Ali’i Experience at Spa Without Walls, Fairmont Orchid

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The hardest decision you’ll have to make at the Spa without Walls is where to enjoy your treatment. Spa with walls (interior) or without, which means you can either be in an oceanfront cabana or in a hale next to a waterfall, I opted for the waterfall.  Next choice; treatment, the massages range from lomilomi, shiatsu, hot stone, Swedish or deep tissue, or opt for one of the island inspired facials. I signed up for 110 minutes of pure bliss a.k.a., The Ali'i Experience, which costs $339 for indoor, $349 for the waterfall or $359 for oceanfront. After decompressing in the coed relaxation room sipping tea and listening to the wind through the trees, I entered stage one of relaxation. Floyd, my therapist appeared and whisked me to my own private hale right next to a gentle waterfall; stage two. The rest was a blur, after a lomilomi massage, I stopped counting my 'relaxation stages' as the treatment continued with a scalp and foot massage using island-based oils. Ali’i, means royalty in Hawaiian, and that is how I felt as I melted into the teak lounge post experience. Amenities: Fully stocked "mens and womens" locker rooms with steam and sauna. Treatment options, indoor, eight waterfall hales, two with a window on the floor to the water, six oceanfront cabanas.

Access: The spa is open daily from 7am to 7pm, and offers parking validation for non-hotel guests.

Highlight: Waterfront hale, with heated beds, and a window open to the gentle breezes. Signature treatment, Kona Coffee Exfoliation, crushed organic Kona coffee beans are mixed with local Ka’u orange crème lotion to stimulate, exfoliate and soften the skin followed by a 25-minute massage with fragrant Big Island vanilla lotion ($179 for 50 minutes).

Spa Basics: Face treatments from $79 for 25 minutes, body and massage treatments from $159 for 50 minutes.