Ritz-Carltons new boutique spa awaits a Miraval

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KAPALUA, Hawaii -- 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.

It foreshadows 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.

For example, 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 might.

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, she said.

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.

For more information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/kapalua/spa/default.asp.

To contact reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to[email protected].

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