What was said in my first review about 2 years ago still mainly holds true today.
- friendly and unobstrusive service
- not overcrowded, but designed in a way that even with 80% of the rooms booked, you don't feel like in a massive crowd. Everyone has his/her private space and freedom
- breakfast still more than sufficient for a full week
- Red Salt, the restaurant still with top notch food at ok prices (2 people 120$ entrée and main course)
- beach still amazing, clean and not extremely crowded (that's the beach on the right side looking from the hotel)
- The surf is amazing for beginners and intermediate to low advanced, Long as well as short-boards
- Chris, the surf guide is fantastic, as is Greg and his insider tips about the current best break
- It's all reef break, so a long ride is guaranteed... However if you want 18feet waves and above, go to the north shore... 12feet I would say was a rarity when we were there on the south shore....
- Rooms are still great (see also negatives)
- Amazingly fast free internet (WiFi), seldom had an equaly good coverage on the whole grounds of the hotel, even with an iPad2 (normaly bad antenna)
- this time there were much more children around (3-5 depending on time and day), but last time there weren't any... if there continue to be children regularly, KoaKea would be a non-option for us... Sorry, but if you don't have children yet, you don't particularly enjoy a day of screaming by the pool/resting area... and as far as I judged the crowd, we weren't the only ones, wondering what had happened... So I guess the hotel needs to make a decision. I suppose introducing an 18+ policy wouldn't hurt the revenues, as for children there aren't really any facilities, and that is part of the problem if you bring your children... So don't ... please...
- The rooms are still very much ok and great value for the relatively ok price and the privacy you get, but in about 1-2 years they would need a make-over (the wood, the bath-room, the balconies, etc.), otherwise one could question the prices. But so far, still ok.
- Oh, and for repeat guest, probably the management should think about a little special treatment... At least that's what I'm used to from other hotels... Not just a bottle of Champagne... Something truly like Kauai... just a hint...
In general still a big thumbs up for KoaKea... Again this is for us a sort of like Surf'nTreat holiday... You normally can go out 3 times a day and catch a great surf... the rent mainly softboards, but also a few hardboards, however if you want good material go to Nukomi Surf Shop, just down the beach (left), next to Brennekes Beach Broiler....
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On other thing... Diving on Kauai is an experience, but compared with the Great Barrier reef a bit of a let down... but it's just another way of diving... a lot of endemic species however... see some of the pictures
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- Also Known As:
- Koa Kea Hotel And Resort
- Koa Kea Hotel Poipu
- Koa Kea Resort
- Koa Kea Hotel & Resort Kauai/Poipu