KOHALA COAST -- The Big Island's Fairmont Orchid completed major
renovations and additions, rendering the Kohala Coast luxury
property ready for the increase in tourism it expects, according to
a spokeswoman for the resort.
The 32-acre hotel boasts 540 rooms, each with either sweeping
views of the Pacific Ocean or Mauna Kea, one of the island's two
towering volcano mountains.
There are 18 meetings rooms with 30,000 square feet of space,
76,000 square feet of outdoor functions space and a
10,000-square-foot swimming pool with lava whirlpools, a lagoon and
a Beach Activity Center that offers a variety of water sports.
On the property are two 18-hole championship Francis I'i Brown
golf courses. The Tennis Pavilion at the Orchid offers guests 10
secluded courts (nine are lighted for evening play) including a
stadium-type court for high-profile matches.
Richard Stumpf, former professional touring athlete and coach of
the Hawaiian state team, manages the Pavilion.
His development of an instructional program that involves mind,
body and spirit as much as the technical aspects of the game not
only gives the Fairmont tennis experience a Hawaiian twist but has
earned the resort a ranking within the top nine tennis resorts by
the likes of Tennis magazine, according to the spokeswoman.
The pro shop arranges matches, instructional clinics and private
lessons. Ball machine, racket and shoe rental also are
The Pavilion hosts various tournaments and exhibitions that are
often a draw for repeat clientele at the hotel, the spokeswoman
The Beach Activity Center arranges petroglyph preserve and
historical fishpond hikes each morning, led by a Hawaiian
Probably the most noticeable change in the property is the
construction of 10 waterfall hales -- or gazebos -- that are used
by massage therapists for treatment settings.
Each gazebo is positioned away from public walkways and aside
one of the many waterfalls that add to the tranquility of the
There are five oceanside massage gazebos for those who prefer
the sounds of lapping waves.
For dining, Norio's sushi bar and restaurant is a newcomer to
the Orchid property and is located in the main building, near a
newly designed koi pond and indoor water feature.
Chef Norio Yamamoto was lured to the Fairmont family from the
Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. Now with complete reign over the menu,
Yamamoto is drawing on his Japanese heritage to create authentic
and diverse dishes.
"What I make you might find in the some of the best Tokyo
restaurants. It is not this recent fad of 'westernized' Japanese
cooking," Yamamoto said. "Many of my Japanese loyalists are
surprised at the quality of fish I have been able to acquire."
In addition, Brown's Beach House restaurant has been renovated,
and the new, adjacent Brown's Deli has been a successful draw for
family visitors, who occasionally prefer prepare their own meals to
be eaten on the beach or in the rooms.
The deli offers an array of traditional American snacks, lunch
meats and panini sandwiches, baked goods, chips, gourmet coffee and
In addition, the new oceanfront masagrils are ideal for the
family that wants to barbecue at its own pace, without the hassle
of purchasing and preparing foods, said the hotel spokeswoman.
The gourmet staff at Brown's Beach House will set up the grills
and offer guests choice marinated meats, seafood and vegetables
with a variety of dipping sauces to grill at their leisure.
The Fairmont Orchid has packages valid through Dec. 25. A
• The Ohana Twice as Nice package gives guests who book four
nights a second room at half price plus daily breakfast buffet and
activity passes for two per room.
Activity passes give holders access to the fitness center,
guided historical hikes, ocean equipment, outrigger canoe rides,
bicycles and yoga classes.
In addition, the package includes baby-sitting services Friday
and Saturday nights, enabling mom and dad to enjoy a romantic
dinner or oceanfront massages while the kids meet other kids
participating in age-appropriate activities.
The Ohana Twice as Nice package begins at $439 per night for a
Fairmont standard room ($220 for the second room); up to $1,039 per
night for a one-bedroom oceanfront suite ($520 for the second
suite). There is a four-night minimum.
• The Exclusively Yours package, with a five-night minimum stay,
provides guests with a daily choice of any two featured activities,
including a round of golf at the Francis I'i Brown golf courses,
spa treatments or dinner at any of the hotel's restaurants.
Activity passes and daily breakfast buffet are included. The
package starts at $579 per night and is based on availability.
• The Make Room for Romance package will transfer guests to and
from the hotel to Kona Airport by limousine and will treat them to
a romantic dinner for two, a daily breakfast buffet, two oceanside
massages, activity passes, robes to take home, fresh orchid
arrangements and iced champagne in the room.
The Make Room for Romance package starts at $549 per night for a
Fairmont room, has a four-night minimum requirement and also is
subject to availability.
For all packages, agents can book online at www.fairmont.com/orchid or by calling the hotel at
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Gold Floor caters to the upscale visitor
KOHALA COAST -- The Fairmont Orchid completed its Gold Floor,
which has 45 rooms, eight suites, a lounge, an honor bar and a
breakfast room for continental fare, afternoon tea and evening
The floor has four full-time concierges to ensure that every
need is met for the upscale traveler.
Rooms are equipped with feather beds and duvets, oversize
bathrooms with upgraded amenities (Gilchrist & Soames
products); lanai with lounge as well as dining furniture; walk-in
closets; full showers and Jacuzzi tubs.
Guests are treated to preferential reservations at restaurants,
the tennis facility, spa and activity center; and wireless Internet
access from anywhere on the floor is complimentary.
Room rates for the Gold Floor are rack rate plus $150 per night.
Rack rates for an Ocean View room is $559 per night; Executive
Ocean View Suites are $889 per night.
Gold Floor guests have unlimited complimentary access to all
executive boardroom facilities within the hotel.
The hotel has one Presidential Suite (rack is $5,000 per night).
It spans the entire oceanview side of the Gold Floor and has a full
kitchen, a bar, a dining room, a balcony with various seating
areas, views of the golf course and the option of a second bedroom
add-on. -- B.B.