olavine spa & salon in wailea: an intimate haven of tranquility, harmony, beauty and fun!

OLAVINE_SPA_012Playing in mud is no longer just for kids. At Olavine Spa & Salon in the Wailea Gateway Center, guests of all ages can enjoy a “Maui Mud Party”—a signature treatment that combines the therapeutic benefits of organic Maui red clay with a whole lot of fun. “It’s perfect for couples, or a parent and child,” says spa owner Cecilia Hercik. “We can also incorporate the mud treatment into a private spa party for up to ten guests.”

Swimsuit-clad guests are first treated to aromatherapy, followed by exfoliation. After rinsing off, organic clay is applied to the entire body. “All we can see is their eyeballs!” laughs Cecilia. Guests then sit down in the “wet room” and sip tea, while the clay cools and relaxes their bodies. One more rinse off, then it’s time for moisturizer. The clay’s properties hold the moisture in the skin for an extended length of time.

The Hawaiian Clay treatment is just one of a myriad of spa and salon services available at Olavine Spa where there’s something to satisfy every guest’s needs, desires, time constraints, and budget—from 30-minute “Mini Treats,” to 60- and 90-minute therapeutic massages, to 105-minute Olavine “Ceremonies,” to their “Tropical Kids” spa packages.

On my first visit to Olavine Spa, I’m scheduled for a 60-minute Purity-Radiance Facial ($150), which incorporates intense purification with a deep massage. Cecilia is very particular about skin-care products, and she selected the Themae product line from Paris for Olavine Spa. “Named for the Japanese tea preparation ceremony, Themae products are made with teas harvested around the world,” she says. “Tea plants contain a very high level of antioxidant concentration. We’re the only spa in Hawai‘i using these products.”

Spa manager and lead aesthetician Ivana Slavik is waiting for me in the cozy facial room. Originally from Slovakia, Ivana most recently worked at a medical spa in New York. At Olavine Spa, Ivana combines her knowledge and experience in skin care, integrative nutrition, and body detoxification with her passion for anti-aging aesthetics.

After examining my face, Ivana questions me about my skin-care routine. I confess that I really don’t put much thought into my daily regimen, which is basically cleanse, tone, and moisturize. She tells me my skin’s texture is fairly rough and would benefit from weekly exfoliation. When Ivana asks about my moisturizer, I tell her I apply the same product, which contains SPF, in the morning and at night. She explains that our skin regenerates while we sleep, and that moisturizers containing sunscreen tend to dry out the skin. She recommends I use a cream specifically for nighttime use. Simple, and makes total sense!

My facial begins with a deep cleanse, followed by exfoliation (Ivana explains how to do it on my own) and a deep steam treatment to prepare for a detoxifying mask enriched with Themae’s Complexe des 4 Thes (4 Teas Elixir). The complexe is a blend of regenerating white tea, stimulating black tea, soothing red tea, and antioxidant green tea. It’s imbued with subtle perfumes, and has a sumptuous texture. My face is in heaven right now.

But wait…Ivana follows the mask with a ridoki treatment: she runs two small pin-covered rollers over my face. These ridoki tools stimulate the reflexology zones in the face and also reactivate the blood circulation, which helps the skin maintain its elasticity and stimulates collagen production. After the ridoki treatment, Ivana performs invigorating Shiatsu movements, then finishes with a relaxing massage of my face, decolletage, arms, and hands.

At the conclusion of my facial, my skin looks and feels amazing. It positively glows! For several days afterwards, friends mention how good I look. Who doesn’t love that?

Cecilia says Olavine Spa’s name is a fusion of the Hawaiian word “ola,” which means life and health, and the English word “olivine,” a beautiful lava mineral said to have properties of calmness, peacefulness, and joy. The spa design, decor, and selection of treatments are inspired by these tiny, sparkling green lava pebbles that can be found onshore in certain areas of Hawai‘i.

In keeping with the spa’s name, Olavine carries Ola Hawaiian Body Products, which are produced in Hilo. Ola’s skin-care products are all natural, and are infused with intoxicating tropical scents like coconut, passion fruit, pikake, and plumeria. “With Ola products, our out-of-state guests can experience some local flair, and with our Themae line, locals can become acquainted with what’s available on an international level,” says Cecilia.

I enjoyed my experience at Olavine Spa so much I go back a couple of weeks later for a haircut (starting at $55) with stylist Irma. Originally from Puerto Rico, Irma grew up in New York, and has trained under celebrity stylist Billy Yamaguchi, who brings his Feng Shui Beauty techniques to Olavine every other month. For $500, you can have a complete makeover with Yamaguchi, who identifies a person’s energy, then customizes hair, color, and makeup to reflect it.

For today, I’m sticking with Irma, who says the most important thing she has learned from Yamaguchi is to really listen to what a client wants. “You can’t push your own ideas onto someone,” she says. “You have to listen and work with them to achieve what they’re looking for in a style.”

After a brief consultation in Olavine’s private hair styling room, which is outfitted with an uber-comfortable Italian curved-wood chair, Irma gets to work. As soon as she whips out a razor and begins cutting my hair with it, I know we’re going to get along quite well. My fine hair takes to razor cuts much like peanut butter goes with jelly, and I’m confident Irma will achieve the sassy, highly texturized look I’m after. And, voila…she’s done it! I’m extremely pleased with my new style, and leave Olavine Spa looking and feeling like a million bucks.

Cecilia believes it’s never too soon to learn proper grooming, skin care, and hair styling skills. So she’s launched Tropical Kids Wellness Camps on Saturdays from 7 to 9pm ($35 per participant). “Our Wellness Camps give visitors and locals an opportunity go out to dinner while their kids are doing something safe, fun, and educational,” says Cecilia. There are three different camps: nail and skin care; hair care and relaxation with yoga; and learning how to make your own spa recipes with aromatherapy and fresh local ingredients (see below for an Olavine Spa favorite recipe—avocado chocolate mousse). “Our Tropical Kids Wellness Camps are a little bit of fitness, a little bit of beauty, a little bit of wellness, and a whole lot of fun!” Cecilia enthuses.

Olavine Spa & Salon also offers a club membership program with three levels of cost/participation, ranging from $100 to $135 per month. Benefits vary by membership level, but all include discounts on salon services and retail merchandise; complimentary admission to all Olavine Spa events plus one guest; discount coupons to share with friends; and introductory prices on new products and treatments. “Retreating from the world for a few precious hours gives us time to soothe and re-energize our over-tired bodies and over-stimulated minds with some much-needed pampering,” says Cecilia. I couldn’t agree more!

–heidi pool

Olavine Spa’s Avocado Chocolate Mousse Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 very ripe (8 ounce) avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • Fresh raspberries, for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl.

Place over a small saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly. Place the melted chocolate, avocados, agave, cocoa powder, almond milk, vanilla and salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Spoon into glasses and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (can be prepared 1 day in advance). Garnish with fresh raspberries.

 

 

 

AT A GLANCE…

 

WHAT •

Olavine Spa & Salon, a boutique spa designed to envelop guests into a cozy world of relaxation. This chic, classy spa facility was designed and built to pamper mind, body, and soul with a wide range of soothing treatments in a quaint and charming setting with spa amenities.

 

WHERE •

At the top of Wailea in the Wailea Gateway Center, above Pita Paradise and Fabiani’s.

 

WHEN •

Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm. Tropical Kids Wellness Camps are Saturdays 7-9pm.

 

HOW •

875-1313; olavinespa.com

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