Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach

2251 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756, USA

Surfers have long favored the legendary breaks at Poipu Beach, on Kauai’s south coast, but honeymooners and romance seekers have staked a claim at the beachfront Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort, a boutique-style getaway in a revamped 1960s lodging that offers a peaceful alternative to the island’s big-name hotel chains. Arranged around an umbrella-dotted pool area, the intimate 121 rooms have private balconies and lanais and island-appropriate decor (think shell-themed artwork and carpeting and coral-embellished drapery framing the sliding doors). Order in to sample sushi prepared with the day’s fresh catch, or head down to Red Salt, helmed by Kauai native Noelani Planas, whose savory vanilla-bean mahi-mahi and lemon-pineapple soufflé pancakes earn rave reviews.

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Lounge poolside and enjoy casual fare like an ahi melt with Dubliner cheddar cheese or a kalua pork flatbread topped by cucumbers and macadamia nuts. Or dine oceanfront on beet-cured ono, Kula sweet onion and saffron soup with a manchego tuile or the signature burger: Wagyu sirloin with seared foie gras, butter-poached Kona lobster and sweet-and-sour pineapple.

Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

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