Located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, lining the shores of picturesque Poipu Beach, the Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort is set on the footprint of the old Poipu Beach Hotel devastated by the 1992 Hurricane Iniki.
Represented by coral found throughout the resort, the name Ko’a Kea embodies rebirth and rejuvenation. According to Hawaiian mythology, the ancient world of Hawaii began with the birth of the goddess Po, whose first grandchild was Hina, the coral goddess. Hina, short for Wahine, meaning “woman,” is a powerful source of new life and spiritual power. In Hawaiian, the name Ko’a Kea translates to “white coral,” and pays tribute to Hina and is an homage to the new life that has been brought to the hotel.
With unrivaled oceanfront views from being nestled into the coast amdist Kauai’s lush tropical surroundings, Ko’a Kea truly immerses guests into the spirit of romance on the Garden Isle. In addition to luxurious guest rooms designed with modern oceanic tones, Ko’a Kea offers an authentic Hawaiian experience for its guests with a saltwater pool & hot tub, beachfront fire pits, countless ocean activities, a blissful spa inspired by the surrounding natural landscape, and locally sourced Hawaiian seafood and produce, exquisitely prepared in the award-winning Red Salt Restaurant.
In its scenic, romantic atmosphere, Red Salt features dishes with a modern take that are inspired from the island surroundings. With a diverse menu created by acclaimed Executive Chef and Kauai native Noelani Planas, who worked under notable chefs Joel Robuchon and Wolfgang Puck, Red Salt features artful cuisine crafted from fresh local produce and seafood.
Enjoy modern cuisine with dishes like Vanilla Bean-Seared Mahi, Ahi Tartare and the decadently layered Red Salt burger. During morning hours, Red Salt offers tropical takes on traditional breakfast dishes, such as lobster benedict and lemon-pineapple soufflé pancakes, recently featured on the Food Network. At Red Salt, guests experience a casual yet sophisticated dining experience with sweeping, palm tree-lined ocean views.
With the sense of rejuvenation and rebirth guests experience while visiting, its no wonder why Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort has a flourish of awards to boast. These include Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers Choice Award #10 Top Resort in Hawaii, #3 Best Resort Hotel in Hawaii and #1 Best Resort Hotel on Kauai 2018 by Travel + Leisure, and the Gold Badge of Honor for Best Hotels 2018 by US News & World Report. For weddings, honeymoons, and other romantic getaways, the serene Ko’ Kea Hotel & Resort leaves guests with an everlasting sensation of love, fulfillment and rejuvenation.