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Koa Kea Hotel & Resort in Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

Waves crash near the lanais of Koa Kea Hotel & Resort's oceanfront guestrooms, a collection of low-profile buildings that blend with the nature around them. Inside, fresh flowers accent simple, modern island décor and art prints of coral. Koa Kea means "white coral," a tribute to the life-giving power of the reefs. According to Hawaiian mythology, coral is the goddess granddaughter of the world’s creator. From November to May, Koa Kea’s slice of the Pacific hosts a migration of humpback whales, so keep an eye to the horizon.

Brew a cup of Nespresso coffee and watch the slender white ocean birds dive for their morning meal. Join them on the shore. Beat the noonday sun with a hike through the rainforest on Kuilau or Moalepe Trail – only 10 percent of the Garden Isle is accessible by road. Swim in a secluded lagoon under a waterfall. Order a seaside dinner of bronzed diver scallops with pea sprouts in a sweet lilikoi beurre blanc.

Location of Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
2251 Poipu Road
Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

Nearest Airport: LIH

Amenities for Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

  • General Information
  • 121 Guest Rooms and Suites
  • Non-Smoking Property
  • Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining
  • Pool Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Spa on Property
  • Housekeeping Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Center
  • WiFi
  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Valet Parking
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Outdoor Whirlpool
  • Lounge
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryers
  • In-Room Safes
  • Satellite Television
  • iPod Docks
  • Iron/Ironing Boards
  • Flat-Screen Televisions
  • Coffee & Tea Facilities
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Private Lanais
  • Espresso Machine
  • Work Desks
  • Activities
  • Bicycling
  • Excursions
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Nature Walks
  • Boogie Boarding
  • Whale Watching
  • Helicopter Tours
  • Surfing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Zip-Lining
  • Business
  • Meeting Room
  • Business Services
  • Nearby
  • Golf
  • Interests
  • Beach
  • Summer Getaways

Reviews for Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

We got a great deal for Koa Kea through AAA and recently spent a week there. We love the place, especially compared with some of the more overblown and really big places. The room we had was really spacious (deluxe ocean view) with separate living room and two bathrooms, a rare luxury! The bed was awesome, that's always an important issue for most people. The view was from the side of the building, but still had great view of the ocean- you're really close to it here, and a great view of the courtyard area and outdoor bar. The place has a more old fashioned feeling all around. Don't go here if you're looking for big pool with waterfalls, etc., and you have a ton of kids who love to pool it rather than hitting ocean. The beach is great, you have two options to left or right, with the latter less crowded. I watched the surf board instructor from my balcony work with two separate groups- one kids only, the other adults. He was awesome and you could just tell they love him. I later watched him work with them in the water and it was fun to see. The water itself here is clear and there are fish all over the place. We snorkeled a couple of days and saw fish everywhere we looked off our beach. Snorkeling gear was really cheap ($10/day or $25 for a week). The resort was close to a lot of stuff- the very popular Poipu Beach State park, Shipwreck beach, National Botanical gardens, and a short drive to Port Allen where you catch all the whale watches and snorkeling boats. More on that in a separate view, but we did both a raft (Zodiac style) tour and and saw tons of whales and turtles, as well as a long cruise to the Napoli coast on the large catamaran. Also the drive to Waimea Canyon is not bad from here, and you can make Hanalei Bay and the Kilauea lighthouse area in about 90 mins. The staff here were absolutely great, from those cleaning the rooms to the concierge and the valet service, which is included. There is a $35 hotel fee, which in my experience more than justifies the valet service and parking. We never waited more than a couple of minutes for our car. All in all, hotel recommend this place, especially for couples wanting a friendly, quiet, elegant an relaxing trip. In the past we have stayed at some great resorts in Hawaii- Four Seasons on Maui a couple of times, and Mauna Keo on the big island. We would highly recommend those if you visit those islands as well, and Kao Kea is just a good as either one of those. Also, the in house restaurant, Red Salt, is one of the best on the island.

William A - Memphis, Tennessee

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

We stayed for five nights as a couple to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary. We thought the location was very centrally located and felt Poipu was the right choice! We tended to do other activities most of the day (Kayaking in Hanalei Bay, helicopter tour, beaches, hiking and Waimea Canyon) and the pool was pretty packed when we returned around 2 or 3 pm and it was difficult to get a good spot. We felt the room was good overall, we enjoyed the turn down service, and Nespresso. The bed is super soft, which some may like and others may not. We had high expectations of the customer service from the excellent reviews and our expectations were met but not exceeded. We appreciated the valet service, they were always friendly and gave suggestions of things to do or restaurants. But we did feel they expected a tip each time. The front desk could work on being friendlier as others have mentioned. Also we felt the pool service was none existent and not present while we were there. We also really appreciated the day room to use to freshen up before our flight. Overall, this is a great hotel for couples and I would recommend it!

Traveler0117 - Highlands Ranch, Colorado

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed at two places on Kauai - here and the Westin. We happened to get a better price at the Westin by using Hotwire, but otherwise they’d be the same price. This property was much “cheaper” in some ways than the Westin. The walls were thin (we could hear our neighbors loud and clear), the AC was really noisy, and the bed was way too soft. Overall the room was a bit cramped and didn’t feel that new. The staff was excellent, however. Everyone from the valets to the waitstaff were very friendly. The breakfast staff at Red Salt is a bit understaffed, however.

atlanta14 - San Francisco, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

Outstanding stay at the Koa Kea. Koa Kea is located in the south side/ sunny side and was a great location to explore the island (1 hour to the canon and 1 hour to the north side). The hotel staff were very friendly and always remembered our names (great touch!). The room was very clean and quiet. The waterfall shower was great. The bedding was phenomenal; soft pillow top and fluffy comforter. The restaurant, red salt, was very good. Never had a bad meal. The pool was lovely and even m ore so the lawn chairs overlooking the ocean. We never had to fight for a chair when we wanted one. Beach was right in front with a few steps or it was a 2 minute walk to poipu beach (beautiful beach). I recommend the ocean view room- worth it. The resort is also a 5 minute walk to the sheraton which has a great luau. On wednesdays they serve free mai tais at the pool bar for 1 hour. Drinks were amazing (although pricey $17/drink). IF I had to pick a drawback I would say the mandatory resort fee and valet; but that is not uncommon in hawaii and it was nice to be greeted by the valet every time you returned. I highly recommend the Koa kea. We will be sure to be back!

Kristina G - Metro Detroit, United States

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

We loved everything about this property and this is truly an exceptional hotel for couples. We had a room on the ground floor which turned out to be better than expected. The bed was terrific and the nespresso machine was a nice touch. RedSalt provided a descent breakfast menu but their dinner is what sets them apart from the other restaurants. We ended up eating their twice and each time had a top notch meal. We also loved the close proximity to all the other restaurants (Brennecke’s, RumFire, and Plantation Gardens). If you want a romantic getaway and want to feel pampered without all the commotion, than this place is for you!

TravWiz D - Idaho

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