please help us!
New Limited-Time Bonus Offers from Scenic, Emerald Cruises
Scenic Luxury Cruises and Emerald Cruises currently offer travelers savings of up to $500 per cabin and a 50 percent reduction on deposits on select 2023/2024 river and ocean itineraries. The offers are available through March 31 and can be combined with others, such as early-booking savings of up to $1,500 per couple and a Pay in Full bonus that includes free or reduced airfare options.
The Cape Ann Museum Announces Major Edward Hopper Exhibit
This July, The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts, hosts Edward Hopper & Cape Ann: Illuminating an American Landscape, the first major exhibition to explore Hopper’s connection to Cape Ann during his formative years as an artist. Visitors will be treated to 65 works that include paintings, prints and drawings assembled from collections housed at Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; private lenders; and other institutions.
Europe is more fun with a Portugal Stopover.
March 2023Mar 22, 2023
Global Traveler Celebrates the 2022 Winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey Awards
Travel is back and better than ever! Last year brought a big boom to our beloved industry, and we were thrilled to celebrate the best of the best in December 2022 as we honored the winners of our 19th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, located downtown at LA Live!
Austrian Airlines to Bring Back Flying Chefs
DailyMar 22, 2023
Pendry Washington DC – The Wharf Review
eFlyer ReviewsMar 22, 2023
eFlyer DealsMar 22, 2023
Brown Hotels Celebrates Beachside Greek Resorts Reopening with New Offer
In honor of the seasonal reopening of its beachside Greek resorts, Brown Hotels offers a generous 25 percent discount on all bookings made by the end of April. This discount can apply to Brown Hotels’ beachside properties of Isla Brown Corinthia, Brown Beach Chalkida, Brown Beach Eretria and DAVE by the Beach Loutraki.
FXExpress Traveler of the Year
FXExpress Traveler of the Year Contest 2023
eFlyer DealsMar 22, 2023
Air Tahiti Nui Announces Limited-Time Sale on Flights from LAX to AKL
Through April 24, passengers booking a flight with Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland (AKL) enjoy round-trip fares from $974 per person in Moana economy class or $2,394 in Moana premium class.