This oceanfront jewel box hides between the sprawling Kiahuna Plantation Resort and the densely built Marriott Waiohai Beach Club. A chic boutique inn with arguably the island’s best hotel restaurant, Red Salt ★★★, it takes its name from Hawaiian words for “white coral,” which inspires the white and coral accents in the sleek, modern decor. All rooms feature lanais, many with views of the rocky coast (a short walk from sandy beaches). Nespresso coffee makers and L’Occitane bath products suggest Europe, but the staff resounds with pure Hawaiian aloha. Note: At these prices, the “garden view” may disappoint—best to spring for an ocean view.
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
2251 Poipu Rd., Poipu, HI
Our Rating Neighborhood South Shore Phone 888/898-8958, 808/828-8888 Prices $389–$499 gardenview double; $429–$729 oceanview or oceanfront double; from $899 ocean-view suite. $45 resort fee includes Wi-Fi, wellness classes, and more Amenities Restaurant; 2 bars; bike and watersports rentals; concierge; fitness room; Jacuzzi; pool; room service; spa; free Wi-Fi. Units 121 URL http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/koa-kea-resort.html?aid=1254987 &label=frommers-hotelpage-deeplink Web site Koa Kea Hotel & Resort Other Parking fee: $35 per night (plus tax) for overnight guests
Map2251 Poipu Rd. Poipu HI Kauai
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