This is my favorite resort chain in the world, and favorite resort on the Big Island. The resort is just absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, I grew up in Hawaii and live on the Big Island now, and so I've seen all of the resorts and this resort just enamors me with it's beauty every single time I visit it! The walk along the water is amazing, and if you are wanting a peaceful vacation with not as many kids running around, then this is definitely your place. There is a nice little sandy beach with a little cove to swim in, and a pool right by the ocean. A restaurant in sand right by the ocean, and another restaurant with amazing views for the perfect sunset dinner. As well as a pretty good sushi restaurant, and a little deli with quick meals like smoothies, sandwiches. Just a 2 minute drive away is a market and some shops including Tommy Bahamas clothing store and the restaurant, another excellent choice for lunch/dinner. Mauna Lani resort area (which is where the Fairmont Orchid is located) in general is probably my favorite part of the island. :) If you like running, I would recommend running along the water from the Fairmont to Napua restaurant (and you could go beyond that some if you want too), it's all along the water and my favorite run on the island! Enjoy!!! :)
My only complaint would be the customer service when I called to make a reservation; I had requested to use my upgrade for a room rather than an upgrade for a suite, but when I showed up, they had booked it as a suite upgrade and had to use it otherwise a room upgrade would have been taken hour. Of course the suite was amazing, but I was wanting to save it for a little later time.