Waimea’s Fairmont Orchid brings a distinctively Hawaiian experience to the Kohala Coast, complete with lush gardens and a tranquil lagoon. From golf to spa visits, there are plenty of ways to keep both busy and relaxed — but dining will likely remain a centerpiece of your resort visit.
While the culinary options here are impressive, not everybody desires an upscale experience for every meal. When you want to fuel up in a slightly more casual setting, the obvious solution is the Fairmont’s Orchid Court, where you will find the epitome of the resort breakfast buffet.
Open daily for breakfast (with extended brunch hours on Sundays), this dining destination is a resort favorite for a reason: there truly is something for everyone. Whether you favor lighter fare (such as fresh fruit or an acai bowl) or prefer to go all-out with waffles, omelets, and other classic fares, you will have no trouble finding a breakfast that leaves you feeling both satisfied and ready to tackle the day ahead.
Prices are high, as can be expected for resort dining. That being said, you’ll definitely get what you pay for — especially if you opt for the buffet. There, you’ll encounter a variety of delectable options, including not only traditional breakfast dishes but also, several Asian-inspired specialties you’ll be hard-pressed to find at other resort buffets.
Another perk of eating at the Fairmont’s Orchid Court? There are plenty of options for visitors with dietary restrictions. These are especially abundant in the buffet. Similarly, many of the breakfast and brunch entrees are either gluten-free or vegetarian.
The other major perk to visiting this breakfast and brunch hotspot? Hitting up the Bubbles Bar. You’ll have the opportunity to order one of the exquisite breakfast beverages, such as the Italian Mule, Classic Mimosa, and Hibiscus Rose Mimosa. All are worth trying, although you’re also welcome to charge up with specialty coffee.
If you opt for an entree instead of the full buffet, consider ordering one of our favorite menu items:
Banana Mac Nut Pancakes
Add some tropical flair to your stack of pancakes. Generously topped with delicious bananas, these flavorful pancakes taste even sweeter when enjoyed with their memorable coconut syrup.
This meal is nearly as beautiful to behold as the awe-inspiring sunrise its name references. Organic eggs form the basis of this hearty dish. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to customize your meal. For example, you can choose breakfast potatoes or white rice. Meat choices include smoked ham, bacon, or sausage.
Big Island Avocado Toast
Don’t let stereotypes about Millennials and avocado toast keep you away from this take on a wonderfully healthy breakfast staple. Served on ciabatta, this flavorful option is light, yet satisfying. Its creamy avocado is complemented by delicious feta cheese, tomato, and lemon oil.
Antioxidant Boost Smoothie
Keep it light with a healthy smoothie that will have you feeling fully prepared to take on all kinds of Big Island adventures. As its name promises, this smoothie is chock full of healthy ingredients that provide the antioxidant boost you desire. Since it features soy milk, this is one of the best menu options available for vegan visitors. Other highlights include acai, blueberry, strawberry, and raw kiawe.
If you’re staying at the Fairmont Orchid in Waimea, you’ll definitely want to treat yourself to an indulgent breakfast. At the Orchid Court, you’ll find not only all your favorite breakfast dishes but also, friendly service and a pleasant atmosphere. Where better to fuel up for your Big Island adventures?
-When in doubt, make a reservation. The wait can be long, especially if you arrive after 8 am.
-Pay attention to special events, as you might be able to secure a table for a top occasion such as Mother’s Day. Check the Fairmont Orchid Facebook or Twitter page for updates on these and other dining events.