Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

2251 Poipu Road | Koloa, HI 96756 [See Map]
#3 in Best Kauai Hotels
Hotel Class 4.5-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1434 reviews
Property Type Resort hotel with 121 rooms, 3 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Modern
Best For Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

For peace and quiet, it's hard to beat the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort. Opting for quality rather than quantity, the property hosts 121 rooms on a spectacular portion of Po'ipu Beach amidst fierce competition from larger brand-name resorts nearby. The Koa Kea's design is more urban-chic than easy-going tropical, with guest rooms sporting contemporary furnishings, as well as high-tech amenities like flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and high-speed Internet access. But visitors find plenty of relaxing solitude here: Not only do accommodations boast private lanais (balconies), but the Koa Kea Hotel also houses an intimate spa (with only five treatment rooms), a lagoon-style swimming pool and easy access to the beach. According to previous guests, another perk of staying at this boutique hotel is Red Salt; the hotel's restaurant showcases Hawaiian cuisine in an intimate setting. And the staff is very accommodating and personable; so don't hesitate to ask for anything from more linens to directions to the closest hiking trail.

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Critic Reviews


“This boutique property offers a high-end experience without the bustle of many larger resorts, making it a great place to forget it all, and a perfect romantic getaway.”
Award: Fodor's Choice

Condé Nast Traveler

“Eschewing waterslides and swim-up bars, Koa Kea has more sedate pleasures: an unadorned swimming pool tiled in deep blue, a sophisticated restaurant/lounge with a sashimi tasting menu, and an expansive lawn overlooking a cove where guests (mostly honeymooners) canoodle at sunset.”

Travel + Leisure

“Arranged in a U-shape around the deep blue outdoor pool, the boutique property still has all the requisite modern-day luxuries: private lanais, dual showerheads in the marble-accented bathrooms, and a full-service fitness center and luxury spa. Don’t miss one of Kauai’s best photo ops: on many warm afternoons, endangered Hawaiian monk seals climb up on the sand to sunbathe.”
Award: Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015

Other Awards:
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

The Koa Kea's 121 rooms, at 364 square feet each, are not the biggest in Kauai, but they feel more spacious due to the neutral tones of the decor, accented by crimson, turquoise and coral. Every guest room has a private lanai (balcony), another reminder of Koa Kea's proximity to the ocean. The marble bathrooms feature dual shower heads and L'Occitane bath amenities.

  • A $25 per night resort fee covers in-room Internet and valet parking
  • All rooms feature flat-screen HD TVs with on-demand movie options
  • iPod docking stations and Nespresso espresso machines in every guest room

Standard room size:

364 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1434 guests have reviewed the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 1434 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

Located on Poipu Beach on the southern shore of Kauai, Koa Kea Hotel & Resort was built in 2009 on the footprint of a 1960s hotel, which gave the boutique hotel prime ocean real estate. This low-key resort, known for couples getaways, stands out for being closer to the ocean than most modern Hawaiian hotels. "Koa Kea" means "white coral" in Hawaiian; the hotel claims the rebirth of the property is a testament to the renewing power of coral.

  • Lihue Airport is 15 miles northeast

  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


Red Salt, Koa Kea Hotel’s signature restaurant, specializes in seafood with a Hawaiian flavor. Red Salt serves dinner as well as a breakfast buffet. Lunch is served poolside by the lounge, and in-room dining is available 24 hours.

  • The breakfast buffet served from 6:30 to 11 a.m.
  • The Pool Bar is open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Buffet, Asian, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The blue tiled, lagoon-style pool at Koa Kea Hotel & Resort is understated but significant as the center of the U-shaped property. Just beyond the pool is the Pacific Ocean.

  • Lunch is served poolside from the bar
  • The pool area also features a hot tub/whirlpool

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Koa Kea Spa has five treatments rooms, including a room for couples massages. The boutique spa focuses on incorporating natural and indigenous ingredients, like pineapple or Red Kauai clay, into facials, massages and body wraps.

  • Services can be delivered inside the spa, poolside, oceanside or in-room

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Cribs, high chairs and adjoining rooms are available for families, but there is not a kids club.

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The Koa Kea fitness center features cardio machines and weight equipment.

  • Snorkeling equipment is available for a fee
  • Bicycle rentals are not available on-site, but can be rented nearby

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


Koa Kea Hotel’s business center offers complimentary use of computers and printers, with fax and copy services available. Equipment rentals are not offered. The hotel has one boardroom that seats 20 people.

  • Resort fee includes in-room Internet access

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Koa Kea Hotel & Resort is pet-friendly. Dogs weighing 50 pounds or less are welcome for a $100 daily fee.

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


Located just 1 mile from Koa Kea Hotel & Resort, the Kiahuna Golf Club has an 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

  • Eat at Joe’s on the Green serves breakfast, lunch and happy hour
  • The Kiahuna Golf Club offers clubs rentals, a driving range and a pro shop

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


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Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

2251 Poipu Road | Koloa, HI 96756 [See Full Map]