Wellness tourism represents one in seven tourism dollars worldwide and is experiencing nearly 50% more growth than global tourism overall, according to recent research presented by the Global Wellness Institute.
Agents are well aware of this burgeoning market; SpaFinder's 2013 Travel Agent Survey on trends in the wellness travel sector found that 75% of North American travel agents see wellness tourism as a distinctly rising travel trend.
Travelers to Hawaii have a plethora of options for world-class spa facilities. SpaFinder.com assembled a list of its spa partners in Hawaii that offer what it considers "interesting" wellness travel services:Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea
This Waldorf Astoria property has been voted among the Top 10 spas in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. It offers personalized wellness programs, one-on-one fitness consultations and an Exclusive Terme Hydrotherapy Circuit, a "unique haven of water therapies featuring a Roman tub, saunas, cascading waterfalls, Swiss jet showers, a Japanese furo and five specialty baths." Visit www.grandwailea.com/spa
This spa is known for offering spa rituals for well-being such as holistic treatments that include scrubs, steam showers and massages and specializes in guided meditation. According to the spa, it "infuses the concept of well-being throughout the entire spa experience, providing healthy practices that inspire an elevated lifestyle." Visit www.halekulani.com/spa-halekulani
.Heavenly Spa at the Westin Maui
This 15,000-square-foot, oceanfront spa has a Westin Workout Fitness Studio, a Mind & Body Studio for yoga, Pilates, spinning and meditation. The property also features a hydrotherapy room and a Vichy shower renewal room. The spa features Hualani, a product line exclusively designed for the Heavenly Spas in Hawaii, with ingredients that include locally grown pineapples and passion fruit. Visit www.westinmaui.com/spa/overview
.Nalu Kinetic Spa at Turtle Bay Resort
The Nalu Kinetic Spa offers a variety of private wellness classes for up to two people, including fitness training, yoga, Pilates, body rolling and stand-up paddle yoga. t is Oahu's only resort with Wave Motion Therapy, a body treatment said to mimic the buoyancy of water and the healing rhythm of the ocean. Visit www.turtlebayresort.com/oahu-spa
.JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa
The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa offers unique spa fitness and training group classes, including an aqua jog, which utilizes water resistance in an ocean lagoon; a stretch by the sea on the lagoon lawn; and Yumba, a blend of yoga and Latin-based dance aerobic/interval workout. Visit www.ihilanispa.com