A touch of Aloha at the Fairmont Orchid luxury resort
There is a special place in my heart for Hawaii. The island of Hawaii offers visitors a bit of everything. Adventure to relaxation and everything in between. This is not my first visit to the “Big Island” but it is my first since the Kilauea Volcano eruption shut down Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2018. It reopened late September 2018 and I can’t be more excited to return to the island. This visit is all about volcanoes and Hawaiian luxury. The volcano tours have been booked and all that is left to take care of is the luxury part. For this, I have chosen one of the best Hawaiian luxury resorts available, the Fairmont Orchid situated in 32 oceanfront acres on the Kohala Coast. Aloha, let the adventure begin.
This is my first time at the Fairmont Orchid but not my first Fairmont experience. I LOVE Fairmont hotels in general but the Orchid may just be my new favourite. It has the service level I expect from Fairmont hotels – polite, friendly, eager to help and very quick to respond to any request. Add to the phenomenal service the location, location, and location and you can’t ask for anything better.
From the minute I drove up to the front lobby and my rental vehicle was unloaded and valet parked for me while I checked in, all the way to the nightly turndown service I was pampered. If only I lived like this when I was home.
My room may not have an ocean view but what it lacks in view it makes up for in amenities and size. Take a tour with me. There is a front sitting area complete with a desk and a half bath for visitors. There’s a separate bedroom with a MASSIVE bathroom and dressing room with two closets. I’m on this trip solo but if I had a friend join me we could easily share this suite without getting in each other’s way.
While my room is luxurious and spacious I don’t plan on spending too much time there. Not when I have so many other options at my disposal on the 32-acre property.
As I’ve arrived in the early evening the first call of business is happy hour at the Luana Lounge. If you time it right you’ll be able to catch the sunset and the lighting of the tiki torches. It’s magical every time I see it.
The resort offers other dining options including fine dining, beach casual and even a deli/coffee shop if you decide not to brew a cup in your room. At the time of my stay, Binchotan Bar & Grill was under construction so soon you’ll have another option as well. For me, I’m happy with some casual dining on the beach at Hale Kai Restaurant.
The absolute best place to be though during my stay at the Fairmont Orchid has to be the pool. Set up a lounge chair, bring a book, and flag down a server. Paradise has arrived.
If you’d prefer to swim in the ocean they have their own little beach complete with cabanas and a surf shop with all the amenity rentals you desire. If you’re an early riser and up for some yoga this is where the surf yoga takes place. I was up and down at the water but there is no way I could balance on a surfboard while doing yoga. Great fun to watch though. Spoiler no one fell in.
The Fairmont Orchid also offers guests access to top-notch golf, tennis and fitness facilities plus the award-winning Spa Without Walls. I didn’t have time on this visit to try out the services at the Spa but next time I plan on spending a day getting pampered there.
What more do I need to say? It doesn’t get any better on the Big Island than the luxurious Fairmont Orchid. My happy place and home away from home while I explore all the wonders the Island of Hawaii has to offer.