A wellness treatment in a Hawaiian hale at Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort
Robb Aaron Gordon
Given the back and forth of Hawaii’s tourist restrictions due to COVID-19 (current requirement: a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before, possibly a vaccine certificate down the road; without those, a 10 day quarantine) and off and on island closures, Hawaii hasn’t been the easiest vacation destination to plan. But given the enduring beauty of the islands, the reopening of resorts, some renovated and in new hotel groups, and enhanced wellness programs on offer, there is still a strong reason to navigate the protocols and go.
The cottages of Hana-Maui Resort on the eastern tip of Maui.
Hana-Maui Resort Part of the serenity-inducing experience of this longstanding resort is the location: the remote far eastern end of Maui on the edge of the Pacific, a world away from the mega resorts at the opposite end of the island. Surrounded by tropical foliage and waterfalls, the 66 acre resort dotted with socially distanced cottages reopened in November as a part of Hyatt. The new spa menu emphasizes authentic, traditional Hawaiian treatments with products composed of local ingredients. Among them: the rhythmic Lomi Lomi massage, Pohaku Wela hot stone massage, Aloha Kai Spirulina Body Wrap utilizing the blue green algae from the ocean plus Hawaiian sea salt to detox and reduce water retention and the Honua Mana Laʻi & Aloe Treatment using Hawaiian aloe vera gel and ti leaves from the garden to rehydrate and nourish skin…