The Fairmont Orchid is a relaxed five star resort situated on 32 ocean front acres about 20 miles north of the Kona airport. We checked into the Fairmont around noon on Saturday and they had a room already set for us. I mostly spent the day reading, but I did take a few breaks to swim, and wonder around to check out the beach and the sea turtles.
They come up on the beach to rest right in front of the pool. Not very familiar with the Big Island? Read up on the lay of the is land and my favorite beach resorts , budget hotels , Airbnbs, honeymoon resorts , family friendly resorts , luxury resorts , and boutique hotels.
We had dinner near the pool at Hale Kai we ate here a few times and the avocado toast, margherita pizza, fish and chips, and lobster fried rice were all VERY good. After dinner, we ventured out of the resort for the only time the whole three days we were there…for a Target run! Kind of a side note but the Target in Kona is great! We arrived back to our room to a special surprise!
We all LOVE chocolate covered strawberries so this was a huge treat. We got up pretty early the next morning I can never sleep late in Hawaii , and headed down to the Orchid Court to try their breakfast buffet. First off, I love a buffet in general because I like to try a little bit of everything and be a bit more adventurous than I would if I was ordering off a menu.
Also, there was POG pineapple, orange, guava juice and I have a tiny obsession with guava so I was happy. All of the American breakfast favorites were well-represented eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, potatoes, etc. There was a continental section with breads, bagels, muffins, pastries, etc. After breakfast I stopped into the resort store to check out their swimsuits so many cute ones!
Next up I headed down to the pool deck to settle in for the day. Bread service was delicious and we all had various seafood entrees. I did a mix and match of a couple of side items lobster tails and truffle mac and cheese. We had a great meal and sunset along with the live music did not disappoint. And to top it all off, our server Janice who was so sweet! It was the perfect last night in Hawaii. And to cap it all off, we had this sweet surprise waiting for us in our room! We had a quick dinner at Hale Kai before getting cleaned up and heading off to the airport.
We were all so sad to leave Hawaii, but especially to leave the Fairmont Orchid. Every trip to Hawaii is special, but ones where I get to spend quality time with my family and friends while resting and recharging are my favorite. Wish you had a go to resource for the latest Hawaii news, brand new things to do, special weekly deals and promotions? My newsletter is just that! So sign up below! You can either pick up a complimentary snorkel set and head out on your own or you can go on a guided adventure with a Hui Holokai Ambassador.
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