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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We loved our week stay here. If you're the type of person who likes a smaller, more intimate resort that has a luxury feeling without being over-the-top, then this is for you. Location is terrific on the south shore, easy walk to nice beaches. Rooms are spacious, clean, and well-thought out - get an ocean view or ocean front room if you can afford it - such a beautiful view. Any complaints would be nit-picky - for example we thought the bath towels were a bit scratchy.
Staff is helpful and most are very friendly - especially the two guys who run the surf shack, Chris the surf lesson instructor, Jenny in the restaurant, and Patti a massage therapist, are standouts. The restaurant serves delicious food. So many things to compliment...
We'll happily return sometime, it's a wonderful home base while you explore and enjoy beautiful Kauai. (I'm sure they welcome families and kids, but this place seems more ideal for couples/adults.)
Mahalo Ko'a Kea!
Stayed only 3 nights here, wished it was more. Expensive food but a gorgeous place, relaxing, no problems getting sun beds, picture perfect and wonderful staff. We had a lovely welcome from female concierge, cool juice and Lei for my husband and I. It was exactly how I hoped a Hawaiian welcome would be. Like the complimentary coffee in the morning. Only 2 tiny niggles - It’s difficult to find the hotel when in a strange country, signage at road is small and only on one side. Also the beach right in front has some dangerous rocks under the water which means looking elsewhere for swimming but I would not hesitate to book here. Really loved it, so handy for shopping and restaurants nearby too.
We had a great stay at the Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort. The staff was very attentive and helpful. My wife and I were celebrating out 20th wedding anniversary and the other guests were a nice mix of older and younger couples. There were a number of small families with infant aged kids (probably due to most schools being in session) but not annoyingly so. Food and drink options onsite as well as choices walking distance or a short drive away. Poipu is the quieter side of the island on one of the quietest islands in the chain. Don't expect the party to "rage" on past 9pm but this worked out as we scheduled many activities early in the morning (hiking, kayaking, snorkel boat tour). Scheduled a surf lesson right onsite while my wife got a massage. One reef right in front of the hotel and two more just a short walk down the beach. Clean rooms and clean well kept facilities. Super relaxing and quiet trip. Highly recommend.
Wonderful stay, staff extremely friendly and helpful, excellent service, wonderful location, also excellent food in red salt restaurant and pool bar, room are very clean, we also enjoyed the SPA treatments
It is small, beautiful oceanfront property, very good food and ideal for couples. This is not a place for kids. We had a very, very nice oceanfront suite, with many nice amenities. If you would like a true boutique resort experience, peaceful and beautiful, you will love Koa Kea. I do!