Unplug and Unwind in Kauai
In our dialed-in society of well-versed travelers, it is such a delight to discover a new hotel that caters to those who desire privacy, especially in our beloved Hawaiian islands, to escape from it all, so to speak.
Kauai, the 4th largest Hawaiian island, has is own distinct personality which sets it apart from the others. Its gloriously dramatic jagged cliffs and lush tropical rain forests are reminiscent of the Hawaii of days gone by and justifies its reputation as “the garden isle.” With stunning white sand beaches and unusual reef formations this island is truly a tropical paradise with gorgeous hiking trails leading to hidden cascading falls and swimming holes.
My quest to find a little secret oasis came to fruition when we discovered the Koa Kea hotel, which means “white coral” in the native language. This intimate resort exudes a sense of exclusivity and taste in each and every category. Under the watchful eye of a marvelous Swiss manager, the hotel has an air of gracious European hospitality.
The hotel offers all the amenities one would expect in a sophisticated luxury resort, such as L’Occitane bath ammenities, an in room expresso machine and most important, divinely comfortable beds with high thread count cotton linens. The staff is truly delightful and discreetly accommodating to all your needs without fanfare. One unexpected treat was the delicious brunch available each morning featuring the best eggs benedict I have ever had as well as their signature pineapple soufflé pancakes. It was so exceptional I invited friends that were staying in a neighboring hotel to come over and enjoy, which they did and wholly agreed with me. The hotel’s “Red Salt Restaurant” is also quite spectacular, offering dishes such as Bronzed Diver Scallops, Togarashi Crusted Seared Ahi, and their signature Red salt Poke amongst their many savory creations. We just loved it!
With only 121 rooms and suites, and just three stories high, the Koa Kea has the distinct privilege of being the closest hotel on the island to Poipu beach, which has received numerous “Top 5” beach awards both nation and worldwide. Poipu is a wonderful beach for both surfing and swimming, as it is well protected by reefs. Standing on the top floor terrace of my suite I truly felt I was on “top of the waves”.
The suites are elegantly appointed with a chic and modern yet invitingly warm décor featuring unique artwork, marble bathrooms, flat screen televisions and most attractive and tasteful furnishings.
The Koa Kea is designed around a U-shaped garden with a stunning pool, Jacuzzi and cabana opening up to the stellar ocean views and swimmable beach. While this special resort is open to all, it seems to cater to couples looking to enjoy a quiet, elegant and romantic getaway.
I could not have been more pleasantly surprised with this lovely little discovery of a hotel which gave me a rested and wonderful holiday in the Hawaiian islands. I look forward to going back for sure.
Koa Kea Resort Hotel at Poipu Beach
2251 Poipu Road