Kona Kai Resort & Spa

San Diego, USA

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  • Offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time.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

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (1083)
  • Very good (349)
  • Average (220)
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May 18, 2022 C9398HFtonyn

Ah so peaceful and fun! From top to bottom Kona Kai is absolutely very well taken care of. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous with views, views and views. Our room was so comfortable and clean that I could feel my blood pressure drop to normal levels lol. The vessel restaurant and bar is top notch “ Try the Pork Chops” for dinner you will see… Read more
Ah so peaceful and fun! From top to bottom Kona Kai is absolutely very well taken care of. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous with views, views and views. Our room was so comfortable and clean that I could feel my blood pressure drop to normal levels lol. The vessel restaurant and bar is top notch “ Try the Pork Chops” for dinner you will see what I mean; so delish!! The Bar and of course the bartenders make drinks that will spin your head with perfection. The staff is part of the reason we are booking a second stay to come back and visit with our what we call our friends again as we already miss you all! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great poolside service

May 15, 2022 KatieGoet San Francisco, California

Great location for relaxing Spa/Pool day with friends. Location is set on marina. (5) Stars for the exceptional poolside drink and food service by Matt Reigh. Having this level of service made all the difference. To be able to just enjoy the day made it top notch. Can’t wait to book another day!
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May 15, 2022 Mattdive1 San Diego, California

Everyone at the resort was amazing. From the front desk, to the bar and wait staff, fitness center, house keeping and maintenance. We were greeted by all with a smile and willingness to help. Even with a “full house” Kona Kai did not miss a beat. We are looking forward to returning to this one of a kind tropical resort.
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May 15, 2022 PatriciaP4205 San Diego, California

I have stayed here before- it’s my vacation spot. Great staff, beautiful facilities and its within walking distance of some great places to eat. You also get a nice view of the Ocean or the Marina. Beautiful private beech too - great for families
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wish I had more time to enjoy the resort

May 15, 2022 Hpychk Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The property was lovely and the location had okd SanDiego charm. My room was upgraded to a Jr suite with a great soaking tub and balcony. I was there for biz so didn’t have time to enjoy it all. Still recovering from pandemic so some amenities not available.