Hawai‘i is known for its warmth, luxe accommodations, championship golf courses, and farm-to-table dining experiences. Adventurers can enjoy hiking, ziplining and snorkeling, or explore local culture and history including museums, historical landmarks, farmers markets (referred to as Sunshine Markets) and craft fairs. If you’re looking for a summer fling with sand and sun, the 50th state of Hawai‘i should be your next destination.
Spanning more than 4,028 square miles, the island of Hawai‘i is the largest and youngest of the Hawaiian islands. It’s here that Fairmont Orchid’s award-winning Spa Without Walls blends the essence of aloha with the relaxed, tropical spirit that is Hawai‘i. With the soothing sounds of water, pleasant ocean breezes, and a floral scent that fills the air, the property’s spa treatments integrate the natural therapeutic environment, ancient Hawaiian healing arts, and locally sourced products into every experience. Rejuvenate from head to toe as trained therapists work with you to achieve balance and calm.
Maui, “The Valley Isle,” is the second largest Hawaiian island. The island is renowned for its world-famous beaches, hikes to ‘Īao Valley, winter whale watching tours, and magnificent sunrises and sunsets from Haleakalā. At the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, take part in its Hawaiian Canoe Experience. Learn the basics of paddling, along with the history of the canoe and its importance in the Hawaiian culture. Offered right from Polo Beach, the six-man outrigger canoe holds two staff paddlers with four guests, ages 10 years and older (when accompanied by a registered guest aged 18 or older).
The island of Kaua‘i is a coveted film location where Hollywood movies like Jungle Cruise, The Descendants, Jurassic Park, and Raiders of the Lost Ark were filmed. The island is home to many of Hawai‘i’s most incredible natural wonders, which can be explored from the Grand Hyatt Kauai’s central location. Help preserve this film worthy island; the hotel’s Enrich program provides the opportunity to enhance your vacation by giving back to the island community in meaningful ways. For example, love plants? Spend fun and rewarding time helping preserve plant species and ecosystems at the National Tropical Botanical Garden.
Because it is the third largest Hawaiian island and home to the majority of Hawai‘i’s culturally diverse population and experiences, O‘ahu is known as “The Gathering Place,” and Waikiki means “spouting waters.” In fact, this marshland was fueled by three main streams from the valleys, and the historic Ala Wai Canal played a significant role in shaping Waikiki into the world-class beach destination it is today. To keep the waterways pristine, The Ritz-Carlton Residences partners with the Genki Ala Wai Project to transform Waikiki’s Ala Wai Canal into a place where residents and visitors enjoy swimming and fishing.