Handcrafted by Hawaiian Rainforest Naturals Co-Founder and cultural practitioner Melia Goodenow of Hawai‘i Island, Pilialoha—the new signature treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Spa at Ritz-Carlton Residences in Waikiki Beach— was designed to bring two people together, strip away emotional tension and stress, and connect them back to what’s important: the love between each other. Taking center stage is the ‘ōlena (turmeric) root, sourced from the lush rainforests of the Hawaiian Islands.
Taking center stage is the ‘ōlena (turmeric) root, sourced from the lush rainforests of the Hawaiian Islands.
The 80-minute journey begins with an ‘ōlena and wild lehua honey scrub full of essential vitamins and minerals to boost vitality and vigor. A lomilomi massage infused with wildflower essences brings both bodies into rhythm and opens the heart center. Warm pōhaku (stone) and fresh ‘awa (also known as kava) lotion is applied to align the pulses and release neck tension. Finally, a mark is stamped on each person’s heart and wrist using a fresh cut ‘ōlena root, and both wrists are brought together—stamp to stamp—marking the end of the journey, connecting both people together.
Inspired by the balancing elements and healing power of the Hawaiian Islands, The Ritz-Carlton Spa is located on the 8th floor lobby level of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, and is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The 3,400-square-foot spa serves as a tranquil respite above the vibrant and bustling streets of Waikīkī, featuring a contemporary and elegant space in two levels with four treatment rooms; relaxation lounge; men and women’s locker rooms; cedar sauna; and retail and reception area. Spa services are available to resort guests as well as day spa visitors.