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Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden
Ranked #1 of 17 Key Largo B&B and Inns
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Wish we could have stayed longer!”
Reviewed 23 July 2012

We planned a week long trip to the Floriday Keys, and this was our first stop, as my sister was getting married on the property. It was a little expensive, but since we were only staying for two nights, we were hoping it would be worth it. The first thing we did after checking in was get out on the water in the kayaks they provided. (Word of warning, watch out for jellyfish when getting in the kayaks. They are fascinating to look at as long as you don't step on one). They had a dock with a ladder for swimming. There isn't an actual beach, but there was a large sandy area with lounge chairs, hammocks, tables, and even a ping pong table. The pool and hot tub were great. There was even a fridge full of water and fruit a few steps away. Our room (Kiwi, I think?)was a decent size, and was nice and cool. The bathroom has places all over to hang wet towels and swimsuits. The bed was very comfortable. We took the garden tour in the morning, and we got to eat all sorts of fruit right off the trees! There's also a tennis court out next to the parking area. It is true that there are other properties on each side that are quite close, but they were usually pretty quiet. As for road noise, I didn't hear anything from our room at all. It really felt like our own place. I didn't even have to put shoes on I was so comfortable there. We were sad to leave this lovely place.

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Brandywine, Maryland
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

We just got back from 5 nights at Kona Kai and - stayed in one of the suites. The suite was great - large, very clean, well equipped and tastefully decorated - great AC. The grounds are amazing. The place is wrapped around incredible botanical gardens with plants from around the world's tropical regions. Do not miss the free garden tour by Rick - the on staff botanist. The amenities are excellent: garden cabanas with grills, private beach, very nice pool/Jacuzzi (free fruit and bottled water poolside) and a pier with cabanas. No breakfast though. Kayaks and paddle boat are free. Snorkeling right off the ladder on the pier is pretty good, given it is bayside. Best fish are around the piers. Tracey and Denise at the front desk provided outstanding customer and concierge service - their restaurant recommendations were right on. We have placed Kona Kai on our "must return" list.

Room Tip: If you want a suite, 2 of them have private outdoor sittign areas, vice public cabanas - I'd go...
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2012

Seven of us headed to Kona Kai for a special birthday celebration. Our group included mid-twenties newlyweds to an 80-plus mobility challenged person. We enjoyed everything the resort had to offer: the oh-so-comfortable pool, the botanical garden tour, kayaks and pedal boat, and the flat and clean-swept paths that wound through the perfectly planted and meticulously maintained property. Every age group had a wonderful and relaxing time. The staff was fantastic: helpful and friendly. The rooms were beautiful, with original artwork and carefully thought out amenities and furnishings. Thanks again to everyone at Kona Kai!

Room Tip: The waterfront rooms have great views and are near the pool.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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, Owner at Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden, responded to this review, 13 July 2012
Dear J H: Glad you saw Kona Kai as we wish all our guests to see it: as a great place to relax for folks from their 20's through their 80's. Thanks for the review.
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

We stayed at the Kona Kai recently and LOVED our stay! We will stay here again for sure. The grounds are beautiful and so relaxing. Every detail is perfect such as the hammocks on the small “beach”, grills, bottled waters, landscaping, kayaks, decorations, etc. We got the least expensive room which was basic, but the intimacy of the resort and amenities were worth the price. The staff was very friendly and we can’t beat the sunset we saw from the beautiful dock!

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Palm City, Florida
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

My husband surprised me with a birthday trip here. What a fabulous piece of paradise! If we didn't have to eat, we would never have left the Resort. Everything was wonderful, even the tiniest things were taken care of. Lovely, restful, charming. Can't wait to return. The staff were all amazing. One of the best birthdays in my life! Thank you!

Room Tip: The rooms/suites are all so terrific it doesn't matter which one you stay in.
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

My sister and I stayed at Kona Kai for several days while diving in the keys. The property is unique--bungalows amid the lush gardens (and this isn't even its botanical garden!), with a pool, hot tub, tennis court...all the things you'd want in a "resort" but without the "resort" vibe. There is a beach, of sorts (read: soft sand), with palm trees and hammocks. And tables and chairs are strung along the small pier, which is a great place to watch the sun set. The people who come to Kona Kai are fairly similar--chilled out, equipped with wine--and that makes this place even lovelier. We met very nice people, and the staff was helpful and kind. Great art gallery, too!

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Owner-KonaKai-Resort, Owner at Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden, responded to this review, 21 June 2012
Dear runnergilr1970:
We love your review title, "The Anti-Resort." When we began creating Kona Kai some 20 years ago, we wanted to provide all the things we thought one would expect in a resort, but without the crowds and hustle n' bustle of a large resort. Good to know it's working and glad you enjoyed our "Anti-Resort."
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2012

My second stay at this beautiful property. Fabulous staff. Great attention to detail. I can't wait to come back.

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Property: Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden
Address: 97802 Overseas Hwy, MM 98, Key Largo, FL 33037-2229
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Key Largo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Owned and operated by the same family since 1991 and a "Fodor’s Choice" selection since 2009, Kona Kai is a magical hideaway, teeming with the natural beauty of old Key Largo and hand polished into one of the most exclusive resorts in the Florida Keys. With all new accommodations in 2013, Kona Kai is reserved for adults. Offering highly praised personalized concierge service, Kona Kai is regularly recommended by leading travel publications and websites. SInce the 2011 addition of "The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai," guests enjoy our gardens day and night; complimentary tours for all registered guests are offered by our staff ethnobotanist. Kona Kai is a classic Keys experience; the perfect alternative if you're seeking to avoid the crowds and formality of a big resort. ... more   less 
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