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Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

  • 1 N. Kaniku Dr. Map It
  • Waimea (Hawaii County)
  • Fodor's Choice
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  • Oceanfront location
  • Great restaurants
  • Excellent pool
  • Aloha hospitality


  • Top resort features come at a high price

Published 09/02/2015

Fodor's Review

This first-rate resort overflows with tropical gardens, cascading waterfalls, sandy beach cove, beautiful wings with "open sesame" doors, a meandering pool, and renovated rooms with all the amenities. All guest rooms have private lanai, while a good percentage offer partial or full ocean views. Excellent on-site restaurants include the flagship Brown's Beach House, adjacent to the beach; Hale Kai, for poolside casual fare for lunch and dinner; and for easy snacks, Brown's Deli. The tennis center features 10 lighted courts, a stadium court, and a pro shop, while the Spa Without Walls includes private massage hales set amid the waterfalls or on the oceanfront. The property's thoughtful layout affords privacy, whether you're wandering the grounds, swimming in the pool (the largest and most impressive among the resorts), or taking a hot tub in the hidden whirlpool. The lavish Gathering of the Kings luau unveils four buffet tables teeming with cuisine representing Tahiti, Samoa, New

Zealand, and Hawaii, followed by a show that combines modern and Polynesian dance. There's lots of beach equipment to rent, plus rental bikes if you want to peddle to the nearby Shops at Mauna Lani. The beach features a protected cove ideal for swimming and wading, and the fitness center comes fully equipped.

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Hotel Information


1 N. Kaniku Dr., Waimea (Hawaii County), Hawaii, 96743, United States

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808-885–2000; 800-845–9905

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 486 rooms, 54 suites
  • Rate includes: No meals

Published 09/02/2015

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