Kona Kai Resort & Spa

San Diego, California

Virgin rating

The hotel

This elegant California hotel is on Shelter Island, overlooking the Kona Kai Marina. With a private beach and a newly renovated pool, your stay here will be a real treat. Why not grab yourself a cabana and head to the poolside bar for a refreshing drink – and take in the views of the marina. If you fancy something a bit more active, enjoy one of the many water sports, join in a free fitness class or take a ride along the bay on one of the resort's free bikes.

Amenities

  • Bicycle Rental
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

Located on Shelter Island on Kona Kai Marina, minutes from Downtown San Diego and San Diego’s International Airport.

Hotel information

170 rooms, including 46 new luxury suites, set over 3 floors in 1 building, all with spectacular water views. All with private patio or balcony, air-conditoning and heating, flatscreen TV with premium entertainment channels, telephone, complimentary coffee, mini-fridge, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, iron and board. Deluxe Guestrooms have 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Premium Rooms offer 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Suites are also available, featuring sophisticated coastal design, spa-inspired bathrooms with bath and rainfall shower, and bay or marina views from an oversized balcony. 

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

With its private beach, pools for both adults and kids, and a bar overlooking the marina, you'll get the best resort experience here - as well as beautiful sunset views.

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefits:

  • Book before 31 Dec '20 for completed stays between 16 Jul '19-31 Dec '20 and receive a complimentary room upgrade.
  • Offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time. Please note black out dates apply. Offer is valid on all room types, except suites.

Vessel restaurant (local coastal cuisine, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Tiki Bar and adults-only pool bar. Resort pool and adults-only pool. Pool and beach cabanas*. Spa*. Fitness centre. Complimentary fitness classes. Private beach and firepits. Water activity centre* including kayaks and paddle boards. Volleyball. Badminton. Complimentary bikes. Fishing*. Beach parties. Kona Kai Marina with bay cruises* and dinner cruises*. Gift shop. Room service*. WiFi*. Self-parking $34, plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change)

This hotel has resort fees that are included in the room rate (subject to change)

Resort fee includes: - Daily Newspaper in Lobby - WiFi - Fitness centre and steam room - Towel Service at pool and spa. Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

*Denotes local charge. 

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Aug 18, 2022 653stepheng653 London, United Kingdom

I work in the tourism industry, so am always looking to see how others do things and more importantly how they respond to situations that arise. On arriving at Kona Kai I encountered poor service and my room had no curtains. I went to reception where the night manager was next to useless but eventually changed my room. I raised my concerns at a… Read more
I work in the tourism industry, so am always looking to see how others do things and more importantly how they respond to situations that arise. On arriving at Kona Kai I encountered poor service and my room had no curtains. I went to reception where the night manager was next to useless but eventually changed my room. I raised my concerns at a more senior level. Where the resort manager Scott stepped in making sure everything was now ok. Angie the assistant manager had already spoken with me in the morning and assured me this was not the norm and went out of her way to rectify the situation. Thanks to the prompt and decisive efforts of both Scott and Angie I decided to stay. From then on the resort lived upto it’s expected standard. I would like also to thank Ronnie in the restaurant and Nutty who worked in the bar for being particularly attentive and helpful. The managers proved you can turn things around from a bad start. I would highly recommend this hotel and will stay again when I am in this part of the country. Thanks Scott and all your staff. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 5 STARS to the Best Resort in Southern California!!

Aug 17, 2022 VEGASMORGAN San Diego, California

Outstanding Mini Vacation for my Daughter and Friends as they prepare for approaching departures to College!!! Each Kona Kai Member makes each guest feel special and guarantees a great visit. The rooms are modern, updated and pristine. The Spa, On site Restaurant, Pool Services and Fitness Center are outstanding. Most important is the GREAT… Read more
Outstanding Mini Vacation for my Daughter and Friends as they prepare for approaching departures to College!!! Each Kona Kai Member makes each guest feel special and guarantees a great visit. The rooms are modern, updated and pristine. The Spa, On site Restaurant, Pool Services and Fitness Center are outstanding. Most important is the GREAT PEOPLE that work there that ensure your visit will go in you Memory Book as a MUST RETURN!! Read less
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Aug 14, 2022 iguinto

We had such an amazing time at Kona Kai Resort! The staff were all very nice and so accommodating! Everything was so easy. We didn’t leave the resort for anything. My kids had a blast at the pool and the water sports! We rode jet ski’s and had the best time! The vessel restaurant was delicious. We ordered our food at the pool and was really good… Read more
We had such an amazing time at Kona Kai Resort! The staff were all very nice and so accommodating! Everything was so easy. We didn’t leave the resort for anything. My kids had a blast at the pool and the water sports! We rode jet ski’s and had the best time! The vessel restaurant was delicious. We ordered our food at the pool and was really good as well. Overall, 5 star rating! Read less
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Aug 10, 2022 S8115NRbiancac Lithonia, Georgia

Good resort to stay at. You can book your water activities there and many other things. Everyone was so nice. The only issue I had was the cleaning person didn't clean the bathroom. Just replaced the towels. And the mini fridge was leaking twice.
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Aug 9, 2022 G3565CGsusanl

The best view ever from our room and the boardwalk. Ambiance fantastic staff incredibly kind. Sandiego was so lovely weather was perfect. Miguels Cocina in Point Loma was the best homemade food made with love.