We had a spectacular, unforgettable time spending six nights of our honeymoon at the Koa Kea. The staff was great, the food was delicious, the setting was gorgeous. A little on the pricey side, but it was well worth it. Being so close to the ocean to hear the waves crashing was just incredible. We loved just sitting on the lawn, enjoying food and drinks from the pool bar.
But why "almost perfect"? For whatever reason, in rebuilding the property, the developers failed to install the room air-conditioning systems in a location that was insulated enough from the rooms themselves, or they were cheap A/C systems -- I'm not enough of an expert to know for sure. The result was that in our expensive oceanfront room (which was a free upgrade from ocean view), we were sleeping a couple feet away from an extremely noisy system, and I had to wear earplugs. The staff engineer gamely tried his best to fix it multiple times and just couldn't do it. Fortunately, the front desk was nice enough to upgrade us after four nights to an oceanfront suite down the hall that had better furniture (in a totally different motif) and a huge bathroom with jacuzzi tub and TV. Best of all, the A/C unit was in the living room, and with the bedroom door closed, we could barely hear it, so that saved our stay. (The room, probably one of their most expensive, had the same noisy A/C system as our first room.)
So, the Koa Kea is first-rate in every way -- except for their darned air conditioners.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koa Kea Hotel And Resort
- Koa Kea Hotel Poipu
- Koa Kea Resort
- Koa Kea Hotel & Resort Kauai/Poipu, Hawaii