Fairmont Orchid

Kohala Coast, Hawaii Island

Located in the heart of the Kohala Coast on Hawaii's Big Island, the Fairmont Orchid is a superb resort style hotel set in 32 lush tropical acres on prime ocean front, perfect for enjoying spectacular Hawaiian sun sets and a fun family beach vacation.

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At a Glance

  • Luxurious resort with a stunning oceanfront location on Hawaii's Kohala Coast

  • Within easy reach of Big Island highlights such as Mauna Kea volcano

  • Fantastic family facilities including a children's club and plenty of activities and watersports equipment on offer to keep everyone entertained

  • The rocky beach in front attracts green sea turtles throughout the day

  • Fairmont Gold Floor for that little extra exclusivity

Beach, Honeymoon, Diving, Family

Insider's View

Look out for the green turtles that usually head on to the beach in front of the pool and sunbathe during the day

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Insider's View

The best place to enjoy the sunset is from the chairs in the garden to the right of the pool

Anna Bleasdale

Insider's View

The beach to the far side of the resort is actually a collection of tide pools, great to explore at low tide

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Description

With the summit of Hawaii's biggest mountain peeking up in the distance, the Fairmont Orchid is located on Hawaii's spectacular Big Island. Known for it's stunning volcanic scenery and volcano that still billows and spits lava daily, this is a very special place to stay. The Fairmont Orchid is less than 2 hours drive from the summit of Mauna Kea, an incredible place for sun sets and stargazing, and only 3 hours drive from the fascinating volcanoes national park. With such interest and a wealth of exciting activities close by, the Fairmont makes for an ideal base for both a relaxing beach vacation and adventure too.

Set in a U shape to make the most of the ocean views, the 540 guest rooms and suites are designed in traditional style with spacious interiors and marble bathrooms. The Fairmont Gold Floor is well worth upgrading to with an exclusive lounge and views out to the beautiful West coast sun sets.

The focal point of the resort is the lagoon style pool, set back from the ocean front with ample terraces and lawns to relax in. Just in front is the rocky beach which is kept as safe haven for the native Hawaiian green sea turtles that regularly head there to bask in the sunshine during the day before returning to the ocean at night. To the left of the resort, the half moon shaped beach offers a protected lagoon for safe swimming and water sports away from the ocean waves. A fantastic place to take out a stand up paddle board or practice snorkeling skills.

For guests who like a more active stay, there are world class tennis courts and the famous 36 hole Hawaii golf course right next door. For a little more relaxation, head to the calming Spa without Walls, nestled into the tropical gardens amidst tranquil waterfalls or perhaps an ocean front massage, just set back from the beach.

For families, the Keiki Aloha children's club brings a fun choice of activities for children aged 5-12 to enhance their Hawaiian experience.

The area around the hotel is known as Mauna Lani and within a few minutes drive guests will find a number of additional restaurants, a small supermarket and a variety of lovely boutique shops to enjoy.

This may be a larger hotel but the friendly welcome and superb facilities make it a warm and enticing option for guests wanting to experience this amazing island for themselves.

Accommodation

540 guest rooms and suites each offer a private lanai and either quiet views toward the gardens or a partial angled ocean view or full ocean view. Each offers either a King or two double beds and a full marble bathroom complete with separate bathtub and shower. Additional amenities include iron and ironing board, kettle and coffee and tea making facilities, mini fridge and complimentary WiFi.

The Executive Suites offer extra space with a separate lounge with sofa bed and half bathroom and King bedroom with an additional full bathroom and stunning garden and ocean views. These are ideal for families traveling.

The Fairmont Gold floor offers an extra feel of exclusivity with just 64 guest rooms and suites and a commanding location on the entire top floor of the North tower. The Fairmont Gold lounge service daily breakfast, afternoon tea and evening snacks as well as complimentary soft drinks. Guests enjoy exclusive Concierge service and special privileges, making this well worth the upgrade.

Childcare

Chidlren are very welcome at the hotel and connecting rooms and suites are available on request. Children's menus are also available.

The Keiki Aloha Programme is designed for children aged 5 to 12 years and makes the most of the beautiful tropical environment by including anything from tide pool explorations to hikes to local petroglyphs. The program is offered on a half or full day basis and is dependent on a minimum of 2 children attending. There is a charge for the service.

Facilities

The resort offers a wealth of facilities including a huge free form swimming pool with ample terraces and lawns around as well as a well sheltered white sandy beach with water sports including boogie boards, stand up paddle boards, snorkel equipment and kayaks for hire. There is the tranquil "Spa without Walls" offering a sumptuous array of treatments in eight cabanas set within the tropical gardens and beach huts down by the ocean.

Choose from a variety of restaurants. Dip your feet in the sand for lunch and dinner at the relaxed Hale Kai, a perfect place for sundown, or for something a little more upscale, the award winning Brown's Beach House offers a romantic beach side setting and fine dining. Norio's Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar offers some of the best sushi on the island and the Orchid Court offers a sumptuous buffet breakfast. Head to the Luana Lounge for cocktails and evening music. During the day, Brown's Deli offers house made sandwiches, pizzas, salads and snacks to take out and Kahakai is right on the beach for refreshing beverages just steps from the ocean. In room dining is also available. The hotel offers a full Concierge service and a choice of valet parking or complimentary self parking. A small selection of boutique shops are available just off the lobby.

Activities

Guests have a large choice of activities available at the hotel as well as beyond. There are cultural hikes to the nearby petroglyph field, lei making lessons and Hawaiian outrigger and canoe paddling in the ocean. The 10 court full service tennis center is considered one of the best in the US and clinics and lessons are available. There are two golf courses within easy reach, the award winning 36 hole Hawaii golf course is right next door and the South Course, par 72 is close by and built on the prehistoric Kaniku lava flow. For water sports enthusiasts, the Fairmont Fun and Sun Activity Pass gives guests access to snorkel, stand up paddle board, boogie board, kayak and noodle rentals for the entire stay, these are all provided at the Beach Shack.

For guests who would like to take part in a wonderful Hawaiian tradition, the Saturday night Lu'au is a must. A gathering of Kings for an extensive feast and traditional Polynesian music and dance all set under the stars. There's even a chance to learn how to hula. Pre booking for this is essential.

Location & Directions

Kohala Coast, Hawaii Island

Fairmont Orchid is set within 32 acres of tropical gardens with an enviable oceanfront location, right on Hawaii's Kohala Coast.

When to go

The West Coast of Hawaii is the sunniest part of the island, and is a year round destination with a tropical climate, with the very best months being April to October. Temperatures are high throughout the year but never excessive, as humidity levels are manageable. There is a rainy season from December to March which is also ironically, the tourism high season, when the scenery is at its most lush and long, hot days break up the rainy spells.

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