We chose the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort for our first visit to Kauai. This was an excellent choice; influenced by the reviews on TripAdvisor. Upon arrival, we were upgraded to an Ocean View room; a wonderful surprise that made the stay even more special. After checking in, we were given the grand tour of the property and our room. The room was decorated in a trendy/earthy décor and was extremely fresh & clean. The bathroom was large and included a sizable shower with rainfall feature. One full wall of the room was a sliding glass door, which opened to a spacious lanai. The lanai included a chaise lounger and a small table with 2 chairs. Every morning, we could view surfers shreddin’ waves without even getting out of bed! We also saw spinner dolphins and a few whales spouting right from our lanai. If we didn’t have any activities planned, it would have been a perfect place to lounge for days on end. The hotel is quiet and well run (especially compared to the Marriott next door, which was full of people and noisy). We were greeted by the Inn Keeper one day as we were headed out for a walk. He shook our hands and said he was pleased that we chose to stay at Koa Kea. The only downside to this hotel is the mandatory valet parking. We prefer to have access to our car without needing to ask someone to retrieve it, then obliging with a tip each time. It got a little old, especially if we just wanted to run to Starbucks and back.
We loved the Nespresso coffee machine in the room. I would have to agree that it would have been nice to have the supply replenished daily. They only give you enough for a few small cups per person but the flavor is quite excellent, especially compared to in-room coffees at other hotels. We had breakfast at Red Salt one morning. The atmosphere was fair. The service was good. The food was decent. But there were only 3 tables seated that morning and we were all clustered close together. I think the restaurant should spread guests out a little more when possible & maybe play background music. It might add to the ambiance. We also did not think there were enough items offered for the breakfast buffet, so we ordered from the menu.
During our stay, we enjoyed room service twice from Red Salt (dinner/breakfast). I highly recommend this experience. For dinner, we both ordered a large green salad with pita bread & hummus. Then we split the marinated tofu sandwich and each had a dessert sampler. It was one of the best meals we had during our stay. For breakfast, we ordered the continental breakfast with fruit. This included an assortment of mini muffins and croissants with cinnamon butter along with a large bowl of fresh kiwi, melon & berries. The Kauai Roastery Coffee was delicious as well. We ate both of these meals on the lanai, which was relaxing & private.
This was a great place to stay during the rainy season, as our friends stayed in Princeville during the same week and battled “sideways” rain and rough water conditions for most of their vacation. The Koa Kea is located on Kauai’s south side, which was sunny & dry with only a temporary sprinkle during our visit. Our friends ended up driving south a few days to get away from all the rain on the north shore. The grounds of the hotel were very well maintained, including the pool area, which was never crowded. There is a small beach in front of the hotel with fairly shallow water or you can to use expanded stretches of Po’ipu Beach on either side. One of the highlights of our trip was sighting a monk seal twice. The first time was right on the hotel beach after we came back from dinner one night. He was snoozing under the stars on a little sandy inlet. The second sighting was 2 days later in the morning at Po’ipu Beach Park. The volunteers did a great job with making sure that visitors kept their distance so he could sun himself.
We would definitely stay at the Koa Kea again & will recommend it to friends & family who are staying on the south shore of Kauai.
- 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 And Resort
- Koa Kea Hotel Poipu
- Koa Kea Resort
- Koa Kea Hotel & Resort Kauai/Poipu