The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

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1 N Kaniku Drive Kohala, Kamuela, HI 96743
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This 32-acre oceanfront resort is set on the sunny Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island. The resort features water sports, including kayaking and scuba diving, along with 10 tennis courts. read more
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We just got back from our third trip to the Fairmont Orchid and I must say it's still our favorite hotel on the Big Island. We've been return visitors for the last couple of years and will continue to come back, it's a very clean and beautiful resort that provides a very relaxing vacation. We took our 2 year old along too and he loves the beach and sand bottom hot tub/pool. If you go, be sure to get the breakfast buffet package included.
5
Jun 13th, 2002
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

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62 100 Kaunaoa Dr, Kamuela, HI 96743
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Part of the 1,839-acre Mauna Kea Resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is flanked by 2 golf courses and is a 20-minute drive from Waimea. read more
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Hapuna Prince is a beautiful hotel in the resort zone north of the airport, right next to the Hapuna Beach, one of the best white sand beach on the Big Island. Unfortunately during our entire stay there was 4-5 ft wave crashing all day long, making swimming/snorkeling difficult. Luckily it has a huge beach-front pool and spa, which is rarely crowded. Location-wise, it's a bit far away from Kona (45 min drive). However, it's only 15 min drive to a nice little town called Waimea, where you can find some decent food and a couple of super markets. If you want a relaxing vacation on the Big Island away from it all, you can hardly do better than Hapuna Beach Prince.
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Jan 5th, 2006
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

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62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Kamuela, HI 96743
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An architectural trend-setter on the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel features golf, gardens, and 1,600 Pacific and Asian artworks; Waimea is 13 miles away, and Hawi is 21 miles away. read more
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A classy and picturesque resort. The crescent beach here is fantastic: beautiful, secluded, and clean. There are coral reefs at either end that are great for casual snorkeling, while the majority of the beach is an unbroken stretch of soft, clean sand. Our room was recently renovated, but in the bathroom some of the renovations were already showing wear. Service is generally, but not universally, friendly. Food prices at the resort are very high, but this is to be expected in Hawai'i at a beautiful resort.
4
Oct 31st, 2007
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows

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68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr, Kamuela, HI 96743
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Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is an oceanfront oasis on a white sandy beach amid lush tropical gardens and fishponds. This resort features 2 world-class golf courses, water sports and Hawaiian-inspired spa. read more
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My husband and I very much enjoyed our six-day stay at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows in February. The property was beautiful and well maintained, with open, airy lobby and atrium. Grounds surrounding the resort were manicured and blended in well with the ecology. Our ocean front room on the 4th floor had a wonderful view of the beach and the bay from both inside the room and the lanai, where we saw migrating whales in the distance several times. There was a small fridge (empty) in our room for us to store snacks and other drinks besides the complimentary bottle water provided by the resort, which was a plus. Twice a day, our room was meticulously cleaned and made up. The resort also lived up to its eco-friednly label by having recycling bin in our room to promote recycling. Everyone working at the resort was very friendly and very service oriented. We particularly loved our wait person at the bountiful breakfast buffet, who remembered our name and made us felt "at home". Managers of various on-site restaurants stopped by while we dined to ensure that we were happy with the services and the food. We also received wonderful assistance from the concierage to plan and book our excurions and dinners outside of the resort. Overall, we were extremely happy with our choice for our first trip to the Big Island and will definitely stay again at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows when we return.
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Feb 23rd, 2006