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SPA HOPPING 28 DAYSPA | AUGUST 2016 `a - wili's lobby-cum-apothecary is at the heart of its space. "When we were creating the concept of the spa, we wanted to break down the barriers between the front of house and the treatment rooms," explains spa director Jackie Yulo. Dark wood medicine cabinets line the walls, and a large communal table doubles as a blending bar that speaks to the meaning of `a - wili': to mix. Whether included in a spa package or purchased as a stand-alone, the Apothecary Experience ($35) allows guests—assisted by an apothecary consultant— to blend their own products using local Hawaiian oils, clays and fresh herbs. To customize a massage prod- uct, for instance, the guest starts with one of three foundations: hibiscus and green tea, which is rich in antioxidants; a kava kava and plantain combination to aid mental clarity; or menthol to soothe tense muscles. Next, a tincture is chosen to target specifi c concerns: ginger, cinnamon and turmeric to fi ght infl ammation; vitamin E to encourage skin repair; or basil and fennel to ease muscle aches. Finally, fruit, fl ower and herb essences are selected and blended to create an appeal- ing and memorable fragrance. According to Yulo, it's rare to fi nd a luxury resort spa that allows guests to fully connect with the products being used prior to their treatment. "Our guests really love the unique opportunity to touch, feel, smell and blend their product," she explains. "Having that same concoction used on them in the treatment room brings the experience full circle." Guests' recipe cards are kept on fi le for future appointments and to use as guides for retail purchases. THE SPA AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT MAUI AT WAILEA, MAUI Four Seasons Maui (fourseasons.com/maui/spa) is one of Wailea's most visually striking properties. Opened in the late 1990s, its spa makes full use of the ho- tel's prime Wailea Beach location by offering massages in its oceanfront hales, or huts. A sophis ticated menu incorporates modern methods for services as varied as i-Lipo from Chromogenex and cocoon fl oating bodywork, as well as traditional Hawaiian-inspired treatments. "We're very focused on the guest experi- ence, and providing indigenous treatments is a way of sharing the local culture with our guests," says spa director Pat Makozak. "They, in turn, prefer to enjoy local rituals and products, as opposed to cookie-cutter offerings that could be experienced anywhere." These happy customers often request the signature E Ola Hou (110 min./$360), or Hawaiian Healing Wrap. The result of a collaboration between the spa's Hawai- ian therapists and local vendors, this experience is both nurturing and multisensory. The journey starts with a ground coconut exfoliation, followed by a soothing application of noni gel, derived from the fruit that's native to Southeast Asia and Australasia. The body is then wrapped in tī leaves (the evergreen draws heat from the body), towels, heated herbal linens and a space blanket to aid absorption of nutrients. While the wrap does its work, the therapist delivers scalp and face massages using warm stones gathered from the island's mountain streams. Above: `a - wili Spa and Salon; Below: The Spa At Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui PHOTOS COURTESY `A - WILI SPA AND SALON (TOP); FOUR SEASONS MAUI (BOTTOM)