They got this one right, from the design of the site and grounds to the layout and design of rooms and public spaces, execution is successful throughout. It helps that they enjoy one of the best locations along this coast. If you have not been to the area yet, it's a bit disconcerting viewing the landscape you pass through from the airport, empty and hot lava fields (the road itself is part of the annual ironman challenge course). Once on-property, it's quite a different world with lush grounds and a generally breezy expansive ocean exposure.
Everything about the property seems solid and well done, including dining options. The breakfast buffet is among the best we have found, a slight annoyance being the number of birds waiting around to sneak a bit from your plate (kids loved hem at first but even they grew tired).
There is a good selection of lunch and evening dining options, all solid and somewhat on the costly side, I guess this being not such a surprise. One hint if you want something lighter and sort of a deal, the lounge offers quite a few items and some drinks one-half price between 8-10, really enough of a selection that we made this dinner twice (and it's a nice overlook patio location).
Snorkling, sunsets, sea turtles, etc all great, everyone will find things to like about the beach.
- 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