Fairmont Orchid Hotel
Kohala, HI 96743
Hawaiian golfing legend Francis Hyde Brown developed this 32-acre resort, and the rich history of the underlying luxury property is evident at every turn. Located on the ancient Kohala Coast off the Big Island, the hotel offers exciting, exploratory, and just plain relaxing activities available for vacationers of all stripes. Hotel guests can tour nearby petroglyph rock carvings, join a fishing excursion, and enjoy waterfall massages at the resort’s “spa without walls.” A half-dozen fast-casual and Asian restaurants offer a nice medley of eatery options. The 540 rooms, all of which were refurbished in 2006, are spacious and furnished in elegant Polynesian style without being dull or over the top.