Travel Briefs

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Sunday, December 9, 2001


Bamboo is Waikiki's newest boutique hotel, with amenities such as kitchenettes and a swimming pool.

Waikiki's newest hotel

There's a new hotel in town as Bamboo opened its doors Thursday at 2425 Kuhio Ave., a block away from King's Alley.

The boutique hotel offers 90 studios and one-bedroom suites, and a two-bedroom penthouse, all with private lanais, kitchenettes or full kitchens.

Room rates range from $75 to $750 per night depending on size and view.

Bamboo was purchased in February by Bay West and was refurbished by San Francisco's Kimberlee Colvin Interiors. Prior to its purchase, the property was known as the Waikiki Marc.

Management services for Bamboo will be provided by Aqua Resorts of Honolulu.

Call 922-7777 for reservations.

Sugar and spice feels nice

On the Kohala coast, the Spa Without Walls at the Orchid at Mauna Lani offers aromatherapy treatments with a touch of holiday spirit.

Traditional scents of the season -- cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove -- are combined with homegrown ingredients to create the Cranberry Spice Holiday Body Scrub and Massage treatment.

Some of those other ingredients include island turbinado sugar, ginger (to strengthen yang energy), orange (to assist with lymphatic fluid circulation and restore skin balance), cinnamon (to stimulate circulation), clove (used as an energy booster), plus green tea extract, vitamin E, grapeseed oil and allspice.

After the scrub is applied, a 25-minute massage follows with Hawaiian rejuvenation body oil.

The 50-minute treatment costs $100.

The spa focuses on providing wellness experiences by incorporating traditional and contemporary treatments while focusing on the healing powers of nature.

For reservations or information, call 808-885-2000 or toll-free 800-845-9905, or visit

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