Photo Courtesy of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
One of my favorite resorts on Hawaii Island, the Big Island, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, has completed their most comprehensive guest room renovation project since the resort opened in 1990.
I stayed at the resort several years ago and found the rooms to be in spectacular shape, however, in order to stay competitive almost all resorts complete this type of upgrade from time to time, and this one sounds, and looks, like a great design. Lowell Tom of Philpotts Interiors has updated the guestrooms to an "international standard" while still allowing the guest to know they are visiting a tropical island location, something I find that many resorts have neglected in their most recent room renovations.
The resort states that their "new room décor is modern and luxurious with clean lines, incorporating uniquely Hawaiian elements into subtle touches throughout the space, highlighted by artwork by esteemed island artists. Subtle, textured fabrics and wall colors give the guestrooms a quiet elegance. Modern, circular framed mirrors, padded fabric headboards with carved wood insets, smoked glass nautilus lamps and upgraded lighting fixtures, a streamlined desk and desk chair and rattan occasional seating help carry the fresh theme and give the rooms a strong 'sense of place.'"
The hotel's 54 suites now feature a new sectional sleeper, accent and coffee tables, a sleek dining area with a torchiere lamp, faux coral framed mirror and the same quiet hues and clean lines that give the guest rooms a refreshed look.
In addition to guest rooms, the resort's 32,000 square feet of indoor meeting space has also been renovated with new wall coverings. New chairs and carpeting have also been added to the 138 seat Lehua Theater, the only theater of its kind on the Kohala Coast.