Fairmont Orchid, Kohala Coast

Kona coffee beans, grown exclusively on Hawaii Island, feature in many of the treatments at Fairmont Orchid’s Spa Without Walls. Book services in outdoor hales (huts) overlooking pristine beaches, lush gardens and hidden waterfalls. A Kona coffee exfoliation session, for example, employs ground beans to gently scrub away impurities and soften the skin.

The hotel can help organize a tour of one of the island’s top coffee plantations like Greenwell Farms. Aside from coffee-themed activities, Fairmont Orchid offers complimentary beginner snorkel classes, guided hikes and the 10-court Tennis Center. Attend a Saturday-evening luau featuring hula dancers, musicians and a massive feast incorporating poke, miso-glazed Hawaiian butterfish and pineapple pie.


Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Kailua-Kona

Serene, secluded and sensational, Four Seasons Hualalai is an island within Hawaii’s Big Island. The resort’s 243 expansive rooms, suites and villas are nestled in clusters of one- and two-storey bungalows. Louvered wooden doors let the sound of the ocean drift from your private lanai (patio) to your amenity-laden, full granite bathroom with extra-deep soaking tub. Bliss.

You can scan the horizon for whales at the adults-only Palm Grove Pool and try a signature cocktail made from peppers that grow poolside. Meanwhile, kids will love The King’s Pond that shelters more than 3,000 colourful fish, rays and turtles. In the evening, the ‘ULU Ocean Grill reinterprets Hawaiian fare by torchlight.