Hawaii bureau chief Katherine Nichols experienced the Spa
Without Walls at the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani. Her report
ichal rubbed a grainy mixture
of Kona coffee and orange and vanilla cream over my body in rapid,
repetitive movements. But don't get the wrong impression.
Michal was my therapist at Spa Without Walls, and the process
was the first step in one of the innovative spa's most innovative
Spa Without Walls is a full-service facility with outdoor venues
-- thus the name -- at the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani. The
treatment: the Kona Coffee and Hawaiian Exfoliation, $65, which I
paired with the lomilomi massage, $60, each about 25 minutes.
Contrary to what one might think, the coffee scent is subtle and
blends with the orange and vanilla to produce a soothing aroma.
Michal finished the rub and sent me to the shower. As coffee
grounds fell around me to the shower floor, my skin took on the
feel of softened butter.
The next part of the treatment, the lomilomi -- a massage
technique inspired by native Hawaiian healing traditions -- is one
of four general massages and nine other therapies, including two
called the Oceanside Cabana and the Waterfall Teahouse Massage,
both Spa Without Walls originals, which cost $115 for 45 minutes,
$155 for 75 minutes.
Reservations are required. In-room services are available for an
Michal's touch during the lomilomi was just right, and drenching
my "new" skin with vanilla-scented lotion, she almost made me
believe I'd never aged nor spent so many years in the sun.
When Michal finished the lomilomi, she rested her hands gently
on my legs, arms and shoulders and chanted softly in Hawaiian. When
my hour was up, I shuffled back to my room with a new body and a
The facility at the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani offers a total
of five spa packages.
Three are indoors-only, head-to-toe body treatments: the
Nirvana, $250; the Hawaiian Rejuvenation, $200; and the Ladies or
Gentlemen's Special, $200.
The outdoor packages are the Deluxe Oceanside Experience, which
takes place in an outdoor cabana, $230; and the Spa Without Walls,
which offers treatments in thatched massage hales, or huts; garden
teahouses next to waterfalls; or in oceanside tents, $215.
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