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What We Love

  • Spacious rooms, most with ocean views, all with private balconies
  • Unique Spa Without Walls concept makes for an unforgettable massage
  • Sea turtles are plentiful and playful right off the beach
  • Norio’s local-style sushi, made with fresh catch, will “broke da mouth”
  • In-room bath products by English company, Miller Harris

What To Know

  • It’s a 35-minute drive from Kona Airport
  • It’s a large resort – there are 540 rooms
  • This is not a design hotel – the concept here is timeless luxury and comfort
  • The resort is very popular with families, and there is no adult pool
  • Avoid front desk congestion at noon (check-out) and 3 p.m. (check-in)


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

With a stay at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii in Kamuela (Kohala Coast – Waikoloa), you’ll be close to Great 4-D Movie Ride and Waikoloa Kings Golf Course. This 4.5-star resort is within close proximity of Waikoloa Beach Golf Course and Seaside Putting Course.

Make yourself at home in one of the 540 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Rooms have private lanais. Cable programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can get some exercise with a round of golf or enjoy a lazy day at the private beach. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room.

Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 4 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges.

Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and limo/town car service. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference space and meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
1 N Kaniku Drive Kohala
Kamuela, HI 96743 United States


4.5 Very Good 4816 Reviews
Beautiful Resort
Reviewed 1 day ago

We loved everything about the Fairmont, great location, wonderful staff, excellent food. The Spa was a great time, pricey but not out of line for what you'd expect at an upscale resort. Beautiful views from our room and all across the resort, we will definitely stay at the Fairmont again!

Nice hotel
Reviewed 1 day ago

Nice hotel; stayed in north tower w/garden views over the golf course. If you are getting a garden view room go with one overlooking the golf course/outside of hotel; the garden view rooms looking over the courtyard/interior facing don’t have as much privacy -ie lot of people walk through the courtyard and can see in your room unless you have the shade closed. Overall room was nice and spacious w/small lanai; bed was comfy and room was nice w/typical hotel amenities;

Beach is pretty small and crowded; if you have kids, its probably good but otherwise I’d suggest taking the 15 minute walk down the beach trail to the Mauna Lani Hotel beach - its nicer and much bigger and less crowded (and since they are currently closed, you’ll have it all to yourself!) or driving over to Hapuna

Breakfast buffet was good but as others have said, its VERY crowded; we were there at 7:30AM most mornings and had a 30 minute wait every day. Not exactly the way you want to start of a relaxing day.

The beach bar is nice as is the upstairs bar overlooking the ocean (which is great for early evening cocktails and snacks. Food prices were pretty expensive but that’s to be expected and typical for Hawaii hotels.

Lovely hotel and gracious staff
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I had a lovely stay at the hotel. The amenities were wonderful. The dining at Brown's and orchid court was excellant. The spa services and gym were top notch. The rooms were pretty. The beds were heavenly comfortable. The staff were very warm and welcoming always with a smile anxious to help. We will definitely come again.

Great place
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great hotel, location was good for doing things around that side of the island. Beach area was great for the little kids, not a great area for bigger kids, beaches just north are better for older kids for body boarding ect. Restaurant was good, front desk was great, pool area was great, no sun screen available for use unless you buy it. We did see whales from shore and turtles, snorkeling was good from the little cove.

Big Island vacation
Reviewed 3 days ago

My review will be similar to the others ones here. The Orchid is a wonderful hotel and the five nights went by much too fast. The grounds were beautiful and the staff (everyone) was friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious and offered a range of options. Dinner at Brown’s was the best meal on the Big Island.

A resort hotel is not something I would normally book. It is a bit isolated and a splurge but it proved to be perfect for some relaxation in a stunning location. The Orchid is exactly what you’d expect from a luxury resort: impeccable service, gorgeous location and accommodations.

Tip: Make sure you read the daily activities sheet. There are many events available on the property. Also I would definitely recommend the buffet breakfast. It has an incredible selection.