Travel Tuesday: And The Happiest US State Is…

Surprise, surprise. People are happiest when they’re surrounded by endless pristine beaches, sunshine, 80 degree weather, cool breezes, pink sunsets and palm trees. For the third year in a row, Hawaii has come in #1 in a national happiness poll. The U.S. survey, conducted by Gallup with a random sampling of 353,492 adults 18 and older, asked questions to evaluate measures including physical and emotional health, job satisfaction, community safety and basic access to health care.

And what could make you happier in The Aloha State than to get a traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage… on the beach? Actually, any spa treatment in Hawaii will do the trick. We’ve got a growing network of Hawaii spas that accept our Spa & Wellness Gift Card. Let’s meet some of these happy-pappy spas!

What states came in the happiest, and which came out as the least-happy states? Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out, and click here for more info on the study.

Mandara Spa at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Mandara Spa is located on the lobby level of the resort, overlooking the serene Hawaiian waters, Molokini crater and the island of Kaho’olawe. The 9,153 square feet facility features 11 treatment rooms, some of which are Ocean view single treatment rooms and deluxe couple’s suites for facials, body treatments and massages. A welcoming relaxation area, steam room, lockers and showers is privately located in the center of the spa, separated for men and women. The spa also offers a full service salon with facilities for hair, makeup and nail services.

Lei Spa Maui

Lei Spa, named by ELLE Magazine as “Maui’s Best Day Spa in Lahaina,” is also home to an original line of Hawaiian natural body care and beauty treatment collection made in Maui, Hawaii. Lei Spa products are based on the rejuvenating powers of ancient herbs and extracts.

Mandara Spa at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Mandara Spa at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort rests on the tranquil Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The two-level, 5,750 square foot spa fronts the resort’s main swimming pool. Mandara Spa offers single private treatment rooms or double suites for guests to enjoy with a loved one. Tropical Balinese and Hawaiian influences are found in the furniture, décor, treatment menu and overall ambience of the spa and salon. Full-service salon offers a full range of hair, makeup and nail treatments including hair cutting, conditioning, coloring and styling; manicures and pedicures, waxing, makeup application and bridal services.

Wailea Massage And Body Care

Laura and Sudha, the owners, have been doing massage for over 30 years. They provide highly personalized service in an outside, ocean view setting. A massage outside is a rare treat and Maui is one of the few places in the world that this service can be offered year round. Feel the warm breezes, hear the chirping birds… but if that doesn’t suit your fancy, massages inside are also available.

Here are the top 10 states and their average well-being scores (out of a possible 100 points):

  1. Hawaii: 70.2
  2. North Dakota: 70.0
  3. Minnesota: 69.2
  4. Utah: 69.0
  5. Alaska: 69.0
  6. Colorado: 68.4
  7. Kansas: 68.4
  8. Nebraska: 68.3
  9. New Hampshire: 68.2
  10. Montana: 68.0

The bottom 11 states:

  1. West Virginia: 62.3
  2. Kentucky: 63.3
  3. Mississippi: 63.4
  4. Delaware: 64.2
  5. Ohio: 64.5
  6. Alabama: 64.6
  7. Arkansas: 64.7
  8. Missouri: 64.8
  9. Florida: 64.9
  10. Tennessee: 65.0
  11. Nevada: 65.0

Did we make you want to go to Hawaii? Perhaps you can substitute with these 3 Major Spa Ingredients Found At The Beach.