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The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

Think B.I.G.

by Audrey Davis | Hawai'i magazine | March 8, 2013

The Big Island Chocolate Festival is right around the corner, so pack your bags for a trip to the Kohala Coast on Hawai‘i Island. Our favorite places will keep you relaxed and leave you pampered. We’ve even thrown in a sweet treat at the end.

1. The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
WHY
What better way to spend a weekend than at this luxurious resort with breathtaking views of the Kohala Coast and a private white sand lagoon. Don’t forget to say hello to the hotel’s frequent guests, the honu, or Hawaiian green sea turtles. WHERE 1 North Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island, 885.2000, fairmont.com

2. The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows
WHY
Clear your mind by getting pampered at the Hawaiian-inspired spa or taking a stroll along the property’s secluded beach. It’s relaxation to the max. WHERE 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island, 885.6622, maunalani.com

3. Hualālai Grille
WHY
Dine at this contemporary American steakhouse that evokes a classic country club, thanks to its dark wood interiors and classic furnishings. The in-house culinary mastermind, chef James Ebreo infuses traditional dishes with Hawai‘i Island flavors to keep guests full and satisfied. WHERE Hualālai Resort, 72-100 Ka‘ūpūlehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island, 325.8450, hualalairesort.com

4. Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar
WHY
This revolutionary wine and dine destination includes a new dynamic exhibition kitchen that showcases chefs’ artistry. Of course, there’s the innovative Enomatic wine experience that’s not to be missed. Our suggestion: Indulge in this resto’s savory duet of pan-seared ‘ahi tuna and foie gras. WHERE Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island, 882.5707, princeresortshawaii.com

5. Big Island Chocolate Festival
WHY
Obviously, this celebration of everything made from cacao has to be the sweetest festival for the chocolate aficionado. At the gala finale, taste creations made by top chocolatiers, as well as fine wines and hand-crafted ales. It’ll be a memorable night of pure decadence. WHEN & WHERE March 21-23 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, 1 N. Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island, 845.9905, bigislandchocolatefestival.com