The “Big Island” of Hawaii offers multiple climate zones. On the majestic Kohala Coast above Kona, this area gets about 10 inches of rain a year, with a little bit more up in the hills. Whereas the area around Hilo receives up to 150 inches of rain.
The 32-acre Fairmont Orchid Resort is located in an ideal climate zone on a northwestern beach along the Kohala Coast. The weather is wonderful year round for family reunions, weddings, and corporate functions.
The Fairmont Orchid offers the Hui Holokai Beach Club for ocean and cultural activities, including complimentary snorkel, mask and fins to explore the resort’s lagoon. While snorkeling, guests will see Hawaii’s state fish, the humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa, a colorful lagoon triggerfish that swims peacefully among an array wrasses, tangs and butterfly fish.
Since the lagoon is shallow, it’s an ideal spot for swimming, floating on an inflatable raft, take an outrigger canoe voyage, paddle board, kayak and watch the nightly sunset and torch lighting ceremony.
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.
Outdoor adventures include complimentary BMW road bicycles to explore the area for Bonvoy members. There are many hiking and walking trails along the beach and through the largest petroglyph field in the Pacific.
Afterwards refresh with a swim in the 10,000 square foot oceanfront pool or soak in a nearby tropical hot whirlpool overlooking a waterfall. 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 or waterfall provides instant relaxing.
There are multiple restaurants and lounges at the resort including Brown’s Deli and Brown’s Beach House offering sunset al fresco patio dining. The Hale Kai offers lunch and Happy Hour. In the evening, guests may enjoy a casual dinner 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.
Check out another one of my Fairmont Orchid reviews in JustLuxe.