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“2nd time at KoaKea and still satisfied...” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Munich, Germany
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“2nd time at KoaKea and still satisfied...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

What was said in my first review about 2 years ago still mainly holds true today.

The positives:
- 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)

Potential negatives:
- 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....
In case of questions, contact me under aloneonthewall@gmail.com.

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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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Sonora, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

The property, staff, and service of the Koa Kea was excellent. We were surprised that the food was wonderful as well. We would have liked the option to self-park however the valet service was attentive to our needs. We were impressed by the quiet quality of the hotel; truly a place to relax without a crowd. We understand why the hotel is rated #1 on the island of Kauai.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Calgary Alberta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

Pros
Great service, obviously very well managed. I saw the GM every day sitting by the pool spending time with his guests…..nice guy.
Quiet environment.
Fantastic restaurant.
Fantabulous shower head in the bathroom, high volume and high pressure, loved it

Cons
Rooms kind of dark.
Rooms not very large.
Room ceilings are low.
Forced valet parking. Some might consider this a pro, I do not.

We have now stayed at both the Grand Hyatt and the Koa Kea and much prefer the Hyatt at about the same price point.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lawai, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

The Koa Kea has succeeded in delivering a topnotch, romantic getaway on the sunny southside of Kauai, Hawaii. I live on Kauai and try to create reasons to stay there as often as possible. The staff, accomodations, poolside cocktails, oceanfront, proximity to restaurants....all of it...just a great place to go on a honeymoon or to rekindle your marriage. There are other great hotels if you have small children, this is a hip, chic, sexy place to stay....love this hotel.

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  • Stayed May 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

My wife and I recently spent five days in Koa Kea celebrating our wedding anniversary. It was our first trip to Hawaii and we chose Kauai because it seemed a bit rural compared to the other islands which are more built up. We chose this hotel because we wanted something smaller but still high end and were not disappointed. The staff is genuinely friendly and accomodating from the valet parking to the front desk/concierge and everywhere in between. Our package included a $50 per day credit and a full breakfast. The credit went towards a boat trip to the Na Pali Coast and the breakfast was all inclusive and included hot choices and a full buffet. All the bath products were L'Occitane and the bed linens were of the quality expected at a Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons. They upgraded us to an ocean front room and the dinner at Red Salt was excellent as was the service. The rooms were a bit on the small side but we were only there to sleep. There were some children but all well behaved and it is generally more of a hotel for adults as mentioned elsewhere. We visited the Grand Hyatt (down the road) and the St Regis (Princeville) which are large, full scale resorts and were both beautiful and an alternative for those that require that type of experience. I would not hesitate to recommend Koa Kea for those that are looking for a quiet, understated hotel in Kauai that offers high quality, friendly service in a pristine setting.....Take the boat trip to the Na Pali Coast. It gets rocky at one point but the cliffs are magnificent and it is a once in a lifetime experience.

Room Tip: Go for a room with an ocean view or ocean front. That's why you're in Hawaii.
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  • Stayed May 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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Clifton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

To put it simply...we just loved the Koa Kea. After much debating on whether to stay at a mega-resort or a smaller boutique-style hotel, we decided to go where we felt we would receive the most personal service. What a great choice we made! I have stayed at many mega-resorts around the country but have never left them feeling rested and relaxed. Although there were a handful of younger children at the resort, you will quickly realize that the Koa Kea caters towards couples. I can still feel the refreshing breeze enjoying a cocktail around the sparkling pool and the green lawn overlooking the ocean. Don't worry about getting up at 5am to reserve a pool chair for the day...at the Koa Kea, there are plenty of chairs and umbrellas to go around. It never felt crowded. There was never a wait around the pool bar for food or drinks. There was never a wait for the gourmet breakfast at Red Salt. We felt as though we had the whole place to ourselves. We experienced wonderful service from every part of the hotel. The valets, bartenders, wait staff, front desk...all were genuinely happy to make our vacation the best it can be. The stellar reviews this hotel receives is not by chance. They are doing a lot of things the right way.

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  • Stayed May 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

Spent a few days relaxing at Koa Kea after business in Honolulu. Loved it! Splurged on the oceanfront room and were rewarded every time we walked out on the lanai by views of the ever-changing ocean. Room was very comfortable, first class appointments, bathroom had deep tub as well as separate shower. Food on-site was great and staff extremely accommodating. Grounds meticulously maintained with lovely pool and hot tub. Plenty of lounges and shade. Hotel close to other hotels and shopping. On site restaurant, Red Salt, excellent. Easy access to beaches. Easy starting pointWish we could have stayed a little longer!

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  • Stayed May 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 ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Poipu
#1 Romantic Hotel in Poipu
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Poipu
#1 Top resorts 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*
Number of rooms: 121
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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