Kona Kai Resort & Spa, A Noble House Resort
What We Love
- Location, location, location: away from the city hustle, with stunning views of the yacht harbor and bay
- Family-friendly: rental equipment for water and land sports, and lots of other activities
- Cool cocktails and bar snacks poolside and at Vessels restaurant
What To Know
- Tiki-style name aside, the architecture is more Spanish and decor is eclectic contemporary
- About a 10-minute drive from San Diego International Airport (a taxi is about $15); 15 minutes from downtown San Diego
- A $20.25 resort fee per night will be collected at Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
As you drive the length of Shelter Island, gulls swirl overhead, sailboats stream by, and all of San Diego spreads out across the bay. At the island’s end stands the Kona Kai, A Noble House Resort, whose Spanish-style architecture belies its Hawaiian name. In the lobby contempo-chic sofas, armchairs and a life-size horse give a hint of the resort’s eclectic aesthetic. Just beyond, a staircase lined with clever bookshelf-patterned wallpaper leads to the guestrooms.
Bed and Bath
The spacious rooms have geometric carpeting and balconies or patios that overlook either Shelter Island or the bay. The Sealy Posturepedic mattresses and crisp Swiss duvets make it easy to drift off, while the bathrooms feature glass-enclosed showers and miniature rainfall showerheads in the tubs. Coconut and mango-scented hair products are a soothing wakeup.
One of the prettiest places in this pretty city, the marina behind the hotel also offers rentals of powerboats, standup paddleboards, Segways, bicycles and more. The guestrooms cluster around a pool with grass-roofed cabanas and a tiki bar (the Thai soda cocktail is awesome). Bar snacks from the Vessels restaurant include lobster or reuben sliders and fish tacos (Vessels also serves three meals a day). A few nights a week, movies are screened on the pool deck, and you can grill s’mores on the narrow beach next to the marina.
In the Area
Between the zoo and Safari Park, Legoland, SeaWorld and some awe-inspiring museums and gardens in Balboa Park and on the shore, San Diego is one of America’s great playgrounds and an ideal family destination. New developments in San Diego’s downtown include the inspiring new Central Library, art gallery strolls in Little Italy, and swanky shops and restaurants at Liberty Station (a renovated naval training center) and the Headquarters (the city’s former police HQ). Closer to the hotel, the tiki palace Bali Hai restaurant sits at the other end of Shelter Island, and been-there-forever Point Loma Seafoods serves fresh-off-the-boat catches from a humble counter.
How to Get There
The Kona Kai resort was a disappointing experience - The rooms are not great and the service is quite poor. They charge you a lot of money for every single thing. I don't really recommend it.
The location is ok, about 20min drive from the center.
Excellent location! Great Views! Pristine rooms! We had a suite overlooking the adult pool! It was never noixy always looked perfect! Loved the fireplace and the kitchen.. only issue was no microwave so it was a challenge to heat baby bottles! ! The spa was wonderful as was the restaurant! This is a great place to relax and unwind! The valet team is super attentive.
The rooms on the marina are AMAZING!! The views are so picturesque and beautiful. Our room was above the first pits and that was so great to look out at and a quick walk down the stairs to get to it.
We LOVED the fire pits and the pool/hot tubs. We were here for part of our honeymoon and LOVED our stay so much!! We definitely recommend this hotel!
I took my boyfriend here for a long weekend in San Diego. It was a beautiful little resort not far from downtown. We took an Uber into downtown just about everyday and it was about $15 which was cheaper than renting a car and then paying for parking at the resort. The pools/hot tubs were great and the fire pits on the beach at night were adorable. It was quiet and perfect for a relaxing weekend.
Wonderful, quiet location, beautiful view near parks and marina and beach area with fire pits. Beautiful decor and friendly staff. Pool was the perfect temperature! Delicious dining. We loved our stay!