Hawaii’s garden island is a lush tropical paradise and has been a darling of honeymooners ever since Elvis tied the knot there in Blue Hawaii. Situated on the sunnier south shore of Kauai, on beloved Po’ipū Beach, is Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort, a boutique property that embodies the essence of the island. With its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and near-perfect beaches, this island jewel immediately sets the mood for an intimate getaway.
Ko’a Kea, which translates to “white coral” in Hawaiian, takes its design and inspiration from natural forms and vibrant sea life. This 121-room tranquil resort is small and sophisticated, with requisite modern-day conveniences: superior service, private lanais, a luxury spa, and the award-winning Red Salt restaurant, named after the famous Alaea Hawaiian salt. With its superior spot on the beachfront, a path from the resort’s centrepiece outdoor pool makes it easy for guests to access the section of beach best for swimming, snorkelling, or surfing.
Photos by Joshua McVeity.