From multisensory pods to amenity-laden rooms and special workshops, Oahu has a new menu of options for travelers looking for rest, rejuvenation and renewal.
A trio of properties on Hawaii's most visited island have amplified their wellness programming for 2020, with an eye on innovations, new technology and opportunities to expose guests to new fields and disciplines.
In November, the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina introduced the Vessel, a "mixed reality" therapeutic pod, to its menu at Naupaka Spa and Wellness Centre. The Vessel comes from wellness company Sensync, a collaboration of neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and producer and wellness expert Alex Theory, and the experimental treatments are designed to rejuvenate fatigued minds through virtual journeys into nature. In the Vessel, guests see, hear, smell, feel and touch sensations of nature, presented in unison, in conjunction with real-time recording of the guest's physiology for responsive programming. The treatments integrate visual virtual reality treatments, aromatherapy, sound and music therapy, vibroacoustic stimulation, relaxation and nature therapy, meditation and mindfulness practices, biofeedback, and neurofeedback. A series of customized journeys to help "reset" the brain for a more tranquil state of mind are offered ranging from 20 to 80 minutes.
This month Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore unveils 26 "Stay Well" luxury brand rooms that feature a variety of amenities designed for wellness- and relaxation-focused travelers. Each room comes with a memory foam mattress made from materials derived from plants, water purification, air purification, sound machine, and customizable aromatherapy.
Additionally, the rooms come with a shower infuser to reduce chlorine, special white lights for boosting serotonin levels, a dawn simulator that gradually wakes guests with increasing levels of light and sound. Stay Well guests also receive unlimited fitness classes and discounts at the Nalu Kinetic Spa during their stay, in-room fitness equipment including yoga mat and stability ball, complimentary access to Cleveland Clinic Wellness programs, and special health-focused in-room dining options. Stay Well Premier rooms start at $399 and are available in king, double queen, or junior suite bedding configurations with a maximum capacity of four guests.
Halekulani has announced a series of "Living Well" interactive programs through the first half of 2020. Living Well Interactives are 75-minute workshops that provide lessons designed to inform and empower. Held on the second Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. On March 14, the "Law of Attraction" invites guests to explore how thoughts and actions can help to overcome obstacles and achieve life goals. In April the theme is "Writing Your Way to Well-being," with a workshop on journaling to enhance one's emotional, spiritual and physical health. In May "Take Back Your Sleep" explores the relation between overall health and sleep habits and provides practical tips to optimize rest. In June "The Magic Behind the Numbers" examines numerology's origins, methods and influences. Living Well Interactives are complimentary for Halekulani guests and $25 per session for non-guests.