My husband and I booked a last-minute trip (and a do mean last minute) after our trip to Tahiti was canceled due to the strike this summer. We were then scheduled to stay at the Mauna Kea but found that it really didn't suit our style. We are in our 40's and like a more contemporary feel. The Mauna Kea, though redone, still has the look and feel of the 40's and unless you get an upgraded room, has very, very small rooms. They did try to accomodate us and were very nice. The Fairmont was very full due to a conference and we were on the Gold Floor which was delightful. Unfortunately, we had to have our sheets and comfortable changed the first night since it was dirty, but other than that found the service to be exceptional. Really enjoyed the pool and the concierges were fantastic. They could not do enough for us, including offering us specials, helping us book spa services, which also included specials like lunch etc. Loved being able to get drinks at any time and breakfast. One drawback was that the cleaning cart was left in front of our room about 75% of the time. Not great when we had to move it to come and go. We would go back to this property in a minute as the food was terrific. And, living in California we are really spoiled by food. We've stayed in what people report to be really good properties, like Villa Del Sol ( now Tides), Bacara, Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa, Four Seasons, Ceiba del Mar, etc. and we liked the Fairmont. Can't say the same for Aviara in San Diego or Ceiba del Mar in Mexico. We like to travel and honestly, the people and property were very nice.
Also, check out the seahorse farm. Only one of its kind in the country. Very, very special.
- 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