Aloha my lovely readers! Your dear mama is back to work after a quick 2-week staycation. If there is one word to describe my whole mini-break, that would be chill. It was nice to wake up without having to worry about work and whatnot. I got to do what I initially planned, the highlight of which was twice the spa experience at the luxurious Naupaka Spa and Wellness at Four Seasons Ko’Olina. I enjoyed my me-time, one at the beginning of my staycation, and one the weekend before I went back to work. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen my scenic photos with few nicely taken selfies, including really fun summer outfits here and there.
Naupaka spa occupies a five story standalone building which is few steps away from Four Seasons Hotel. There is a lap pool, salon, fitness and tennis court located on the 4th and 5th floor. Free validated parking and healthy snacks (nuts, dried fruits), with tea and champagne as you please. There’s also jacuzzi, steam and sauna. They have 50 or 80-minute massage and facial treatments. Oh and the refreshing kombucha at the reception. You can stay all day lounging around or use the amenities. I had a touristy lunch by the poolside of the hotel (with ocean view), again enjoying my time alone (read summer guide for vegans).
I also treated my poor hands and nails to a mani spa at Ho’ala, a local Aveda franchise at Kamakana Ali’i Mall in Kapolei. I can’t even recall the last time I pamper my hands like this. 70 minutes of nail time, you bet I was ecstatic!
Yes, your mama was on a full jumpsuit roll (read how to wear and shop for jumpsuits)! I am rounding up my favorite ones, including the hats that some of you also liked (read 4 sun hats that won’t break the bank), and of course this Angela Roi backpack that held up pretty well in all of my trips (read 4 ways to wear this bag). My armpit has been in showcase too, haha! If you want to know my secrets to bright and smooth underarms, read this post I shared not too long ago. These comfy and chic jumpsuits are all from Green Dragon ($78 each per their website) but I got them discounted from Hautelook at more than half the price!
The Food Trips
I am not much of a foodie but I did discover new places to eat that my husband and I actually enjoyed. My only frustration is the lack of vegan assortments or vegan options on the west side in comparison to vegan-friendly Honolulu. The Waterman Bar & Grill at Four Seasons has very few veganized selections. While this sandwich looked good for photo op (alii mushroom and beet), it tasted burnt and bland. Thank God for the fries and nice ambience!
Takumi Japanese Restaurant and Bar has good vegan options. I specially enjoyed the vegetable platter and tofu “steak”. I try to avoid tofu due to sensitivities (I break out, even though it’s been debunked many times) but it taste so good, I finished four slices (of course, I broke out a day after, silly moi!).
Goma Tei is a hip Japanese restaurant located on the third floor of the International Market Place. I enjoyed my vegetable ramen, it’s a bowl-ful which obviously I can’t finish so to-go t’was (read 7 tips on dining out as vegan).
I hope you enjoyed this recap as much as I do! Looking at all these photos make me want to take a vacation from a vacation, how’s that for the ultimate treat? But until then, five months to go for my winter break! I will be sharing more staycation photos on Instagram, please follow if you haven’t yet!
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