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“Kauai's Gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

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Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence
Hudson, Ohio
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29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Kauai's Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

Our recent stay at Koa Kea was outstanding. As has been mentioned in so many reviews, the attention to detail from the moment you arrive until you depart makes for a hotel experience that is a cut above a typical resort hotel stay. We took advantage of the IPrefer program that we learned about in a Tripadvisor review, booking an ocean front room and getting an upgrade to deluxe oceanfront. Our room was spacious, with a super comfortable king sized bed. Our bathroom had a deluxe shower as well as a large bathtub.
Our room was steps away from the beach. While not large, it was uncrowded and the variety of activities was impressive. We snorkeled daily and saw many fish, one sea turtle and tons of other marine life including a diverse array of sea urchins. We enjoyed watching the surfers and boogie boarders as well.
Breakfast at Red Salt was included in our room package and made for a great start to each day. Dinner at Red Salt was outstanding as well.
We decided while there that we will return to Koa Kea as soon as we can.

Room Tip: Oceanfront was great, but our ground floor room was not private, so book otherwise if that is what y...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Charliegardener
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New York, NY
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34 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

We loved our stay at the Koa Kea. Everyone was so nice and the service was spectacular. We had an oceanfront room with a lanai, which was amazing. The bed was super comfortable and luxurious, the shower was amazing (sounds silly but it was a daily pleasure), the coffee in the room was great, and being right in front of the ocean and seeing sunrises and sunsets was spectacular. I loved how they don't try to nickel and dime you the whole time you are there (e.g., there are some reasonably priced wines on the menu, snorkel gear rental was super cheap, and breakfast was included in our room price.)

I would definitely come back to this hotel.

As an aside, the 4 stars on the otherwise 5 star breakfast was that they didn't have real maple syrup. It was weird to be eating these luxurious breakfasts with that nasty corn syrupy stuff with fake maple flavor. Small detail on an otherwise amazing stay.

One note: we paid more for this hotel than I have ever paid for a hotel in my life, so I can't really speak to the value per se.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

Koa Kea is tucked in between the much larger Marriott and Sheraton resorts and every time you pass by these others you're reminded how nice and peaceful the resort is. Beautiful little beach that is nice and quiet right in front. If you prefer more activity, Poipu beach is within 5 min walking distance.
Classy rooms, high service, valet parking and great restaurant (Red Salt). Poipu is actually a very good location as majority of Napali coast tours depart from the southern part of the island as well as the entrance to Waimea canyon. Further Poipu provides some nice shopping possibilities. Would certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: Partial sea view rooms vary a lot in how much sea you actually see. Ask for the ones closest to the...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Monroe, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

Wonderful location, very attentive, friendly staff. Personal feeling while be a beautiful clean and modern establishment. The rooms are great. None of them are far from the courtyard, beach or front desk. I would like to have seen some additional causal items on the 24 hour menu. Overall, I would highly recommend the Koa Kea!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stayed at Koa Kea for 4 days dring our honeymoon. The hotel staff were amazing, from the minute we arrived and were personally shown to our room to the moment we checked out and our bags were loaded into the car for us.

Breakfasts were amazing, the wait staff were friendly and enthusiastic, and dinner at Red Salt was incredible!! We also recieved a bottle of champagne on our first night there in honour of our honeymoon.

We absolutely loved our time here. Will absolutely be back as soon as possible!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Princeton, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

Relaxation, comfort, friendliness. Excellent food, understated classy ambiance. If this sounds attractive, than Koa Kea is your place. A calm oasis. The North Shore is an hour and a half away, but coming back to the peasce of Koa Kea makes the trip worthwhile.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

I celebrate (hid from?) my 40th birthday at Koa Kea. While making our reservation by phone, I confessed this tidbit to the reservation agent (.... whose name is escaping me... thanks 40.. which is unfortunate because he was just so very friendly, funny, and engaging). From the start, 6000 miles away, our experience was wonderful.

Upon check in, the welcoming employees upgraded us to an ocean front room. What a beautiful surprise! As if that were not enough, a few minutes after my husband and I settled in, a knock on the door announced a complimentary bottle of champagne, and a most unexpected birthday card. After 5 days in the hustle and bustle of Honolulu and Waikiki, Koa Kea offered us the peace and beauty of Kauai, together with the true aloha spirit.

The room was clean, comfortable, and relaxing -- everything we needed! We were close to the beach. There were no children (that we saw) at the resort, making it particularly relaxing and quiet. We had one meal (breakfast) at the Red Salt, which was lovely. All of the service was amazing, the valet employees and concierge were helpful without being the least bit pushy, and my husband and I enjoyed our stay more than I can express in this review. We will certainly be back!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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 Romantic Hotel in Poipu
#2 Luxury Hotel in Poipu
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Poipu
#2 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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Koa Kea Hotel And Resort
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