The Big Island… “Top Hawaiian Island”

Readers of Travel + Leisure vote Hawai’i, The Big Island the Top Hawaiian Island, and #7 in the World

When the annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011 readers‘ survey results were announced in the magazine’s August issue, Hawai’i Island won big in two important categories.

The readers of Travel +Leisure voted Hawai’i, the Big Island the top Hawaiian Island, and ranked the island No. 7 on the list of Top Islands Overall in the World’s Best Awards 2011 readers’ survey. Voting took place from Dec. 1, 2010 through Mar. 31, 2011.

Hawai’i Island is also home to the top resort hotel in the state: the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai is ranked No. 1 on the World’s Best Award s 2011 list of Top Resorts in Hawai’i and is also ranked No. 28 on the list of Top Hotels Overall. And Travel + Leisure‘s list of the Top 25 Resorts in Hawai’i includes four other Big Island resorts: the Hapuna Beach Prince at #6, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel at #7, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows at #11, and The Fairmont Orchid at #15. Rankings are based on ratings hotels received by readers in five categories: Rooms/Facilities, Location, Service, Restaurants/Food, and Value.

In the Best Islands category, readers ranked their favorite islands in five categories: Natural Attractions, Activities/Sights, Restaurants/Food, People, and Value.

“These outstanding rankings show that Travel + Leisure readers have discovered all that is special about our island, and they are recommending us to their friends and family,” said Hawai’i County Mayor William Kenoi. “With our five national parks, our world-class lodging options, our rich living history, and residents who welcome visitors with aloha – not to mention the world’s most beautiful erupting volcano – I’m not surprised that our visitors love our island as much as we do,” he said.

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The award announcements come at a great time for visitors who might now be considering a trip to Hawai’i, the Big Island. Since June, there have been new nonstop flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Hilo International Airport, as well as other daily nonstop flights from the U.S. mainland and Canada to Kona International Airport, and a host of interisland flights from Honolulu to both airports.

Travel + Leisure Magazine Recognizes the Fairmont Orchid in It’s Top 100 List

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Travel + Leisure Magazine has recognized The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i among its prestigious “T+L 100” list for 2011.  Ten Fairmont Hotels & Resorts made the annual list of World’s Best Hotels, including Fairmont properties in the U.S., Canada, and Kenya.

Kristina Anapa

Local movie actress Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid during the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

“We are genuinely delighted to have been selected for the T+L 100 once again” said Christof Luedi, General Manager and Regional Vice President, Hawai’i . “This achievement, including the unique features that have been highlighted alongside our score, confirms that discerning travelers appreciate Fairmont for our hotels’ distinctiveness, excellence and commitment to personalizing the entire guest experience.”

I spent quite a bit of time at the pool the last time I was there

Two of Fairmont’s Kenyan properties were also named as over all “World’s Best”, including the Fairmont Mara Safari Club in the Masai Mara, rated seventh overall, and the history-rich Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club in the area of Nanyuki, rated lucky number 13.

T+L rates Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Florida as a top resort in U.S./Canada and The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise as a peak luxury resort in the Canadian Rockies. The Fairmont Vancouver Airport landed among the top ten large city hotels in U.S./Canada and The Plaza in New York and The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle also made appearances in the same category.

The view from my room on the Gold Floor

The Fairmont Acapulco Princess was listed a noteworthy 15th overall for top resorts in Mexico and The Fairmont Kea Lani was also found among the top resorts in Hawaii.

Made up of the top properties receiving the highest rankings in Travel + Leisure’s annual “World’s Best Awards” reader survey, respondents were asked to rate hotels on five characteristics rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value.

A Fairmont Orchid Sunset with entertainment in the open air lounge

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii on the Big Island is a AAA Four Diamond luxury destination resort on 32 oceanfront acres offering 538 guestrooms on the island’s northwestern coast.  Inspired by Culture, Well-Being and Genuine Aloha, The Fairmont Orchid’s facilities and services include the Hawaiian-inspired Spa Without Walls with 10 waterfall hale (hut) and 5 oceanside cabanas, authentically local daily beach and cultural activities, golf, tennis and water sports, year-round children’s program, six delectable restaurants and expansive indoor and outdoor meeting facilities all surrounded by service with Aloha.