Laniwai Spa at Aulani Disney Resort


Disney's first resort spa has -no surprise- earned many industry and consumer awards since opening in August 2011. The 18,000 square foot space includes 15 treatment rooms and the island's only hydrotherapy garden. There are many ways to experience the spa from reflexology massage ($160) to Waiwai in the private rainwater suite. Waiwai begins with a signature body cocoon followed by a Waiwai Lomilomi Massage ($320). In true Disney fashion there is a story behind the meaning of the spa, Laniwai, means freshwater heaven. Upon entering guests choose an etched stone with a word like 'listen' 'happiness' 'obey' or rather the stone chooses the guest.  Once united with appropriate messaged stone, the guest will toss it into the reflective pool as they enter the spa. And thus begins the transformation.

Treatments: Laniwai offers treatments for the entire family ranging from mini me manicures, ($20), teen lomi lomi, ($155),  to family treatments where everyone can partake in a massage and/or new parents can learn how to sooth their baby via massage, ($155-$400), LED facials, ($245) to the aforementioned Waiwai Lomilomi Massage ($320).  The teens have their own spa called, Painted Sky, where they can get kid-curtailed treatments for both girls and boys. The lomi lomi massage therapists are trained to be the by Margaret Marchado,  a.k.a, Aunty Margaret an island kupuna (elders).

Kula Wai Hydrotherapy Garden: The only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on Oahu is co-ed and for $45 can be accessed for day use. The aqueous options include rain showers, hot mineral baths, an ice-cold plunge pool and hot tubs. Lounge chairs are scattered throughout the space allowing for private refuge to read, work or even nap.