What a GREAT experience! This place has it all! We stayed for four nights mid-January, and everything was perfect. Many food choices, including a walk (or short drive), to a Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe and a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in a nearby, and developing, upscale shopping center.
The beach was just enough with plenty of chairs and towels, and drinks or food available there also. If you prefer, you can lay by the huge pool, or walk along the water and sit or lay on the grass or in a hammock. You can snorkel in the bay with sea turtles that crawl out onto a rocky beach in the afternoon to rest, surf or take off in the resort's boat for whale watching, or fishing.
Palm trees and tiki lights abound on the property, creating a very romantic environment, even for us, travelling with our two adult children, which incidentally was one of the few places to stay on the Kona coast with four people in a room (which was extremely large).
When we return to Kona, we'll definetely stay here again. (One note...a couple of houses are being constructed on adjacent property to the south of the Orchid...they are about 3/4 complete...so for the next few months, I'd ask for a room that does NOT face in that direction since some light construction sounds can be heard in the mornings).
- 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