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“Beautiful hotel, great restaurant” 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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Romance Getaway
Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Poipu
New York, NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Beautiful hotel, great restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We loved our stay at the Koa Kea. Everyone was so nice and the service was spectacular. We had an oceanfront room with a lanai, which was amazing. The bed was super comfortable and luxurious, the shower was amazing (sounds silly but it was a daily pleasure), the coffee in the room was great, and being right in front of the ocean and seeing sunrises and sunsets was spectacular. I loved how they don't try to nickel and dime you the whole time you are there (e.g., there are some reasonably priced wines on the menu, snorkel gear rental was super cheap, and breakfast was included in our room price.)

I would definitely come back to this hotel.

As an aside, the 4 stars on the otherwise 5 star breakfast was that they didn't have real maple syrup. It was weird to be eating these luxurious breakfasts with that nasty corn syrupy stuff with fake maple flavor. Small detail on an otherwise amazing stay.

One note: we paid more for this hotel than I have ever paid for a hotel in my life, so I can't really speak to the value per se.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Koa Kea is tucked in between the much larger Marriott and Sheraton resorts and every time you pass by these others you're reminded how nice and peaceful the resort is. Beautiful little beach that is nice and quiet right in front. If you prefer more activity, Poipu beach is within 5 min walking distance.
Classy rooms, high service, valet parking and great restaurant (Red Salt). Poipu is actually a very good location as majority of Napali coast tours depart from the southern part of the island as well as the entrance to Waimea canyon. Further Poipu provides some nice shopping possibilities. Would certainly stay here again.

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  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Monroe, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful location, very attentive, friendly staff. Personal feeling while be a beautiful clean and modern establishment. The rooms are great. None of them are far from the courtyard, beach or front desk. I would like to have seen some additional causal items on the 24 hour menu. Overall, I would highly recommend the Koa Kea!

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stayed at Koa Kea for 4 days dring our honeymoon. The hotel staff were amazing, from the minute we arrived and were personally shown to our room to the moment we checked out and our bags were loaded into the car for us.

Breakfasts were amazing, the wait staff were friendly and enthusiastic, and dinner at Red Salt was incredible!! We also recieved a bottle of champagne on our first night there in honour of our honeymoon.

We absolutely loved our time here. Will absolutely be back as soon as possible!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Relaxation, comfort, friendliness. Excellent food, understated classy ambiance. If this sounds attractive, than Koa Kea is your place. A calm oasis. The North Shore is an hour and a half away, but coming back to the peasce of Koa Kea makes the trip worthwhile.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Philadelphia
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20 hotel reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I celebrate (hid from?) my 40th birthday at Koa Kea. While making our reservation by phone, I confessed this tidbit to the reservation agent (.... whose name is escaping me... thanks 40.. which is unfortunate because he was just so very friendly, funny, and engaging). From the start, 6000 miles away, our experience was wonderful.

Upon check in, the welcoming employees upgraded us to an ocean front room. What a beautiful surprise! As if that were not enough, a few minutes after my husband and I settled in, a knock on the door announced a complimentary bottle of champagne, and a most unexpected birthday card. After 5 days in the hustle and bustle of Honolulu and Waikiki, Koa Kea offered us the peace and beauty of Kauai, together with the true aloha spirit.

The room was clean, comfortable, and relaxing -- everything we needed! We were close to the beach. There were no children (that we saw) at the resort, making it particularly relaxing and quiet. We had one meal (breakfast) at the Red Salt, which was lovely. All of the service was amazing, the valet employees and concierge were helpful without being the least bit pushy, and my husband and I enjoyed our stay more than I can express in this review. We will certainly be back!

  • Stayed October 2013, 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 November 14, 2013

Koa Kea is a botique-type hotel and is currently the newest/most-recently renovated hotel on the island.

This is the best place we've ever stayed. Ever.

To me, it's all the little things that make Koa Kea head and shoulders above any other place we've stayed and has put them on many of "Best hotels in the US" and "Best hotels in World" lists (check out their awards page!!!)

It's things like:
- Turn-down service
- The WSJ and local paper hanging from the door every morning
- $50 food credit every day
- Unbelievably delicious breakfast included every day (including room service!)
- The staff called us by name starting the very first day! And have offered many excellent recommendations of places to go and places to eat on the island.
- Bath robes.
- In-room Nescafe espresso maker.
- As it was our honeymoon, we had a free upgrade as well as a beautiful bouquet of flowers and bottle of champagne delivered to our room!
- Marble bathrooms with dual shower heads, separate toilet room, and large soaking tub complete with designer-brand toiletries, bath salts, flat screen tv mounted in the bathroom...
- The best food on the island is at Red Salt, the in-house restaurant.

The list really goes on and on, but those are some of the highlights.

We had an oceanfront king room, which was certainly not cheap, but holy crap - watching the sun set over the ocean from your bed every day --- it just doesn't get old. Falling asleep/waking up to the sound of crashing waves is just.... the feeling is almost indescribable.

Now, not everywhere is perfect, we did have one minor quibble: the AC is a little loud and if you set it below 68 it causes the unit to fault (we figured this out after three staff trips to our room).

Some final notes to help make up your mind: this is essentially an "adults-only" resort. No kids. It is sooooo relaxing, soooo quiet. Sure the Hyatt is "grand", but honestly, Kauai is a quiet relaxing island, shouldn't you treat yourself to a matching accommodation? Koa Kea BY FAR is by far the best decision we made the entire trip. This place is just unbelievable.

But don't just take my word for it, take the word of many world-renowned publications:
http://www.koakea.com/press/awards/

ps: We are not employees or at all affiliated with the place. We just want you to have as an amazing time as we did when you come to Kauai.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 Romantic Hotel in Poipu
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Poipu
#1 Luxury 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*
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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