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The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

5 stars
One North Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, HI 96743
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.3
out of 5
119 reviews
Stay in Paradise!

We stayed at the Fairmont Orchid for 3 nights during our visit to the Big Island of Hawaii and we... See full review

  • KO in NYC
  • Jun 2, 2014
Excellent

This is a wonderful property. I would recommend that folks explore restaurants outside of the hotel... See full review

  • Kattglobal
  • Jun 2, 2014
Deluxe Waikoloa hotel with championship golf and beachfront dreamscape

Melt into tropical bliss at the 32-acre beachfront Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, in the upscale South Kohala community of Waikoloa. Situated on an aquamarine lagoon traced in sugar-white sand and coconut trees, guests need not ever leave the property to find paradise. Ten tennis courts, a 36-hole championship golf course and outdoor massages by a waterfall or the ocean offer plenty of ways to unwind.

  • Book a massage in a private cabana by a waterfall or the ocean, or book a private yoga or Pilates training session
  • Play at the 36-hole championship course, named one of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America by Golf Digest
  • Enjoy the white-sand beach, coconut-tree grove and glistening aquamarine lagoon, plus basking turtles

The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii is less than an hour north of Kailua-Kona in the upscale community of Waikoloa. The hotel rests on a dreamy landscape of sugar-white sand, aquamarine water and rugged black lava rock, surrounded by championship golf courses.

The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii features 540 guest rooms and suites, each with a private balcony, tailored furnishings and a view of gardens or ocean. Executive suites include a separate bedroom with French doors. All accommodations sport air conditioning, high-speed Internet access (fees may apply), Fairmont bath amenities, bathrobes and 42-inch LCD flat-screen TV with media panel.

Guests at The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii have several dining choices. The award-winning Brown's Beach House offers romantic dining. At Norio's Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, enjoy some of the Big Island's best sushi by a serene koi pond. Hale Kai offers casual fare in an outdoor setting.

The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii tempts with a 10,000-square-foot swimming pool, 10 tennis courts and a 36-hole golf course. A 24-hour fitness center and full-service Spa Without Walls round out the amenities. The Keiki Aloha Children's Program entertains kids while parents are enjoying their own leisure time.

  • Kona International Airport (22.7 mi/36.6 km)
  • Kings' Shops/Queens' MarketPlace (5.2 mi/8.4 km)
  • Anaehoomalu Bay (5.9 mi/9.6 km)
  • Hapuna Beach (7.1 mi/11.4 km)
  • Lapakahi State Historical Park (20.8 mi/33.4 km)
  • Kailua-Kona (28.9 mi/46.5 km)
  • Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (48.6 mi/78.2 km)
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Waimea) (102 mi/164 km)

Hotel Map

19.9511 -155.8595
Area served
Kohala Coast Big Island, HI
Nearby airports
Kona/Keahole Airport
Area description
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii is situated beachfront on the northwestern coast in Mauna Lani resort area of the "Big Island" of Hawaii. Located a 30-minute drive from the Kona/Keahole International Airport. Only 40 minutes to the quaint town of Kona where guests can find shopping and nightlife.

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The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii Rooms

