On the western edge of the 96815, resides an urban oasis, the Modern Honolulu Hotel. My favorite days here are spent lounging poolside with friends, sharing a laugh and a swim while sipping on ice cold coconut mojitos in the late afternoon Hawaiian sun. If I could make time stand still, it would surely be in one of these Modern moments.
It's an early, already sunny Saturday morning and I'm checking into The Modern Hotel, Honolulu. No, I haven't splurged on one of their signature sleek, stylish rooms for an overnight stay just a few miles away from home, well, at least not on this occasion. Instead, I have been invited to a luxurious day of poolside bliss and pampering at their new resident spa, Lather.
The day starts with a gorgeous breakfast served at the Sunrise Pool. Fresh avocado toast, colorful fruits, and a perfectly frothed cappuccino were on my menu. It's one of those slow dining experiences where you read the morning news through blacked out sunnies, looking effortlessly cool while savoring every last bite. Onto Lather, where The Modern's "all white everything" aesthetic seamlessly flows throughout the peaceful space. At the blending bar, the lovely spa director matches essential oils to my mood which are then blended with Lather's rich, creamy body lotion for my Lomi Lomi massage. Lather prides themselves on creating a personalized experience unique to each guest with the use of exceptional quality, all natural ingredients. And it's not just about my skin. The customized aromatic fragrance concocted minutes before my massage will also help to calm my mind while I'm getting a top notch rub down.
I definitely did not want the spa experience to end, but The Modern has a way of easing you into their next pleasurable experience- pool time. Lather clients are welcome to take a dip, sip on a afternoon cocktail, or just continue relaxing at the ever so chic Sunset Pool Deck post treatment. Wake me when the fresh island fruit sorbet comes round, otherwise, do not disturb - I'm on spa-cation.
Photography of Moi by Ijfke Ridgley