What are the best spas on Oahu?

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Oahu is a 600-square-mile slice of paradise, so finding relaxation on this island is simple. Of course, we think soaking up the sun on the beaches of Waikiki is pure bliss, booking a spa treatment seals the deal. Oahu is home to two Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spas. Whether you're staying at The Kahala Hotel and Resort or not, we suggest spending a relaxing day at The Kahala Spa. Each of the 10 treatment rooms is named after a Hawaiian flower with tropical décor in case you forget where you are. All of the signature massages and rituals begin with the Ho'omaka ritual, a cleansing and refreshing foot massage that will set the tone for your treatment. SpaHalekulani, which is located at Halekulani on the western side of Waikiki, offers treatments inspired by the healing traditions of the Pacific Islands. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa features seven treatment rooms, including two tandem couples suites, and there's a wide array of treatments available.

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Oahu offers a range of spa experiences, from casual day spas to high-end resort spas with therapeutic treatments you won't find anywhere else. If you're looking to be pampered, book an appointment at the posh SpaHalekulani (Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Road, 808-923-2311) in Waikiki, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa offers unique services ranging from a four-hands massage (two therapists giving a full-body massage) to a rejuvenating oxygen facial, with all treatments starting with the spa's signature foot-pounding ritual. Another luxurious option is the Four-Star Kahala Spa. Try the After Sun Soother massage if your skin is burned from a bit too much fun in the hot Hawaii sun. If you need a break between shopping, head to Hoala Salon & Spa (Ala Moana Center, 808-947-6141), where you can indulge in a 90-minute Caribbean therapy pedicure or a traditional lomi lomi massage. Or if you're looking for something unique but equally reviving, get a foot reflexology massage at Kenko Sokushin (Waikiki Marketplace, 2310 Kuhio Ave., 808-923-0500) in Waikiki, where therapists will work the 64 reflex zones in your feet.

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