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Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   2251 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756 (Koloa)   |  
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Tampa, Florida
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“Best Intimate resort in Kauai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

We stayed at Koa Kea during our recent trip to three of the Hawaiian Islands. This resort was by far the best place we stayed. The staff makes you feel like you are the most important guest at the resort. The only negative to staying at this resort is it makes all other stops seem inferior. If staying at multiple resorts, make this our last stay or you will be disappointed in the service you get at other resorts.

If you go ask for Cindy, all of her recomendations were excellent.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Detroit, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

We stayed at Koa Kea for 5 nights and we LOVED IT! This place is small compared to the other resorts in the area, very quiet and calm. If you want the hokey shows and music, stay elsewhere. Our room was clean, well-appointed, shower was excellent, and the ocean view room opened on the lawn with a clear view of the ocean. The staff were extremely professional, welcoming, and warm. From Jim and Mike at the bar, to Sarah at the desk and Paul at the activity booth - everyone gave us A+ advice. The snorkeling right out front was amazing with hundreds of fish and soft rolling waves. Poipu beach park is a short 2 minute walk across the path through the Marriott next door. The drinks poolside or at Red Salt are not to be beat. This is a very classy, neat hotel nearing total perfection. Stay here if you have an eye for detail, want all the comforts and are happy to find Hawaii on your own terms, not have it shoved in front of you all the time. It is pricey, but worth every penny. We look forward to coming back.

Room Tip: ocean view facing east gives you morning sun.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

Quiet and intimate, first class service, great restaurant right on premises. (Red Salt)
Total paradise, excellent service, great rooms. This is a perfect place to be if you want to chill, have good food close by, relax and have a really peaceful vacation.
If you want to snorkel, helicopter ride, hike then you can be active too.
This place is paradise, truly a great vacation spot.
We loved our 4 days there, only mistake we spent longer in Maui then Kauai, I wish I had booked longer at the koa kea.

Room Tip: Choose rooms right near the jacuzzi, so close and quiet as well. Make sure to be on the lower floor.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

We spent the first leg of our honeymoon in Kauai and couldn't have picked a better place. Upon arrival, we were greeted very warmly, given a tour of the resort and escorted to our room. Upon arriving in our room, they had a personalized card welcoming us, along with cold Fiji water and a bottle of champagne. The room was very modern, clean, comfortable and had an incredible view.

First thing we did was kick off our shoes and catch the sunset on the beach, just steps off the resort. This is probably one of the best areas to catch the sunset each night as dozens of people would gather on the beach and boardwalk.

The bartender at the main bar was very friendly, offered us numerous hikes to go on, restaurants to try, pretty much anything we wanted to know. The same for the valets, I've never met nicer people. Each day they would ask if we needed directions, ask if we would like the top up or down on the car, anything you could ask for, they were more than happy to help.

The pool and pool bar are equally as nice as the rest of the resort. Spotless, very friendly service, you name it, you can have it. Of course, you do pay the higher price here, but it's well worth it.

If you're looking for a peaceful spot to get away with amazing service, a fantastic view, and luxury, look no further.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Koa Kea in early February for 4 nights, and it was wonderful. This small resort (around 100 rooms) is quiet, peaceful, and there for your every need without ever being pushy. The rooms are designed beautifully and quite functional as well - good storage space and a spacious bathroom with L'Occitane toiletries.

Plenty of loungers by the pool and on the oceanfront lawn. Pool bar had great drinks, but we wished they had more Hawaiian-style pupus for nibbling. Valet was always super-quick retrieving our car. I had a fantastic Kauai coffee and sugar massage at the resort spa. We only had one breakfast at the restaurant: good food and coffee, and coffee was available to take back to your room as well.

Koa Kea is a nice break from the mega-resorts nearby. Very personable service with grown-up guests.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

My wife and I just returned from a 4 night stay at Koa Kea. As others have mentioned, this is a very well managed resort. The staff is excellent - just about every interaction we had was very positive. The facilities themselves aren't quite 5 star, but they are very pleasant. The restaurant, Red Salt, was the best we ate at in Kauai.

Readers, please do not bring your small children/toddlers/babies. This is a resort for adults, don't ruin it by bringing your screaming kids - there's a Hyatt a mile down the road for you that caters to children.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

We just spent three nights at this wonderful resort. From the moment you pulled the car up, to the moment of check out, it was fabulous. It is located on a beautiful beach, with great views. The manager has selected service oriented employees,who are very attentive. The employees are friendly and greet you by name.The room has fabulous touches that make it very relaxing. The Red Salt restaurant was fabulous. The resort is very romantic. My only suggestion is that it should be an adult only resort. The one crying baby did nothing for the atmosphere. Our only regret is we did not stay longer and cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2251 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu > Koloa
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Poipu
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Poipu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Poipu
#1 Romantic Hotel in Poipu
#4 Family Hotel in Poipu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Koa Kea Hotel & Resort 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Koa Kea is a luxury boutique hotel with unmatched proximity to the ocean. Red Salt Restaurant and the Spa at Koa Kea are the newest additions to Poipu Beach, a great location for enjoying Kauai. ... more   less 
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