The name sounds like it should be a place in the Hawaiian Islands, but Kona Kai Resort & Spa is actually located in San Diego, California at the tip of Shelter Island—a Polynesian-themed playground of yachts and other nautical diversions connected to the mainland by a bridge. Kona Kai is one of the handful of hotels on the island and part of the collection of luxury resorts run by Nobel House which was recently reimagined, refreshed and revitalized by the company.
One of the highlights of the redo is the 7,020 square-foot Spa Terre. Each of the 129 rooms were completely refreshed with new amenities while the building also got a new lobby, waterfront restaurant, a Tiki Bar, revamped pool and lots of new meeting spaces for the business/convention crowd.
“The resort’s enhancement is not only a physical property makeover, but an entire refreshment of the atmosphere in order to create a purely customized guest experience that provides a sophisticated, relaxed escape,” said Pat Colee, owner, founder and chairman of the board of Noble House Hotels & Resort. “This restoration emphasizes the history and charm of a property that has, for decades, been a favored escape for Southern Californians.”
Kona Kai Resort & Spa has always been popular with locals, Angelenos and tourists from out of the state and country. It has all the makings of a tropical resort but with a mild year around climate. The property actually opened in 1953 as a marina haven for yachtsmen and boating celebs called the Kona Kai Club and was one of the premier developments of the Polynesian-styled Shelter Island. Over the years famous people have moored there such as Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Lemmon, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Durante, Dick Van Dyke, Liberace, and others. In 1959, the Kona Inn hotel opened next door. For more information and to make reservations, call Kona Kai Resort & Marina at (619) 221-8000 or click here. Kona Kai is located at 1551 Shelter Island, San Diego.
If you’re looking for a fun escape from Los Angeles you just might want to take a drive down to Shelter Island, or go sail there on your yacht, if you’re lucky enough to have one. It’s a great place for couples, families and friends to gather.