Sauna at Maui Spa Retreat, Photo Courtesy of Maui Spa Retreat
Doreena Larish Barefoot, Owner
Maui Spa Retreat
1860 Olinda Rd, Makawao
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The basics about yourself and spa or salon:
Certified Aroma therapist; Australasian College, Portland Oregon, 2003
Former Co-owner, Alachua Massage Clinic, Florida School of Massage, Florida
Institute of Natural Health, Gainesville, Fl.,1981
Counseling; Hakomi with founder Ron Kurtz, Ashland Oregon, 1980-2008
Licensed Massage Therapist, Gainesville Florida, 1980
Bachelor of Science, Human Ecology; University of Maryland, College Park 1975
The Maui Spa Retreat is nestled in a charming two-story cottage
on a secluded mountainside location on the private grounds of
the Aromatherapy Foundation of Maui. Panoramic views of the
ocean, valley and winding coastlines lie below.
A lovingly tendered aromatic Botanical Garden of lavender,
rosemary, gardenia, protea, lemon, Tahitian lime, avocado and
hibiscus, terrace the hillside surrounded by 32,000 acres of
pastoral ranch land on the sunny slope of Mt. Haleakala. The
stillness of the pine and fragrant eucalyptus forest enhance well-
being in every breath. When we are immersed to nature for
reflection, exercise and therapy, the easier it is for our inner
healing and balancing energies to revitalize us. Maui Spa Retreat
offers us the possibility of recognizing the peace that is always
When did the spa/salon open?
We first began offering our signature ‘located in an aromatic botanical
garden’ fresh & private Aromatherapy Spa Services in June of 2000. Our
truly heavenly current Olinda location opened in June of 2005.
What is the square footage of the spa or salon?
Because Nature is an integral part of our Spa Services our actual square
footage is a bit difficult to define! Your private Maui Spa Retreat Spa
Cottage is approximately 750 sq. ft
What are the amenities in the spa or salon?
There is also a Sauna & Outdoor Shower area for Two. For those
choosing to include Hydrotherapy to their Healing Retreat, there is the
Hydrotherapy Cold Saltwater Pool & Angel Mosaic Hot Tub which is
surrounded by the Aromatic Beauty & Wellness Botanical Teaching
Gardens which is further surrounded by Views of Inspiration as far as the
eye can see!
What got you started in the spa, salon or wellness industry? When was this?
Spa is a concept as old as the hills they spring from. For centuries my Hungarian
heritage has overflowed with spa as a cultural necessity for its people’s well
being. Somehow, I inherited this knowing. Upon completing my Bachelor of
Science at the University of Maryland in 1975 I was drawn to travel throughout
the world searching and experiencing hot springs and discovering their healing
In the 1990’s, I began introducing essential oils into my practice in rehabilitative
therapies and resort spa massage. Of the thousands of clients that I worked with
throughout the years, I observed over and over that a deeper and more profound
relaxation into our true essence occurred after the clients received hydrotherapy,
pure aromatherapy and massage along with fresh air and the gentle sounds of
nature. In 2000, I began the agricultural endeavor of growing aromatic botanicals
for the purpose of creating fresh hydrosols for the spa and for teaching classes
about the art and science of distillation on the island of Maui Hawaii.
Please give me one fitness tip:
What is your personal favorite spa or salon therapy and where and when
you indulge in it.
Maui Spa Retreats 3-hour Precious Package
Relax in our natural setting as we personally attend to you.
Deluxe botanical treatments pamper and revive you. Alternate
between the sauna, the cooling effects of the pool, and soak in
the Jacuzzi with floating Hawaiian flowers. Get cozy and read
a book or just close your eyes and listen to the birds and the
sound of the leaves in the trees. This is what life is about.
Freshly prepared Body Scrub
Hydrotherapy; Sauna, Jacuzzi with fresh Hawaiian flowers,
Cool salt water lap Pool
Fresh fruited water, Bottled Sparkling Water, Fresh Fruit
Chocolates and delicious Herbal Teas
Spa take-home Gift
Please name your most popular retail item and what it does.
Artisan Crafted Facila Hydrosols, distilled on property with our own
botanicals, there is always a new healing flavor to add to a growing
Do you have a locally made product? Please describe it.
All of our Aromatic Massage body oils, facial hydrosols, body scrubs and
Aromatic Hydrating Concentrates
These are water soluble essential oils. They “treat”
the skin helping to balance, stimulate, harmonize and
hydrate the skin. Aromatherapy and deep cleansing