WelcomeIntroducing the Premier Issue of Waldorf Astoria Magazine
True RomanceA wedding at one of the world's most iconic locations marks the celebration of a classic love story.
Way Above ParThree unforgettable holes all golfers should add to their bucket list.
Journey to PanamaPart lush tropical paradise, part thriving metropolis, Latin America's next hot destination is filled with unexpected pleasures.
Chicago SplendorDiscover one of the latest additions to Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts: Chicago.
The Jewel of ShanghaiDiscover one of the latest additions to Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts: Shanghai.
A Place For All SeasonsA place for all seasons: Natural beauty and true indulgence at Waldorf Astoria Park City.
50 Unforgettable YearsRome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The VirtuosoThe virtuoso: Pierre Gagnaire brings his culinary genius to Berlin's Les Solistes.
The New MenuInnovative developments in the world of fine dining.
Perfect PairsMarco Reitano expertly pairs the ideal bottle of wine with some delectable dishes.
A Classic Drink from New OrleansInnovative developments in the world of fine dining.
Buzz WorthyBuzz worthy: Waldorf Astoria New York takes the locavore movement to new heights.
Picture PerfectPicture perfect: This Sonoran Desert resort is a photo waiting to happen.
Secrets of the GodsSecrets of the gods: Native elements and ancient traditions create an unparalleled spa experience in Maui.
Making Service PersonalMaking service personal: Concierges such as Leo Wang at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund are finding new ways to personalize your travel experience.
Strings AttachedStrings attached: A kite concierge paints the sky for guests at Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.
Desert TreasuresDesert treasures: Frank Lloyd Wright's "lost children" live on at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.
Secrets of the Gods
Native elements and ancient traditions create an unparalleled spa experience in Maui
By Nicole Dorsey
Maui is more than an island, more than the go-to backdrop of millions of travel dreams. In fact, before it was ever all that, Maui was, in the mythology of the region, the name of a Polynesian demigod responsible for creating the world. According to Hawaiian legend, the ocean, land, and sun culminated on this mystical island, which is why they named it after him.
Thousands of years later, the myth lives on in the grandeur of Maui's overwhelming natural power. One place to experience that splendor for yourself is at Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, which draws on Maui's local treasures, including its native plants and ancient rituals. "Spa Grande takes a rare approach to creating indigenous treatments that tap our local healing plants and minerals," says spa director Sharon Ogawa. Some soothing examples of the local manna being put to good use:
For centuries, coconuts have given locals fuel, soap, and medicine. Today, Spa Grande incorporates it into milk baths, tropical exfoliations, and massages. Guests enjoy the Royal Niu Coconut Dream for Two (2.5 hours), which includes a coconut exfoliation, and coconut butter body cocoon.
Antioxidant-packed mango, native to the island, is loaded with enzymes that help resurface skin. With the Termé Hydrotherapy Circuit, unobtrusive spa attendants provide spa-goers with fragrant Honey Mango loofah body polish.
The Grand Wailea's rooftop bee colony provides organic honey to spa therapists, which, along with elements from the sea and earth, becomes a healing rite. The Ali'i Honey Steam Cocoon (25 minutes) is a delight on its own or as an add-on to any body treatment.
Working with a cultural advisory team to create treatments based on ancient Hawaiian healing rituals, Spa Grande offers the Lomilomi Massage (50 or 80 minutes), encompassing massage styles unique to the islands.
Soak It Up
by Diana Anderson
There are plenty of proven therapeutic reasons to treat yourself to a warm bath. It reduces muscle tension, improves circulation, and alleviates stress. But let's face it: You don't need scientific proof to know that a bath is good for you. You can feel it in your bones.
After your attendant draws a bath to your exact temperature specifications, you'll choose from a variety of healing bath salts aimed at addressing whatever ails you. Perhaps lavender salts to relax nerves and aid sleep, or citrus salts to boost the immune system. Once your salts are mixed, the bath is topped with flower petals, and candles are lit to create the ultimate soothing environment. When you're done soaking, you'll find that your room has been perfectly primed for post-bath slumber. The result? Less stress. More relaxation.