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“Koa Kea: You are a delight!” 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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Lanai, Hawaii
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“Koa Kea: You are a delight!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2010

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.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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jacksonville, fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

This hotel has it all! Great location, rooms, service, and food. The service is outstanding. Everyone is great, but I want to mention a few - Alan and John at the front desk, Gabrielle, Paris and Nancy at Red Salt, and Dan at the pool bar. They truly made our stay perfect. Chef Ronnie's creations were truly amazing. Every night we felt like we were having a personal chef create our dining experience. (Some of our favorites were the lemon coconut souffle pancakes and the NY steak.) The room was perfect - the espresso machine was a fabulous touch. The location can't be beat either. The South shore weather is so much better than the North Shore. I've stayed at many properties (including numerous Four Seasons), and this hotel has it all!! That is why it was the best place that I ever stayed. 5 stars all the way! .

  • Stayed May 2009, 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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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

Returned on March 21 from our six night stay at the Koa Kea, marking our first trip to Kauai. My husband and I were overly pleased with the hotels style, cleanliness and warm staff. Every detail of our stay was given great attention from valet service to concierge. The location of the hotel lends itself to a beautiful beach, excellent restaurants and shops, all within a short walk or drive. The rooms are very clean and the bed is extremely comfortable. The staff truly caters to your every whim and make you feel like you've known them forever. I highly recommend the Koa Kea over any other resort on the island. Take the surfing lesson!

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

Wow. So many reviews already capture what is great about this hotel, and my husband and I wholeheartedly agree with the glowing reviews.

What we loved:
-The location: Poi'pu was gorgeous. The beach right outside Koa Kea had the best sand and snorkeling we found (especially compared to the overrated North Shore). We rented our snorkel sets from the kiosk at the hotel--it was quick, convenient, and much cheaper than booking a snorkeling tour.
-The service: From the guided tour at check-in to the thorough housekeeping and no-fuss valet parking throughout the stay, we were very pleased with the service. Everyone was friendly and helpful without being stuffy.
-The room: We stayed in a garden-view room. We could walk to the beach to see the ocean in less than a minute and the garden-view was much more reasonably priced for us. The room opened up to a small patio, perfect for breakfast in the morning. The bed was beyond dreamy with amazingly soft bedding. Overall, the room was perfect.
-Red Salt: We had a great dinner at Red Salt the first evening we were there. It had fresher, tastier entrees than the other high-end restaurants around Poi'pu and had better atmosphere.

If we have any complaints, it is only about breakfast. They are stingy with the in-room coffee (only six complimentary, and we were there five nights) and the breakfast options are few and are expensive. We went to a nearby market and picked up our own yogurt and fruit for breakfast (they have a fridge in the room).

Overall, one of the best hotel experiences we've had--we highly recommend this small gem of a hotel!

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2010

We had a wonderful stay at the Koa Kea. I visited with my husband and my twin sons, age 11. We all had a magnificent time! This is the place to be if you're looking for a relaxing getaway but still want to have fun. We love boutique hotels, and our experience here was warm and welcoming and personal. The rooms are gorgeous... the beds are incredible... so comfortable, fresh and new. We were in an ocean front room, which are the best views in the place. I'd definitely try to stay in the ocean front. The other rooms still have nice views but many face the pool courtyard. The location is terrific... steps from the beach. Everything was very easy. We managed to have a vacation with our kids, but also relax. We highly recommend this hotel to those who don't like the Disneyland atmosphere of larger hotels and resorts. This place is heaven!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Colorado, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2010

We stayed at the Koa Kea based on the many glowing reviews on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed. We booked an oceanfront room on the 3rd floor and had an unobstructed view of the ocean. The room is somewhat small but has very comfortable beds, fine linens, and a modern bathroom with plush towels and lovely toiletries. A small balcony allowed us to sit outside. Our rate included breakfast at the Red Salt (on site), and we found the eggs benedict to be the best ever! Also the small, crisp, homemade croissants were superb. We also ate dinner at the Red Salt, and although the menu isn't extensive, it offered enough choices, and in our opinion the fish was more excellently prepared than at the Beach House Restaurant. We also enjoyed lunch by the pool, again with excellent food. Everyone on staff was helpful and cheerful and we found the service exceptional. If you like a small hotel, personal attention, and all-round excellence, this is the place for you!

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

We had a fabulous stay at the Koa Kea for 6 nights in March. We found the hotel via Trip Advisor and couldn't believe the comments; well it certainly lived up to expectations. The hotel has been rebuilt in a very sympathetic style, with a good choice of modern and spacious accomodation. You will get what you pay for with some of the better rooms and it would be worthwhile securing an ocean view. The location is nestled between the Marriott and Sheraton and beats its neighbours hands down. You front onto the beach and it's a fabulous view across the ocean from the gardens. The staff are all very polite and helpful, nothing is too much trouble and they truly make you feel like a guest. Location is good, but you will need a car to get around at least for a couple of days. There are some small boutiques within a 10min walk and a few restaurants, but they are very busy and close quite early (at least for us living in London). You can also get food for breakfast, lunch etc at the general store or Starbucks and indeed the Marriott Marketplace next door. The hotel has an excellent a la carte restaurant but it is not cheap and a reasonably small menu, but that's not a criticism - if you want something a little lighter then you will need to venture out in the evenings. The Resort Fee is a minor irritation especially if you don't use the car each day (valet parking only) or PC in your room. There is a small Fitness Centre which has new equipment. There is a laundry room where you can wash and dry clothes for a small charge; we found this very useful as travelling for a few weeks. You get 2 complimentary bottles of water upon arrival but only a smaller one is replenished daily. The staff are quite happy however to provide water during the day at the pool bar. You will only receive a small complimentary supply of coffee too, which is quite unusual. This hotel makes for a very relaxing stay and the quality of accomodation, location and staff make this a place you will enjoy staying at and will want to return.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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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 Top resorts Hotel in Poipu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Poipu
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Poipu
#3 Family Hotel in Poipu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Koa Kea Hotel & Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 121
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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