Fairmont Room
Fairmont Rooms are spacious accommodations which offer a private lanai with a view of the gardens. Bed Type: one King, two Queen or two Double beds Size: 522 sq. ft.
Ocean View Room
Ocean View Rooms are spacious accommodations offering a private lanai. There is a partial angled ocean view from the room and the lanai. Bed Type: One King, two Queen or two Double beds Size: 522 sq. ft.
Partial Ocean View Room
Partial Ocean View rooms are spacious accommodations offering a private lanai. There is a partial angled ocean view from the lanai. Bed Type: One King or two Queen beds. 522 sq. ft.
Signature Ocean Front Room
Signature Ocean Front rooms are spacious rooms with a spectacular view of the ocean and a spacious private lanai. Bed Type: One King or two Queen beds. 522 sq. ft.
Executive Suite Garden View
The Executive Suite Garden View offer luxurious accommodation and a view of the gardens. The bedroom closes off from the living room with French doors and includes a full bathroom with separate shower and water closet. There are also two large closets, a television and private lanai with patio furniture. Located off the bedroom is an alcove with a writing desk. The living room offers a Queen sofabed, easy chairs, another writing desk and a full stereo system with a CD player (CDs not provided). There is a half bathroom off the living room, as well as a second private lanai with patio furniture. Bed Type: One King or two Queen beds. 1050 sq.ft.
Executive Suite Ocean View
The Executive Suite Ocean View offer luxurious accommodation and a view of the Pacific Ocean. The bedroom closes off from the living room with French doors. Also included is a full bathroom with separate shower and water closet, in addition to a bathtub with second shower. There are two large closets, a television and private lanai with patio furniture. Also, off the bedroom is an alcove with a writing desk. The living room offers a Queen sofabed, easy chairs, another writing desk and a full stereo system with CD player (CDs not provided). There is a half bathroom off the living room, as well as a second private lanai with patio furniture. Bed Type: One King or two Queen beds; Queen sofabed in living room. 1050 sq.ft.
Oceanfront Suite
One-bedroom Oceanfront Suites offer spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from the bedroom, living room and both private lanais. This spacious, elegant suite includes a parlor that is separated from the bedroom by classic French doors. The sofa bed in the living room pulls out for extra sleeping space. Also in the living room is a separate powder room, and the bedroom includes a full master bathroom. Oceanfront Suites can connect to a spacious Oceanview Rooms to become a Two-Bedroom Oceanfront Suite. Bed Type: One King or two Queen beds; Queen sofabed in living room. 1,477 square feet or 2,144 square feet with the connecting Oceanview room

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Pool
General
Concierge
Pet friendly
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Conference facilities
Internet
High-speed internet
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Dining

The Orchid Court
Hours of Operation: Open Daily 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Dress Code: Resort attire. Cover ups and footwear required. The Orchid Court serves the best breakfast on the island, offering a sumptuous buffet daily and a tempting selection of la carte items from the menu, perfect for the dawn patrol or late risers alike. The Orchid Court offers both indoor and outdoor terrace seating.
Brown's Beach House
Hours of Operation: Dinner nightly 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 9:00 pm Dress Code: Resort attire. Footwear required. Award-winning Brown's Beach House is the place for the quintessential island dining experience, located just steps from shore, featuring island-inspired cuisine with the best ingredients available locally. Clean, exciting flavors with an emphasis on super-fresh seafood prevail on the dinner menu. Reservations recommended.
Hale Kai Restaurant
Hours of Operation: Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Dress Code: Casual resort attire. In Hawai`i, eating is a time of pleasure and enjoying our `ohana rather than simply taking nourishment. Hale Kai is the perfect venue for a most refreshing afternoon, sunset or evening family dinner. The Hale Kai Restaurant is located near the entrance to Brown's Beach House.
Luana Lounge
Hours of Operation: Open Nightly from 5:00 p.m. - Midnight Dress Code: Resort attire. Footwear required. In Hawaiian, "Luana" may be explained as "to be at leisure, enjoy pleasant surroundings and associates, live in comfort and ease, enjoy oneself, relax . . . be content." Enjoy a leisurely afternoon or evening here with your favorite tropical libation, nibble from a delectable pupu (appetizer) menu and relax in comfortable furnishings surrounding by local Big Island art and the glorious Kohala Sunset near the main lobby.
Norio's Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Hours of Operation: Thursday - Monday 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. Dress Code: Resort attire. Footwear required. A favorite among guests, visitors and locals alike, Norio's Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar is located alongside a serene koi pond on the garden level. The 60-seat restaurant features a 14-seat sushi bar and an 18-seat private dining room. The new menu reflects contemporary Japanese cuisine with items such as Hamachi and Avocado Sashimi, Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio and A5 Wagyu Ribe Eye Steak plus tantalizing traditional items like Miso Marinated Black Cod and Pan Seared Hawaiian Abalone topped with Uni Emulsion on Truffle Mash.
Kahakai Bar
Hours of Operation: Seasonally Open Daily until dusk. Dress Code: Casual resort attire. Kahakai means 'beach' in Hawaiian and this new beachside bar features a Polynesian-style thatched roof, refreshing trade winds and billion dollar views of Mauna Kea and the blue Pacific. A variety of tropical libations and mouth-watering pupus (appetizers) are served.
Brown's Deli
Hours of Operation: Daily 6:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Find this get-it-to-go restaurant options at the center of everything -- behind Brown's Beach House Restaurant, steps from the pool and Hale Kai Restaurant. Brown's Deli offers breakfast and lunch items delicatessen style with an island flair plus your favorite beverages to enjoy at outdoor tables or wander down to the beach. They'll even pack meals to take on the plane for a healthy alternative. A great place to pick up food gifts to take home with every item made either on the Big Island or in the state of Hawaii, i.e., Volcano Honey, Chocolate, Taro Chips and more.
In-Room Dining
Hours of Operation: Available daily from 6:00 a.m. to Midnight. In-Room Dining at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii is not just another meal - it is the ultimate experience in convenience and comfort. Perfect for early-risers, a romantic dinner for two, night-time munchies or small gatherings, you can chose from signature gourmet dishes or hearty 'just like home' selections without having to leave the comfort of your room. Available daily from 6:00 a.m. until Midnight. Hoku Lani, "Dining Under the Stars," is served oceanfront at our Pacific Terrace, complete with tiki torches and your own private servers. This lavish four-course dinner offers a truly beautiful and romantic dining experience.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (119)

