Ratings based on 615 Verified Reviews
4.9 Room cleanliness
4.8 Service & staff
4.7 Room comfort
4.8 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from Northern California
Smaller Hotel on Poipu BeachPosted Dec 10, 2017
This Hotel is beautifully situated on a rocky area of Poipu Beach. There is not direct beach access but you are nearly ten or so steps on either side to the sandy beaches. The Hotel staff are exceptional and really focus on providing you with the best experience possible. I will recommend this Hotel to friends and family, and would stay here again.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from Oklahoma City, OK
Beautiful hotel & great staffPosted Dec 9, 2017
Pros: Everything. Beautiful resort. Staff was absolutely perfect. Other guests were very kind.
My girlfriend and I have traveled fairly extensively for our age and stayed in a lot of highly rated resorts/hotels. The attention to detail at Koa Kea is truly unmatched. My girlfriend and I got engaged on our trip to Kauai. We didn't set up anything special at Koa Kea, we just mentioned it to our valet when parking the night of the engagement. The next day the hotel staff had put a very kind note in our room along with a bottle of champagne to help us celebrate. They also recognized us at dinner the next day. It made us feel very special and was just an added touch that really shows how much effort they put towards customer service. Besides the engagement, everything else was perfect. Everyone was so kind and helpful. Koa Kea has an excellent reputation, and it's obvious why they deserve it. If you're going to Kauai, don't stay anywhere else.
for Couplesby A verified traveler
Posted Nov 28, 2017
Pros: staff and location
Cons: not much
Location: convenient to most everything in poipu
beautiful staff with great attitudes make for a wonderful experiencestaff
for Couplesby A verified traveler
Nice stay.Posted Oct 22, 2017
Pros: All adults. Low volume of guests. Excellent housekeeping.
Cons: Lower drink prices.
Location: Na Poli Dinner Cruise. Waimea Canyon.
I agree with all the good things reviewers have said about this hotel. Whether it meets the status of "Luxury" I'm not so sure. What I liked most was the low volume of guests and all adults the week we stayed. The cleanliness and housekeeping service were top notch and I liked turn down service because of the towel, water, and shampoo replacements in the evening. The ice bucket and chocolate was a very nice touch. The housekeeping services really deserve praise. All the staff were very professional and friendly. I have seen the complaints about the need for car valet service. I observed that it would become very congested around the entrance without it so I came to appreciated that service very much. And, I didn't mind at all tipping for the service as the team was very attentive, very quick and really deserved tips. My only reason for not giving 5 stars was mostly due to the price of cocktails. $17 for a cocktail was well above prices at the surrounding hotels and I think, discouraged guests from spending anytime in the evening around the pool and fire pits. The lack of activity in the evening made the place seem a little dull and boring. Not that I'm advocating party-town at night, but more reasonable drink prices would have encouraged more evening visits to the pool and hot tub that I think would have increased guest enjoyment in general. Overall, I would recommend this hotel.
for Couplesby A verified traveler from Seattle, WA
Very good hotel next to best beach on south shorePosted Oct 15, 2017
Pros: Everything, but specifically that was adult only as we do not have kids!
Cons: Not much, staff is already doing a very good job maintaining the property and rooms.
Location: Located close to the best beach on the south shore.
The hotel is located next to what we consider the best beach on the south shore of Kauai. Room was perfect, very clean, high quality, everything as expected for a hotel in the price range. Staff made all the efforts to make our stay as pleasant as possible. We do not have kids and loved that hotel was adult only! Restaurant was very good, we have tried both breakfast and dinner. Spa was very good but just not the very best ever experienced. Mandatory valet parking but understandable due to somehow limited parking. We are just not used with valet parking, prefer to park the car myself and that's why we can't say we have valued the valet parking a lot but that's just a matter of preference, I'm sure other people were perfectly fine with valet parking that was already part of the hotel fee. We will definitely return to this hotel in our next visit to Kauai!
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Posted Oct 12, 2017
Nice ,quiet hotel right on the beach. Staff very friendly and rooms clean.
for Couplesby A verified traveler from UK
Excellent HotelPosted Oct 8, 2017
Pros: Very good location with safe beaches (Po'ipu); excellent staff and good facilities including main restaurant (Red Salt) and outside pool facility.
Cons: Can't think of anything
Location: Hotel has a beach front location with easy access just south of Koloa, with (if needed) other hotel restaurants close. Other main attractions nearby.
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, hotel has a pleasing open atmosphere and is of a good size, not too big; not too small. Several visitor areas nearby (inc the National Tropical Botanical Garden) with knowledgable staff on hand to advise. Red Salt restaurant very good although a little on the pricey side. We found Turtles and Bull Seals on the nearby beach (within walking distance).
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from SF Bay Area, CA
On the ocean with intimate feelPosted Sep 22, 2017
The Koa Kea is beautifully situated on the water with wide, safe swimming beaches to either side. This resort is scaled perfectly to have all the desirable amenities--clean, stylish, updated facilities and carefully-tended landscaping, ample staffing, concierge, pool, spa, poolside bar, clean towels, snorkeling and surfing gear rental, etc--while maintaining a wonderful calm, personal, intimate feel. You get to personally know the very nice service staff. A superb restaurant, the Red Salt, is located on-site. The beach and surf are directly in view, and snorkeling beaches with lifeguards are right next door. No crowds, no over-the-top luxury stuff you'll never use. Our garden-view room opened onto to a lush patio with chaise lounge--great! We'll definitely be back!
for Couplesby A verified traveler from Tucson
Beautiful Hotel Close to the BeachPosted Sep 20, 2017
Pros: We loved the location, amenities, pool, and drinks
Cons: There was a manager who was particularly rude. We look young for our age and felt like we were being treated like children by this manager.
Location: The beach is steps away from the hotel. We enjoyed the entire island, but there isn't much in terms of night-time activities if that's your thing.
We stayed here for our honeymoon, and it was an absolute dream. We loved how quiet it was and that we were just steps from the beach. Our time there was spent enjoying pool-side cocktails, lounging on the beach, and even enjoying our beautiful room. We didn't spring for a room with a view, and it was still stunning. We were woken up every morning by the roosters on the property, but we loved them and the experience through and through!
for Couplesby A verified traveler from Denver, CO
Beautiful, small resort with amazing staff!Posted Sep 13, 2017
Pros: The hotel felt very relaxing and adult- not really too many kiddos or family activities. This made it perfect for couples time on our honeymoon.
Location: Private feeling location- sits at the end of a long drive.Snorkeling was great and relaxing on the front lawn.
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon and were blown away by this place. It was perfect! It is a quiet and relaxing little paradise- exactly what we needed. The staff was so kind and caring while we were there, offering restaurant recommendations on the island, helping us with directions, good conversation at the bar, and a turn down service that we looked forward to every night. We most enjoyed in-room dining breakfast while sitting on our lanai looking at the ocean. Just the best! We hope to make it back here one day.