Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, Hawaii
The Anara Spa, at 45,000 square feet, would qualify for mansion status if it were indoors, but this mostly outdoor setting
(only the sauna is indoors) is surrounded by tropical gardens with exotic flowers and birds galore. "Rooms" have private gardens
and outdoor lava rock showers, and many treatments incorporate local ingredients and traditions. Treatments start in the thatch
roofed relaxation room with a foot soak and scrub. To ensure maximum Zen, book an ocean-view room in the Poipu wing nearest
to the spa (and farthest away from the lobby, with its squawking resident parrots).
Five-Star Treatments: The Majestic Noni ($350, billed as a jet lag buster) is a 110-minute journey that begins with a macadamia nut and noni fruit scrub, followed by an herbal wrap, an application of noni elixir mask, and a massage with kukui nut oil.
Rates start at $440; 808/742-1234 or anaraspa.com.