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Nothing but the best at Koa Kea
My husband and I spent our 25th anniversary at the Koa Kea and from the moment we first walked into the lobby we felt as if we found a rare and hidden treasure. I can't say if we were more impressed with the rich design of the lobby, the breathtaking oceanview, the beautiful music throughout the lobby or the delightful staff that welcomed us. I must say that the people who put this hotel together must have stuck to the attitude of "Nothing but the best is good enough!"...such attention to detail. We loved the interior color choices. The room had many high end ammenities like a LCD big screen, a luxurious comfortable bed with best quality duvet and linens, an expresso machine, and beautiful interior lighting design effects. The bathroom was the best we've ever had in any hotel...absolutely loved the shower. We could see both the ocean and the many swaying palm trees from our room. After the evening turn-down service, we were delighted to walk in and find our room filled with soft hawaiian music from the radio. The breakfast and dinner was exceptionally delicious. Our waitress, Nancy, became our friend while we were there. There are no strangers at Koa Kea. We were well attended to by everybody. We almost felt like we had the whole place to ourselves since there were so few other guests there. It was very relaxing and we couldn't have had a more enjoyable way to celebrate such a wonderful event in our lives.
perfect boutique hotel experience
Nothing bad can be said of our experience at the Koa Kea. Rooms are beautiful, location is perfect, staff is incredibly friendly, and last but not least... the eggs benedict there is OUT OF THIS WORLD. If you plan to go to Kauai and don't want to be surrounded by the usual low rent tourist fare, class it up a bit at the Koa Kea. You will not regret it.
The Koa Kea Resort, which just opened in April, is a great escape from the large resorts. It made a great spot for a belated honeymoon. The resort is small enough that you never feel crowded, but big enough to have all the amenities of a large resort. The attention the staff pays to the guest is equivalent to any 5 star hotel where I have stayed. The accomodations are very modern and luxurious. The pool, outdoor spa and outdoor bar is simple but elegant. My only regret is not having dinner at the Red Salt restaurant. I was hearing rave reviews from other guests. I don't highly recommend the resort for children as there were no kids programs. It was a great escape for my husband and me. We would defiantely stay again at the Koa Kea.
Truly Paradise Found
We were looking for a special getaway, an escape from our typical life in paradise.
We booked a nite and dinner reservations at the new Koa Kea hotel and spa. From the moment we arrived at the portecochere we saw the property was beautiful and peaceful. We were graciously met and escorted to the very posh and upscale reception area where the guest service agent took us to our ocean view room. From the lanai the view was picture postcard perfect. The room was elegantly furnished with chic furniture, fine linens, plush towels and bathrobes. We had our own personal expresso machine with creamer already in the refrigerator. Other amenities included L'Occitane products and an oversized shower with double shower heads making it feel like a warm gentle tropical rain shower. The pool, juccuzi, and grounds were magnificent and private. The cove-like beach in front was fantastic for swimming and snorkeling. We had lunch at the poolside grill and Dan made sure our every need was met. The Red Salt restaurant is just what this island has been needing. The food and service were impeccable. We had the Mahi on forbidden rice and a steak that had flavor like none other we've ever tasted. The atmosphere, the food, the staff, everything was top notch first class all the way. Nothing has been over-looked at this gem of a resort. Within our first hour we booked a second night and have already planned another stay. This place is an experience that you won't forget. Thank you Koa Kea staff. Mike and Lisa
What a gem!
My wife and I stayed five nights at the new Koa Kea resort, having heard that it had opened through a brief NY Times mention. We knew the location to be terrific, as it is just down the beach from the Sheraton where we stayed on our honeymoon four years ago. Indeed, the beach was just as beautiful as we had remembered. Even better, the Koa Kea is FABULOUS. Here's why:
Rooms: The rooms are all brand new, of course, clean, well-organized for travelers. The linens are wonderful (all organic, from Italy), the bed was awesome, and the bathroom was terrific. Beautiful fixtures, great showers. We had an ocean view room (not ocean front) looking East up the shoreline, which is the best view, in my opinion. The balcony was terrific. The TV was flat screen hi def and awesome, thought we didn't watch much.
