Hotel Overview

2019 Exceptional Values
Extra Value: Kids 17 and under Stay Free.

Step into luxury at this boutique oceanfront resort on the world-famous Poipu Beach of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort captures the essence of the island's native flowers and vibrant sea life, making it one of the most beautiful and romantic resorts in Kauai. The name "Ko'a Kea" is Hawaiian for "white coral," a Hawaiian mythical symbol for new life and spirituality. Allow your stay at Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort to open you to the life-giving power of Kauai's tropical vegetation, coral reefs, and azure sea.

Kauai's diverse landscape offers an abundance of activities and excursions for the adventurous explorer or the relaxed traveler. Near the resort there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the island's diverse landscape with hiking, horseback riding, and golfing. Explore the natural beauty of the ocean and its wildlife with surfing, snorkeling, and kayaking in the area.

At the end of a long day on the island, experience spectacular beachfront accommodations with all the comfort, activities, and spectacular views Poipu Beach has to offer. Each of the 121 rooms offers crisp, relaxing colors and sleek designs, with private lanais providing stunning exterior views. For even further relaxation, The Spa at the Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort offers rejuvenating treatments with a focus on natural and indigenous ingredients to ease the body after a day of island activities. Upscale cuisine is also on offer, at the hotel's contemporary oceanfront restaurant Red Salt.


Lihue Airport, Lihue Hawaii : 15 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 1992
Last Renovation: 2009
All rooms non-smoking: 121
Floors: 3


Hotel Details

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General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy: Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy: Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy: This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

General Information: Room taxes are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

There is a  daily resort fee that includes: valet parking, lei greeting upon arrival, one
in-room bottle of private label wine (must be 21 or older), high-speed
wireless internet access, wellness classes, hosted evening manager cocktail
reception on Wednesdays, keepsake Ko’a Kea flip flops, and access to over
3,000 same-day newspapers and magazines worldwide on your personal devices via PressReader. The fee is subject to change without prior notice.

The above list may not be comprehensive.  The hotel can provide current inclusions upon guest check-in.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5 star tripadvisor rating Based on 2544 reviews
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Be warned - deceptive pictures

    My wife and I came her for our 20th year wedding anniversary. I planned months in advance, reserved their Deluxe Oceanfront Room. Pictures on the website were amazing. What we walked up to and opened our door too wasn't. The room didn't look like the room we reserved at all. Outdated, didn't have a recessed ceiling with wood and was highly disappointing. The bathroom looked like it was supposed to. The view, amazing. But we paid for the room to be what was on their website. I called down and spoke to the manager and the first thing they explained was that the view was amazing. I said I know but the room we were given was not what was on their website. She explained that they only had 6 of these Deluxe Ocean Front rooms and only 2 of them (33%) were the same as the picture. This is deceptive advertising. To accommodate us, they issued us a $50 dollar credit per night. No worth it at all and didn't make up for being deceived. The property was pretty. The incredibly overpriced food and drinks were not. Did I mention that their breakfast buffet doesn't include coffee. Crazy... How can a buffet not include coffee. If you are going here, be warned. It's an average hotel. Not worth the money at all. The only amazing part of this hotel is the beach next to it. Pool is tiny. Our service in the most part was ok but we expected this hotel to match the status of being the most romantic hotel on the island. Far from it.

    Jun 02, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Wonderful, Relaxing Honeymoon

    My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon in mid-May. We had an amazing time at Ko'a Kea and would love to come back to stay again. Pros: - the service at the hotel is 5 star. Everyone working there was friendly, attentive, and helpful - the room was very nice. We had a partial ocean view that had a great view of the lawn and ocean - Red Salt was delicious. We ate there twice for dinner. Our server, Chris, was very personable and made our dinners great - Breakfast was included in our package. The continental buffet was average but the breakfast items off the menu were very tasty - the pool area was so quiet! Even though this is not an adults only resort during our stay there were only a couple of small babies. It was so relaxing by the pool, often times all you could hear were the waves crashing! - pool service was great and drinks were delicious - great resort for people traveling without children. There is not much for kids to do at the hotel compared to the Hyatt next door. This made for a very relaxing trip Cons: We enjoyed this resort SO much we really only had one complaint - not enough lounge chairs by the pool but especially not enough shade! People would save spots when the pool opened for later. They really could use several more umbrellas. There are lounge chairs on the lawn as well, but there are no umbrellas on the lawn. If they add more shade to the pool, it would make the pool area perfect! Of note, this hotel is on the ocean but not directly in front of a beach. There are two beaches on both sides of the resort which are a very short walk away. This was not an issue for us. You can rent chairs/umbrellas to bring to the beach. Tip: Definitely rent a car when traveling to Kauai. There is a valet fee but it was SO worth it to be able to explore the island. We used the car much more than we had planned.

    May 30, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great Location on the Beach

    Great Beach spot. You can get a room directly oceanfront, steps from the water. Very couple oriented, which was fine for my retried husband and myself. This was our second stay. This is also the drier part of the island on this side, which makes more great weather. Its hard to go wrong in the islands, but I will definitely be back. Rooms are very upscale. Need a better room service variety.

    May 27, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Mahalo, Ko’a Kea!

    My wife and I have just completed another terrific stay. We’ve been coming (>annually) to Koa Kea since its opening. It has never failed to meet or exceed our high expectations. This small, quiet and beautiful boutique property is situated oceanfront between 2 great beaches. And serves as a wonderful adult retreat from the mainland-madness. Koa Kea is a great base- to explore and seek adventure on the Garden Isle, or to just relax and recharge the battery onsite. From the kind and accommodating staff, to the well maintained accommodations and facilities, to the outstanding food... the consistent quality is much appreciated and is to be commended. We can’t wait to return!

    May 26, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    We fell in love with Kauai here.

    This hotel is excellent in every way. The staff is helpful and charming, the rooms are perfect, comfortable, with incredible views. It’s a quiet hotel, but not boring, situated between two ideal beaches. Sunsets by the fire pits, the pool, the restaurant, all perfect. We’ll be back.

    May 25, 2019
Prices per person based on double occupancy including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers and round-trip airport/hotel transfers when arriving at airport closest to destination (for exceptions see, hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, and all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Fees may apply for carry-on and checked baggage-view Baggage Policies. Some resort fees, environmental levies and departure taxes are not included and may be payable in resort. View Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Fair Trade Contract. All public charter flights are operated by ALG Vacations Corp: Allegiant Air: PC 18-231, A319-156 seats or A320-177 seats or A320-186 seats/PC 18-234, A319-156 seats/PC 18-227, A320-186 seats; Icelandair: PC 18-232, B757-200-183 seats; Miami Air: PC 18-230, B737-800-183 seats/Miami Air operated by TUI Air Belgium N.V.: PC 18-250, B737-800-180 seats; Swift Air: PC 18-229, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/PC 18-254, A320-180 seats; Volaris: PC 18-233, A320-180 seats. CST2139014-20 D22819