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Pure Luxury

Groves of bamboo and myriad water walls along an indoor corridor welcome guests at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua on Maui. The peaceful and purifying presence of water is the theme of the 17,500-square-foot, 15-room oasis. More specifically, the philosophy of the spa is centered on waihua, or water captured by the leaves of the taro plant, which ancient Hawaiians believed to be the purest form of water. Appropriately, most of the treatment rooms feature outdoor shower gardens, and spa treatments include lomilomi massage, and pineapple/papaya- or kukui/coconut-scented aromatherapy massage  Even working out here is calming: The spa’s 24-hour fitness center, which offers yoga and Pilates classes, overlooks the beautiful Pacific. (800.262.8440, www.ritzcarlton.com)

?Debra Ryono

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