We stayed at The Fairmont Orchid as an anniversary celebration destination, and we opted to stay on the Gold level. That made our visit a total delight! Stacy and Stephani, our concierges, were so welcoming and so extremely helpful. They made our visit on the Big Island delightful, both with their great personalized attention, and their recommendations of things "not to be missed" away from the property. The resort grounds were impeccably maintained, making it pleasant just to walk around and enjoy the abundant blooming yellow hibiscus, the calm and inviting views of the ocean, and sunset. The staff was incredibly hospitable, and we were always greeted with a smile and a cheerful "aloha."
Breakfast on the Gold level was exquisite, introducing us to treats such as pickled lotus root, ono, along with smoked Scottish salmon and plenty of fresh island fruits The pineapple was the best we'd ever had. The evening offering of hot hors d'oeuvres was truly a treat, with fresh sushi and other interesting nibbles available before heading out for sunset and a walk on the beach before dinner. The torch lighting ceremony was a magical thing to witness. A bit of Hawaiian culture blending with gorgeous sunsets made the days memorable. After dinner it was wonderful to return to our room to find the bed turned down and pleasant video about Hawaii on the television. Our only direct contact with the Housekeeping staff was with Lilian, who was so sweet and charming we wanted to ask her to join us for the day! She too, was concerned that we wanted for nothing to make our stay more pleasant. From our first contact with Tim, our bellman, to our last contact, Hugh, as he brought us our rental car, we had a most wonderful week. It was our first visit to Hawai'i, and we came away with the feeling that "Hawai'i must be heaven, and if it isn't, it will serve as that for us!"
As we boarded our plane to leave, we felt truly refreshed and happy, and we now know the true meaning of the spirit of Aloha. Yes, we will return to the Fairmont Orchid! Aloha!
- 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