Koa Kea was a wonderful find for us. A haven in the midst of the timeshare/vacation condo capital of the world! Peaceful, serene, immaculately maintained, luxurious and stylish rooms, excellent Staff. Jamie at the pool was was a delight. Jim at the lounge bar a great Chap and full of insider tips on golf and other activities. Valet and bellhops personable and efficient.The oceanfront was immediately in front of the hotel and then went about another 1/4 mile or so to the NW. It was clean and pretty white sand and the perfect wave action for learning to surf and other activities in the beautiful turquoise water.The chlorine free hotel pool was so nice to float and swim in when we'd had enough salt water.Red Salt for my birthday dinner was a "10"! Appetizers at the bar when we arrived were awesome too. What a great chef they have. We also really liked Bar a cuda in Hanelei or the more casual Dolphin in Hanelei. They were great restaurants too - but we thought Red Salt was the best.Our only "less than 100% perfect "comment is more of a question or a source of puzzlement to us.They had very low occupancy when we first arrived - maybe only a handful of rooms - and early one morning we were the ONLY ones there. (Others could have left to do activites but you get our point).So, why wouldn't the management automatically upgrade their existing guests to a more WOW room location, so we all can't wait to tell all our friends and family about the fantastic Koa Kea.Our partial ocean view room was perfect - except the view was pretty poor. The balconies are not that private and on ours we looked sideways to the ocean over the top of the back of the head of the guy on his balcony next door! HMM! Maybe they could work on making their balconies a little more private if we were being ultra picky! We talked to another couple in the jacuzzi one late afternoon, and they volunteered the same feeling about the urgrade/occupancy situation. Even though they loved the Koa Kea, they left and went to the Priceville St.Regis for their last 2 days on Kauai. They also said they would have stayed on at the Koa Kea had they been offered a room with a better view as a courtesy.Also, by booking through www dot I prefer dot com you get a complimentary upgrade (If Available) or by booking with american express travel stay longer package you can get a choice of freegoodies. One of which is a confirmed room upgrade (NOT based on availability). We did that and we received a slightly better (partial ocean view) room at check-in. Not a wow. I think they are missing the boat on that particular issue, especially as they are fairly low occupancy at this time. It's a beautiful hotel, with an excellent beachfront location, with excellent hotel staff, excellent cleaning staff, (it is as immaculate as a Four Seasons Hotel) and for the $$ we would call it 5 TRIPADVISOR DOTS = EXCELLENT! If there was a 6 dot option for cleanliness and beautifuly maintained grounds and pool area, we would give the KOA Kea a 6.