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.
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
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 socialise 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 flavours.
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.
When to visit
Try the lemon soufflé pancakes at breakfast, well worth the 25 minute preparation wait
Oceanfront location on Poipu Beach(although not directly on the sand). Koa Kea can be found to the south of Kauai.
10-hour direct flight from London to West Coast America then 5-hour 30-minute direct flight over to Lihue on Kaua'i. It is a further 15-minute drive from the airport to Koa Kea.
Jurassic Falls Helicopter Adventure
Take to the skies on an incredible 25 minute helicopter adventure which allows you to see Kauai from the air as most is inaccessible by land including Hawaii's most famous waterfall, featured in the movie Jurassic Park.
Kuilau Ridge Trail
Located just north of Lihue, no other trail on the island offers so much and asks for so little. Easy enough that children can enjoy it, this 4.5mile trail offers glorious views of the Makeleha Mountains and beyond. Pack a picnic and spend the day here.
Mountain Tubing Adventure on Kauai
This fun adventure takes place in the old irrigation ditches of a plantation in Lihue and is the only tubing experience in Kauai. A great activity for the family, float through beautiful scenery, flumes and tunnels on a 3-hour journey.
Na Pali Coast Boat Trip
Explore the stunning Na Pali coastline on a 65 foot Gold coast Yacht Luxury Sailing Catamaran. Spend the day onboard or making the most of swimming or snorkelling in the sparkling blue water.
Na Pali Coast from the air
Take one of the world's most thrilling helicopter rides along the Jurassic Coast on Kauai.
Fly over lush valleys dotted with waterfalls, Waimea Canyon and the impenetrable Na Pali coast known for its towering razor sharp cliffs and secluded beaches
Saddle up on Kauai
Enjoy a spectacular horseback ride on a working cattle ranch taking in views of the famous Hanalei mountains with the striking blue Pacific in the distance. Learn about Paniolo cowboy history and Hawaii’s magnificent flora and fauna.