Aulani’s Laniwai Spa

Experience luxury and relaxation at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in the Laniwai Spa. Walt Disney Imagineering designed Laniwai with a Hawaiian feel and the amount of detail is unlike anywhere else in the world.

Laniwai is Hawaiian for “freshwater heaven” and it is just that. A place to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. With 18,000 interior square feet and 5,000 square feet outdoors, this spa is totally luxury from the moment you walk in. Take some time to explore the Kula Wai therapy garden – the only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on O’ahu. Offering nearly 150 spa therapies, from massages and skin care treatments to unique “rain water” therapies and personalized programs, there’s something for everyone. There’s even a place for the teens at Painted Sky Teen Spa.

Upon check-in, you first select a wishing stone etched with a word in both Hawaiian and English to focus on during your treatment. A cast member will then escort you past a water wall, through the transformation corridor. Along its curving walls, notice that one side consists of rougher surfaces and the other feels smooth. This attention to detail makes for a balanced and revitalizing experience. You begin to hear the sound of a passing rain shower and above your head hangs a web of `ohi`a logs and branches. This `ohi`a web seems to rise and fall along the pathway to give a sense of leaving the stresses and distractions of the outside world behind.

At the end of the transformation corridor, you will arrive the spa’s focal point – the “room of heavenly reflection”. This beautiful rotunda is known as the Lumi Akalani and features a single crystal raindrop suspended from the center. Smooth pebbles fill the shallow pool below and here is where you will cast your wishing stone. Listen for the single drops of water and gaze upon the shimmering walls all around. You feel a sense of enlightenment as your Laniwai Spa journey is just beginning …

Guest Blogger ~ Keli Washburn

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