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Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden

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97802 Overseas Hwy Mm 98, Key Largo, FL 33037-2229
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
Updated 11/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 11/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 16 in Key Largo
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.9
Value
4.4
Travelers' Choice
GreenLeaders Silver level
Owned and operated by the same family since 1991 and a "Fodor’s Choice" selection since 2009, Kona Kai is a magical hideaway, teeming with the natural beauty of old Key Largo and hand polished into one of the most exclusive resorts in the Florida Keys. With all new accommodations in 2013, Kona Kai is reserved for adults. Offering highly praised personalized concierge service, Kona Kai is regularly recommended by leading travel publications and websites. Since the 2011 addition of "The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai," registered guests enjoy our gardens day and night! Kona Kai is a classic Keys experience; the perfect alternative if you're seeking to avoid the crowds and formality of a big resort.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Breakfast buffet
Beach
Diving
Adults only
BBQ facilities
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Tennis court
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Kitchenette
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
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Quiet
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English
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Eric T wrote a review Jun 14
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This resort is immaculate, tropical and well run. The staff was professional and willing to do anything to make my stay comfortable. I felt like this was “old Florida “ at its finest. The sunsets were priceless, there are dozens of restaurants nearby, the best review I can give is to say I’ll be back, in fact, I’ve already made a reservation for next year.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Michelle O wrote a review Jun 12
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Very impressed by this location. Beautiful location, close to literally anything you need. The paddle boards and kayaks were included and so much fun! Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a lovely and not resort type fun!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Kristy L wrote a review Jun 3
Greensboro, North Carolina5 contributions
My husband and I visited Kona Kai while Key hopping for our 25th wedding anniversary in May. This is the cutest little resort ever and the staff is the friendliest we've encountered. They are so kind and gave us lots of suggestions for restaurants and made our reservations for us. The resort is quiet and tranquil. The garden is beautiful and beach is private. The pool is small, but nice and there are shady areas to relax in. Grab a book and read in the hammock on the beach. Rooms are like small apartments with a living area and full kitchen. This worked great for us as he's a morning person and I'm a night owl. Highly recommend doing a jet sky tour while you're there. The island is beautiful and by water is a great way to take it all in. If you are looking for a quaint little resort with super friendly staff, Kona Kai is the place for you.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Shannon Powers wrote a review May 2022
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Ballyhoos across the street is just delicious, service with kindness. I was staying in Pomelo. smallest room in the house but just perfect for me and my boyfriend. PS: make sure you ask to see Hope. she’s the furry desk associate. 🐶
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Lisa Steuben wrote a review May 2022
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What a fabulous experience, form guest services to the comfort of the room. Walking distance to Ballyhoos with amazing fresh fish and salads, we ate there everyday after watching the stunning sunsets from the private pier. A much do can’t wait to go back the spot for me in the keys!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Paula H wrote a review May 2022
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From the moment I booked our trip with Kathryn, we were treated like royalty! She even called me later with recommendations for hotels at our other destinations in the Keys (we stayed at both and were very happy!) We had to reschedule due to Covid, but they remembered us like it was yesterday. From our "welcome home" at Reception with Zee to our check out, we loved Kona Kai. The accommdations were beautiful and you could tell they maintained everything carefully (not so at many other places after Covid) and the property overall was pristine. Cannot say enough about the pool, shaded lounge chairs and the VIEW--sunsets to die for from the private dock every evening. We never travel like this and were just so pleased with everything Kathryn, Zee and DeeDee offered to us.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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esmerelda12 wrote a review May 2022
San Diego, CA42 contributions33 helpful votes
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My husband and I just returned from a blissful week spent at the Kona Kai. Everything on this resort property fits us perfectly. We love that it’s mostly couples staying here. The peace and relaxation offered, the beauty, the location, the kind and dedicated staff, and so much else are so amazing. Kathryn and Dee Dee were so welcoming and accommodating for all our needs. The staff kept the grounds well cared for and were delightful while being careful to not intrude. It’s clear that there are high standards for every aspect of your guest experience. Our suite was like a small house with every conceivable amenity available. It was so incredibly spacious, comfortable, and beautifully decorated. There was a lovely reading chair in front of the windows so I could alternately read and enjoy the changing colors across the bay. We loved being able to alternate swims in the bay with dips in the pool and jacuzzi. The body’s relaxation deepens with each day spent at the Kona Kai. There is a remarkable sense of time slowing while every lasting iota of stress simply melts away. Bravo, Kona Kai! As you know, we are coming back next year for more of your charm and elegance, and we cannot wait!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Jimmy J wrote a review May 2022
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Well very Disappointed from costumer service. To expensive plus overrated. Save that money and book at the holiday Inn. Overall for excitement you have a Dennys egh..always feels like you are being watched. Weird...easy pass for me!!! Shame on you guys!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Jessica W wrote a review May 2022
Kennebunkport, Maine8 contributions3 helpful votes
This was the perfect spot for a getaway in the keys. Grounds are stunning, rooms are immaculate, the whole property is full of lush character. Kona Kai provides a real boutique experience that is unmatched in the Keys. The ladies who hosted us were warm and welcoming… and our only regret was that we couldn’t stay longer!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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carrieconboy wrote a review Apr 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania1 contribution
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From the second that we stepped foot onto this gorgeous property, we immediately relaxed into the beautiful environment. After spending two days in Miami, this was the exact medicine that the doctor ordered. Our accommodations were lovely and beautifully decorated with wonderful amenities and we really appreciated having a kitchen, coffee maker, toaster, microwave and oven. There is also an awesome water and ice dispenser in the middle of the property so that you can fill up your water bottle whenever you choose. The owner and staff were extremely gracious and accommodating and went out of their way to make recommendations and find out any information that we needed. Finally, the grounds and resort are stunning. Every inch of this property is just beautiful and you can really create your own unique experience depending on whether you want to relax or partake in activities. We cannot wait to come back!!!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
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PRICE RANGE
$359 - $400 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
kona kai resort & gallery hotel key largo, kona kai resort and gallery
LOCATION
United StatesFloridaFlorida KeysKey Largo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden
Which popular attractions are close to Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden?
Nearby attractions include African Queen Canal Cruise (0.2 miles), Shell World Florida Keys (0.3 miles), and The Art Box (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sal's Ballyhoo's Historic Seafood Grille, Sol By The Sea, and Denny's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.