The spa at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, has a new name: Laniwai, meaning “freshwater heaven.” As we met with our Hawaiian cultural consultants to examine the spa and some of its unique qualities, the focus on Hawaiian connection to and reverence for nature inspired some new thinking about the spa name. The name Laniwai embraces the cultural and spiritual significance of rainbows: a magical phenomenon occurring when Ua (rain) and sunshine combine. The rainbow symbolizes joy, life, growth, greenery and good fortune.
Here’s Lucia Rodriguez, Spa Director of Aulani, describing how you’ll be immersed in the magical Laniwai spa experience from the moment you enter.
As Lucia says, Laniwai will have something for everyone…a “rainbow” of experiences: 15 treatment rooms including a couples room and a flex-room for 2 or more (perfect for a family spa experience), a salon with stations for manicure, pedicure, hair and makeup, a fitness center and the only outdoor hydrotherapy circuit in Hawai‘i. For teens there is Painted Sky, a teen spa with a yogurt bar, computer access and mixology station.
Are you a spa-goer? Which spa treatments do you like most?