Hotel Hana-Maui spa ready for debut

he Hotel Hana-Maui completed its new spa, which is set to open this month.

The 7,650-square-foot facility is situated on an acre of land with views of Hana Bay and Kauiki Hill. Inside, a waterfall wall greets visitors. Features include a pool heated to body temperature and a cold plunge pool.

Outdoor lava rock showers and a whirlpool are located near nine treatment rooms. Five are massage suites, each averaging 500 square feet with a private bathroom. Four of the five suites have private gardens with water features, and two are designated for couples. Two wet rooms and a boutique complete the new space.

Fifteen therapists and four aestheticians will administer Hawaiian treatments such as a hot stone massage and a scrub and wrap with Honua sugar.

For more information, call (800) 321-HANA or visit

In other news, the hotel has been designated a 2004 AAA Four Diamond property.

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Aloha Airlines plans to establish one-stop, twice-daily service between Washington's Reagan National Airport and Honolulu starting July 1.

The flights -- one departing in the morning, the other in the late afternoon -- will connect through Orange County, Calif.

Those traveling from Honolulu will be able to make it to Washington in a day (depart at 7:15 a.m, arrive just after midnight), or will be able to take an overnight flight, putting themselves in the nation's capital in the late afternoon the next day.

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The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa will introduce Aloha Ambassador service in March.

The Maui property is offering two new packages available through Oct. 31.

The Bed & Breakfast package starts at $396 per night, double, and includes accommodations in a Terrace room with daily breakfast buffet. The rack rate for a Terrace room is $465.

The Room & Car plan starts at $390 per night, featuring Terrace room accommodations and a midsize rental car.

The Grand Wailea, which is expected to complete a $2.3 million upgrade of its 780 guest rooms this month, features the Spa Grande, a Spa Finder Magazine Readers' Choice Awards winner for 2003 in the category of Comforts and Value. Spa Grande also ranked No. 10 in the category of hotel spas in the U.S. and Canada by Travel + Leisure readers.

For more information or for reservations, call (800) 888-6100 or visit the Grand Wailea's Web site at

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Classic Custom Vacations and Starwood Hawaii are offering fourth-night-free packages to Dec. 18. Plans must be booked by Feb. 29.

Guests at one of 12 participating hotels will receive rooms with scenic views, the fourth night free (when staying for three nights) and several dining options outside the resort.

Vacations at the Westin Maui start at $1,146 per person for five nights. A six-night plan at the Princeville Resort on Kauai begins at $1,472. Four nights at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani on Oahu start at $381 per person.

For more information, call (800) 221-3949 or visit on the Web.

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Starting March 1, Hawaiian Airlines will increase its nonstop flights between Seattle and Honolulu to twice daily.

Flight 23 will depart Seattle daily at 11:05 a.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 3:20 p.m. Return Flight 24 will depart Honolulu at 4 p.m. and arrive in Seattle at 11:30 p.m.

Hawaiian has provided daily nonstop flights between Seattle and Honolulu since 1986. In addition, Hawaiian offers daily nonstop flights between Seattle and Maui.

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