We stayed at the Koa Kea Hotel for our birthdays in November. We were greeted by friendly staff including the valet (parking is valet only and is included in the resort fee). The outside of the hotel looks a little old, but the rooms are very modern.
-We stayed in a Garden View room, which means a room on the first floor facing away from the pool. The room was very nice and spacious and had excellent amenities. There was a patio area with furniture, and there is a partial view of the ocean.
-Concierge was very helpful and booked excursions for us.
-We ate at Red Salt for breakfast - breakfast was delicious every morning. The coffee is smooth. The staff there knew us by name and where we sat the previous day (even staff who didn't serve us).
-There is excellent snorkeling off shore in front of the hotel. Get in at the sandy beach to the right, or walk left on the boardwalk until it ends and get in the water there. We saw lots of fish and a couple sea turtles.
-The hot tub is really nice. Temperature is perfect. We did not swim in the pool.
-We did a stand up paddle board excursion with Outfitters Kauai, booked through the hotel. The excursion was pricey but was worth it. We paddled down a river, then did a hike and zip lined into a pond. The guides were excellent, but take what they say with a grain of salt - for example, they make statements like "Noni cures cancer" which might offend some people.
-We took a helicopter tour of the island through Blue Hawaiian, also booked through the hotel. Would definitely recommend this.
-The hotel is walking distance from Poipu Village. Eat at Puka Dog, the veggie dog is delicious.
-There is another shopping village nearby that has Uncle's Shave Ice and Lappert's ice cream.
-The hotel is quiet, and there were only a few children. This made it more relaxing.
-No issues with the wifi.
-Staff including valet has great recommendations for places to visit/eat/etc.
Things to know:
-Upgrading to a partial ocean view would not have made much of a difference - it's the same room, just one floor up. You can easily see into the rooms facing the pool and the ocean. I'm glad we didn't upgrade.
-We did not get the breakfast buffet bc it seemed like standard continental fare. Instead we ordered a la carte. The pancakes were my favorite. Eggs benedict was also good.
-We ate at the bar area of Red Salt for dinner/snack one night - crab cakes were great, and the blended beverage (can't remember the name) was good but low on alcohol.
-I would recommend wearing water shoes when getting in the ocean. There are lots of rocks and sea urchins.
-We didn't use fins the first day we snorkeled and got pretty tired swimming back to shore - there is a strong current. We rented fins from Snorkel Bobs the next day and ended up buying our rentals - very comfortable. I wouldn't rent gear from the hotel bc they charge a lot per hour.
-You might get a better deal at this hotel by booking on Orbitz like we did (booked flight, hotel, and car), but you probably won't be offered a room upgrade if you book through a 3rd party (not a problem for us).
-Da Imu Hut is a great place for Hawaiian food. Also recommend Brick Oven Pizza. You have to drive to get there.
Overall this was one of our favorite hotels, and we will definitely be back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Koa Kea Hotel Poipu
- Koa Kea Hotel And Resort
- Koa Kea Resort
- Koa Kea Hotel & Resort Kauai/Poipu