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  • Offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time.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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Traveller rating

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Jan 24, 2021 janellyourealtor

Relax and enjoy your day and evening pool side, fire pit side. Very nice place for a staycation. Beautiful way to enjoy San Diego, even as a native San Diegan! Planning to go again next month. Try it for yourself, it’s fabulous!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Loved this place!

Jan 23, 2021 Msokol60

Loved our stay here top to bottom. Initial room wasn’t elevator accessible so Molly the desk manager abandoned her own lunch hour to show other options. Loved the new room and loved the amenities. We’ll definitely return!
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Jan 18, 2021 994tiarar

With everything that’s going on sometimes you need a sense of normalcy without fear that you will become sick. From the moment I hit reserve, until the day I checked out everyone was superb! Talk about great customer service. Shout out to Gabby the supervisor at the front desk! They had masks and gloves readily available and all the staff that… Read more
With everything that’s going on sometimes you need a sense of normalcy without fear that you will become sick. From the moment I hit reserve, until the day I checked out everyone was superb! Talk about great customer service. Shout out to Gabby the supervisor at the front desk! They had masks and gloves readily available and all the staff that interacted with you gloves and masks. You were aware they took the current situation serious and wanted you to as well. There were some minor hiccups but they were fixed promptly and treated you with respect. The adults only pool was a nice area to relax, the fire pits with a nice sunset was fabulous. I can’t say enough positive things about Kona Kai Resort and Spa. I slept like a baby and that rarely happens and the takeout from the Vessel Restuarant never left me disappointed. The bartender was the highlight of the entire trip. I’m so upset that I can’t remember her name because she was going above and beyond for every guests! She made my stay great. Membership here I come! Read less
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Jan 17, 2021 danagL8299ZJ

The employees here are the nicest. The woman who checked me in on Saturday around 3:20 was a pleasure. Also the woman who was working at the restaurant/bar from around 4-7 last night was great and working really hard to help everyone who was in line as well as make the cocktails. Thanks!!
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Jan 10, 2021 M544LOjessicap

We came to this resort to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. The stay was amazing with a great room and views to the ocean! Gabby assisted us during our stay and she was just amazing. From the time we checked in Friday night to the time we left, she was just a marvelous staff member. Will definitely be coming back for more staycations!