Big Island, Hawaii, United States of America
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
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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.
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 holiday.
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 holiday 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 snorkelling 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.
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 travelling.
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.
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 programme 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.
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.
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 centre 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.
Anna Bleasdale (Staff)
The Orchid is the quintessential Fairmont property. Built in a U shape to make the most of the fabulous sunset views, it is large but it has been elegantly designed to make it a first class resort. It was refurbished in 2014 and the rooms are spacious and comfortable. Contemporary it is not, however, it's a really good all round finish and makes an excellent choice for family holiday. I loved the little touches such as the tiki torch lighting ceremony every evening including the blowing of the conch shell to signal the end of the day. The pebble beach in the very front of the resort is a haven for green turtles and they come up to bask in the sunshine there each day. Due to this, guests aren't allowed on this beach, however, there's a great sandy cove just adjacent which is safe and perfect for children and also for learning watersports and practicing snorkelling. There are lovely gardens, a divine "spa without walls" offering treatments by the beach and overlooking the waterfalls in the grounds and a smattering of restaurants in the grounds including the Halekai which offers literal feet in the sand dining, a popular spot for sundowners. It's a big hotel so I would recommend heading for the Fairmont Gold Floor. With just 45 rooms, it's a small hotel within the hotel which offers a more intimate feel and some lovely ocean views as well as a private lounge with breakfast, drinks and afternoon tea daily. It's tremendous value and gives just that little bit of extra luxury and special feeling in an otherwise large hotel. That hotel, I stayed there twice with a gap of a few days in between, yet when I turned up for my second stay they immediately addressed me by name and welcomed me back, now that's not bad service for a large hotel and made me feel a little bit special. So all in all, a good option and at a lower price than other hotels on the same coast, even in Fairmont Gold, well worth considering.
Fairmont Orchid- 5th Night FreeStay four nights and receive a complimentary fifth night when you book your stay at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii before December 2020.
20 January 2020 to 21 December 2020
A Day in North Kohala, Big Island
A day in this beautiful area of the North of Big Island takes you back to a bygone day of old Hawaii. Visit the charming small town, go zip lining, take a horse ride, kayak historic ditches or hike down to a gorgeous black sand beach
Big Island Volcanoes by Land and Air
Marvel at black sand beaches and eerie lava tubes on this incredible full day tour by helicopter and on foot, taking in highlights of Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park, accompanied by a private guide.
Kayak and Snorkel Kealakekua Bay
Join a guided kayak tour across beautiful Kealakekua Bay then snorkel Captain Cook monument where you will see abundant fish life as well as potentially dolphins, green sea turtles and even humpback whales.
Kohala Ditch Kayaking
Experience an exclusive adventure deep in the historically rich mountains of Kohala. Explore by kayak, 3 miles of the 110 year old system of hand wrought tunnels, elevated flumes and concrete channels through lush scenery in this 3-hour adventure.
Kohala Zip and Dip Tour
Spend an exhilarating day in North Kohala with a guided zipline and aerial canopy adventure high above the forest floor, picnic on the rim of Pololu Valley and swim under a private waterfall, fed by a cool mountain stream.
Kona Coffee and craters Tour
Venture on to private land to explore the upper slopes of Kona's very own volcano, Hualalai. Explore cinder cones, craters and an intact lava tube with your guide, giving a true insight into this fascinating part of Hawaii's Big Island.
Learn to surf
Enjoy the thrill of Surfing in the warm tropical waters of Hawaii, the birthplace of Surfing. Whether you're a complete beginner or a wannabe Kelly Slater, we can arrange for you to have lessons or take you to the ultimate big wave spots.
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars
Experience the vivid clarity of the Hawaiian sky at night on this sunset tour to reach the summit of Mauna Kea. Travel by 4x4 to the very top for sunset then enjoy a picnic dinner amongst stunning surroundings on this memorable volcanic adventure.
Volcano Extreme and Waterfall Swim
Combine 2 of the Hawaiian islands' most exhilarating experiences; fly "doors off" over Kilauea Volcano and then land on secluded tropical farmland and swim under a 120ft private waterfall. An incredible day from Hilo on the East Coast of Big Island.
Volcano Kohala Landing
A superb flight seeing tour that takes you right around Hawaii's Big Island including the Volcanoes National Park in all its glory. View stunning waterfalls, volcano peaks and enjoy a remote landing in the heart of the Kohala rainforest.
Volcanoes and lava fields from the air
Soar over the world's most active volcano with the doors off in what the Travel Channel dubbed, ''The Hottest Helicopter Ride on the Planet''. With the wind in your face and 2200° molten, red hot lava beneath your feet, you're bound to feel the heat.
Zipline through paradise
Experience the thrill of soaring over native Hawaiian rainforest, the Honolii River and its waterfalls on this fantastic series of eight zip-lines which build up to an epic 1000ft line lasting over a minute with speeds of up to 30 miles per hour!
Location & directions
Big Island, Hawaii, United States of America
Fairmont Orchid is set within 32 acres of tropical gardens with an enviable oceanfront location, right on Hawaii's Kohala Coast.
How to get there
10 hour flight from London to West Coast USA followed by 5 hour flight onward to Big Island Hawaii and 40 minute road transfer to the hotel.
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