An Evening on the Harbor Kona Kai Resort

by | May 18, 2018 | Great Escape

Known for their picturesque views of the harbor and resting on Shelter Island just 10 minutes away from downtown San Diego you will find Kona Kai Resort & Spa, a Noble House Resort. élite Magazine was invited to attend the debut of their $30 million dollar, 20,000-square-foot expansion project. The unveiling of the new space was not only breath-taking, but the views of the harbor at night are nothing short of magical. With modern and exquisitely decorated rooms that offer private, yet open views from the soaking tub to the harbor, it’s the perfect weekday or weekend getaway for SoCal residents.
Kona Kai Resort & Spa’s newest suites feature hand hewn wooden ceiling beams, spa-inspired bathrooms with dual vanities, deep soaking tubs, rainfall showers and oversized balconies to enjoy ocean breezes and take in the sunset. The newly-added Paloma Pool and Bar is an exclusive pool area for guests ages 18 and up. Guests can enjoy poolside lunch or dinner service featuring California Coastal specialties, while gazing at sparkling ocean and marina views in chic cabanas with 75 lounge chairs on the sunny pool deck.
Their exclusive Private Beach with food & beverage service is equipped with 40 new chairs and umbrellas as well as bonfire pits for making S’more’s or watching cozy sunsets—It’s the perfect place for relaxation. Kona Kai Resort & Spa is the only resort in the area with an exclusive private beach available only for hotel guests and Kona Kai Club members, historically known as the “club of all clubs.” Enjoy the privacy in the summer months with comfortable all-day sun lounging overlooking the Kona Kai Marina. The resort offers beach cruisers and water sport rentals for guests to explore Shelter Island and San Diego bay.
After a little siesta, make your way over to Vessel Restaurant. The eatery offers New American cuisine expertly prepared by Executive Chef Roy Hendrickson, served in a casual, chic atmosphere. Vessel is one of San Diego’s most sought-after dining venues. The coastal fare created by Chef Roy incorporates local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, taking traditional delicacies and giving them a flavorful twist.
SpaTerre, a new 7,020 square-foot spa featuring private treatments and a wet room, a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center, and an extensive menu of treatments and services. From the tranquil décor of the private rooms, to the well-equipped Fitness Center KonaKai has it all. A place that exists solely to promote health and well-being for mind, body and soul. Where exotic Indonesian, Fijian, and Thai spa experiences and rituals are custom-designed to replace the weight of the world with the feeling of utter relaxation and renewal. This place is SpaTerre, the signature spa of Noble House Hotels & Resorts. More than just another hotel spa in San Diego, at SpaTerre you may nurture your body and spirit with a massage on their exclusive heated alpha-quartz sand bed. Discover the healing power of warm sand to alleviate pain and promote comfort. And let me assure you, this California born and bred girl was in love with this amenity. It took me back to the days of being a kid, laying on the beach without a care in the world. The experience was nothing short of priceless. With water sports and bike rentals including paddle boards, sail boats and Jet Skis, a heated pool and hot tub overlooking the marina as well as an Adult pool and bar, what are you waiting for? Get started planning your next getaway today!
KonaKai Resort & Spa is located at 1551 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego 92106. You can reach the Hotel direct at 619-221-8000 and for reservations, please call 1-800-566-2524. Learn more online at

To further enhance the experience, Kona Kai Resort & Spa has introduced the following summer packages with starting rates at $269 per night:
Double Family Fun Package
Two connecting suites, King or two Queen beds
Two bathrooms with deep soaking tub and rainfall shower
Two oversized balconies
One day cabana rental at family pool or on the private beach
$100 resort credit per stay to be used at Vessel Restaurant or pools, bars, and spa
Kids welcome amenity (one per child)
S’more Kit
*Two-night minimum stay required
Suite Life Package
Luxurious Suite with marina or bay view
$200 resort credit per stay
VIP welcome amenity including sparkling champagne and charcuterie
Luxurious spa amenities including soaking salts
Complimentary Spa Soak at SpaTerre with a 50-minute treatment purchase
*Two-night minimum stay required

5 Nights in Paradise Package
$500 resort credit per stay
Luxurious Bay or Marina Guestroom or Suite
Oversized bathroom with deep soaking tub and rainfall shower
S’more Kit
Two-hour beach cruiser bike rental
*Five-night minimum stay required



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