The Big Island of Hawai’i has been in the news lately with the recent volcanic eruptions, which have now seemed to have calmed down. I had the special opportunity to visit the island a few weeks prior to the historic seismic event.
The island is truly out of this world with its unique black lava fields and lush tropical landscape that gives it a sort of sci-fi vibe. Located on a private bay in the heart of Hawai’i Island, the Fairmont Orchid is a stunning, five-star property with exquisitely appointed rooms and suites, gorgeous pool area, lush gardens filled with tropical blooms, koi pond and waterfalls, with outstanding amenities and many dining and entertainment options. One really does not need to leave the property, where you can enjoy the natural surroundings, the Pacific Ocean, swim with the turtles and even observe the mongooses as they scamper about.
The Fairmont Orchid is set on 32 oceanfront acres on the Big Island’s black lava Kohala Coast, about a half hour drive from the Kona International Airport. The hotel features 540 contemporary-designed spacious guest rooms, 54 luxury suites, and the Fairmont Gold concierge floor for VIP members, featuring ocean, garden and mountain views from your private lanai, spa-inspired bathrooms, and much more.
The dining and entertaining options are plentiful, with snacks and beverages available at Brown’s Deli, or an elaborate breakfast buffet at the Orchid Court. Have a cocktail at the Luana Lounge, Kahakai Bar or the Pau Hana Champagne Bar. In room and private dining are also available.
Binchotan: Bar & Grill was reviewed in my previous article, but the hotel also offers amazing options including the oceanside restaurant and beach bar Hale Kai, and signature fine dining at Brown’s Beach House that boasts fresh island-inspired cuisine, live music and spectacular sunset panoramas. You can even partake in the Hawai’iloa Lūʻau for a traditional island experience.
The resort’s 10,000 square foot oceanfront pool is incredible, with private cabanas and comfortable lounge chairs surrounding the parameter. You can also opt to relax on the poolside grounds and take in the panoramic views of the Pauoa Bay.
The ocean awaits. For the early riser, welcome the day with a guided sunrise canoe adventure or the traditional dawn ceremony. Later in the day, you can swim, paddle, and snorkel (sometimes next to a friendly turtle), at the resort’s private beach. End the day with a sunset torchlighting ceremony.
The hotel’s Spa Without Walls, a wellness oasis set in a secluded area surrounded by waterfalls, offers a wide variety of massage and specialty treatments, both indoor and outdoors, designed for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation. The spa also features a beauty salon that offers a full range of services. Or spend some time at the 1,700 square foot, state-of-the-art fitness center, where you can continue your personal work out regime, take in a yoga class or schedule a private training session.
Tennis anyone? The resort is home to a 10 court Hawaiʻi Tennis Center, featuring 10 courts with lights for evening matches, a 3,500-seat stadium court, pickleball court and pro shop. Or maybe a round of golf at the award-winning, championship Mauna Lani oceanfront golf course, home to one of the most photographed over-the-water golf holes in the world?
If you do decide to leave the majestic grounds of the Fairmont Orchid to explore Hawaiʻi’s largest island, there is so much to do and see. From snorkelling among manta rays and deep-sea fishing, to visiting the ancient petroglyph fields and hiking by the world’s tallest mountain, to fine dining, and of course, luxury shopping – everything is possible!
Photos courtesy of Fairmont Orchid.