Check Rates Check Availability
Make a Reservation
Ko`a Kea Hotel & Resort


Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort Recognized with the Prestigious No. 1 spot as the World’s Best Resort in Kauai, and No. 5 Resort in Hawaii

KAUAI, HI (July 10, 2019) — Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort is honored to announce that it has been named No. 1 Best Resort in Kauai and No. 5 Best Resort in Hawaii in Travel + Leisure’s 2019 World’s Best Awards as selected by the readers. A record number of Travel + Leisure readers participated in the voting through Travel + Leisure magazine, T+L tablet editions, newsletters, social media, and

“We are humbled to again being recognized as the best resort in Kauai and one of the top five resorts in Hawaii by our guests,” said General Manager, Jack Slim. “This award reflects our continued dedication to providing the very best in luxury, an authentic representation of the true aloha spirit, and memorable experiences to our guests.”

The most awarded hotel in Kauai, Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort is Kauai’s premier boutique hotel located on the sunny-side of the island at Poipu Beach and provides the island’s closest resort accommodations to the waterfront. Listed on the "World’s Best Awards 2018: The Most Romantic Hotels Collection" by Travel + Leisure and one of the "Top 3 Most Romantic Hotels in the U.S." by TripAdvisor, Ko’a Kea is Kauai’s most beloved spot to spend a romantic getaway or a hau’oli (happy) honeymoon. With unrivaled oceanfront views and Kauai’s lush tropical surrounding, Ko’a Kea truly immerses guests into the spirit of the Garden Isle. In addition to luxurious guest rooms designed with nautical modern tones, Ko’a Kea offers a truly romantic and relaxing Hawaiian experience for its guests with a volcanic rock-inspired pool and hot tub, beachfront fire pits, countless ocean activities and a blissful spa inspired by the surrounding natural landscape boasting a seaside cabana treatment area.

“For 24 years, our readers have been voting in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. This annual franchise is a global collection of the top hotels, islands, cities, cruise lines, airlines, and more,” says Editor-in-Chief Jacqueline Gifford. “Brands and properties from all over the world—from Peru to Japan, India to Italy, and right here at home in the United States—are recognized by our audience because they deliver on exceptional experiences, rooted in a sense of place. I congratulate all of this year’s winners, who have worked so hard to be among the world’s best.”


About Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort

Ko`a Kea Hotel & Resort is located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, lining the shores of picturesque Poipu Beach. Set on the footprint of the old Poipu Beach Hotel devastated by the 1992 hurricane, the highly acclaimed boutique not only offers the island’s closest hotel accommodations to the sand, but the majority of its 121 contemporary guestrooms and suites have ocean views. With the addition of a saltwater pool and whirlpool, the Red Salt restaurant beloved by visitors and locals alike, a beach activities center and spa, the resort is geared towards couples, honeymooners, or anyone looking for an intimate and inconspicuous escape to Hawaii.

About Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure is the preeminent voice for the sophisticated, insatiable traveler, serving up expert intelligence and the most immersive, inspiring travel lifestyle content anywhere. Travel + Leisure captures the pure joy of discovering the pleasures the world has to offer—from art and design to shopping and style to food and wine. Whether the experience is in print or digital, T+L offers compelling reasons to get up and go. With a total global audience of more than 9 million, the Travel + Leisure portfolio includes the U.S. flagship and five international editions in Mexico, Turkey, China, India/South Asia and Southeast Asia. The U.S. edition of T+L, which launched in 1971, has an authoritative website,, and an extensive social media following of more than 11 million. Travel + Leisure, a Time Inc. brand, also encompasses newsletters, clubs, retail stores, and media collaborations.

Never Miss A Thing with
Koa Kea®

Sign up for our newsletter and receive:

  • Email exclusive offers
  • Collection news and events