My new hubby and I spent the first few days of our honeymoon at the beautiful Fairmont Orchid Hotel. And, it was lovely. I had never been to this part of the Big Island, so, as we were driving from the airport past lava fields, en route to the hotel, I really was not sure what to expect. What awaited us was a very elegantly decorated hotel that served as home for the next few days. It didn't take long before we adopted to the leisurely pace of life at this relaxing resort. I have been to other islands and other resorts, but there was something very special about the Fairmont Orchid. We spent the next few mornings lounging at the cabanas along the bay. In the evening, we gazed at the stars while swinging on a hammock that swayed gently with the wind. In the afternoons, we participated in turtle talk, a short talk led by a "beach boy" familiar with the area. And, while he was talking, as if on cue, a flipper emerged from the sea and a turtle made his way to a rocky area on land to sun himself. Everytime we walked by this area, we'd take a look to see if there were any turtles, and, lo and behold, the turtles were there. Oh, yes,I haven't even mentioned the food. First of all, some tips: We highly recommend purchasing the package that affords you free breakfast buffets. The buffet at the Orchid Court is yummy! My husband loves natto, and natto was available every day. The food selection was impressive. Even the potatoes were interesting -- a blend of regular potatos and sweet potatoes, plus all the toppings (chocolate, macadamia nuts, fruits, etc) one could imagine on your choice of waffles or pancakes. Also, not to be missed, was the food at the Luana Lounge. I'm not sure if this special runs every month, but from something like 5 - 7 pm, one could get pupus (appetizers) for half-price. And, these were very yummy and filling appetizers. We turned our appetizers into a dinner! For $40, we tried about seven different appetizers on the menu, and they were all good. Spring rolls for $4.50! That's a meal in itself! And, another restaurant not to be missed, the Japanese restaurant open from Thursday through Monday. They have a four-course meal for $39, and it's worth every penny. Try to get a seat at the sushi bar. The sushi chefs come from Japan, and the sushi they make is delish! The sushi alone, which comes as part of the four-course meal, is a meal unto itself. Just when you think you can't eat any more, the dessert comes out. We had a treat because the dessert was a chocolate mochi brownie with ice cream on it. Very delicate flavor with just the right sweetness.
Okay, sorry for prattling on about the food, but it just provides further evidence of how classy this place is. Everything is quality ~ from the appointments in the hallways to the customer service. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and we were actually kind of sad to leave the place. We went on to visit another hotel in Kauai, which was also very nice. But, there was just something magical about the Fairmont Orchid. And, I'm not being biased just because we spent the first days of our honey moon there. It's a great place to bring some books or magazines and just allow yourself to discover again the joys of total relaxation and serenity. Beautiful, fresh air and a relaxed, elegant atmosphere. We're already planning our return trip! Aloha!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii is a Kohala Coast Hawaii oceanfront luxury hotel and resort with white sand lagoon, Hawaiian Spa Without Walls, golf, tennis, five restaurants, extensive meeting and event facilities, and a year-round children’s program. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Hotel Waimea
- Fairmont Hotel Kamuela
- Fairmont Orchid Hawaii
- Fairmont Kamuela
- Kamuela Fairmont