Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach

2251 Poipu Road | Koloa, HI 96756  [SEE MAP]Koloa, HI  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Every room comes with a private patio or balcony
Only one on-site restaurant
For peace and quiet, it's hard to beat the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort. 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 easygoing tropical, with guest rooms sporting contemporary furnishings and amenities like flat-screen TVs, high-speed internet access, espresso machines and iPod docking stations. 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, lava-inspired swimming pool, an oceanfront lawn with firepits and direct access to the beach. As for dining, there is the Red Salt, which showcases Hawaiian cuisine in an intimate setting. And according to recent guests, the staff is accommodating and personable; so don't hesitate to ask for anything from more linens to directions to the closest hiking trail.
Koloa, HI
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort hotel, 121 rooms
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  • 4.5Hotel Class


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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.

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.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 2668 have reviewed the Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2668 reviews 4.5 (based on 2668 reviews)

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 Fresh bath amenities.
  • A $40 per night resort fee covers in-room internet, a welcome bottle of wine, daily wellness classes, keepsake flip-flops and a manager reception
  • All rooms feature flat-screen TVs with on-demand movie options
  • Nespresso machines in every guest room
Nightly resort fee$40

Standard room size364 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

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 ($25)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • 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 8:30 p.m.

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesBuffet, 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
  • Deck chairs available
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Spa at Koa Kea 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
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for 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 available on-site
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


    The hotel has one boardroom that seats up to 24 people.
    • Resort fee includes in-room internet access

    Number of meeting rooms1

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


    Koa Kea Hotel & Resort is pet-friendly. Dogs weighing 25 pounds or less are welcome for a $300 daily fee ($400 for two dogs).
      • Pets allowed (with fee)
      • Dog walking
      • Pet-sitting

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