Kona Kai Resort & Spa

Shelter Island, San Diego, California, United States of America

At a Glance

  • Relaxed family friendly hotel on the outskirts of San Diego

  • Only 10 minutes from both the airport and Sea World

  • Pretty marina setting on Shelter Island

  • Swimming pool and beach area overlooking marina

  • Day trips available on America's Cup yacht departing from hotel

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San Diego has a year-round climate. Summer (June - September) is the peak-tourist season, this is when the weather is at its hottest and the city can be over crowded. If you are visiting in May or June watch out for the 'marine layer', a cloudy overcast, almost fog-like cloud which may affect the beach and first mile or so of the coastal strip, especially in the mornings.

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Set on Shelter Island, just a 10-minute drive from San Diego Airport, Kona Kai Resort & Spa offers a picturesque location on the edge of the marina and a fantastic family friendly base for exploring San Diego.

This unassuming resort offers a wealth of facilities and a comfortable base for exploring San Diego's water ways, historic district and fun family friendly attractions.

Set on Shelter Island's marina, it offers a pretty outlook either to the bay beyond, the gardens or the grand yachts in the marina. Relax around the pool or in the outdoor Jacuzzi, enjoy a game of volleyball on the beach or indulge in a sumptuous meal at The Vessel restaurant with lovely marina and hillside views.

All guest rooms and suites have been recently renovated and offer white linens with a splash of bright colours to reflect the nautical location. Whilst not luxurious, the rooms are very spacious and offer options to interconnect, ideal when travelling as a family.

The children will love San Diego. With San Diego Zoo within 15 minutes drive and plenty of water sports to try it is a great spot to spend a few days. Take a trip out on the resident America's Cup yacht "Stars and Stripes" for an exhilarating ocean experience for the whole family or hire a motorboat or kayak to explore at your own leisure.

In the evening, enjoy a relaxed meal at The Vessel or listen to live music in the bar. On balmy evenings guests can enjoy their own bonfire on the beach with wood and Smore's available from the hotel. A fun family activity to enjoy together

Kona Kai offers a great location, comfortable accommodations ideal for guests wanting a more low key hotel but still with excellent facilities

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Each of the spacious guest rooms has been recently renovated and features lovely views out to the bay, marina or pool. Junior Suites and Executive Suites offer more space and premium locations. All rooms and suites offer either a private patio or balcony.

Accommodations are tastefully decorated in a fusion of white linens and bright fabric chairs and cushions, offering a splash of colour. Each offers one king or two queen beds, coffee maker, flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and a mini refrigerator. Connecting rooms are available for families.


Families are welcome at the resort and there are connecting rooms for them. The children will love the pool and beach area and sand volleyball court. A ping-pong table, a jumbo sized draughts board, bocce ball, bean bag toss and frisbees are all at their disposal. Sea World is within 15 minutes drive of the hotel.


The hotel features a welcoming lobby lounge area which leads through to the reception area. Set back in the gardens is a good sized pool and outdoor spa pool which lead down to the man made beach area with the marina as a back drop.

The fitness centre is located next to the beach and offers a gym as well as a selection of classes and personal training. There is also a small spa offering rejuvenating treatments for body and mind.

Enjoy marina views from the octagonal Vessel restaurant open for breakfast and dinner. The neighbouring bar offers a friendly atmosphere and live music on some evenings during the week. In room dining is also available.


The marina and water front location affords plenty of opportunity for water sports. Rent out a jet ski, kayak, stand up paddle board or paddle boat. For guests with a more adventurous spirit, the Americas Cup yacht "Stars and Stripes" offers exciting 3-hour sails each afternoon. Join other guests on board or charter the yacht just for you and your family for an exhilarating experience.

San Diego is famous for its fishing and the marina location makes Kona Kai an ideal spot for enthusiasts. Half and full day fishing charters can be arranged.

Segway and bike rentals are also available for guests who prefer to stay on land. Downtown San Diego, the Gas Lamp District and Historic Centre are all within easy reach. Sea World and the San Diego Zoo are less than 15 minutes drive away.


  • Catch a Baseball Game

    Sports fan or not, you can't help but enjoy the ballpark; it's an experience so quintessentially American. Chow down on dogs and beer, hear the barrel organ fire up the crowd and cry "Outta Sight" as a 'homer' is hit.

  • Sailing on America's Cup Yacht

    Get out on the water on one of America's most iconic sailing yachts. Stars and Stripes competed in the prestigious America's Cup event in 92' and is still thrilling guests with exciting and interactive public sails.

Location & directions

Shelter Island, San Diego, California, United States of America

Located on Shelter Island, a fishing and marina community on the outskirts of San Diego, close to Sea World.

How to get there

10-hour direct flight from London to San Diego followed by a 15-minute transfer by car.

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