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A big splurge for our 5th anniversary trip to Maui was an afternoon at the ‘Awili Spa and Salon at the Andaz Maui at Wailea. It was a pricey afternoon, but the spa was nothing short of spectacular, and worthy of a post dedicated just to it.
Here are the other posts in our (almost finished) Hawaii trip review:
Omakase Experience at the ‘Awili Spa:
When I called to book our appointments I asked for recommendations and was told without hesitation that what I wanted was their signature omakase experience. I like omakase sushi experiences where the chef basically chooses what I eat, so I thought this idea sounded great! I assumed it meant that the massage therapist would sort of decide what treatments I needed, within reason. It didn’t exactly mean that, but it was definitely the right decision!
To get the omakase you need to select a minimum of two treatments from this list:
Body: Exfoliate, Wrap, Massage, Foot Massage, Scalp Massage
Beauty: Manicure, Pedicure, Nail Bar Polish, Blow Dry Bar Style
Skin: Facial, Neck and Chest Brightening
We selected a couples massage, and in addition I had the blow dry bar style and my husband had his first ever pedicure. Since we were doing the omakase, our first stop in the spa was to the apothecary lounge where there is a huge selection of scents, lotions, etc that would be blended specifically for us based on our likes and wants.
This was not a quick process, but instead we spent 20ish minutes going through the different options for our lotions, creams, and even a “shampoo treatment” for my hair that was made in part from island fruits! It was a ton of fun learning about all the different ingredients and options. It kind of felt like you were cooking up a delicious meal, only for your skin and your hair.
Not only was it a fun experience, but the potions they mixed up based on our preferences were awesome! I can safely say that my hair has never felt softer than it did after the hair treatment I received at this salon.
Locker Room, Sauna, Whirlpool:
The women’s locker room had showers, hair dryers, and pretty much everything you might need to get ready both before and after your treatments. My only complaint was I didn’t see a hook for towel/robes in the showers, so I ended up just draping the towel over the shower curtain which was a little awkward, but worked.
There was a steam room, sauna, and whirlpool available in the women’s locker room area.
Since we were having a massage together, we waited in the co-ed lounge where they had some slight snacks. The edamame hummus was delicious and unlike anything I had ever eaten before!
Treatment and Treatment Rooms:
After quite a while in the lounge, it was time to go to the treatment room. We arrived at the spa at the scheduled time, but apparently they allow 60 minutes for the apothecary experience, and we had arrived a little early on top of that. I think that unless we were the exception, 60 minutes for the apothecary experience is about 30 minutes too long. So, while hanging out in the lounge was nice, it was a windowless room in Hawaii, so not exactly where we hoping to spend more than a few minutes.
In contrast, the treatment room does have a window, although it is partially covered.
The massage therapists were very professional and gave us relaxing massages with the lotions and potions we had mixed earlier.
The hair and nail salon was in a separate part of the spa, but I didn’t have my camera with me at that point. I can’t rave enough about the hair treatment and blow dry as they really were great.
The only downsides to the spa were some timing issues with the appointments. As I mentioned I thought we had a tad too much downtime before our start time, and then our two treatments only had minutes between them which was tricky when I wanted to take a shower between the massage and hair treatment (so I didn’t need to take one right after getting my hair done). We made it work, but I assume the timing issues would get better as the spa stays open a bit longer since we were there one of the first days it was open.
I spent lots of time getting some good exercise in Hawaii (paddle boarding, swimming, etc), but I spent zero time in the gym other than to snap these photos, so I can’t offer any real insight beyond a quick glance. No one else was in the gym when I went to snap these photos, so maybe everyone else was also enjoying the outdoors while in Hawaii!
Like almost everything else in Hawaii, the spa is not inexpensive (full menu here), but it was a fun way to spend some time together on an anniversary trip! The omakase apothecary experience was really unique and enjoyable, and I would love if that trend catches on at other spas!
If you want a very good (from what I hear) nearby spa experience that costs less than the package we had at the Andaz, then call the Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea ask for the Hawaiian Airlines special that I believe is around $318 for a couples massage, lunch, and time in their hydrotherapy circuit, that they describe as “a unique haven of water therapies featuring a Roman tub, saunas, cascading waterfalls, Swiss jet showers, a Japanese furo and five specialty baths.” They also accepted SpaFinder gift cards. I loved the spa at the Andaz, but wanted to offer a different option that may stretch vacation dollars a bit further.
If you have utilized the ‘Awili Spa, the nearby Spa Grande, or any other spas in that part of Maui, I’d love to hear your thoughts!