My husband and I recently enjoyed a 6 night stay at the Koa Kea. Located nestled between the Marriott and the Plantation, it's a bit tricky to find. Look for the little blue signs after you make the turn into the entrance. Location is great. Very close to shops and restaurants (with a number within walking distance). Beaches are just slightly off to the right and the left of the resort, which is nice because people aren't parked right in front as you enjoy lounging on the chairs by the pool. Amazing sunset views! Resort is spotless and very well maintained. Every single staff member we encountered was pleasant, helpful and eager to assist in anyway possible. I even asked if they had a noisy fan I could borrow as white noise (my husband snores) because the rooms were so quiet ... and they did even better!! They produced a portable sound machine with different options (waves, rain, birds, etc.). Amazing and worked like a charm!
The pool is small, but the resort wasn't overcrowded so it didn't matter. No kids around during most of our stay, although we did notice a number of babies arriving near the end and a couple with a rather noisy toddler checked in beside us for the night. Can definitely hear through the walls and the lanais are not private. Rooms are clean, bed is fantastically comfortable and bathrooms are gorgeous. Food at Red Salt and the poolside bar was delicious. Lunch was a good value compared to local restaurants.
Not sure why there are a couple of negative reviews on here (no one had to pay for chairs/umbrellas while we were there). If you're looking for a big resort, Koa Kea is not for you. It's advertised as a boutique hotel, which is exactly what it is. If you're looking for a smaller hotel with excellent service, clean comfortable rooms, a gym, pool, hot tub, laundry facilities, small fridge and a good location in Poipu, then the Koa Kea is for you. We stayed in #342, which is at the end of the hall with an ocean view.
We highly recommend the Koa Kea. Thank you to all the staff who made our stay so enjoyable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Encounter the golden beaches of Ko`a Kea Hotel & Resort, an upscale 121-room boutique oceanfront property in sunny Poipu on Kauai's south shore. This intimate and romantic Hawaiian resort offers the island's closest hotel accommodations to the water, complemented by award-winning service that is both highly personalized and personable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koa Kea Hotel Poipu
- Koa Kea Hotel And Resort
- Koa Kea Resort
- Koa Kea Hotel & Resort Kauai/Poipu