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Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
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“Perfect quiet getaway”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Loved the location and the peacefullness. Most people with children stay at the Marriott next door so the pool was quiet and relaxing. The location was within walking distance of good snokelling, beaches and restaurants. If we get the chance to go to Kaui i again we will stay at the Koa Kea.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

We stayed at the Koa Kea back in September for about a week. The hotel was absolutely amazing! I loved the decor as well as the grounds itself - the location was great as well. Everyone onsite was so welcoming and accommodating, and everything was just as I expected to be at a luxury resort. The only drawback is the limited restaurant options, but there are other choices close by. I would love to go back!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Jackson, Wyoming
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Reviewed December 6, 2012 via mobile

What makes it incredible is the service and staff members -- and of course the location! After my birthday celebration 3 years ago when the hotel first opened, I was so happy this year to be greeted by most of the same friendly staff. The Innkeeper, Chris Steuri, makes a point each day of welcoming you. We appreciated being taken directly to our room by a staff member from the front desk as she was so friendly and informative. Sharolyn Kawakami was again very helpful in picking out the rooms for us and explaining the many packages the hotel has to offer. The Food and Beverage Manager, Paul Koulbanis, is always ready to help set up special tables for our larger dinner parties and get togethers at the bar. Paul makes the restaurant come alive with his outgoing personality and attention to detail. A standout soup was the warm Hamakua Mushroom Bisque and the Roasted Kalaheo Beet salad was delicious too. A really fun spot to spend the evening. The sushi on Friday night was a new addition for us and what a treat! But not to be missed is the Prime New York steak and egg breakfast--the best! A relaxing area by the lovely pool--Jamie Fain at the pool bar couldn't have been nicer to us. She made sure a special bottle of wine I had requested was in the cooler even on her day off! We can't wait to return next year!!

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2012

Always confused between hyatt and koa kea, finally did both but so glad we spent our first 2 days here. What an amazing way to start the honeymoon, truly felt like ahoneymoon here rather than Hyatt which felt like a fun trip
Ambience- so romantic, they greeted us with a bouquet, champagne, amazingly comfortable beds (the best i have seen) and great egyptian sheets
Service- beyong excellent, I travel all over the world...servce is always better in asia and middle east, this stands at par, the best service I have experienced in the US
Location- was great, ur right over water whcih no hotel can give u, this is TRULY ocean view unlike most others
Food- the service of getting food delivered in ur room to ur balcony is great, we did that every morning and had a romantic candle light in the room. BUT, because its only 1 restarant, that gets very boring and limited so u need to go out
Activities- not much, its all about adults, no kids just for romance to relax and go to the beach. Pool not so impressive
Beach- quite rocky and not to swim or snorkle but great to surf
Price- quite high but we found a good deal, worth for atleast a short stay

Overall, loved it

Room Tip: Ocian deluxe is the best experience but pricy, see what fits ur budget
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We stayed at the Koa Kea Hotel for our birthdays in November. We were greeted by friendly staff including the valet (parking is valet only and is included in the resort fee). The outside of the hotel looks a little old, but the rooms are very modern.

Pros:
-We stayed in a Garden View room, which means a room on the first floor facing away from the pool. The room was very nice and spacious and had excellent amenities. There was a patio area with furniture, and there is a partial view of the ocean.
-Concierge was very helpful and booked excursions for us.
-We ate at Red Salt for breakfast - breakfast was delicious every morning. The coffee is smooth. The staff there knew us by name and where we sat the previous day (even staff who didn't serve us).
-There is excellent snorkeling off shore in front of the hotel. Get in at the sandy beach to the right, or walk left on the boardwalk until it ends and get in the water there. We saw lots of fish and a couple sea turtles.
-The hot tub is really nice. Temperature is perfect. We did not swim in the pool.
-We did a stand up paddle board excursion with Outfitters Kauai, booked through the hotel. The excursion was pricey but was worth it. We paddled down a river, then did a hike and zip lined into a pond. The guides were excellent, but take what they say with a grain of salt - for example, they make statements like "Noni cures cancer" which might offend some people.
-We took a helicopter tour of the island through Blue Hawaiian, also booked through the hotel. Would definitely recommend this.
-The hotel is walking distance from Poipu Village. Eat at Puka Dog, the veggie dog is delicious.
-There is another shopping village nearby that has Uncle's Shave Ice and Lappert's ice cream.
-The hotel is quiet, and there were only a few children. This made it more relaxing.
-No issues with the wifi.
-Staff including valet has great recommendations for places to visit/eat/etc.

Things to know:
-Upgrading to a partial ocean view would not have made much of a difference - it's the same room, just one floor up. You can easily see into the rooms facing the pool and the ocean. I'm glad we didn't upgrade.
-We did not get the breakfast buffet bc it seemed like standard continental fare. Instead we ordered a la carte. The pancakes were my favorite. Eggs benedict was also good.
-We ate at the bar area of Red Salt for dinner/snack one night - crab cakes were great, and the blended beverage (can't remember the name) was good but low on alcohol.
-I would recommend wearing water shoes when getting in the ocean. There are lots of rocks and sea urchins.
-We didn't use fins the first day we snorkeled and got pretty tired swimming back to shore - there is a strong current. We rented fins from Snorkel Bobs the next day and ended up buying our rentals - very comfortable. I wouldn't rent gear from the hotel bc they charge a lot per hour.
-You might get a better deal at this hotel by booking on Orbitz like we did (booked flight, hotel, and car), but you probably won't be offered a room upgrade if you book through a 3rd party (not a problem for us).
-Da Imu Hut is a great place for Hawaiian food. Also recommend Brick Oven Pizza. You have to drive to get there.

Overall this was one of our favorite hotels, and we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rochester, NY
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

Koa Kea is a small, older, but very upscale hotel somewhat hidden by the Marriott in Poipu (south side of Kauai). It's part of the Preferred Hotel chain and worth that exclusivity. We stayed here for four days after staying 5 at the Grand Wailea (Waldorf Astoria) in Maui, and we would definitely come back to the Koa Kea before the GW. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly from the front desk to restaurant, even the valet staff knows where to go for dinner, and fun. The restaurant is highly rated, and deserves it. Both service and food were outstanding! Environment was relaxed, yet extremely professional. Pool and beach were just what we thought Hawaii should be. Kauai is more pastoral and lush than the other islands, but still plenty to do. Drive to Hanalei and have lunch at the Mediterranean Gourmet, on the beach past the town. Perfect setting. Waimea Canyon was spectacular.

If you can afford it (it's not cheap), definitely stay at Koa Kea rather than the bigger names on Kauai.

Room Tip: Partial Ocean View is fine as the view is almost the same as the full ocean view
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vienna Region, Austria
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

We just spent several nights at Koa Kea and we couldn’t have enjoyed it more than we did. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are nicely designed, the atmosphere is very private and the staff is extremely friendly. No matter what we asked them, they were always happy to help. When coming back from a day trip we were always welcomed by the valet guys. They were extremely nice. The restaurant offers delicious breakfast and the dinner is great too. Maybe the menu could be a bit larger. We went to the Hyatt to have dinner at some Italian restaurant (very disappointing) and once we had seen the large resort over there, we were so happy to get back to the much more personal Koa Kea as fast as possible. We want to come back asap!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
Address: 2251 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9534
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu > Koloa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Poipu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Poipu
#1 Romantic Hotel in Poipu
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Poipu
#3 Business Hotel in Poipu
#5 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):
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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