Kona Kai Resort & Spa

San Diego, USA

The hotel

Sun, surf and sea create the tropical essence of this elegant California hotel. With its great location, the Kona Kai Resort and Spa overlooks the Kona Kai Marina and offers its guests a luxury resort experience, complete with a private beach and a newly renovated pool, cabanas and marina-facing poolside bar. Enhance your stay with an array of water sports, complimentary fitness classes or enjoy a ride along the bay on one of the resort's complimentary bikes — or simply sit back and relax amidst the beautiful surroundings.

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 and suites 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.

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

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Jul 19, 2019 klmcdaniel

Kona Kai is literally my home away from home. The rooms are pleasant to stay in, the bed comfortable, and the soaking tub delightful. The views are amazing no matter which side your room is on (I've stayed twice and thoroughly enjoyed both stays). The staff is accommodating, the spa masseuse respectful, and the food to die for.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Kind, helpful staff helped make Kona Kai home

Jul 18, 2019 garzapowers

When we moved into our new home in San Diego, we knew that something was terribly wrong with the floors. It took several months of negotiating with the builder, but, ultimately, it was shared that we needed to move out for a week and into a temporary space. The builder gave us a stipend for housing and food, and I set out to find a place to stay… Read more
When we moved into our new home in San Diego, we knew that something was terribly wrong with the floors. It took several months of negotiating with the builder, but, ultimately, it was shared that we needed to move out for a week and into a temporary space. The builder gave us a stipend for housing and food, and I set out to find a place to stay for a week. Kona Kai stood out to me, not only because of the location to our jobs, but also the beauty of Shelter Island and the ability to stay in a new neighborhood. Close to the end of said week, we were informed that construction was behind and we needed to stay an extra week. Luckily, Kona Kai had space for us, as there was nowhere we would have rather stayed. From the first day until our last day there, every single staff member - from the front desk, to the housekeeping staff, to the valet, to the wait staff in the restaurant - was truly lovely. During a frustrating time due to the construction of our house, combined with still needing to get to our jobs each day, the staff made us feel welcome and helped us with anything we needed. In fact, once they knew the circumstances of why we were staying for such a length of time, many of them began inquiring about the construction and how things were moving along, which was very kind. Our room was lovely, clean, and well-appointed. Every day, we opened the balcony door to let in the fresh air from the bay. We ate many times at the restaurant, enjoying the food, cocktails, and great wine list. One evening, a friend of mine came to have dinner with me and brought along her dog. It is a dog friendly hotel, so we were able to sit and enjoy our dinner on the beautiful patio and watch the sunset. Her dog was treated so well by staff. We ordered a little side dish of bacon for him and our sweet waiter brought him a HUGE plate to enjoy. So, dogs and humans alike were happy. While there, I also had the opportunity to enjoy the spa one day after work when I booked myself a massage and an express facial. It was a great experience! Staff were lovely and accommodating and I left the spa fully relaxed and rejuvenated. In summary - while the circumstances of us staying at Kona Kai were the result of frustrating construction at our house, Kona Kai truly felt like home by the end of our two week stay. The property is beautiful, the location is perfect, but, above all, the staff really went above and beyond. The next time we have family or friends in town, we will absolutely recommend that they book a room at Kona Kai. In fact, we just may do our own little weekend getaway here, even though we only live 20 minutes away! THANK YOU to the lovely staff for accommodating us. We really had an exceptional experience and we are grateful to you all. Read less
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Jul 18, 2019 nwright88

We had such a great time at our Sales Meeting at Kona Kai. The meeting spaces, catering, friendliness of staff and beautiful property make this spot hard to beat. Kerry-Lee made everything effortless and everything was prepared from the moment we arrived. Our dinner on the beach was a definite highlight!
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Jul 16, 2019 l2hernan

Quick weekend get away with the family. Checking in was really easy with the friendly staff. Rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. We stayed in a marina view and glad we did instead of bay view. The pool is heated and the speakers played the top hits as I was sipping on a michelada. At night time it was amazing to sit by the fire pits… Read more
Quick weekend get away with the family. Checking in was really easy with the friendly staff. Rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. We stayed in a marina view and glad we did instead of bay view. The pool is heated and the speakers played the top hits as I was sipping on a michelada. At night time it was amazing to sit by the fire pits just relaxing watching boats passing by the bay. Can’t wait to go back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lisa Fleming (Kona Kai Asst. Director of Catering) - 25th Anniversary Wedding Renewal of Vows

Jul 16, 2019 Jeffnokaoi Brisbane, California

Lisa Fleming (Kona Kai’s Assistant Director of Catering) coordinated our 25th Anniversary Wedding Renewal Ceremony at the Kona Kai Resort and Spa. Lisa was very patient and detail oriented from the very beginning when we first met with her to discuss options, through the months that followed, and until the very day of our ceremony. My wife and I… Read more
Lisa Fleming (Kona Kai’s Assistant Director of Catering) coordinated our 25th Anniversary Wedding Renewal Ceremony at the Kona Kai Resort and Spa. Lisa was very patient and detail oriented from the very beginning when we first met with her to discuss options, through the months that followed, and until the very day of our ceremony. My wife and I were very happy with her excellent customer service. The venue was awesome, the food was catered to us (Hawaiian style), and the hotel was excellent. Thank you Lisa for making my wife very happy which makes me very happy. As the saying goes, “Happy Wife, Happy Life!” My wife’s endless smiles made my day! I would definitely recommend Kona Kai, particularly the services of Lisa Fleming for your events. Read less