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Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Poipu
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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Lovely Hotel - perfect for couples”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

We had a wonderful time at Koa Kea and would happily return.

- excellent service
- immaculate grounds and rooms
- the bed is incredibly comfortable
- amazing salt water pool
- nice lounge chairs
- NEVER crowded around the pool
- quiet
- poolside drinks were DELICIOUS (albeit pricey)

Overall, we found this hotel wonderful and relaxing. It is teeming with couples (mostly honeymooners like us I presume) and very quiet. Plus, it's on the 'dry side' of the island so we had gorgeous sunshine 99% of the trip.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

My wife and I recently stayed at Koa Kea for our honeymoon. The staff exhibited such a level of warmth, professionalism, and good-hearted/genuine hospitality, that our transition back to life on the mainland was hard. No more morning greetings of Aloha each morning.

The staff is great -- Phil and his girlfriend, to Jim at that bar -- that guy can hustle and make a fantastic drink -- to Justin's incredible sushi, and Michael's hospitality, and Brian's charm -- the team makes you feel like family. Coming back to DC has been an awakening of how one wishes life could be.

The food is awesome -- we went to The Beach House down the road one night -- don't believe the hype! The Kobe beef burger at Koa Kea is one of the best things that ever touched our lips. Red Salt was one of our favorite places to eat during our two weeks in Hawaii -- we were blown away by the quality, not to mention the most reasonable prices.

Koa Kea isn't a place to stay, it's an "Experience." Truly one of the best experiences I've had. The size of the hotel is perfect, the staff exemplary, and the architecture and style chic and comforting. The grounds are fantastic and the views are incredible!

Room Tip: Definitely stay on the left side of the hotel (as you face out to the ocean -- the views at sunset a...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

My wife and I have just returned from a magnificent 8 day stay at the Koa Kea Hotel and Resort in Poipu Beach Kuaui. I made the selection after reading through Trip Advisor and we were not disapointed. The room was very well appointed with the most comfortable bed we have ever slept on. It was hard getting up. We were upgraded from a partial ocean to a full ocean view and the view out on the balcony was stunning. We had room service out on the balcony which was a treat, The pool, spa were in top condition, very clean and the bar service pool side was excellent. I recommend the frozen Coconut Mojito. We had dinner and breakfast in the restaurant 'Red Salt' and it lived up to its reputation. Try the lemon pineapple souffle pancakes for breakfast. They are addictive. The sunsets are wonderful. Overall great and we will be back. The staff are amazing.

Room Tip: We were on the second floor with a full ocean view.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

We had a fantastic time at the Koa Kea. Everything was first class from the moment we checked in to our reluctant check out. The partial ocean front room had a great view from the lanai. It was modern and comfortable and the bathroom was spacious with a great shower. The restaurant, Red Salt, provided us with wonderful breakfasts each morning. It also was a great spot for sushi and more formal dinners. The thing that really sets the hotel apart is the service. Everyone there went above and beyond the call of duty in making sure we had a tremendous time. They set up helicopter and sunset catamaran tours for us and provided help whenever possible. The valets were friendly and always had good tips for restaurants and places to go. I can't give this hotel a higher recommendation.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

When we arrived there happened to be a seal on the beach in front of the hotel which was nice. We took a long hike another day to where there should be seals and did not see any ! The hotel is very comfortable and has all the trimmings of a fancy place. The area is a little busy for my liking but nothing the hotel can do about that for beach serenity the Maldives was better value but this place is in line with extortionate Hawaii prices. The bar and restaurant were really superb.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hudson, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

Our recent stay at Koa Kea was outstanding. As has been mentioned in so many reviews, the attention to detail from the moment you arrive until you depart makes for a hotel experience that is a cut above a typical resort hotel stay. We took advantage of the IPrefer program that we learned about in a Tripadvisor review, booking an ocean front room and getting an upgrade to deluxe oceanfront. Our room was spacious, with a super comfortable king sized bed. Our bathroom had a deluxe shower as well as a large bathtub.
Our room was steps away from the beach. While not large, it was uncrowded and the variety of activities was impressive. We snorkeled daily and saw many fish, one sea turtle and tons of other marine life including a diverse array of sea urchins. We enjoyed watching the surfers and boogie boarders as well.
Breakfast at Red Salt was included in our room package and made for a great start to each day. Dinner at Red Salt was outstanding as well.
We decided while there that we will return to Koa Kea as soon as we can.

Room Tip: Oceanfront was great, but our ground floor room was not private, so book otherwise if that is what y...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

We loved our stay at the Koa Kea. Everyone was so nice and the service was spectacular. We had an oceanfront room with a lanai, which was amazing. The bed was super comfortable and luxurious, the shower was amazing (sounds silly but it was a daily pleasure), the coffee in the room was great, and being right in front of the ocean and seeing sunrises and sunsets was spectacular. I loved how they don't try to nickel and dime you the whole time you are there (e.g., there are some reasonably priced wines on the menu, snorkel gear rental was super cheap, and breakfast was included in our room price.)

I would definitely come back to this hotel.

As an aside, the 4 stars on the otherwise 5 star breakfast was that they didn't have real maple syrup. It was weird to be eating these luxurious breakfasts with that nasty corn syrupy stuff with fake maple flavor. Small detail on an otherwise amazing stay.

One note: we paid more for this hotel than I have ever paid for a hotel in my life, so I can't really speak to the value per se.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
Address: 2251 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9534
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu > Koloa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Poipu
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Poipu
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Poipu
#2 Luxury Hotel in Poipu
#2 Green Hotel in Poipu
#3 Business Hotel in Poipu
#5 Family Hotel in Poipu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Koa Kea Hotel & Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 121
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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