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I Was Gifted A Massage At Four Seasons Maui and I Think You Should Be Gifted Too

I was recently given a gift of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage at the Four Seasons in Wailea and it was so heavenly. While I was laying there in bliss, I was thinking “This is it! This is a perfect gift to moms, wives, girlfriends, best friends!”  Seriously, this is not some sort of a marketing blurb.  Not from me.  It’s just that it was a very pleasant experience that I wanted to share it with others as well….

You see, I love getting a massage. My husband can confirm the fact that massages makes me a happy lady.  Being a working mom and a blogger, I spend a lot of time in front of a computer typing away.  My shoulder muscles are often tight, and my back sore.  A good massage not only releases the tension on my shoulders, it improves my mood as well.  Just like what my friend Sarah wrote on her post, a massage to me is not a luxury, it’s an essential part of a de-stressing routine.  My husband is a trained massage therapist.  He gives me a massage often.  I know … lucky me!  But every now  and then, it’s good to have a special kind of massage, and that’s what I got at Four Seasons Maui during the FS SParty. And oh, I was so thankful!

Some of you had already read my numerous tweets about my FSSpa experience.  But some of you haven’t, so let me share it here on the blog. I had a massage right next to the ocean in an open air hut called Hale Hau.  It really is the best place to have a massage.  The sound of the ocean was so relaxing, the tweeting of the birds while I was being massaged was so soothing.  It was a nurturing atmosphere in and out of the hale – a perfect setting!

When I was asked what kind of massage I want, my answer was quick.  I wanted to try the hot stone massage! Later I found out that it’s called Pokahu Massage (as pohaku is the Hawaiian word for rocks). I had always wanted to experience this massage but never got a chance to do it, till that FSSpa Day.

Not only did I get the Lomi Pohaku Massage, but also chose to enrich the experience by having the coconut butter oil be used to massage me.  Oh, the scent of this coconut butter oil is so calming to me.  It has a sweet coconut aroma that I love.  The richness of this oil is soo soothing to my skin. I felt that every skin in my body was renewed and rejuvinated by the warm coconut butter oil.  If  you don’t mind being massage with rich coconut smelling oil, choose the Cocoa Pohaku massage, but if you prefer just light oil with a deep tissue massage, choose the Lomi Pohaku massage.

Back to my pohaku experience, this hot stone therapy is the bomb! This traditional Hawaiian massage is one of the best massages out there.  The heat of the hot stones penetrated my tightened muscles and  could feel each fiber loosening and slowly relaxing through the heat.  As I am typing this post I can “hear” my shoulder muscles whispering “can we have that pohaku massage again?”

I wish I had a photo of me with the hot stones on my back.  But there’s no one there to take the photo of me and Kavenam (the massage therapist) so I am using the photo from Four Season’s website here.  Yeah, just imagine me being that lady in the photo. I think I kinda look like her – 😉  But surely I was feeling the same way she was feeling.  Ahhh, so relaxing … Kevenam’s gentle but firm lomi massages on my muscles are so therapeutic and soothing.

The surprise for me was the finale.  As I was laying there in bliss and Kavenam massaging my feet, I felt these very nice warn sensation in between my toes! It felt sooo good.  I couldn’t resist asking if I can take a photo of that because I wanted to share it here on the blog.  Kavenam was very nice to submit to my bloggers’ whim and we did a little re-enactment for after my massage to take a photo of my happy feet with the tiny warm pohaku in between :)

When Kavenum whispered to me that my massage is done, I didn’t want to leave.  Can I just stay in this hale hau for the rest of the day? I thought.  But of course, I can’t. There’s another person coming for a massage….

This post is really about the massage, but I want to mention a bit about Four Seasons.  As we all have heard, Four Season’s customer service is excellent.  It’s what makes this resort one of the best in the world.  I experienced that first hand in this FS Sparty.  Their attention to details is highly commendable. I love the Twitter cookies they baked especially for us, the tweeps.  As many of you know, I love to tweet, and seeing this little Twitter cookie in my locker with a personal welcome note to me, spoke to me saying “we’re here to make sure your experience with us is a pleasurable and memorable as possible“. And it was.

Thank you Four Seasons for a wonderful spa experience. I am sure I will be back. 

(Even if I have to buy a certificate and give it to myself  :)

This is me after the massage and lunch. Thank you @RoxanneDarling for taking this photo of me in front of the Ocean Hale at Four Seasons Maui. Feel free t ask me any questions about the massage or Four Seasons Spa and I’d be happy to answer them. 


P.S. – I just read on Four Seasons Wailea Maui Facebook Page that The FSMaui Spa is offering 2 treatments for $200 now through December 15th. You can choose from these 50-minute treatments: Lomi Mohala Massage, Restorative Facial, Energizing Renewal Massage, Chai Soy Wrap, Volcanic Body Envelopment, and Cocoon Floating Bodywork! Call The Spa at 808.874.2925 for reservations and more information.

