-- The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua renovated its spa and reopened it with
a boutique designation.
Although the $1
million facility is the same size as before, the boutique
nomenclature has its purpose.
the arrival of Miraval Destination Resort, Spa and Village, set to
break ground at the resort in 2006, and marks the first
manifestation of the Kapalua Resorts grand vision of turning the
destination into a campus of separate hotels and stand-alone,
upscale facilities to be shared by all.
The campus idea,
according to a Kapalua Resort spokesman, is for guests at any one
of the hotels to make use of the spas, restaurants, beaches, golf
courses and shops at the other hotels.
guests staying at the Kapalua Bay Hotel will be able to make use of
the beach and tennis courts at the Ritz-Carlton, the spa facilities
at Miraval and the shops in between.
According to a
Ritz-Carlton representative, devoted clientele expect the complete
Ritz experience, thus the renovated spa.
Asked if she
thought Kapalua Bay Hotel or Miraval guests would make use of the
spa at the Ritz, the spokeswoman said, It will be interesting to
see. If guests at another hotel like what they see, they just
The design of the
Ritzs spa is rooted in ancient Hawaiian traditions, which fits the
direction in which the hotel hopes to move, according to the
spokeswoman. We are trying to create an overall Maui experience,
There are 10
treatment rooms in the new spa. A cascading wall of water separates
the spas treatment area from the fitness center, and tumbled stone
has replaced the marble walls and floors, giving the spa a warmer
feel. Sage and muted blue tones cover most of the walls in the spa
area, where local artists works now hang.
information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/kapalua/spa/default.asp.
reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to[email protected].