Service: Can't say enough about how nice and helpful everyone was. Chris, the general manager, is a wonderful host and went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable. When the safe in our room had an issue, he had it immediately replaced and treated us to lunch at the bar, where we met Dan the bartender. Dan owns a wine shop in Koloa Town and is a really nice guy who clearly knows his wine (his shop in Koloa is the nicest shop there, of any type--very nice gourmet goods as well as wine). Our servers at meals and each member of the front desk staff were very helpful, and really seemed to enjoy helping us (treating us as visiting friends more than as mainland tourists). Their recommendations for activities were great, and they were very responsive to our requests.
The property's restaurant, Red Salt, is terrific. Breakfast comes with great mini-muffins. Tip is to just order the buffet but not an item off the menu ($17 for the buffet, but $25 if you order a made-to-order item like eggs benedict, etc.). Waffle is not recommended, but the eggs are really great. Dinner is even better. Though the menu is limited and didn't seem to include daily specials, everything we had was perfectly prepared and delicious. The mahi-mahi over forbidden rice and the ono were our favorites. The diver scallop appetizer was perfect. The setting is very modern, and the ocean view is very nice.
The pool and hot tub are well-situated and very nice. We particularly liked the dark pool bottom, and the nice hot tub set up. Chairs around the pool are comfortable, and Dan is very good about checking on you, bringing water or drinks, etc. View of the ocean is wonderful, as we could watch the surfers who were constantly out testing waves that were seasonally very big. The rental equipment available was of the standard sort and easy to access, and the pool and beach towels were great. A new hotel is so wonderful!
Beach and location:
The beach, as noted, is really nice, with a great sunset around the point by the Sheraton. Surf lessons were constantly going on in the more gentle surf by the shore. Poipu is dry and sunny, so we prefer to stay there, and this location has great access to everything there. In between the Marriott timeshares and the Sheraton, it is a little oasis. The u-shape of the buildings reminded us of a Melrose Place by the sea. The smaller size of the Koa Kea is what we much prefer to the very large Hyatt and Sheraton properties.
Overall, we can't wait to get back to the Koa Kea, and wish everyone there well as they introduce visitors to their beautiful new resort.
Truly a jewel on the island of Kaua'i. I chose Koa Kea over the Hyatt for my wife's 50th birthday and it was the right choice. The personnel we extremely helpful and knowledgeable in ensuring our stay would be a memorable one. The rooms were large and comfortable, the bed even had a feather topper and there is an espresso maker in each.. We had a partial view of the ocean and were able to leave the lanai door open at night to be lulled to sleep by the surf and awoken by the roosters. There was a small beach in front of the hotel but I found that a short walk, 100m in either direction was the safest place to swim as the surf was quite large while we were there. The restaurant, Red Salt will be THE place to dine on Kaua'i. Try the lemon souffle pancakes and any of the evening entrees. I choose The Beach House Restaurant for the birthday dinner and while it was very good and a great setting, the food and service at Red Salt is unsurpassed. Congratulations to Chris Steuri (manager) for creating this intimate retreat in amongst the large resorts.
Value of Luxury....Cheers
The value of a truly enjoyable vacation resort hotel is critical for anyone’s long awaited vacation in Hawaii. Ko’a Kea, a new small (boutique) hotel offers value, not at a very low price but at a reasonable price for the luxury it affords.
Where “Everybody Knows Your Name” is the theme song of Cheers but it should be the theme for the Ko’a Kea hotel and its staff. Within one day most of the staff we met greeted us by name. The entire staff was helpful, friendly and always gave us a smile…including the General Manager…. an important value.
