By Nadine Kam
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Moana Lani Spa specialists treated guests to hand massages using Rice Force skin care products at a grand opening party for the Moana Lani Boutique.
After my last spa experience, I was thrilled to counteract the stress by retreating to the Moana Lani Spa at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, which was hosting a grand opening party for The Moana Lani Boutique on Jan. 31.
First stop on the tour was the ground-floor Moana Lani Boutique, in the resort's Ewa-side Tower Wing, where lights were dimmed so guests could enjoy a sampling of the spa's Relaxology foot treatment, which had the therapists tilting us back on zero-gravity chairs, then pampering our feet with hot towels and a bit of aromatherapy.
Those on the go, who want to rest their feet for a few minutes, can now enjoy the Relaxology foot treatment for 15 minutes ($30) or 25 minutes ($50), or full European Reflexology Treatment is now available for 25 minutes ($55) and 55 minutes ($120). It's a great no-fuss treatment because if you're in a hurry, there's no need to remove or stow clothes, etc.
The ground floor location also makes it easy to shop for spa products without heading to the second-story spa up the escalators. Some of the spa brands carried are Dayna Decker, Kashwere, Tasha & Co., and Kauai-based Malie.
Upstairs, Travis Kono, director of spa, had a few surprises waiting, including hand massages showcasing Dayna Decker aromatherapy lotions, Rice Force skincare, and the creation of personalized Salt of the Earth salt and sugar scrubs. As an added surprise, the president and CEO of Rice Force was there, so I got the chance to thank him for coming up with a beautiful product that works for me.
For more information, visit www.moanalanispa.com/services/boutique.htm or call 237-2535.
A few minutes of foot "Relaxology" set the event on the perfect footing in the Moana Lani Boutique. Guests could take the weight off their feet in zero-gravity chairs.
The boutique's overhead lights were shut off and the lighting was via candlelight to create a serene experience.
Moana Surfrider Director of Operations Cynthia Chow, and Noritaka Numata, president and CEO of Rice Force, prepare to crack open the celebratory sake barrel.
Director of Spa Travis Kono, Chow and Numata show the Rice Force products, shown below, recently introduced to the Moana Lani Spa.
Rice Force photo
Salt of the Earth custom blend scrubs and lotions will be available to those who get a manicure or pedicure at the spa. Here, a salt and sugar scrub is blended with a choice of scents such as champagne/strawberries or rosemary/mint, with displays echoing the scents, below.
Guests were offered pupu from the Beach Bar. Loved, loved, loved this chawanmushi with lobster, in which I could actually taste the lobster. So savory, creamy and delicious.
Scallop with ginger and edamame puree.
Inside a couples suite with whirlpool bath.
More treats to eat: A Thai beef salad.
Coffee mousse covered bite-size pieces of chocolate cake.
Almond tofu with fresh fruit.