On a recent visit to SpaHalekulani, an award-winning and leading spa of the world, I have to share my experience where I got to fully escape in a Zen hideaway just steps from Waikiki Beach. Nestled into one of the finest five star hotels in Oahu, this beachfront spa is where I came to get the ultimate glam glow facial.

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Indulging in a true tranquil experience surrounded by lush gardens and the warm hospitality that Hawaii is known for, I immediately felt relaxed sitting in their outdoor lounge area overlooking the beautiful courtyard of Halekulani.

Before my treatment began, I was given the Signature Foot Pounding Ritual (which begins every treatment at SpaHalekulani). My specialist Janine massaged my feet, covering it with silk like material and pounded them with sticks made out of bamboo to stimulate the circulation in the feet. It was later explained that the feet are always forgotten, but they carry us in the world. That alone was an experience to remember. SpaHalekulani immediately made me feel like royalty within minutes of entering.

After, I was led into a calm and soothing spa suite, where Janine performed my customized facial. She asked questions about my skin type and concerns to properly treat my needs. My facial started with a comfortable extraction that almost made me fall asleep if that’s possible. She then worked her magic of exfoliating, masks and cleansing where I could feel my skin detoxifying life’s every day stresses that causes havoc on/in the skin. In between while the mask was working its “magic,” she massaged my arms and hands and placed a hot towel under my neck. It was a pure slice of heaven!

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When my treatment was complete, she handed me the mirror and all I could see was a glowing face with no visible signs of redness. My face looked as if it was ready for the red carpet. It was the ultimate luxurious facial I’ve ever had and loved that she used a mix of natural and modern products such as Epicuren.

The treatment ended with a lovely plantation iced tea and mochi ice cream, a true local favorite. With a spa that pays attention to every detail, it made the perfect memory and will have me coming back for more.


WHERE:  SpaHalekulani at Halekulani, On the Beach at Waikiki

2199 Kalia Road

Honolulu, HI 96815


Photo Credit: Courtesy Halekulani