On my first trip to the Hawaiian Islands I paid a visit to the St. Regis Princeville and Halele'a Spa on Kauai's North Shore. Kauai has spoiled me. It's so relaxed and beautiful and the words "take your breath away" is definitely apropos in Kauai. The St. Regis Hotel has everything one expects from this luxury brand. It's elegant, classy, and warm. It's a grand property, but it exudes a small boutique hotel feel.
I had the Exotic Maile Massage which was what I needed after days and nights crammed at my desk, hunched over, and stressed. The massage "eases away tension and soothes tired muscles with a unique treatment that incorporates self-heating seashells from the ocean. The shells are heated from the inside by combining natural ingredients of minerals, sea kelp, algae and salt water. This relaxing treatment concludes with the Maile Massage Cream specially created to promote peace and joy."
I visited Kauai while still in "wellness" mode. It was the perfect destination to regroup and recharge. The property is located in Hanalei (which has adorable shops, restaurants, and yoga studios). The name Halele'a means house of joy. This is the brands first property in Hawaii and I hope it is not the last.