Ratings and reviews for The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Overall score

4.3 / 5
5.01.0
119 out of 119
Amenities:
4.5
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.6
Room comfort:
4.5
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.9

90% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Kattglobal
Newton, Ma
Jun 2, 2014

Excellent

This is a wonderful property. I would recommend that folks explore restaurants outside of the hotel for more variety and value.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
momof03
Glendora
Jun 18, 2012

Beautiful quiet retreat

We loved this hotel! Our room was on the 'garden view' but on the bottom floor, so was a quick walk to the beach/bay. Our 3 kids were in the room 2 rooms over. We had no one in the room in-between, so it worked well. We sat on our porch every nite & relaxed after daily kayaking,snorkeling & hiking. We loved the local turtles in the bay. Staff was friendly & helpful. Food/drinks too expensive though. But It was a wonderful stay!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

Shop for groceries & pre-made food at Foodland Farms. Gas/groceries also at Costco.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Camden, Me.
Apr 29, 2010

Wonderful

A great resort. Very friendly staff. Not inexpensive but worth it. Our 5th visit.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Orinda, CA
Jul 16, 2010

Elegant Simplicity

We did not take advantage of all that the Orchid offers: to do so you would not need to leave the grounds for your entire stay.(Ask the concierge for the calendar of activities provided for the time you are there.) Since we used the Orchid as home base we would snorkel early in the morning observing more fish view than on Snorkel Bob's fish-identification sheet as well as turtles swimming and basking everywhere. Then--after breakfast which is as good as we'd remembered from a previous stay--we would head out for hikes all over the island. The Orchid's location is perfect: it is easy to get to all parts of the island (Mauna Kea Summit Adventures took us to the top as rental car contract specifically forbids this drive--and the shocks on their vehicle are a necessity.)but the pick-up point was about eight minutes away. Though our children are grown, there were all sorts of families with children (the beach is sheltered and the water easy to play in) as well as honeymooners and couples of all ages. For those who might avoid larger resorts, the Orchid is so widespread and welcoming that your can walk the halls (many open to the wonderful views and soft winds) and not encounter other guests--though the housekeeping staff is often present. The grounds outside--and the arrangements inside-- could keep many appreciative gardeners happy-and you can walk for miles along the ocean or head in another direction to the petroglyphs. The best recommendation for the Orchid is its staff: interested, helpful, welcoming, and capable. There is a sense that those who work at the Orchid enjoy being there--and their sense of enjoyment permeates through the entire resort.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Should you be watching your pennies, if you plan to do a lot of snorkeling you can rent all the equipment you need for $9 a week per person (or, if your rental car booklet has coupons--two people can rent full equipment for the week for $9.) The hourly rate at the Orchid was--I think_-$15 per person. Another hint: the continental buffet breakfast is well worth it. A waitress gently suggested this our first morning as ordering off the menu for granola and coffee was just about the same price.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Park City, Utah
Jul 31, 2011

Fabulous experience, beautiful hotel!

