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    Offer is subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn at any time.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    Offer is subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn at any time.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

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (751)
  • Very good (273)
  • Average (156)
  • Poor (91)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Dated!!

Jan 27, 2020 903cbrown

The overall experience was poor. The rooms are dated, and the food is awful, I couldn’t even get a decent cup Of coffee ,and Forget about having a drink after 8pm everything closes early. I won’t be back
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great staff, Nice facilities, Lousy restaurant

Jan 27, 2020 idahobiker Burlington, Vermont

Staff here was great. Helpful and friendly. Restaurant dinners not so much. I found both the menu and the food quality very unsatisfactory. Wait staff in restaurant sometimes slow, and seemed to rush the end of the dinners by bringing the bill without even asking if there was anything else wanted. Room was nice, and grounds outside are beautiful.… Read more
Staff here was great. Helpful and friendly. Restaurant dinners not so much. I found both the menu and the food quality very unsatisfactory. Wait staff in restaurant sometimes slow, and seemed to rush the end of the dinners by bringing the bill without even asking if there was anything else wanted. Room was nice, and grounds outside are beautiful. Easy to get out to walk along the water, but alternate restaurants hard to access if you don't have a car. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great stay

Jan 27, 2020 gehigginbotham Fresno, California

Had an excellent stay. Great service from the staff who made sure we enjoyed our stay. Great location by the ocean. Quiet rooms and comfortable beds. Did have a cockroach in our bathroom which was disturbing but can happen.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An amazing hotel

Jan 24, 2020 sdhla2007 Los Angeles, California

This hotel is really nice and accommodated me with whatever I needed. I really enjoyed my stay here at this hotel. The rooms are amazing and comforting to stay in. Thanks to the hotel staff as they offered above and beyond service.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful surprise

Jan 19, 2020 VinnyBunn Long Beach, California

We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary and we chose this resort to stay in. We booked in advance, got a great deal for four nights. We arrived early, room wasn’t ready yet which was totally understandable. We mentioned it was our anniversary when we actually checked into our room. After a delicious dinner at their attached restaurant, that… Read more
We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary and we chose this resort to stay in. We booked in advance, got a great deal for four nights. We arrived early, room wasn’t ready yet which was totally understandable. We mentioned it was our anniversary when we actually checked into our room. After a delicious dinner at their attached restaurant, that will be a different review, we walked back to our room and found they left a nice note, some chocolates and a bottle of sparkling wine. We were totally surprised and thought it was sweet. Thanks Vanuatu, Sean and Jo. We will most definitely return to this resort. Rooms are comfortable and have amazing views. Read less