The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua

An authentic Hawaiian haven
Hawaiian traditions seep into all aspects of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua. Local plants, flowers, fruits and herbs go into the lotions and oils used in treatments, and distinctly Hawaiian services, like the lomilomi massage, make up a bulk of the menu.

The spa also uses its surroundings to its advantage — spa suites come with garden showers and the alfresco relaxation lounge and whirlpool sit along a taro garden. It’s an authentic Hawaiian haven.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Tucked up on the fourth floor of the hidden-away Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, the 17,500-square-foot Maui spa invites you to nibble on almonds and yogurt-covered pretzels and sip mango iced tea while you sprawl out on a cushioned chaise lounge in the relaxation room.
  • The treatments stay true to the luxury spa’s Hawaiian roots utilizing local ingredients like sea salt, coconut oil, pineapple and papaya.
  • In the salon, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua offers aromatic manicures and pedicures (calming lavender, papaya pineapple, energizing spearmint), as well as haircuts, blowouts and moisturizing Moroccan oil hair and scalp treatments.
  • Head to the shop to browse CND Vinylux nail polishes, SkinCeuticals and Éminence skin-care products, Fresh perfumes and an array of apparel.
  • The most adorable spa souvenirs found at the spa shop are the Ritz-Carlton rubber ducks donning robes with towels wrapped around their heads and cucumber slices on their eyes or masks on their faces.
Things to Know
  • Check out the frequently changing roster of group classes, including Beyond the Barre Workout (a hybrid of ballet, Pilates and yoga), Kapalua Fitness Hike (a 2.5-mile hike in the tony beachfront Kapalua Resort area) and Laughter Yoga (laughter exercises with gentle yoga breathing techniques).
  • If you have plans after your treatment, the spa stocks essentials, including sunscreen, deodorant, hairspray, moisturizer, makeup remover wipes and sanitary products.
  • If your skin gets scorched, add on a sunburn relief treatment. Trust us, it’s worth it.
The Treatments
  • The Cocolicious Cocoon exfoliates with a Maui-made coconut-oil-infused sea salt and then wraps you up in coconut oil and cocoa butter.
  • The Kapalua Castaway also pulls in island ingredients for pampering — a pineapple-papaya, honey-lavender or coconut oil exfoliation, followed by a lomilomi massage.
  • Of course, you’ll find the usual slate of massages here too, including lomi ili’ili (hot stone), hapai(prenatal) and ku’uipo lomilomi (couples).
  • If you need a facial, try the popular Waihua. The customized deep-cleansing service provides extractions and a collagen complex that banishes fine lines and lessens wrinkles.
The Facilities
  • For optimal downtime, visit the Hawaiian grotto areas to rotate among the heated whirlpools, eucalyptus steam rooms and dry cedar saunas.
  • Spacious spa suites are adorned with hardwood floors, plantation shutters and private garden showers.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua offers a 24-hour gym that comes with top-of-the-line equipment, including Cybex strength-training machines and Balanced Body Pilates tools.
Getting There
1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Hawaii 96761
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua
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