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    Offer is subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn at any time.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    Offer is subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn at any time.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. 

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (777)
  • Very good (280)
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Mar 17, 2020 julienashland Ashland, Oregon

First, the positive: the staff was great and the pool was as promised. I enjoyed swimming laps. The pool area looked like a lovely place to be on a sunny day. Unfortunately I was there in the rain. Now the negative: by their prices, one would expect a fairly high quality experience, but not with this hotel. Although the room had been… Read more
First, the positive: the staff was great and the pool was as promised. I enjoyed swimming laps. The pool area looked like a lovely place to be on a sunny day. Unfortunately I was there in the rain. Now the negative: by their prices, one would expect a fairly high quality experience, but not with this hotel. Although the room had been remodeled, it lacked quality. My room was musty. Throughout the hotel I noticed issues with water. The heating unit was ancient and the loudest I had ever experienced. Because the bedding was light, I had to leave it running all night. Thank goodness for earplugs. I have come to expect a robe in hotels of this price range, but there wasn't one in my closet. The food was mediocre at best. I determined that I was paying for the location with this hotel. I wouldn't stay here again. Read less
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Mar 16, 2020 AhungryAustin San Francisco, California

With the current environment you would expect hotels now to have no staff at all. I won’t say that’s not the case here but the people I interacted with at Kona Kai made me feel like we were in our own world without any problems. Gabby helped us out a lot during our stay and recommended good places to eat at. She was always smiling and greeting us… Read more
With the current environment you would expect hotels now to have no staff at all. I won’t say that’s not the case here but the people I interacted with at Kona Kai made me feel like we were in our own world without any problems. Gabby helped us out a lot during our stay and recommended good places to eat at. She was always smiling and greeting us at the Lobby (by name too!) and when we needed help she sounded happy on the phone as well. The people at valet were very alert and ready to help. The food was good. Worth staying here for the marina view and the staff. Read less
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Mar 15, 2020 karenglee19

The staff was excellent and the view outstanding. The only reason I rated sleep quality average was you are very near the military base and the jets are loud, so napping was interesting. Peaceful setting.
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Mar 15, 2020 N211OCjordans

Our stay at Kona Kai was more than extraordinary with the views, food, staff and the room itself. Valet was amazing from start to finish Khaleal, Cesar and Danny were friendly and fast everytime we needed our car. The front desk staff was extremely welcoming and helpful especially Sean, Vania, Alyssa and Gabby. Its one thing to have a great… Read more
Our stay at Kona Kai was more than extraordinary with the views, food, staff and the room itself. Valet was amazing from start to finish Khaleal, Cesar and Danny were friendly and fast everytime we needed our car. The front desk staff was extremely welcoming and helpful especially Sean, Vania, Alyssa and Gabby. Its one thing to have a great property but its staff like this that keep us coming back!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating AMAZING STAY!!

Mar 15, 2020 joannau380

We stayed for our 1 year anniversary and from the moment we pulled in we were happily greeted by Khaleal and Cesar in valet then we were warmly welcomed by Sean, Gabby and Alyssa at the front desk. Sean did the most five star check in I’ve ever received! To the moment we checked out Danny in valet got our car quick with all smiles and Vania at the… Read more
We stayed for our 1 year anniversary and from the moment we pulled in we were happily greeted by Khaleal and Cesar in valet then we were warmly welcomed by Sean, Gabby and Alyssa at the front desk. Sean did the most five star check in I’ve ever received! To the moment we checked out Danny in valet got our car quick with all smiles and Vania at the desk made the check out process so easy and pleasant. This property is beautiful and is lucky to have such gems as staff!! Read less