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Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 14, 2013

We could not have asked for a more perfect stay in Kauai. This is a fantastic resort. Very small, friendly staff who are excellent all around. Not a lot of kids which was a huge bonus for us. Beautiful romantic rooms, great grounds, perfect views. Red Salt the restaurant served us many excellent meals- breakfasts are included and are also good. This is the only place I would stay on Kauai.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

This was our 5th trip to Koa Kea, we had a wonderful time as usual. We love the cozy hotel. Everyone of the staff are excellent, you feel like home. They go out of their way to help in any
way. Will book any sites you may want to visit. We have traveled all over the island, gone to the Farmers Markets, art shows, orchid exhibits. Even when we feel we have explored as much as
possible, we will still return to this Hotel again and again.

Room Tip: there are many rooms all have a wonderful ocean view and of the pool and cabana
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We stayed there for a fortnight for our recent honeymoon. Fantastic staff throughout, all friendly and very helpful. Right on the beach, and a short walk to the Poipu shops where there's a great bar. Would strongly recommend.

Room Tip: We went partial sea view and were happy with the room. It didn't face the lawn, so was quieter i...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Great resort. Beautiful rooms and grounds. Staff is great. Awesome service.
Nice and quiet too. Not a lot of kids. Better resort for couples than families. Beach right out front with good snorkeling. Great pool bar with nice strong drinks. Best resort in Poipu for a quiet, romantic getaway.
If you're staying on the South Side of Kauai, and you're a couple, this is the resort for you.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

If you're going to Kauai, you'll want to stay here. Book the room, then come back and finish the review. Go ahead, I'll wait...
Ko'a Kea is what you hope for from every hotel. Calm and quiet, very clean, modern and sophisticated. They do room service in the morning and turn-down service in the evening. Every night my new wife and I came back to a room with the radio on quietly playing Hawaiian music and a fresh bottle of water chilling on ice. Because it was our honeymoon, they even sent a bottle of champagne to us on our first night with a little card. Do I need to say more?
The location of the hotel is really ideal; it's a 2-minute walk to the famous (and kid-friendly (and good snorkeling)) Poipu beach. The fact that it's not ON said beach is what makes the difference though. You can relax on the hotel lawn that faces the ocean and not hear kids screaming and parents screaming at their kids to stop screaming...
Finally, the Red Salt restaurant in the hotel is amazing. If you can get a deal with breakfast everyday, there's no reason to eat anywhere else. Also, they've got sushi nights in the lobby from Tuesday through... Friday?... I'd highly recommend that as well. That was the best night we spent there.

Room Tip: Get a room that faces the courtyard or ocean.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Forgot to create this review when we got back so it's a bit late.

We stayed at Koa Kea for 3 nights in October 2013. I bought a voucher at an auction that included breakfast and one dinner for a very reasonable price. We had stayed on Oahu for 5 nights and 2 nights at a hotel in Ka'paa and thought we would use Koa Kea for some relaxing before heading home.

I would say we were VERY satisfied from beginning to end. We arrived very early, around 11 AM just to see where it was and the valets said since you are here why don't you see if your room is ready. We did and it was, so they let us check in right away.

The check in was nice, one of the clerks greeted us and asked us to have a seat in the lobby while she pulled our info. She was very nice, unfortunately I don't remember her name. Lobby was very inviting and comfy, very airy. She came back and gave us our packet and walked us around the courtyard to show us the grounds while the valets delivered our luggage. The courtyard was quiet, the grounds well-maintained. There is an outdoor bar with a couple of TVs. There were lounges around the pool and in the grassy area nearer the beach, and there were a few people lounging around the small pool, but no loud music or kids running around which was nice. It stayed that way for our 3 days, and was exactly what we hoped for.

She took us to the room, a very nice ocean view on the 2nd floor above the lobby. The room was well furnished and very comfortable with a small lanai. There is a privacy screen between you and your neighbor's balcony. We didn't use it much, just in the AM while having espresso. Bathroom was nice, large shower.

We had breakfast each morning and it was outstanding. I figured that since it was part of a package it would just be a continental, but we could order off the menu as well. Everything was excellent.

Our one dinner at Red Salt was very good, nothing too memorable though. No complaints, I think we might have been spoiled from all of the great food we had been eating throughout the vac. I ordered a Tanqueray and tonic, it comes on a tray with a glass, a cruet of gin and one of tonic, and a bowl of ice, and lime wedges. Not sure if all mixed drinks are that way or not, kind of interesting.

We already knew the excursions we were going to do so didn't use the concierge but another couple that we spoke with did and were very pleased.

Checkout was no problem, we had a late flight and they held our bags for us until we left for the airport.

We have nothing to complain about, we enjoyed everything about our stay. The staff was very friendly and the service was excellent throughout. We will (hopefully!) be back.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

The well maintained and friendly Koa Kea offers the traveler the definition of the Aloha spirit. You are with family. Service personnel please and offer thoughts and suggestions that truly enhance the overall experience. The menus are diverse and thoughtfully composed bearing in mind the gamut of preferences. Poipu Beach, unto itself, is indeed the reason for being there. There are wider beaches, there are higher waves, but there could be no better sense of release that is being felt there. Many smiles...much contentment in the faces of most. We'll be back.

A tip...they offer a breakfast / resort credit package...jump on it...very much enhances the stay.

Room Tip: Ocean front room as perfect.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 On the Beach Hotel in Poipu
#1 Romantic Hotel in Poipu
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Poipu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Poipu
#3 Business Hotel in Poipu
#5 Family Hotel in Poipu
Price Range: $454 - $642 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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