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, and many have partial or full ocean views. Excellent on-site restaurants include the flagship Brown's Beach House, Hale Kai, Brown's Deli, and Norio's Restaurant and Sushi Bar. Guests enjoy the tennis center, the Spa Without Walls with private massage hales set amid waterfalls or on the oceanfront, and the largest and most impressive swimming pool among the resorts. The lavish Gathering of the Kings luau is 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.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Standard rooms come at reasonable prices for a resort, but there are also additional resort and parking fees at the minimum, and most activities also require fees. Be sure to plan well outside of just the room cost when budgeting for your trip!
The Fairmont Orchid offers 540 guest rooms (five different types) and suites (four different types). Spacious rooms are brightly, chicly decorated and give a cool island vibe, and all rooms have a private lanai for guests to enjoy.
This is a very expansive resort – if you want the quickest access to restaurants, beach, etc. be sure to ask for a south tower room.
Bathrooms are bright and spacious and feature large mirrors, walk-in shower or tub/shower combos, and separate water closet.
The lobby is large and grand, with a bit of a regal feel to it. The lobby is partially open to give guests island views while checking in.
The meandering 10,000 square foot swimming pool sits oceanfront and has plenty of luxuries like comfy chairs, umbrellas, and poolside drinking and dining.
The Spa Without Walls gives guests the option of outdoor or indoor treatments and includes options for dining at the spa. Eight private waterfall huts, six oceanfront cabanas, or three indoor treatment rooms are available for guests to include from. In addition to a very full service menu that includes massage, body and face treatments and manicures, the spa includes steam room and dry sauna.
Lawn and pool views make working out a little nicer at the Fitness Center with cardio and weight equipment. Additional fitness options include daily seaside yoga, pool aerobics, and tennis.
Dining options abound at Fairmont Orchid, with five different options including Brown’s Beach House Restaurant, Norio’s Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, Hale Kai Restaurant, Brown’s Deli, and breakfast at The Orchid Court.
Luana Lounge is a great place to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset, and Kahakai Bar is right at the beach for your drinking convenience.
You’ll need a car to get to the resort and around the island.
Heavy on the seafood and its specialty cold bar featuring oysters, lobster, and shrimp, The Blue Room Brasserie and Bar (4-minute drive) marries the traditional French brasserie with island flavors. The inspiration for the décor is the reception room at Iolani Palace, the royal home of the Hawaiian monarchy. At Lava Lava Beach Club (13-minute drive) you’ll find a menu that includes happy hour specials, daily fish preparations, and island twists on classic foods like hamburgers and ribs all right on the beach. The bar is also a huge draw, with delicious and strong cocktails (the “Big Bamboocha” will definitely get your vacation started well) and a nice wine menu.
Sample a variety of beers by the flight or pint at Big Island Brewhaus (34-minute drive) or find a quality wine menu and limited but unique cocktail menu using fresh island ingredients at Merriman’s (30-minute drive).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Fairmont Orchid is at the top of the list for Big Island resort dining options and plenty of guest activities make it a great option for families and couples looking for fun bonding times together. The white sand beach, luxury feel, and friendly staff make it a resort that will make you never want to leave.