Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
What We Love
- Spa treatments highlight indigenous ingredients such as coconut and red Kauai clay
- The proximity to the beach can’t be beat
- The lounge hosts sushi nights Tuesdays through Saturdays. Breakfast is a highlight (hello, lemon-pineapple soufflé pancakes)
- The romantic, secluded vibe makes it great for couples (no organized children's programs here)
What To Know
- The cocktails in the lounge are bigger (and pricier) than at the thatch-roofed pool bar
- The layout is U-shaped, so some rooms have minimal privacy on the balconies, terraces and lanais
- A $26.04 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located on the grounds of the old Po’ipu Beach Hotel, the Ko’a Kea is a modern boutique hotel (it opened its doors in 2009) with an indoor/outdoor vibe. Palm trees, green grass and winding paths dominate the landscaping. Inside, the lobby and Red Salt restaurant feature elegant but simple island decor, with white sofas and chairs, fresh flowers and shimmering chandeliers. The real prime real estate, though, is the palm-shaded lounge chairs surrounding the pool.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms and suites emanate simple luxury. Soft, featherbed-topped mattresses and crisp white duvets make sleeping easy. Each room has its own private balcony or terrace. For that first, eye-opening cup of coffee, there’s a Nespresso machine in every room. The bathrooms are slick, with deep, modern sinks, spacious showers and baths, and bath products from L’Occitane.
Red Salt, a window-lined oceanview dining room, serves breakfast and dinner daily (lunch is poolside at the Pool Bar). Signature breakfast dishes include macadamia nut Belgian waffles and lemon-pineapple soufflé pancakes, while dinner leans toward seafood, with a modern approach to Hawaiian cuisine. Expect poke, kalua pork, pan-seared ono and splurge-worthy fare like lobster ravioli and wagyu New York steak. The Pool Bar and the lounge mix a variety of cocktails, including the classic Mai Tai, but the six different martinis and the martini flight deserve serious consideration. The spa has five rooms, including a couples suite; in-room services are also available. The beach activities hut rents snorkel gear, surfboards, boogie boards and beach chairs.
In the Area
Beaches including the tranquil Mahaulepu Beach and the lava tubes at Spouting Horn are easy stops. All sorts of water sports are within walking distance or a quick drive; Kauai Surf School offers surfing lessons for any age or level. And the Ko’a Kea is close to Outfitters Kauai’s meeting point for kayaking the 16-mile Na Pali Coast in the summer. Landlubbers might prefer golf at Poipu Bay Golf Course or shopping at Poipu Shopping Village. Foodwise, there are Keoki’s Paradise and Roy’s, the popular Hawaii-inspired chain. Or, much farther afield, there’s Mermaids Café, in Kapaa, which is worth a drive for the ahi nori wrap.
How to Get There
My wife and I went to Kauai for vacation and we couldn't have been happier with Koa Kea, a beautiful hotel on some very nice grounds.
Their pool/ lawn area was probably the best part, a great place to relax and soak in the Hawaiian sun. They also provided us with little call buttons for service from the poolside bar/ restaurant.
And speaking of restaurants, Red Salt on premises has excellent breakfast each morning, and very good dinner. Fancy, but not pretentious.
They also did sushi night while we were there, and as we got ready for dinner or to go out, or whatever the night held, we could order a sushi roll, sit in the lobby, and have a drink.
Rooms in the hotel were a bit snug, but the bathrooms were spacious, and we had a large sliding door leading directly onto the lawn for easy access in the morning and night.
Staff was also very friendly and easy to work with.
Only slight annoyance was the fact they had no self-parking, and so if you were taking a car anywhere (which you have to do in Kauai, you had to wait (and tip) for valet. That said, the valets were quick, friendly, and helpful, so that's a very minor con.
All in all, fantastic resort, very relaxing, great for couples. We would definitely recommend/ come back if the opportunity arises.
A beautiful location. The resort fronts the beach and is somewhat smaller than some of the others which means that it is not as busy and noisy. The facilities are excellent and the restaurant a must visit even if just for that one special meal. I was a bit disappointed to see that they have faux gras on the menu but otherwise it was wonderful.
We stayed here for seven nights, and it was truly wonderful. We picked it because it was smaller and a bit more peaceful than the other resorts, and it didn't disappoint! The room was lovely, the staff were excellent, and the flower leis they give you upon arrival are an especially nice touch. Definitely recommend paying a little bit extra for an ocean view, it was so beautiful! Although the beach directly in front of the hotel was very small, there was easy access (a couple minute's walk) to Poipu Beach and a couple other beaches.
We enjoyed our 5 night stay immensely.
Room 188 was a ground floor, garden view room (cheapest category). Tucked behind the spa, a little away from the pool, it was never noisy .
Room had a small fridge, Nespresso machine (plenty of pods supplied), and a tea kettle if you need one (we did)
Complimentary bottle of wine in the room was a welcome surprise!
Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff.
Red Salt Restaurant was excellent ( but noisy if it is busy/full) . Wine list was small, but well chosen.
Poolside food was supplied by Red Salt, so all snacks were superb too.
On site watersports rental was convenient.
We really enjoyed our stay here !
This was my idea of perfect sized resort. 100, maybe 150, rooms clustered around a pool, all within a couple of hundred feet of the ocean. The restaurant, Red Salt, is quite good and there are a number of other good restaurants within a 5 minute drive. The staff is what really made this an excellent stay, from the valets/bellmen who always had good recommendations, to the poolside bartenders who kept us up on all the important goings-on (thanks Erin!) along with great Mai-Tais.