Thanksgiving on Maui 2011 – Where To Eat Round-up


Photo from @MauiTime via @AlohaLuxuryProp

UPDATED November 19, 2011 As promised (although delayed) here’s the update for this Maui Thanksgiving Round-up. Some more restaurants to choose from:

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is holding a Thanksgiving Island Harvest on Thursday, November 24,2011 3:00pm – 8:00pm $52 per adult & $25 per child (age 6-12) plus tax & gratuity. For reservations, 808.921.4600

Westin Kaanapili Ocean Resort with Pre Fixe or Buffet – A gourmet sit-down, four-course Thanksgiving Dinner or an amazing epicurean buffet? Either way, Westin Kaanapali resort villas is prepared to host you. The Ocean Pool Bar and Grill’s menu is tantalizing, and their buffet features seafood, cheese and fruits, carving stations, salads, hot selections and desserts. They will be serving their Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 3 to 8pm. The price is $48 per adult and $24 per child, age 4 to 12.

 Marriott Vacation Club will have a Thanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet at Longboards Ka’anapali Restaurant on November 24, 2011 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. *$45.00 for adults,*$22.50 for children 6 -12 Keiki (children) 5 and under are free Credit card required for reservation. Cancellations within 24 hours of reservations will be charged $45.00. *Discounts, coupons and special rates not available. *Prices are inclusive of tax. Call 808-667-1200 or press ext.51 from your villa or suite. 18% gratuity added to parties of 6 or more.

 Pacific Whale Foundation will host a  Thanksgiving dinner at sea. The dinner cruise provides visitors and residents a way to spend the holiday in a unique Maui style. The two-hour cruise will depart from historic Lahaina Harbor at 5:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Guests will enjoy all of the traditional Thanksgiving fixings, as well as cocktails, a beautiful sunset, live entertainment, and the opportunity to watch for humpback whales returning to Maui waters. The cruise will take place aboard the ultra-smooth, eco-friendly catamaran Ocean Discovery. The price for adults is $84.95, children (ages 3-12) is $49.95, and children ages 2 and under go free with a paying adult. Guests can save 10% by booking online, and Pacific Whale Foundation members save 20% on their ticket price, whether booked online or by phone. For reservations, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 or visit and click on “Eco Tours” and “Holiday Cruises”.

 Duke’s Beach House will be offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $33.95 offered from 4pm, as well as our regular a la carte menu. Keiki Thanksgiving Menu for $14.95.

Five Palms Beach Grill will have a spectacular three course Traditional Turkey Dinner or a selection from our limited ala carte dinner menu. Three course Menu is $36.95

Gannon’s Restaurant will be offering our Al La Carte Dinner Menu as well as a Traditional Turkey Dinner Buffet for $38.00.

Joe’s Bar & Grill wll also have a Thanksgiving Feast|Baby Green Salad, Traditional Turkey Dinner Homemade Pumpkin Pie. $36.00, Open at 5:00. Regular menu also available

Tiki Terrace (Ka’anapali Beach Hotel) Bountiful Buffet 60 + items Rotisserie Roasted Turkey fixins, Prime Rib, Seafood, Salad, n Dessert bars. children $20 Adults Lunch $39.95 Dinner $46.95 Evening Hula n Music.

Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in the Four Seasons Resort Maui (FKA Spago – Maui) A Complete Thanksgiving Plate featuring Organic free range turkey and all the trimmings will be available in addition to our regular menu for just $48.00 per person.

Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu   is having a Thanksgiving Brunch $32 per person, $20 for Seniors and $12 for Keiki (7-13 yrs old).  November 24 – 11Am to 4PM.

King Kamehameha Golf Club presents a Thanksgving Buffet 10:00Am and last seating will be at 1:30pm.  $36 per person, 12 and under is $18, 5 and under complimentary.

At Buzz Wharf, you can dine in or take out – call 244-5426.

Let me know if you hear of anything else or if you want to be added in.  Aloha!



PREVIOUS POST DATED November 6, 2011:


Thanksgiving is just around the corner.   I still do not know what we’re doing this year, do you?

I am thinking… maybe we should just try something different this year. Instead of  hosting  a Thanksgiving dinner,  maybe we should go to a buffet or a special dinner in a restaurant.  And so the other day I tweeted and asked who among the restaurants and resorts on Maui are doing a Thanksgiving special, and I received some replies from my favorite hotels and restaurants.

If you are visiting on Maui during Thanksgiving and wondering where to eat, I recommend the following. Check out the links for menu and reservation details.

Four Season Resort  is preparing an amazing Thanksgiving at Dou

Grand Wailea Resort is doing a  Grand Thanksgiving Luau at Honua’ula.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House  is having “The Harvest” – a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner in both their Lahaina and Wailea.

The Westin Maui Resort and Spa has two options for you in their resort:  Ono Bar and Grill and the Tropica Restaurant & Bar are both celebrating Thanksgiving with a special dinner.

I will be updating this post and will be adding to the list so check back in a week or so.  However, I think the choices above are plenty, so if I were you, I’d already make a reservation so you won’t have to think about it.

Now all I have to do is to convince my husband that we just go out on a Thanksgiving dinner so I won’t have to cook.  Wish me luck! :)

And oh,  that “turkey in a bikini” photo above, that is just to make you smile. I don’t think any of the restaurants listed above would be presenting their turkey that way.  In case you want to know how to make that turkey in a bikini for thanksgiving (I call it the Maui Thanksgiving Turkey), click the following link:  the sexy turkey recipe.


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