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Koa Kea

Poipu beach, Kauai

Koa Kea is set on the water's edge in the pretty beach area of Poipu on Kauai's South Coast. It is one of the smallest luxury properties on the Hawaiian islands and offers a contemporary feel and relaxed intimacy, ideal for couples and older families.

We organize stays to this property as part of a longer customized itinerary, please contact our travel specialists to start crafting your vacation.

At a Glance

  • Boutique hotel located right on the ocean front at Poipu Beach

  • Contemporary and stylish hotel, recommended for adults and older families

  • Home to one of the best restaurants on the island, Red Salt

  • Chic suites with direct ocean views, ideal for whale watching in season

  • Easy reach of local shops and restaurants in the Poipu area

Beach, Family, Honeymoon, Adventure

Insider's View

Try the lemon soufflé pancakes at breakfast, well worth the 25 minute preparation wait

Anna Bleasdale

Insider's View

The Ocean Front Suites are the perfect place for whale watching in the winter; go for the second floor suites for the best views

Anna Bleasdale

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Koa Kea or take a look at our itineraries to Hawaii


Tucked away in a semi circle to make the most of the ocean views and spilling out on to spacious lawns, perfect for sunbathing, Koa Kea offers a relaxed and tranquil experience in this pretty area of the South Coast of Kauai.

Although not set directly on the beach, this boutique hotel offers direct ocean views and is often a prime spot for whale watching from its ocean front balconies during the winter months. A short climb across the rocks on the Western side of the hotel brings you to Poipu Beach, one of the most swimmable and popular beaches on Kauai and a prime spot for keen surfers and water sports enthusiasts.

Within the gardens, a pleasant freeform pool is perfect for a refreshing dip and the pool bar is a welcome meeting spot for guests to socialize and enjoy sundown cocktails or lunchtime snacks.

Set back behind the pool, the stylish and modern lounge is a tranquil space to relax in the evening and the superb Red Salt Restaurant offers imaginative and tempting cuisine next door. It's considered to be one of the best restaurants on the island with it's tantalising flavors.

For guests looking for a more intimate environment who don't require the full facilities of a resort hotel, the Koa Kea is a little gem of a hotel, with modern comforts and a home from home feel, right on the ocean's edge.


There are 121 contemporary styled rooms set with either partial or full ocean views. The Ocean Front rooms are particularly desirable with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The Oceanfront Suites are the most lavish of the accommodations with two private balconies and a separate lounge and King bedroom.

All rooms are designed with refreshing colors and a modern feel. Each features a flat screen TV, air conditioning, safe, bath robes, nightly turn down service and complimentary WiFi.


Children are welcome at the hotel, however, there are no particular facilities in place for them and the feel of the property is definitely more adult orientated. Connecting rooms are available, however cannot be guaranteed in advance. One child can share with two adults in the Oceanfront Suites.


There is a lagoon style swimming pool surrounded by terraces and lawns with plenty of sun loungers. A poolside bar offers drinks and snacks throughout the day and there is also a watersports hut where guests can rent snorkel gear and water sports equipment. There is a fitness center and the Spa at Koa Kea offers soothing and rejuvenating treatments in it's treatment rooms, on the oceanside or in room.

Red Salt restaurant offers fine dining in the evening and a sumptuous a la carte breakfast each morning. The lounge is a relaxing space to enjoy at any time of the day.

Valet parking is available and is included in the resort fee.


The hotel is just a short stroll from Poipu Beach and surfing lessons and equipment rental can be arranged for guests. There are a number of excellent kayaking routes close by, including the popular Poipu to Port Allen course with a stop in Lawai Bay or the Napali Coast. Catamaran trips to the Napali Coast and deep sea fishing are available. From November to May, whales inhabit the waters around the island and this is a prime time to go whale watching or simply view from the shore. There is also excellent snorkeling and scuba diving around the island which can be arranged from the hotel.

Location & Directions

Poipu beach, Kauai

Oceanfront location on Poipu Beach(although not directly on the sand). Koa Kea can be found to the south of Kauai.

When to go

Kauai is a year round destination with a tropical climate, with the very best months being April to September. Temperatures are high throughout the year but never excessive, as humidity levels are manageable. There is a rainy season from December to March which is also ironically, the tourism high season, when the scenery is at its most lush and long, hot days break up the rainy spells.

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