Kona Kai Resort & Spa

San Diego, USA

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

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Service
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Anniversary and special occasions
  • Beachfront location
  • Volley Ball
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Restaurant

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. 

  • Upgrade promotion: receive a complimentary one room upgrade for completed stays until 31 Dec '20. 

    Offer is subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn at any time. Please note black out dates apply. Offer is valid on all room types except suites. 

  • Upgrade Promotion: Book before 31 Dec 2020 for completed stays between 16 Jul '19  - 31 Dec '20 and receive a complimentary upgrade. 

    Offer is subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn at any time. Please note black out dates apply. Offer is valid on all room types except suites. 

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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Overpriced even with a 40% discount! If you are willing to pay $300-$500/night for a vegas like standard room go for it

Sep 27, 2020 Alvin V

Good: - Free Tesla chargers - Clean room - Stayed in Junior Suite bay view (decent view) Bad: - Tesla charger but many non Tesla’s park there and no reinforcement by management at all. - Guest trash outside rooms were not picked up for a day or two. - Parking structure did not require guest key. Witnessed many who appeared to be non-guests… Read more
Good: - Free Tesla chargers - Clean room - Stayed in Junior Suite bay view (decent view) Bad: - Tesla charger but many non Tesla’s park there and no reinforcement by management at all. - Guest trash outside rooms were not picked up for a day or two. - Parking structure did not require guest key. Witnessed many who appeared to be non-guests coming in and out using pool amenities. - Online promos not known by hotel management. Did not receive champagne at all which was suppose to be included in stay (dont care for the freebie but highlighting my point). Checkout via TV did not work. Called front desk and was asked once again to see them since payment was due. I already paid when we checked in! Hotel continued to be confused of promos. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing but wasn't fun

Sep 27, 2020 341taim

Konai is actually a very relaxing place with great views and incredible staffs. However i couldn't enjoy my stay and had issues with the room, renting boat, the restaurant and also the pool. The room had live and dead moths scattered inside the restroom and slugs climbing on the cracked yard. Water pipes are loud, and you can hear it when the… Read more
Konai is actually a very relaxing place with great views and incredible staffs. However i couldn't enjoy my stay and had issues with the room, renting boat, the restaurant and also the pool. The room had live and dead moths scattered inside the restroom and slugs climbing on the cracked yard. Water pipes are loud, and you can hear it when the neighboring rooms take a shower. It was hard getting access to internet since the walls block signals better than it block sound, while the wifi is slow and unstable. I did have a nice time on the tandem kayak, but didn't expected how few rentals are available, it sucked when someone else have the same idea for the only fun cat, except they booked it for the rest of the day. The restaurant is fully booked most of the time, and for anyone looking at their website, happy hour doesnt include Saturday. Should have included that on the site. Pool close way too early and both pools are packed with people who just lay on the chair, especially for the adult pool, no one swim there. At the end of the day, it was nice strolling around looking at the beach, chilling on the private small private beach, trying to forget all the frustration i had with this trip, it was pretty nice. Even though the pricing isn't too expensive, but it does exceed what was offered in Kona Kai. Read less
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Sep 26, 2020 bbcubed2020 Alpharetta, Georgia

Beautiful property. Reservation system needs revamping - took 5 calls. Rooms for our party were not close together which made it difficult for preparations for a wedding. Had to go from one end of the resort to the other end.
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Sep 26, 2020 kathrynm0rris Omaha, Nebraska

We stayed in the one bedroom, and it was Sweet! I loved the fireplace and the Jacuzzi tub. I could sit in the tub, see the fireplace and talk to my husband in bed... what a great concept for the room layout! super impressed!!
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Sep 25, 2020 SusyAdz Los Angeles, California

Our friends decided to go away for the weekend with the kids and this hotel was the best location for our stay. We arrived early and our rooms were ready. We had a marina view which was amazing. It gave us access to the sand front area which we spent a lot of our time with the kids. We made great use of the fire pit area making s’mores with the… Read more
Our friends decided to go away for the weekend with the kids and this hotel was the best location for our stay. We arrived early and our rooms were ready. We had a marina view which was amazing. It gave us access to the sand front area which we spent a lot of our time with the kids. We made great use of the fire pit area making s’mores with the children. Wifi service was great throughout the property. The highlight of the trip was the amazing service we received from the Executive Chef Roy H. My son has food allergies and Chef Roy came out to our table sat down and listen to his needs. He was very accommodating with every meal and each time we would order food he would bring it out to the pool or restaurant and explain what he used and how he prepared it. He was even nice enough to ask if he could make him homemade ice cream so he can enjoy desert with the family. I have traveled to many hotels and have cooked prior and brought it with me but the service in the kitchen was exceptional. Thank you thank you Chef Roy you were amazing. Read less