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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

A self-contained beachfront oasis in the sunniest part of Hawaii’s lush Garden Isle

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
2251 Poipu Road
Koloa, HI 96756 United States

Reviews

It doesn’t get much better than this!
Happy_LP

Can’t say enough about our recent relaxing stay. The staff was attentive and friendly. Really found the valet service top notch. They made sure we had towels for our beach excursions. Loved that a sports kiosk was on the premises. We rented chairs, umbrella, and cooler for the week. Very convenient. Sunset from the lawn was delightful. We are coming back for sure!!

Great four days in paradise
179aussie40

Spent four days in this amazing resort the facility caters for every whim staff were amazing helpful and made our stay a pleasure facilities modern and well maintained
Kaui was beautiful weather amazing and the island green and lush amazing staff at thrifty upgraded us to Camero exciting to drive on such good roads
Great stay

We love Koa Kea!
170maureenh

We had a fabulous stay at Ko'a Kea Resort. The staff was so friendly and helpful, especially Kat who checked us in and escorted us to our room and Jenny, our breakfast wattress. We enjoyed yoga on the lawn with Teri in the mornings as well. Ko'a Kea is not a large resort which allowed for us to have easy access to the pool, restaurant and fitness center. Hoku Water Sports operates on the Ko'a Kea property which was convenient for rentals. We hope to return to Ko'a Kea again!!