While you might prefer one over the other, Honolulu has some excellent choices for both golf and spa days. If you’re short on time or simply want the best of both in one day, consider a little planning—nine holes in the morning with a relaxing massage after lunch, or start your day with an easy, pampered morning followed by twilight on the green.
Golf in Honolulu
The Ala Wai Golf Course (404 Kapahulu Ave., 808/296-2000), on the mountain side of the Ala Wai Canal, is the closest golf course to Waikiki and a local favorite for a quick round of golf. The 18-hole course is flat and has views of Diamond Head and the Ko‘olau Range. Greens fees are $52 daily for 18 holes and $26 daily for twilight or nine holes. Golf cart fees are $20 for 18 holes, $10 for nine holes.
Even though Hawaii’s oldest golf course, Moanalua Golf Club (1250 Ala Aolani St., 808/839-2311), is a private club with membership benefits, access is open to the public. Built in 1898, the nine-hole course can be played as an 18-hole course by utilizing different sets of tees. The Moanalua Stream winds through the challenging course, set along the slopes of Moanalua, creating natural hazards. There are views of Diamond Head and the Honolulu skyline. Greens fees start at $45.
Spas in Honolulu
Heaven on Earth Salon & Day Spa (1050 Alakea St., 808/599-5501, 9am-7pm Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm Sat., 10am-4pm Sun.) is a full-service salon and spa located in the heart of downtown Honolulu. In addition to their complete set of services, they offer signature spa packages of skin and body treatments, or you can create your own. Massages start at $88 for 50 minutes and $118 for 80 minutes, facials start at $80 for 50 minutes, and 50-minute body treatments are $95. The spa packages range from 80 minutes to four hours and start at $210. They also have gentlemen’s spa services like facials, manicures, pedicures, and waxing.
On the third floor in the Ala Moana Center is Ho‘ala Salon and Spa (1450 Ala Moana Blvd., 808/947-6141, 9am-9pm Mon.-Sat., 10am-7pm Sun.), a full-service salon and spa using natural and eco-sensitive products from Aveda. The award-winning spa is a quiet respite from the bustle of the mall and town. Their signature massage care ranges 25-90 minutes; 50-minute therapies start at $100; 75 minutes start at $150. They have an extensive menu of facials: 25 minutes start at $65 and 60 minutes start at $125. Ho‘ala Spa also offers nail, hand, and foot care, spa body treatments, and hair care, as well as a 50- or 75-minute pregnancy massage.
Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.