The Awili Spa is a must-go for honeymooners, or individuals seeking deeper R&R in Wailea, Maui. While I waiting for my meeting with the resident apothecary, in a dimly lit room with cascading endless panels of linen, the quiet tranquility was at first almost unnerving as I realized I had forgotten how to find that internal state of relaxation that we often lose in the humdrum of travel. Katie is a knowledgeable, friendly, and clear minded apothecary who created a bespoke, complex, but uniform massage and spot treatment oil that elevated my already intensely relaxing hot stone massage to another level. Katie took the time to understand my preferences and needs, honing in on specific combinations to distill a tailored blend of infused oils. The multitude of antioxidant/immune boosting notes in the oils melded into an aroma that was completely new to me. This service is a true gem that I had read about before my visit but one that I didn't fully appreciate until the RMT unfurled the soothing peppermint, aloe and green tea spot treatment. My favourite ingredient (one of ~10+) was litsea cubeba, extracted from an evergreen in Southeast Asia. You will find delectable refreshments and mini snacks to accompany the daily infusion of fruits and herbs so be sure to arrive early to being your relaxation in the minimalist dry/wet saunas and hot pool. After it was all over, I retreated to my room in total bliss, lathered in pineapple, green tea, litsea, etc., ready to begin a new day.
By AFAR Traveler
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