Ko’a Kea, Poipu Beach, Kauai
The south shore of Kauai picks up consistent swell throughout the months from May through October. There are countless reefs and coves, offering a variety of surf for every ability and interest.
Where You'll Stay: The Ko’a Kea sits directly on the beach at Poipu Beach in Koloa, so it’s just a short walk down the beach to paddle out. The low-rise Ko’a Kea offers modernist-styled rooms highlighted with bright accent colors. Many rooms offer balconies and ocean views. An in-house restaurant, Red Salt, emphasizes locally grown produce and fresh seafood. There’s a poolside bar for lounging and a fitness center, for those who want to work out between surf sessions.
There’s a beginner spot known as Lemon Drops near Poipu Beach, if you’re just getting started with surfing. There are also plenty of solid, technical reef breaks nearby — just watch for jellyfish and locals. The Ko’a Kea has rental boards for $30 per day. Lessons are offered at the hotel for $75 per person for a two-hour group lesson and $150 for a two-hour private lesson.
Rates and Getting There: Starting at $389. [meritagecollection.com]
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