Where to Stay on the Big Island: The Fairmont Orchid

We just returned from a five day trip to the Big Island. We were excited to round out Hawaii as a travel destination for us – we’ve finally visited all the main islands, and the Big Island has quickly become our favorite. Our stay at the Fairmont Orchid was easily the highlight of our trip.

Between the location, luxury, service and the staff, and not to forget the incredible views of the Kohala Coast, it’s our top choice for the Big Island, and here’s why.

Headed to The Big Island in Hawaii and wondering where to stay? Here’s my review of our 5-day stay at The Fairmont Orchid resort for some inspiration! #Hawaii #BigIsland #FairmontOrchid


The Fairmont Orchid is located on the west side of the Big Island. It’s an ideal spot on the island. It’s located in the Mauna Lani development on the Kohala Coast.

  • 20 minutes north of Kona International Airport
  • 30 minutes north of Kailua-Kona
  • 30 minutes from Waimea
  • 1.5 hours from Hilo
  • 10 minutes the Queens Shops

It’s centrally located to most activities on the island. You avoid the traffic of Kona and have more of a luxurious, beachside experience at the Fairmont. But if you want to head to town, it’s just a short drive.


The Fairmont Orchid is made up of 540 luxury guest rooms and suites. And when we say luxury, we mean it. The ultimate in luxury is the Fairmont Gold floor, their concierge experience, located on the 6th floor of the north tower. 45 rooms make up the Gold level and if you’re looking for the red carpet, make sure to book a suite on this floor. I can promise you, everyone will learn your name and you’ll find comfort very quickly.

The hotel sits in a very private area of the Kohala Coast. While there are properties nearby, you don’t see or feel anyone from anywhere but the Fairmont. The hotel has its own lagoon area and secluded beach.

Whether you’re planning your wedding in Big Island, Hawaii or traveling there for a romantic vacation, you’ll love staying at The Fairmont Orchid. On this post, I share my experience staying at this enchanting resort as well as some tips on how to make the most out of your holiday in The Big Island! #Hawaii #FairmontOrchid #BigIsland


The Spa Without Walls is an absolute must for anyone staying at the property. It’s an outdoor spa set in the midst of many waterfalls. While it’s in a central location of the property, it’s one of the most secluded experiences at the hotel. We enjoyed the Ali’I experience, which is a two-hour massage and body scrub that will leave you feeling like royalty. We’ve had many luxury massages, but nothing compares to this. If there’s one experience you opt to do while at the Fairmont, let this be the one.

Planning a holiday in Hawaii? Here’s a picture of the Spa Without Walls at The Fairmont Orchid in The Big Island! If you’d like to read my review of our stay at The Fairmont Orchid, head over to my travel blog!


There are a variety of dining options on property. There’s a restaurant for every mood (and attire) you are in and even a new restaurant opening in the Fall of 2018.

  • Brown’s Beach House: for the most exquisite meals
  • Hale Kai Restaurant: perfect for the casual, lunch or evening meal
  • Luana Lounge: sip on cocktails and overlook the property from above
  • Orchid Court: your go-to breakfast spot, unless you’re staying on the Fairmont Gold floor, in which case then you’d dine at the Fairmont Gold Lounge for breakfast.
  • Brown’s Deli: for a quick meal or snack on-the-go

Enjoying breakfast in our room was a perfect way to end our holiday in Big Island, Hawaii. Although our resort, The Fairmont Orchid, has a huge array of restaurants, sometimes a private breakfast with your beau is exactly what you need to relax! On this post, I share my review of our stay at The Fairmont Orchid in Big Island.

Breakfast at The Fairmont Orchid, our favorite spa resort in The Big Island, Hawaii! Here are all the reasons you’ll love staying at this luxurious spa resort in Hawaii!


While the Spa Without Walls should easily be number one on your list, there are still other great ways to enjoy your stay at the hotel:

  • Cabana by the Ocean: book a private cabana for a mix of sun and quiet time
  • Sunrise Canoe
  • Cultural Hike
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Luau: for the most authentic Hawaiian experience. Do this at least once when you visit Hawaii.
  • Golf
  • Private Dinner at Coconut Grove – ask your concierge about this special dining experience!

Some of our favorites included the cabana by the ocean, the sunrise canoe, and the private dinner on the beach.

Booking a romantic private dinner at Coconut Grove is just one of the many incredible things to do in Big Island, Hawaii!

One of our favorite things to do in the Big Island was our romantic private dinner at Coconut Grove arranged by our resort, The Fairmont Child!

Staying at The Fairmont Orchid resort isn’t like staying at a regular hotel. Aside from the immaculate luxury, they also offer an array of incredible experiences and activities around Big Island. One of our favorite things to do organized by The Fairmont Child? This outdoor spa experience by the beach!


While the Fairmont is a global brand, with hotels spanning five continents, each property is unique and provides a local experience. I prefer the boutique travel lifestyle, and even as a large hotel brand, the Fairmont offers a curated experience at each of their hotels. They have a mix of Urban properties as well as resort destinations. We’ve traveled to a few so far and look forward to making our way to many more!

Looking for a detailed itinerary for the Big Island? Be sure to read our guide!

Hawaii’s Big Island brims with incredible things to do, and I share all my favorite activities to indulge in while on vacation at the Big Island over on my travel blog!

Be sure to follow the Fairmont Orchid on Instagram, and see a glimpse of the property daily!

Thank you to the Fairmont Orchid for the opportunity. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

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Between the location, luxury, the service, and the incredible views of the Kohala Coast, this spa resort set in Hawaii’s Big Island was the perfect place to stay during our vacation in Big Island! Here are all my tips on how to rock your stay at the best resort in Hawaii. #Hawaii #BigIsland
Between the location, luxury, the service, and the incredible views of the Kohala Coast, this spa resort set in Hawaii’s Big Island was the perfect place to stay during our vacation in Big Island! Here are all my tips on how to rock your stay at the best resort in Hawaii. #Hawaii #BigIsland
Looking for an adventurous but overall luxurious and romantic respite in Big Island, Hawaii? Stayin at the Fairmont Orchid might just be what you’re after and here’s a travel bloggers review of this incredible spa resort set right on the beach! #Hawaii #FairmontOrchid #BigIsland #Resort

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