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. 

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  • Offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time.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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Oct 27, 2021 790rachelc San Diego, California, United States

The kona kai is a beautiful property with many amenities such as pools, bikes, kayaks, etc. Our room was lovely with beautiful views. The restaurant is okay, and the pool is fabulous. We enjoyed our 2 nights and would happily stay again but likely venture out for dinner. The wedding was lavish and beyond scenic with the lights, skyline and water… Read more
The kona kai is a beautiful property with many amenities such as pools, bikes, kayaks, etc. Our room was lovely with beautiful views. The restaurant is okay, and the pool is fabulous. We enjoyed our 2 nights and would happily stay again but likely venture out for dinner. The wedding was lavish and beyond scenic with the lights, skyline and water in many shots. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. Read less
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Oct 27, 2021 LeeandLourdes Hollywood, Florida

The accomodations and staff at this destination are phenomenal ! The Director of catering Stephany Penny did an excellent job of taking care of our 34 guests, arranging everything to perfection. The food at the reception, staight from the Vessel Restaruatn came out hot and fresh. Brett at the pool bar accomodated our early lunch on the day of the… Read more
The accomodations and staff at this destination are phenomenal ! The Director of catering Stephany Penny did an excellent job of taking care of our 34 guests, arranging everything to perfection. The food at the reception, staight from the Vessel Restaruatn came out hot and fresh. Brett at the pool bar accomodated our early lunch on the day of the wedding in a nice cabana The front desk was polite, and friendly always willing to help out Enrique the bellman was cheerful and there for you Kay, worked the head table at the reception with grace, elegance and did find that last piece of the most delicious cake ever ANNA HOUSEKEEPING: the star of the show, she waited until we left to refresh our room, thank you for the extra coffee Highly recommend Read less
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Oct 26, 2021 pilar731

This hotel has the best customer service you will have experienced in a very long time, trust me. Chanel, Katina, Benny and Shannen are just awesome. They made sure I had everything I needed and more. They went out of their way to please me. I was very pleased to say the least. I can't wait to go back to visit again.
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Oct 25, 2021 G6812KUpilarb

I bought my girlfriend to Kona Kai for a birthday weekend and we had an awesome time. Chanel, Benny, Katina and Shannen were awesome. They all.were very pleasant as well as very helpful. Finding this type of customer service is very rare these. I am so grateful for these staff members...they need raises. I love this place, I'll definitely be… Read more
I bought my girlfriend to Kona Kai for a birthday weekend and we had an awesome time. Chanel, Benny, Katina and Shannen were awesome. They all.were very pleasant as well as very helpful. Finding this type of customer service is very rare these. I am so grateful for these staff members...they need raises. I love this place, I'll definitely be returning. Michelle B. Read less
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Oct 25, 2021 prussell60

Stayed at this resort because it was a wedding venue. The grounds were beautiful, staff was very attentive and walking distance to so many places. An early morning walk to a local coffee shop was nice as we were able to walk along the water. Only complaint would be they should have better pillows. They were tiny and poor quality. We would… Read more
Stayed at this resort because it was a wedding venue. The grounds were beautiful, staff was very attentive and walking distance to so many places. An early morning walk to a local coffee shop was nice as we were able to walk along the water. Only complaint would be they should have better pillows. They were tiny and poor quality. We would definitely stay there again. Read less