Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
From the Print Edition:
Bill Cosby, Autumn 94
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But most guests forgo rigorous activity in favor of the more relaxed approach to fitness--Spa Grande. Fifty-thousand square feet of the hotel are devoted to the spa, where facilities include a restaurant, beauty salon and various saunas and baths, along with massage and cosmetic treatment rooms.
Guests who choose any of the spa services, such as the massage sampler (including lomi lomi--a Hawaiian technique--Swedish and shiatsu, among others), are encouraged to follow up with hydrotherapy. Water treatments include a hot and cold plunge, a Turkish steam room, Japanese furo tub, waterfall massage and a range of aromatherapy and essential-oils baths--from papaya enzyme to seaweed.
After a full day of sunning, bathing and dining, it's nice to sit back with a cigar. Luckily, finding a cigar-friendly spot at the Grand Wailea is not a problem. In fact, the hotel held its first cigar dinner last April.
A good place for everyday smoking is the Game in the Bar, a clubby nook with a pool table, shuffleboard and chess sets. Lloyd Yukawa, the bartender, will make you a mean Blue Hawaii or show you the humidor stocked with Davidoff's entire line.
Watching the sun set into the Pacific while smoking a cigar just might be the Grand Wailea's best therapeutic offering--a massage for the senses enhanced by the most expensive hotel ever built in Hawaii.
-- Michael Frank
Grand Wailea Resort & Spa
Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
Phone: (808) 875-1234 or (800) 888-6100
Room Rates: terrace $350; suites $950 to $8,000
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