I would highly recommend the spa grande at the Grand Wailea. I too scoffed at first at the price of their massages (around $160 for a 50 minute), but after reading recommendation people made on this forum and others, my wife and I went for it.
The fact is that I've had many massages at many spa's but this experience was like no other, ranking in my top 3 if not my number 1.
First thing that you have to consider is that all of their massages come with the spa's hydra therapy, which for me, almost eclipsed the massage itself. The hydrotherapy (terme) treatment which includes an hour in their hot tubs (roman and japanese), hawaiian waterfall showers, their specialty baths (seaweed, mud, aromatherapy, etc.) and the steamroom and sauna. Along with this, you get a loofah which they have you lay on a table under a warm shower and while the attendant uses the loofah sponge to exfoliate your whole body (which makes your skin super smooth and soft and make the massage even better). We're talking luxury and indulgence in a relaxing environment.
I got the lomi-lomi massage (hawaiian specialty) and my wife got the pregnancy massage. We both thought the therapists were top notch. You can request male or female. My therapist paid special attention to my problem spots (neck and knees) and took extra steps to ensure my comfort (wipe oil off my feet before i left; washed her hands of oil before massaging my scalp). I know these are minor things, but I was definitely impressed by the attention to detail.
The staff was great from booking to the farewell.
As far as price is concerned, as I said before the massage price includes the hour of hydrotherapy. The hydrotherapy alone is $85, so basically you're massage ends up being $75 for 50 min (that's how my wife justified it anyway :). Also, if your budget minded, I got a 20 percent discount by doing the "sunset special." Not sure if they run this all the time and I didnt see it anywhere in the literature, but booking 5pm or after qualifies you for the special (at least when we were there mid-january). I guess they dont get as many bookings for that time because people are going to dinner or trying to watch the sunset, but it worked out that I finished my hydra therapy and was waiting on the spa lanai for my therapist right around 6pm and got a few minutes of an awesome sunset.
At any rate, this was a once in a lifetime experience for me and if you're staying at the hotel anyway it makes sense to book at the spa rather than try to save a couple bucks and have to drive elsewhere/ deal with the hassle. I'm confident that it won't disappoint. You can send me a pm if you have any other questions.
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