Koa Kea Hotel and Resort
What is your favorite place in the world you’ve traveled to and why? My favorite place that I have ever traveled to is probably Kauai. Now that I have been there multiple times, it feels familiar which is comforting, and it is so beautiful. – Emily Thompson
Koa Kea Hotel and Resort straddles Kiahuna Beach—a long strip of buff-colored sand that borders the Pacific Ocean—in Poipu, a small beach community on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The 121-room hotel is located close to must-see attractions on the “Garden Isle,” including Napali Coast State Park, a 6,175-acre outdoor space with soaring mountains and waterfalls. Temperatures glide past the 70s in the summer, making it the best time of the year to visit.
Koa Kea’s suites are elegant but never ostentatious, fusing contemporary furniture and sheer fabrics. These rooms, which range from $450 to $650 per night, boast mod-cons too: Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and coffee machines. While guests have plenty to entertain them in their rooms, the hotel has much more to offer, with a swimming pool and whirlpool, a fitness center and an ever-changing itinerary of outdoor experiences: scuba diving, zip-lining, horseback riding, etc. Guests can book these trips at an extra charge.
Two restaurants, Pool Bar and Red Salt, welcome hungry diners. The latter serves food indigenous to Hawaii—local artisan goat cheese, Hawaiian sweet corn, Lilikoi mashed potato—and fine wine. After a bite to eat, guests can head to the hotel’s spa, which offers peace, tranquility and an assortment of beauty treatments.
Address: 2251 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI 96756