full spa in
It is the first of its kindBy Russ Lynch
in the tourist district
The Hyatt Regency Waikiki was to officially open its first full-service spa today, providing a luxury service that is increasingly popular in resorts around the world.
A grand opening was planned for 2 p.m. for Na Ho'ola, which the hotel says means "many healers" in Hawaiian, a 10,000-square-foot facility on the fifth and sixth floors between the hotel's twin towers.
The spa, with a view over Waikiki Beach, will offer a variety of massages, body treatments, body wraps, facials, hair treatments and even help with makeup.
It has 19 treatment rooms, an exercise area, a sauna, steam showers, jet baths and a refreshment area, as well as a retail shop with Na Ho'ola logo items.
Paul Tang, Hyatt Regency general manager, said a spa is needed in Waikiki and Na Ho'ola will provide a unique cultural experience because Hawaiian consultants helped plan it.
The Kalakaua Avenue hotel is now marketing itself as the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa.
There is already a hotel spa at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina but nothing of that scale in Waikiki.
Officials of the Sheraton-managed Royal Hawaiian and Sheraton Waikiki hotels said last week they will soon open a full-service spa to serve the four Sheraton/ Starwood hotels in Waikiki.
The Hilton Hawaiian Village also is building a spa in the Kalia Tower, now under construction and due to open next spring.