Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
1 N Kaniku Dr, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
Photo courtesy of Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
Fairmont Orchid, HawaiiIn many ways, the Fairmont Orchid is the quintessential Hawaiian luxury resort: its big, elegant lobby is blooming with purple orchids and birds of paradise, its enormous swimming pool—open 24 hours—wends its way around black rock islands, and its 32 lush acres include tropical gardens and a white-sand beach that frames an aquamarine cove. The 540 guest rooms and suites, located in two six-story towers, all have lanais; half have ocean (or partial water) views, the others overlook the spotless grounds. It’s the dream Vacationland, and as such, the mood is jolly round-the-clock. Cheerful staff oversee the long list of activities—canoe excursions, petroglyph hikes, stand-up paddle-boarding, and about a zillion other options are available both on property and off (some activities are complimentary, others cost extra)—and the crowd tends to be a fun-in-the-sun bunch; on any given day, there might be a Canadian family in a heated volleyball game on the beach, or a group of Silicon Valley execs soaking in the hot Carve out a day to spend at the award-winning Spa Without Walls, where the Hawaian-influenced treatments are performed in 17 treatments rooms, some with ocean views of private outdoor spaces. Fuel up on Japanese meats and sushi, fresh seafood, robatayaki (grilled) items, beachside classics and more at the numerous dining outlets. Along with repeat guests, the hotel’s most frequent visitors are the giant sea turtles that regularly hang out at the Orchid’s beachfront. They’ve become such an integral part of the property that even guests at other hotels drop by for a peek.