Spa Without Walls rubs reporter right

Hawaii bureau chief Katherine Nichols experienced the Spa Without Walls at the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani. Her report follows:

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 treatments.

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 additional $25.

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 contented grin.

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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