We had the garden view room which was steps away from the beach. As we stepped into the room we were impressed with the clean modern design of the room. The special macadamia nuts were a nice touch. The room’s bed was very comfortable with an extra-plush bed top and Egyptian cotton sheets. The marble bathroom and dual shower was wonderful. The other amenities included L’Occitane toiletries, complimentary Fiji water, bath robes, iPod docking station, large flat panel TV and a Nespresso pod espresso machine that makes wonderful espresso or coffee. Free internet access is available if you really need to work. Overall, it seems the designers created a beautiful and highly functional space to relax and enjoy.
The pool and Jacuzzi with the pool bar is great for easy relaxation. The beach on the right side of the hotel is a nice bay with wave action for body and surf boarding. The beach on the left side of the hotel is a larger bay which is the famous Poipu Beach. It seems to have a little less wave action so would be better for novices. Most of the shoreline right in front of the hotel is rocky but at the right edge is a small sandy cove which has much less wave action so seemed to be better for children.
Ko’a Kea’s Red Salt restaurant features excellent Pacific Rim fusion cuisine. This restaurant can be rated as highly as any of the best in Hawaii. The relatively short menu was nicely balanced with innovative appetizers and entrees.
This hotel was the best during my trip to Hawaii...great location, stylish rooms and public areas, and great staff. Luckily I was upgraded to an oceanview and it made all the difference in the world. No loud kids/kiddy activities thank god! Staff was helpful, polite...the place was classy.
A Birthday Celebration of a Lifetime in Paradise!
My birthday celebration couldn't have been more perfect! Sharolyn Kawakami, Director of Rooms, was so accommodating with my entire group of friends. The rooms and service were outstanding in every way. A private dinner set out by the pool for the big night was made possible by Paul Koulbanis, Food & Beverage Manager. I was able to personalize the menu with Ronnie Sanchez, the executive chef (delicious food!) and served by Paris Zina, Jamie Fain, and the bartender, Dan O'Connell. We stayed in the same hotel 25 years ago and found the memories to be even better this time! Everything you read about this hotel is correct--no wonder it is listed as a Preferred Hotel and Resort---6 Stars! When you can stay in a hotel and feel like the Innkeeper, Chris Steuri, is making sure your stay is the very best, you feel at home...and feel you are leaving with new friendships because of his staff. We will return...Thank you for a beautiful vacation in every way. I've never written a review before but wanted to share my thoughts and appreciation to the staff of the KoaKea!
Absolutely the Best Hotel Ever!!!
My husband, 13 yr old daughter, & I stayed here from July 16-19, 2009. My husband found this hotel at this site and we were all so very happy with our stay here. The hotel is fairly new. We had the Garden View room and the decor was really stylish. I especially liked the L'Occetaine (not sure of spelling?) shampoo, conditioner, lotion. We all loved the pool esp our daughter as it was so clean and heated and it wasn't too deep, the deepest area is 4'6". The staff were the best esp Ala& Cindy at the Front Desk. They helped us tremendously when we were booking a sea tour and a horse ride excursion and when we needed a microwave in our room. There was no pretense with any of the staff and they were just very welcoming and accomodating even the housekeepers, maintenance, and waitress. The valet people were also very kind and understanding even when we forgot to get something in the car. It's amazing how the owners of this hotel was able to get this group of staff as they were the best of the best. The beach front is a bit rocky in one area but I heard it's great for snorkeling. We stayed at the sandy part of the beach and it's a short walking distance on either side to the other beaches. Every day we also got a nice bottle of Fiji water on ice. It was also very quiet. If you want a nice quiet & relaxing place to stay, this is it. The Poipu shopping center is also close by as well as the horse riding (10min) and the sea tour (20min). I highly recommend doing the Na Pali sea tour on the Zodiac if you want an exciting & thrilling ride, it's not to be missed but it's not for wimps as they warned us. We will definitely come back to this hotel & will recommend this to everyone.
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