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Hawaii Luxury Vacation

Vivid Kauai sunset

Courtesy Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

When you have taken time off and devoted a few precious days of the year for repose and relaxation in tropical paradise, you want nothing to inhibit you from having a fabulous time.  Many families traveling to Hawaii prefer to prioritize budget accommodations and we at Panda Travel ® enjoy helping people find the greatest savings and package deals for their vacation.  However, for guests who want to truly treat themselves to a holiday seeped in refinery and decadence, we have compiled a list of must-do’s and elegant add-ons for those who want to indulge in the lap of luxury.

Best Spas

Once guests have settled into their hotel and have had a moment to unwind after a long day of traveling, guests may then want to indulge in deep tissue massages, sip champagne or lounge in private infinity pools.  Many small touches add elegance to a luxury vacation, but we would be remiss we did not first begin by highlighting Hawaii’s best spas.  With the Pacific Ocean, lush forests and natural lava formed rocks readily available on the Hawaiian Islands, one can imagine the resources for natural healing treatments make Hawaii one of the best spa locations in the world.  Each island hosts numerous award-winning spas with their own creative services.  There are fabulous spas on each of the Hawaiian Islands and our website can help you find which ones and what options would be the most appealing to you.

Big Island – The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows offers popular treatments like the 2-hour Fire and Ice Facial which utilizes and hot and cold stones to reinvigorate the skin.  The Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai is perfect for active couples on their honeymoon who enjoy a dynamic workout.  Here, you can test your skills on a rock climbing wall, swim in the 25-meter lap pool or participate in any one of the 50 workout classes held each week.

Maui – At the Travaasa Hotel Hana, guests can enjoy a hatha yoga class in the morning, followed by an outdoor massage or plant healing rub or a natural botanical treatments like the cooling spirulina body wrap.  Other Maui spas are the Spa at Black Rock, the lavish Mandara Spa at the Wailea Beach Marriott and the sumptuous Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa which has an enormous hydro-therapy pool complemented by seaweed, mud and tropical enzyme baths and sea salt scrubs.

Kauai – The Princeville Resort and Golf Course creates the perfect scenario for visitors on a golfing vacation who want to unwind in style after playing in the tropical humidity.  The resort offers trigger-point massages and a set of spa-essential basic body wraps; so you and your family can loosen up those muscles. Pure Kauai in Princeville has services brought to your bungalow or room.  Private chefs can come and prepare healthy and flavorful meals, while some of the most skilled massage therapists can massage you in your own room.

Oahu – There are more spas than you can count in this thriving resort-rich island.  At the Halekulani Hotel you can enjoy rhythmic foot pounding therapy, Polynesian steam therapy as well as an array of in-room treatments, wraps and body scrubs.  On the North Shore, the Turtle Bay Resort has a spa featuring salt stone massages, reflexology massages, lemongrass bamboo scrubs, facials and  scalp re-invigoration therapies for women as well as men.

Courtesy Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Dana Edmunds first image and Sri Maiava Rusden second image

Courtesy Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Dana Edmunds first image and Sri Maiava Rusden second image.

Luxury Activities

All luxurious Hawaiian vacations ought to include some of exploring the beauteous outdoors. Here are some ideas where our website can help you arrange for the full spectrum of energizing vacation activities.

Private Beach Dining – Many resorts and hotels offer this option, replete with private dinner service for two. Our Resorts and Hotels page can help you find the ideal place for you and your family to stay and dine in style.

Sunset Cruise – Share a private booth where you can enjoy the finest cuisine while you watch the tropical sky turn gold. One of our favorite options is the Star of Honolulu Dinner Cruise where you can order up to 7 courses and enjoy live entertainment as you sail along.

Horseback Rides – Adventurous couples will enjoy the Hawaiian countryside by traveling on horseback. Every island has seaside or mountainous trails to explore for horseback riders, but there are even more activities that await you on our extensive activities page where you can arrange private boat charters or snorkeling and barbeque lunch excursions at sea.

Wine Tasting and Food Tours – If you and your loved one are foodies then you may want to arrange a private culinary tour or wine-tasting at one of Hawaii’s pineapple wineries.  Our culinary tours page can give you all the details on private food tours.  Those staying on Maui can consider visiting a sophisticated historic wineries or organic vodka distillery for some quality tasting found on our Maui Farm Tours page.

Private Helicopter Tour – By far one of our favorite options for a truly extravagant vacation activity is a private helicopter flight over some of Hawaii’s most scenic landscapes. Whether you choose to soar over  lava flowing on the slopes of the Big Island or hover just feet away from towering waterfalls on Kauai, the trip is well worth the investment.  For more details, our Helicopter Tours page can give you a glimpse into some of the visions you are bound to behold on your helicopter ride.

Courtesy Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / all images by Tor Johnson

Courtesy Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / all images by Tor Johnson.

For Hawaii vacationers staying on Oahu, who are looking for more ideas or extreme sports to try, check out our specific Experiences on Oahu page to give you and your family more items to think about.

Luxury Amenities

It is very common for most high-end resorts and hotels to bring their own flavor of amenities to enhance your experience. Many hotels offer you a complimentary drink upon your arrival as they escort you around the property.  Standard amenities can include high-speed Internet, a business center, coffee-and-tea readily available, complimentary breakfast buffets as well as gym and pool access.

Refer to our Travel Tips page for how to best prepare for your trip to the islands.  Our Panda ® Online website offers a wide range of all-inclusive Hawaii vacation package where flights, hotels, car rentals, amenities and activities are incorporated into one total price.  If somehow, you can’t find what you want online, you can also contact us toll free where we can give you personalized attention at (800) 303-6702.

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  • Hawaii's Best 2011
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