Swimming with sea turtles at the Fairmont Orchid

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Walking near the waters edge of the Fairmont Orchid in the afternoon, guests will spot multiple green sea turtles resting near black lava rocks on coarse sand. In Hawaii they are called honu and can weigh up to 300 pounds. Native to the Hawaiian Islands, these large hard-shelled sea turtles swim during the day and beach themselves in the afternoon for a nap to soak up the warm Hawaiian sun.

The Fairmont Orchid, is situated on the "Big Island" of Hawaii along the majestic Kohala Coast above Kona. It's located on a beautiful northwestern beach about 20 minutes from Kona International Airport. The 32-acre resort is surrounded by palm trees growing around dramatic black lava fields and beautiful beaches,

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The resort's Hui Holokai Beach Club offers ocean and cultural activities, including complimentary snorkel, mask and fins for guests to explore an array of underwater fish including Hawaii's colorful state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapuaa. They swim peacefully among green sea turtles, wrasses, tangs, and butterflyfish.

Since the lagoon is shallow, it's an ideal spot for swimming, floating on an inflatable raft, take an outrigger canoe voyage, paddleboard, kayak and watch the nightly sunset and torch lighting ceremony.


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There are two different soothing sounds of water spa experiences at the Fairmont Orchid. The 'grass meets the sea' offers pleasant ocean breezes right next to the ocean for a curtained Spa Without Walls massage experience.

The second blissful spa area is at the outdoor waterfall massage hale (huts). Massage therapists use ancient Hawaiian healing arts and locally sourced products into every experience. Guests will receive head to toe treatments while renewing their mind, body and soul in paradise.

The spa provides indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces, sauna and steam rooms, private men's and women's locker rooms, a full-service salon and bridal services. The retail space features Eminence Organic Skin Care, Kerstin Florian International and Oribe Hair Care products.

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The hotel offers 540 refreshed guest rooms and luxury suites elegantly decorated with Hawaiian touches. Most offer partial ocean or oceanfront views from a private lanai. Executive Suites feature some of the best views of the ocean and resort. The nicely appointed bedroom with a full bathroom closes off from the living room with French doors. This adds privacy to the living room with a Queen sofa bed, writing desk and half bathroom.

Presidential Suites are located on the top floor of each tower overlooking the beautiful Hawaiian coastline. They feature a luxe master bedroom with a king bed, a living room, dining room, butler's pantry, two private view lanais and a connecting room option with 2 queen beds. 

Fairmont Gold is an exclusive lifestyle Fairmont Orchid Hotel experience. The entire top (6th) floor of the North Tower has 45 guestrooms and suites overlooking the Pacific Ocean or lush Hawaiian waterfall gardens. At the exclusive Fairmont Gold lounge, guests receive special privileges including a deluxe breakfast and evening canapes and beverages daily.

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Outdoor activities include a refreshing swim in the 10,000 square foot lagoon-style oceanfront pool or soaking in a nearby hidden hot whirlpool overlooking a waterfall in a tropical setting. 

Other 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. 

The Fitness Center is open 24 hours daily offering the latest equipment, group fitness, wellness classes, seaside yoga and paddleboard floating yoga.

Golfers will enjoy the Fairmont Orchid's award-winning 36-hole championship golf course. Each of the 18-hole courses offer two distinct characteristics. The south and north courses captures unique features of the Hawaii Island landscape. Both courses can be played by every level of golfer.

There are 10 tennis courts at the full-service Hawaii Tennis Center. Services include match arrangements, lights for evening tennis, instructional theme clinics, racquet and ball machine rentals, private and semi-private lessons. 


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On NYE, the Fairmont Orchid is offering an evening of delicious food, exciting entertainment, and fun activities toasting to the New Year and celebrating the future in 2020. For reservations, go to or call (808) 887-7320.

Jill Weinlein

Los Angeles based Jill Weinlein covers travel, food and lifestyle destinations for multiple newspapers, magazines and websites. Her areas of expertise include, luxury travel, culinary reviews, cruising and family travel destinations. Born in Los Angeles, Jill studied Communications and Theatre Arts at UCLA. She has a a Dine and Travel blog - and she writes a weekly restaur...(Read More)

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