Honolulu, HI 96815
What once began as a five-bungalow respite is now one of the largest and most sought-after hotels on Oahu. The “house befitting heaven” was immortalized in the Charlie Chan story “House Without a Key” (an on-property bar is named after the short story), and still has a 100-year-old kiawe tree on the grounds. The open-air lobby sports elegant, museum-worthy decorations, while the freshwater pool overlooking Waikiki beach is bedazzled with 1.2 million South African glass tiles fashioned to look like an unfurled orchid. For the thirsty, a triad of options: the aforementioned House Without a Key, the well-regarded and bartenders’ training ground Lewers Lounge, and L’Apertif. Restaurants La Mer and Orchids, helmed by local star Chef Vikram Garg, offer both fine-dining and casual dining venues.