Encounter the golden beaches of Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort, an upscale 121-room boutique oceanfront property in sunny Poipu on Kauai's south shore. This intimate and romantic Hawaiian resort offers the island's closest hotel accommodations to the water, complemented by award-winning service that is both highly personalized and personable.
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Stay away from Ko'a Kea if you are looking for a 4/5 star experience. On this same trip, we stayed at the Andaz Maui and Mauna Lani/Big Island. Those are real 4/5 star resorts. Ko'a Kea rooms are in poor condition. Furniture is old and worn, carpets in the room and the hallways are filthy. Walls and mouldings are scuffed, etc. Clearly poorly maintained. Pool area is dinky, not enough chairs, no service, chair set up, pool attendants at all. They charge for beach chairs, snorkel gear and whatnot that other 4/5 star resorts include. Lobby is unimpressive, food very average. Fitness room looks like it was outfitted in 1985 - old, analog LifeFitness junk and small spa with no appointments available. I would not recommend at all. We absolutely felt we were ripped off here.
We spent 3 nights at Koa Kea in early December, and were very impressed with the property and the service all around! Safety standards were excellent with respect to Covid protocols, largely not impacting the overall resort experience. The property has a truly intimate feel, with easy access to the excellent public beaches in front of neighboring resorts (just rocky beach immediately in front of Koa Kea). Rooms are a good size and nicely appointed, with a super comfy bed. Oceanfront rooms are truly "oceanfront" and definitely the way to go if you can. The gym was available in hour blocks for private reservation, which was a really nice option. And daily sunrise yoga was a great way to start each day (more energizing than challenging , for yoga-types). Unfortunately, we didn't get to enjoy Red Salt restaurant as it was closed the days we were there, but local friends commented its the best restaurant on the island. Only disappointments: The useless resort fee (which most Hawaiian resorts charge.. and is a pet peeve) and the $30 overnight parking charge, only because their website specifically says self-parking is complimentary. We forgave these annoyances given the island had just entered lockdown again and we we so happy with everything else, particularly the warm and generous staff!…
The service at this resort is superb, breathtaking ocean views and delicious food. Cons- no beach and tiny, crowded pool not enough Loungers. Also north side of the island is closed due to construction after landslide several months ago. You must wear a mask everywhere indoors and at parks so bring them with you!
Great staff, great location and very nice resort . If it were not for the extremely uncomfortable bed and the exorbitant drink prices I would give them 5 stars. For the price of two drinks you can go next door to the Marriott and get the exact same drinks plus lunch for two which is exactly what we did. Also for $600 a night I should be able to sleep comfortably in a bed that meets those prices.
Room and service was great. Dinner excellent. Swimming was safe, even big waves not dangerous. It was great fun watching the surfers. Perfect location for daytrips to Polihale beach ( a must see), Waimea canyon drive, which offers hikes with stunning views - we loved the hikes near the Koke museum.