Fairmont Orchid Hawaii
Big Island, Hawaii
What it is
A beachfront idyll where all 540 rooms have their own lanai (balcony) with expansive views of Kohala Coast.
What it isn't
Crowded. The resort is on 32 seafront acres that will feel at times like they’re your very own.
What we think
The problem with the Big Island is that it’s—well—The Big Island. Everybody knows it, and it’s thereby chockablock with tourists. Fairmont Orchid is a reprieve from the madding crowds, where (almost) anything you could want to do is on property. Lei making? Check. Outrigger canoe paddling? Check. Hiking to a petroglyph field? Check. Of course, if you do nothing but veg by the 10,000-square-foot swimming pool, we won’t bat an eyelash. Rooms are traditional but stocked—toss on your waffle weave bathrobe, put something delicious in the Keurig and watch the sun rise over the turquoise water beyond your terrace. There’s nothing better.
You're here because
Unlike many area resorts, Fairmont Orchid pulls out all the stops if you’re traveling en famille: Kids under five eat free, there’s an on-point children’s program and entire-fam-damily activities include everything from storytelling under the stars to slacklining.
You were relaxed the moment you stepped your flip-flopped foot on property, but entering the spa your shoulders drop to a new level of calm. Within a waterfall-facing private hale (hut), as a masseuse works out your kinks with a warm lava rock, you resolve to rip up your return ticket and stay forever—or until your cash runs out.
Just 45 minutes from Kona International Airport, or two hours from Hilo International Airport. But once you get there, you won’t want to leave.
Brown's Beach House - Hawaiian cuisine
Norio's Sushi Bar & Restaurant - Asian cuisine - In addition to traditional sushi favorites, the Big Island restaurant menu features dry aged meats and sustainable Hawaiian and Pacific Seafood.
Hale Kai - Located poolside, Hale Kai is the perfect venue for a most refreshing lunch, afternoon sunset or evening dinner.
Orchid Court - The newly renovated Orchid Court Restaurant serves the premiere breakfast on the island offering a sumptuous rotating buffet menu and a tempting selection of à la carte items perfect for dawn patrol or late risers alike.
Luana Lounge - Contemporary residential decor rambles through indoor and outdoor seating areas, inner bar and lanai overlooking the grounds and the blue Pacific.
Hawaii Loa Loa - Meet the performers before the show and learn about the traditional games and cultural practices of the people. A hosted bar and a spectacular buffet dinner offer the freshest and finest ingredients found in the islands.
Kahakai Bar Oceanfront - Kahakai means 'beach' in Hawaiian and this beachside bar features a Polynesian-style thatched roof, refreshing trade winds and sweeping views of Mauna Kea and the blue Pacific.
Brown's Deli - Brown's Deli offers breakfast and lunch items delicatessen style with an island flair to enjoy at outdoor tables or wander down to the beach. 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.