Hawaii is home to some of the world’s best spas and resorts and while Oahu doesn’t do luxury and relaxing experiences quite as well as some of the other islands (mainly Maui), there are still quite a few noteworthy spas on the island. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious setting, a connection to ancient Hawaiian culture, lavish treatments, or convenience, you’ll find something that suits you at these Oahu spas:
Moana Lani Spa (Moana Surfrider): The best spa in Waikiki is located in the heart of the strip in the most historic hotel in Hawaii while still feeling a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There’s a huge menu of offerings available at lower prices than you’ll find at the spas in Ko’olina and Turtle Bay. You can also purchase a spa day pass to use the facilities (lockers, steam room, whirlpool, sauna, and lounge overlooking the ocean. Find more information here.
Nalu Kinetic Spa (Turtle Bay): If you’re staying on or near Oahu’s famed north shore, this is your best spa option. The oceanfront facility offers a wide range of treatment options including traditional Hawaiian practices. They offer the unique option of a sunset massage as well as weekly happy hour specials (Monday through Friday) which include special deals on treatments that all include a glass of bubbly. Find more information here.
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Naupaka Spa (Four Seasons): It’s no surprise that one of the most luxurious spas on the island is at the Four Seasons. They’re known for their quality service and luxury details and that all translates perfectly to the spa. The facilities at the spa and wellness center take up four floors. Notable features of the spa include the world-class tennis center on the top floor, eucalyptus steam room, plus the ability to book a treatment inside a Himalayan salt chamber or near the ocean. Treatments here do cost more than most other spas on the island, but the quality of service is unparalleled. Find more information here.
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The Kahala Spa (Kahala Resort): Located in East Honolulu, it’s only a hop, skip, and jump from Waikiki but it feels so far removed. The spa set up is a bit unique, too. Instead of a large shared facility, each treatment room (there are nine suites) features its own private glass shower, soaking tub, and changing area. There are eucalyptus steam rooms, dry saunas, and an outdoor whirlpool in the fitness center though. Find more information here.
Laniwai Spa (Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa): On a recent stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa on Oahu, I spent a morning enjoying the amenities of the Laniwai Spa. This amazing spa offers pretty much everything you can imagine from traditional Hawaiian massages to herbal remedies to facials (I really want to try skin yoga!). I opted for the Certified Organic facial and it was wonderful! While listening to traditional Hawaiian music, I was pampered for almost an hour (and got a bonus hand and foot massage). I’ve had facials at various day spas and resorts and this one was definitely on par, but what put this experience over the top were the facilities.
It’s the only spa on Oahu with an outdoor hydrotherapy garden. Ancient Hawaiians believed that bathing in fluctuating water temperatures had many benefits for the body and mind and Kula Wai incorporates this belief with a sense of luxury. This co-ed outdoor facility includes several soaking pools (some with whirlpool jets) and six different waterfall showers (all of varying temperatures and water pressures).
Treatments also include a stop at the Pulu Bar, a mixology station where you can create a custom body polish using a variety of fragrances, oils, herbs, and a base of cane sugar or sea salt. You can use your body polish during your time at the outdoor hydrotherapy garden or take it home to use later (a perfect souvenir!)
And because this is Disney and they’re in the family business, you’ll also find the only teen spa (Painted Sky Teen Spa) in Hawaii. It’s exclusively for guests aged 13-17 and besides massages, manicures, and pedicures, Painted Sky has an acai bowl bar, special teen wellness activities, and a mixology bar for body scrubs and face masks.