In many ways, the Fairmont Orchid is the quintessential Hawaiian luxury resort. It has a big, elegant lobby, blooming with purple orchids and birds of paradise. An enormous swimming pool—open 24 hours—wends its way around black rock islands. A white-sand beach frames an aquamarine cove. The guest rooms, located in two six-story towers, all have lanais; half face the ocean, the others overlook the hotel’s spotless gardens. It’s the dream Vacationland, and as such, the mood is jolly round-the-clock. Cheerful staff oversee the long list of activities—canoe excursions, petroglyph hikes, stand-up paddle-boarding, and about a zillion other options (while some activities are complimentary, many cost extra). The crowd tends to be a fun-in-the-sun bunch. On any given day, there might be a Canadian family in a heated volleyball game on the beach, or a group of Silicon Valley execs soaking in the hot tub after a conference dinner. But the hotel’s most frequent visitors are the giant sea turtles that regularly hang out at the Orchid’s beachfront. They’ve become such an integral part of the property that even guests at other hotels drop by for a peek.