A Truly Relaxing Experience at Lather Spa

With my extremely busy work schedule, my definition of relaxation is pretty pathetic: getting extra hour of sleep on weekends or just lounging in my jammies without having to think about work. But last Saturday, I broke this monotony and accepted the invitation to try the services of LATHER Spa. Located on the second floor of The Modern Honolulu hotel, I had an hour of bliss all to myself! Keep scrolling for more details and photos…

LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review
Overlooking the marina and sunset pool from The Modern Honolulu terrace
(Mahalo to Verley from Lather Spa for taking this photo)

For starters, LATHER Spa is owned and managed by cult-favorite skincare brand LATHER. Using all-natural ingredients, their products can be found in high-end boutiques, spas, hotels, online, and select department stores across the US. Covering a wide array of products, they have quite an extensive line targeting every skin type. From face to body to aromatherapy, LATHER got you covered!

LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review
Entrance from the elevator 
LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review
bathroom/changing area

LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review
LATHER products are exclusively used in the spa and The Modern Honolulu Hotel

I arrived twenty minutes before my appointment to give myself some leeway to take photos and shower (even if I already showered before going), you know, just to soak in the entire spa experience.  The interiors of LATHER Spa is consistent with the overall appeal of The Modern Honolulu: sleek, chic and cozy. I was greeted by Amy who then escorted me to the changing area/ bathroom. 

LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review
locker area to store belongings
LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review
LATHER shampoo, conditioner and body wash in the shower area

Feeling clean and doubly-freshed, Verley asked me to choose two oils for my massage. Torn due to several options, I settled for ylang ylang (relaxing) and geranium (balancing). After that, she escorted me to the massage room where the uber-relaxing warmed bed awaits moi.

LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review
A bevy of fragrant oils…decisions, decisions…
LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review

The service I availed was Express Yourself (combination of back massage and facial). I honestly dosed off in the hands of Verley, what with the right amount of pressure and soothing strokes, combined with lightly-scented oils, ahhh nirvana! She also tackled my neck, head, shoulders, it’s so good, you need to ask for her when you book your appointment.

LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review
facial products from LATHER

I told Verley I had laser treatment last week (skin resurfacing, more on that in a separate post) so she suggested to use products meant for sensitive skin for my facial. Semi-awake, this is the order she did it: cleanse, exfoliate, rinse, tone, mask, rinse, tone, spritz bulgarian rose water, moisturize). In between all of that, she was massaging my neck, head, décolletage and shoulder blades. I may have forgotten what else she did but my face was really glowing after!

LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review
coconut water after the massage
LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review
deluxe nail service

LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review

LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review
waiting area

Before I checked out, Summer (spa manager) explained a bit more about LATHER Spa. When you book your appointment, you get free access to Modern Honolulu Fitness Center, Sunset Pool, and four hours of validated parking. They also offer nail services, body treatments, among others. Hawaii residents get 20% Kama’aina discount (I’m going back for sure). For more details, you can download the entire services here.

Care to see more photos? let me take you around The Modern Honolulu Hotel.

LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review

LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review
“Study” area at the lobby

LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review

LATHER Spa, The Modern Honolulu, Review

and a little OOTD, just because…

gucci bucket bag

til next time ‘zillas…

*photos taken using iPhone 6 Plus



  1. April 4, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Looks wonderful!

  2. April 4, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    This looks amazing! I really need a good spa day! I am so happy that you took time out of your busy schedule for some much deserved pampering, Kath!

  3. April 4, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    Looks and sounds like heaven! I'd love to go there especially since it's LATHER!

  4. April 4, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Hawaii and a spa treatment?! I'm kinda jealous!! LOL! Your skin looks gorgeous!

  5. April 4, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    You look fabulous, lady! That sounds like an amazing Saturday.

  6. April 4, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    What a fabulous experience. This would be a highlight of the year for me.

  7. April 5, 2016 / 1:04 am

    Completely jealous- of the spa experience and the sun (it's still snowy here!)

  8. April 5, 2016 / 1:41 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time here. There's nothing like a day at the spa to relax you.

  9. April 5, 2016 / 1:49 am

    Sounds like absolute perfection!

  10. April 5, 2016 / 2:19 am

    I want to take a trip there! You look great by the way!

  11. April 5, 2016 / 3:06 am

    I had no idea this existed! Wow, I'll have to visit next time I'm on the island!

  12. April 5, 2016 / 5:05 am

    You had me at SPA. This is my idea of heaven.

  13. April 5, 2016 / 5:16 am

    Someday, I'm going to get to Hawaii! What a fantastic experience. I love my LATHER lip balms, so it would be awesome to try more of their products during a massage and facial.

  14. April 5, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    What a beautiful setting, and it sounds like a lovely spa. Such a relaxing experience!

  15. April 5, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    This sounds delightful! I need a spa day!

  16. April 5, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    Sounds and looks like such a wonderful experience. I am so bummed I wasn't able to go… but at the price of flights… it wouldn't have been feasible. I love going to the spa… such a great relaxing time.

  17. April 6, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    Beautiful location! And sounds like you had a great time 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *