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
To put it simply, Ko'a Kea just seems to do everything perfectly. The property is gorgeous; the huge lawn, the decor, the entrance, all of it is so luxurious, yet still warm and welcoming. However, where this resort truly shines is in its staff. By the end of our first full day, my wife and I were on a first name basis with the valet staff and the pool staff. We were genuinely excited every time we went to get our car because we could chat with the valet guys!
In a word, this place is just restful. It's quiet and relaxing while still feeling alive and thriving, it's luxurious without feeling pretentious, and the staff is so unbelievably accommodating and attentive! When we return to Kauai, we will absolutely stay here again.
From the minute we arrived on July 5th, the customer service we received from every single staff member was top notch. We have traveled a lot in our many years, but have never had such excellent treatment at any hotel all over the world. The attention to small details is what really matters when on vacation and staff went overboard to provide everything we needed. Our room was immaculately kept and the hotel itself is just beautiful. We appreciated the quiet serenity at night. I definitely recommend the Ko’a Kea to anyone looking for an intimate vacation! Thank you to all your staff! We’ll be back!
After visiting the north part of the island we decided to stay South - great choice, boutique / quiet / small hotel, very intimate. Friendly staff, right on the beach, close to shops. All in all a great experience