A Spa Without Walls at the Fairmont Orchid

Yesterday I had the opportunity to check out the spa at the Fairmont Orchid and it’s name seems a bit strange until you see the place where the massages are given.

It’s called “A Spa Without Walls” and it’s located downstairs of the main building at the Fairmont.

There is a waiting room that is stocked with things to pamper yourself with and then when it’s your time to get a massage, they lead you outside to this little courtyard of open-aired bungalows where the masseuse do their magic.

There was about a dozen little huts that I could see and many folks were getting massages so I couldn’t really check out the all the individual huts personally.

One of the things about this spa that makes things so relaxing… is the waterfalls and creeks that surround the area.

I myself didn’t get a massage, however, I was offered a foot massage but I was running late to some other things I was doing at the Big Island Film Festival.

Now that I think about it… I wish I would have taken then up on their offer!

Who knows… maybe today I’ll get another opportunity… (Hint! Hint! Fairmont Orchid)

For the last couple days now… I’ve been watching folks leave the back entrance wrapped up in a bath robe looking super relaxed.

I’m not someone who is normally into massages and spa treatments… but this place is making me have second thoughts!

Big Island Film Festival – Day 2 Highlights

Yesterday was the second day of the 7th Annual Big Island Film Festival and the day started off with an orientation and introduction to the filmmakers by Festival Director Leo Sears and Big Island Film Office’s John Mason.

Leo Sears and John Mason

Then at 10:00 at the Fairmont Orchid’s Amphitheater, the daytime movies began with the movies “Byte-Sized”, “Dancing Freak”, “Hi Honey”, and “Subjective Expression” being shown to a crowd of about 100 folks.

After the movies played, audience members had a chance to listen to the film makers and ask questions about their individual films.

At 1:00 the second set of daytime films began and they included “Viewer Discretion Advised”, “Just Like Her”, “Children of the Air”, “Incest: The Musical”, and “Todd & the Book of Pure Evil:  See You Later”.

Then at 5:00 there was a new event this year called the “Meet the Stars” event where folks got meet and greet all the stars and celebrity guests that were in attendance while feasting on prime rib among other things!

Then there were evening family films that were held at The Shops at Mauna Lani – “Ad & Subtract”, “Mr. Babobo” “Flat” and “The Italian Key”.

The Festival Films that were shown at the Plantation Estate section of the Fairmont Orchid where I estimate that over 200 folks enjoyed the movies.

Film Director Leo Sears and the Producers of “Pork”.

The movies that played at the Plantation Estate were “Pork”, “Cadever”, “French Immersion” Blind”, “The Darkest Game” and “QWERTY”.

The festival continues for the next few days and you can pick up individual tickets to the films at the Fairmont Orchid.

You can click on the pictures below for larger images.