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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, June 14, 2009


Advertiser Staff

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An artist's rendering showcases the new Kapalua Spa on Maui, the second largest of its kind in Hawai'i.

Kapalua Resort

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Discounts, specials and attractions of interest to people around Hawai'i.

THE KAPALUA SPA opens this month in the Kapalua Resort on Maui. It's a new, 30,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor facility and the second largest of its kind in Hawai'i. The spa, set on an ocean-view hillside and entered by way of a bamboo garden, features 10 outdoor treatment hales, nine indoor treatment rooms, and Olympic-size infinity-edge saline lap pool, relaxation lounges with views across the channel to Moloka'i, a cold rainfall shower, outdoor sauna, steam rooms, fitness facility, yoga studio, boutique, juice bar and a sun deck.

Designed by world-renowned spa consultant Sylvia Sepielli, the spa draws from Hawaiian healing traditions, including lomi lomi massage, and is open to guests staying in the resort or residing at the Ritz Carlton Club and Residence. Information: www.kapalua.com/recreation/spa; 808-941-5772.

AMERICA'S FAVORITE CITIES are being voted on by readers of Travel and Leisure magazine, at www.travelandleisure.com. Voting is now through July 31 online. Last year, Honolulu was named No. 1 spot for a romantic escape, a relaxing retreat and an active/adventure vacation. The 30 cities included in the 2009 survey are: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Scottsdale, Portland (Ore.), Providence, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. To view results of the 2008 survey, go to www.travelandleisure.com/afc/2008. Entrants can win a $25,000 "Trip of a Lifetime."

THE MOANA SURFRIDER HOTEL, a Westin resort, offers kama'aina rates that include discounted meals and free valet parking. The rates begin at $189 for city-view rooms and $250 for banyan/ocean views with a 25 percent discount on the Veranda Breakfast, afternoon tea, drinks and pupu at the Beach Bar and dinner at the Beachhouse, plus participation in the "Unwind" ritual, early check-in and late check-out, free parking and free mango smoothies for two. The rates apply during the hotels' upcoming Mangoes @ The Moana promotion, which celebrates local mangoes and kicks off a half-day of cooking demonstrations, a cooking competition, side-by-side mango tastings, gardening instruction, a special curry lunch with mango accompaniments (discount does not apply to special mango meals) and more 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11. Mango promotions continue at the hotel with mango menu items through July 31 and a Mango and Wines dinner event July 26. Information: www.moanasurfrider.com; 922-3111.