If you want a true beautiful Hawaiian experience, you need to stay at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel! The grounds are impecabily groomed and blooming. The location stunning! Staff could not have been nicer, or more professional or helpful and very accomodating. Every restaurant was good to excellent and great service. Tasty libations and of course nothing is cheap, but one definitely gets what you deserve. The Spa, very Zen and romatic with a wonderful Hawaiian twist. The Luau is not to be missed, historial and educational in nature with wonderful traditional dancing, great island foods and tropical libations..fabluous! The pools and beach, coastal pathway and the sacred fishing ponds were amazing. Favorite activities of mine! There is something for everyone and done in and with such, Hawaiian elegance. The only place to stay, in my book. Aloha

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Great for families, there are tennis courts, golf at the hotel next door, all ocean type of activites available, at/on the beach and the hard core athletes wont be disappointed either. Anything, at any level can be arranged. Nice Amenities.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
San Jose, CA
Sep 19, 2009

Paradise

Attentive, personal service. Wonderful food. We plan a return visit.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Marianske
Paris, France
Nov 26, 2012

The Fairmont Orchid Hotal, Hawai

A very good experience!!Highly recommended!!! First time on this island and we really enjoyed the stay and we might come again!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Cape Cod/Maui
Mar 27, 2010

Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Very nice pool areas. Browns' Beach House Restaurant very good with pleasant outdoor dining (unless the tradewinds are strong, which was the case when we were there. Not as much going on or convenient access to shopping as at Hilton Waikola, but quieter atmostphere. Rooms were on the large size with very spacious bath. Long drive to major island attractions, but that's the nature of the Big Island. This is THE area for the top resorts.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Kilauea Volcano a must, and the Kilauea Iki hike through rain forest and across crater floor was great. Drive the northern route from resorts to Volcanoes National Park for the best sights. Akaka Falls near Hilo and Rainbow Falls in Hilo are spectacular! Including hike - a 10 1/2 hour day of driving and hiking.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
gothlampy
San Francisco
May 15, 2010

Hotel good [...]

This was my second trip to the hotel. We went back because we liked it so much. The hotel staff fall over themselves to help you and nothing seems to be too much trouble. The pool is open 24 hours as well, which is great. Views are amazing[...]The Hotel is fantastic, you will have a great time here, but check out the room descriptions on the hotel website itself first, just so you aren't misled the way we were.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

If you feel like getting out onto the Ocean for a bit without being on a tour, and you have some boating experience, Kona Boat Rentals have boats for hire by the day or half day, it's pretty cheap and a great time. They are about 3 miles south of the airport in Kona. A guy called [...] runs the place.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Lisa in Denver
Denver, CO
Oct 18, 2011

Luxurious Relaxation

This is my second stay at the Fairmont Orchid and it was perfect, again. The accommodations are first-rate, and the vibe is relaxed and professional. The staff is friendly and helpful, from the valets to the concierge to the wait staff in the restaurants and at the pool and the beach. Additional amenities can add up but the room rate is a bargain.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Not Applicable

It was too late for lunch and too early for dinner at Merriman's, a restaurant in Waimea that had gotten great reviews, but behind Merriman's, out of view from the main drag was Pau, which turned out to be the best meal of the trip. The setting is casual and you actually order your food at the counter and a wait person brings it to your table, but the food was fresh and organic and prepared beautifully and there was a respectable wine list. Pau had perhaps the best margharita pizza I've ever eaten.

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