We loved the Fairmont Orchid. We stayed 5 nights, and from the moment we arrived until we checked out, all of the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We were very happy with the service.
Rooms - Decent room, pretty standard, nice big marble bathroom with separate shower and tub. We had a room overlooking the golf course and it was quiet.
Pool & Beach - The pool is very nice and large. The beach is tiny, just a little bay, so if you love the beach this may not be the best place for you.
Spa - I had a manicure and my hair done. The spa is nice, and again I was very happy with the service.
Gym - We find these tripadvisor reviews often fail to mention the fitness facilities at the hotel... The gym here was really good as far as hotel fitness centers go. My husband works out every day and was happy with it.
Location - Within a short drive of a market (Foodland) where you can stock up on drinks, snacks etc. and they had some ready made food if you didn't feel like eating out all the time. There is good shopping nearby, within about a 5-10 minute drive. Other than that you are quite far from the major attractions. But you can circle the entire island in 5-6 hours, so everything is within a one day drive.
Restaurants/Food - We ate at the Hale Kai restaurant twice, everything we tried was fantastic. I am still thinking about the awesome Hawaiian burger and coconut shrimp. We had one meal at Brown's Beach house, which was also excellent.
Wedding - We got married at the resort, in the wedding gazebo. It was PERFECT, we couldn't have been happier with our decision. We eloped, and the hotel has a "Just the Two of us" package which they don't advertise on their website. The wedding coordinator makes everything easy: they arrange a marriage licence appt for you, provide the officiant, help you pick a florist and photographer if you want them, arrange a dinner etc. We got married at 5:00, as sunset was at approx. 5:50 that day. The sunset pictures are so amazing they almost look fake! The gazebo is on the edge of the property near the golf course, so there weren't really people walking by, and it felt very private. If you want a simple private ceremony I do recommend getting married here.
Overall, I would highly recommend this resort. We can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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