The 32-acre Fairmont Orchid Resort is located in an ideal climate zone on a northwestern beach along the Kohala Coast on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. The weather is mild year round for weddings, family vacations and corporate functions. On the majestic Kohala Coast above Kona, this area receives about 10 inches of rain a year, with a little bit more up in the hills. Whereas Hilo on the other side of the island receives up to 150 inches of rain.
Upon check-in the gracious staff offer Hawaiian leis to each guest. In the warm and friendly Hawaiian culture, a lei of flowers or kukui nuts presented upon arrival or leaving is a symbol of affection.
Once checked in, one of the most popular spots during the day is the Hui Holokai Beach Club for ocean and cultural activities. Guests receive complimentary snorkel, mask and fins to swim and explore the resort’s protected lagoon. This area offers guests the opportunity to see Hawaii’s state fish, the humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa, sea turtles, an array wrasses, tangs and butterfly fish.Since the lagoon is shallow, it’s an ideal spot for paddle boarding, kayaking, floating on an inflatable raft, sitting in the sun on a lounge chair, and taking an outrigger canoe voyage. Beyond the lagoon surfers catch waves in the open ocean.
Walking near the waters edge of the Fairmont Orchid, near black lava rocks and sand, green sea turtles beach themselves in the afternoon. In Hawaii they are called honu and can weigh up to 300 pounds. Native to the Hawaiian Islands, these are the largest hard-shelled sea turtles in the world. At sunset guests gather to water the torch lighting ceremony.
Other outdoor adventures include taking one of the complimentary BMW road bicycles for a ride around the area. Around the resort are walking trails along the beach and paths through one of the largest petroglyph field in the Pacific. The 10,000 square foot oceanfront pool is near a hot whirlpool overlooking a waterfall in a tropical setting.
There are two different spa experiences at the Fairmont Orchid. The “grass meets the sand” area is a curtained Spa Without Walls massage experience. Another blissful spa area is at the waterfall massage hale (huts). The sound of water from the ocean and waterfall provides instant relaxing.
There are multiple restaurants and lounges at the resort including Brown’s Deli offers grab and go breakfast, lunch and snack items. Brown’s Beach House offers lunch and sunset al fresco patio dining with oceanfront dining at tables right on the sand for barefoot dining.
The elegant Luana Lounge near the main lobby offers live Hawaiian entertainment and array of after dinner beverages. Impressive Hawaiian artwork is displayed throughout the indoor rooms.
Since there is a year-round children’s program, parents can enjoy a round of golf or evening out, while little ones enjoy an array of supervised activities. For more information or to reserve a room, click on this link Fairmont Orchid.