Maui Local

By Feifei Sun / May 1, 2014


When guests arrive at the ‘āwili Spa and Salon at the Andaz Maui at Wailea, they could be forgiven for thinking they had walked into an apothecary rather than a spa. The main lounge area is anchored by a walnut table blanketed with flasks, beakers and test tubes of oils; dishes of dried fruit and pots of fresh herbs; as well as ceiling-high wooden cabinets filled with organic products, including the skincare collection from local beauty company Malie.

‘āwili means “to mix or entwine” in Hawaiian, and it’s an incredibly apt name for this spa, which blends an Old World atmosphere with mesmerizing beach views and modern luxury in service. One of the most popular treatments is the Spa Omakase, which invites guests to customize their experience based on their skin type, scent preferences and treatment goals. Guests choose two treatments—for example, an exfoliation and a massage—for their Omakase experience, and then consult with a spa specialist to create a personalized blend of scrubs, lotions and oils.

The treatments use many ingredients grown right on the Maui island: Hawaiian sea salt, organic brown sugar or ground cocoa nibs are used as exfoliators, while fresh fruits, including Hawaiian Apple Bananas, are mashed up for masks.

It’s a true, one-of-a-kind experience that will have guests longing for a few more days on the island.

—Feifei Sun

Feifei Sun

Feifei Sun

Feifei Sun is a freelance writer based in Atlanta. She began her career at Vanity Fair and later worked as an editor at TIME, where she wrote about fashion and politics and helped edit the magazine's special issues, including the TIME 100 and Person of the Year. Her writing has also appeared in Real Simple, Marie Claire and the Huffington Post.
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