When we arrived, one day after the grand opening, we were awe-struck upon entering the hotel. The Koa Kea is designed to impress with its clean & contemporary stye - elegant, yet understated and very comfortable. White leather sofas with jolts of colourful toss cushions, exquisite shell themed lighting, everywhere you gazed in the 'great room' styled check-in area lounge, bar and Red Salt Restaurant was a visual treat.
Guests arrive at the hotel to an awaiting valet and never have to park or retrieve their car again. A quick call to the desk, any time of day and your ride was waiting for you. Upon arriving we realized that we would be challenged to actually want to leave the resort over the course of the next 7 days. ALL staff were gracious, helpful and absolutely thrilled to be at your service after months of training prior to opening. The Poipu Beach setting is spectacular and as close to the sea as you can get without getting wet.
Lunch is served at the thatched roof open air bar at the lovely pool and hot tub. Breakfast and dinner are at the Red Salt Restaurant with its innovative, artfully presented cuisine. All menu items caught or produced locally. We ate many meals at both places and were never disappointed.
The small but chic spa is lovely though we didn't take advantage of the many treatment options available. The fitness facility is well equipped with plenty of machines (though our daily tennis schedule meant that we didn't take advantage of this either) Shopping is at a small gift shop adjacent to the lobby.
We received the opening special upgrade from garden view to a stunning ocean view room, however upon arriving to our room, it was discovered that the flat-screen TV was malfunctional. We were thrilled to discover that we would be further upgraded to an ocean front room. Imagine being able to go to sleep to the sounds of the sea, sleeping on the most luxurious bed, with down-filled mattress topper, down pillows, and decadent high thread count, Egyptian cotton linens.
The sumptuous bathroom provided large marble stall showers, dual shower heads (one rain shower).
The stunning contemporary design found in the beautiful lobby, lounge and restaurant carried over to the guest rooms. We were able to view several of the rooms at Koa Kea and all were uniquely designed and beautiful. All in-room amenities and services that you would find in a 5 star hotel were found at Koa Kea.
We found the Koa Kea by chance surfing the web and no reviews were available yet while we were researching our trip to Kaua'i, but this was the best chance encounter outcome that we could have ever imagined. We only intended to stay 4 nights but lengthened our stay to 7. Here's hoping that the beautiful experience we've had this past trip will be repeated when we return in the future. Thanks to all staff, keep up the great work. Mahalo, Mary & George