Yesterday, Travel Agent's New York offices were visited by Christina Yumul and Sharon Ogawa of Maui's Grand Wailea Resort, which reportedly has the largest spa in the islands at 50,000 square feet and with 40 treatment rooms.
In the coming weeks, the aptly named Spa Grande will be launching new therapies that take the culinary "farm-to-table" trend and bring it into the world of wellness with what the team calls "farm-to-spa-table," using products sourced either at the resort itself (from its 600 coconut trees or seven rooftop beehives) or around the islands.
The 80-minute Niu Coconut Detox & Muscle Relieve begins with a dry cleansing of raw coconut fibers brushed along the skin, which reportedly promotes detoxification and lymphatic glands activity, circulation, and cell regeneration. This is followed by a 50-minute massage performed with natural, pure coconut oil and coconut shells of varying sizes and shapes. The two-and-a-half-hour Royal Niu Coconut Dream for Two Treatment, meanwhile, also involves exfoliating with coconut husks and a coconut scrub, followed by a a body cocoon and scalp-and-foot massage, and then a 25-minute coconut milk bath. The details of the treatments are still in the works, so check back at TravelAgentCentral.com and LuxuryTravelAdvisor.com to find out more.
The resort has also enhanced its fitness program, expanding its beachside yoga classes to daily as of next month.
And foodies will already know about Alan Wong's Amasia, which opened in May at the Grand Wailea's former teahouse. Combining Asian and American style, Wong and the restaurant team kept much of the teahouse's structure and style—paper shoji walls were replaced with curtains, for example, but the bamboo blinds and ceiling work was retained. Best of all: Food served at Amasia is locally sourced, with much of it coming from within a 10-mile radius.