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.
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.
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.
FOOD + DRINK:
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
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.
- 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.
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!
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Thank you to the Fairmont Orchid for the opportunity. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
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