$239 Avg/night
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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
197 reviews
Excellent

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

  • Kattglobal
  • Jun 2, 2014
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
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 (197)

Ratings and reviews for The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Overall score

4.5 / 5
5.01.0
8 out of 197
Amenities:
4.4
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.8
Room comfort:
4.5
Location:
4.4
Value:
4.1

100% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
30 Years BFFs
Bay Area, California
May 21, 2013

Highly recommend without hesitation

This is a great hotel resort and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone. We were told that the rooms had been recently renovated and ours was in perfect condition with a lovely view of the ocean and a waterfall just outside our linai. The beds are extremely comfortable. The staff was absolutely great, very friendly with the special Hawaiian touch. I stay at a lot of hotels, traveling often for business and I can honestly say that this is by far one of the best hotels that I have ever stayed at. The Spa Without Walls is a great experience - getting your massage right in front of the ocean with the sounds of the waves crashing against the rocks, the breeze against the palm trees and the birds singing is the one of the great things that this hotel has to offer. We loved the fact that the hotel has a very large pool (it never felt crowded) and direct beach access with a lagoon and nice sandy beach. The lagoon beach is not very large but it was not at all crowded during our stay so we always had our own space. Off to the left of the lagoon beach, there is a more private beach (some sand & somewhat rocky) where you really feel off of your own. The hotel offers free shuttle service to restaurants and shops within the resort area. Nice if you want to pick up some groceries or have dinner and drinks without taking your own car. If you are looking for a place where you can get some serious R&R then this is it.

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

The hotel is located within the Mauna Lani resort area. They provide a free shuttle within the resort area which has several restaurants, shops and a small food market.

Review of The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Nancy from Denver
Denver, Co
May 13, 2012

Wonderful!

This hotel has it all! The beach and snorkeling was great. The pool and hot tub wonderful. Every staff person was friendly and very helpful. Dinner on the beach at sunset is hard to top. The room and the ocean view was perfect. The bed and pillows were yummy-and the best I have found. The grounds are spectacular-orchids and waterfalls everywhere. I would recommend this to everyone & happily plan another visit.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: In Hotel

Lots of options - good food, friendly staff.

Review of The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
ndler
ny
Oct 26, 2011

Gold level was superb

if you want an extra special stay spring for the gold level.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

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.

Review of The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
mafan
Scranton, PA
Aug 21, 2011

A gorgeous resort with first-class service

I recently stayed at all three of the Hyatt Regency properties in Hawaii, and the Fairmont Orchid outshines all of them (though only by the slimmest of margins over the magnificent Grand Hyatt Kauai). The public areas at the Fairmont contain lush vegetation, elegant architecture, abundant waterfalls, and many lobby areas in which to sit and admire the beauty. My room was just a standard resort-view room, but it had a better ocean view than most "partial ocean view" rooms. It was also very spacious and accommodating, with a particularly impressive bathroom that contained lots of marble and two separate showers. The breakfast buffet at the Fairmont is excellent, and you can get the discounted price of $24.20 (including tax and gratuity) if you pay for it when you check in. I didn't eat lunch or dinner at the hotel, so I can't comment on the restaurants beyond the breakfast. I did look at the menus for other meals, and I noticed that some of the exact same dishes were offered at both the fancy restaurant and the more casual one, but at significantly different prices. The service at the hotel also merits praise. Everyone was very attendant and conscientious, without being overbearing. My stay at the Fairmont was wonderful in every way. Highly recommended.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
mafan
Scranton, PA
Aug 21, 2011

A gorgeous resort with first-class service

I recently stayed at all three of the Hyatt Regency properties in Hawaii, and the Fairmont Orchid outshines all of them (though only by the slimmest of margins over the magnificent Grand Hyatt Kauai). The public areas at the Fairmont contain lush vegetation, elegant architecture, abundant waterfalls, and many lobby areas in which to sit and admire the beauty. My room was just a standard resort-view room, but it had a better ocean view than most "partial ocean view" rooms. It was also very spacious and accommodating, with a particularly impressive bathroom that contained lots of marble and two separate showers. The breakfast buffet at the Fairmont is excellent, and you can get the discounted price of $24.20 (including tax and gratuity) if you pay for it when you check in. I didn't eat lunch or dinner at the hotel, so I can't comment on the restaurants beyond the breakfast. I did look at the menus for other meals, and I noticed that some of the exact same dishes were offered at both the fancy restaurant and the more casual one, but at significantly different prices. The service at the hotel also merits praise. Everyone was very attendant and conscientious, without being overbearing. My stay at the Fairmont was wonderful in every way. Highly recommended.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
blondiscal777
Los Angeles, CA
Jul 6, 2009

Great beach/cove

Best thing about the hotel was the beach and protected cove for snorkeling. Buy fruit, etc. at the nearby grocery to skip the pricey breakfast and dine on your lanai instead. Parking and internet are way over-priced but that's typical. Oh yeah, and I was expecting a lot of orchids everywhere, given the name of the hotel. Not so much. Weird.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

$60 beach cabana was well worth the money. Bring your own lunch (bought at the local grocery) and stay for the sunset. Amazing. Very private.

Review of The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
blondiscal777
Los Angeles, CA
Jul 6, 2009

Great beach/cove

Best thing about the hotel was the beach and protected cove for snorkeling. Buy fruit, etc. at the nearby grocery to skip the pricey breakfast and dine on your lanai instead. Parking and internet are way over-priced but that's typical. Oh yeah, and I was expecting a lot of orchids everywhere, given the name of the hotel. Not so much. Weird.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

$60 beach cabana was well worth the money. Bring your own lunch (bought at the local grocery) and stay for the sunset. Amazing. Very private.

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