Kona Kai Resort lobby

Overview & Amenities

At the tip of Shelter Island, the southern California vibe emanates at our beachfront hotel in San Diego.

Sun, surf and sea create the tropical essence of our beachfront hotel in San Diego. With a rich history steeped in the beat and bravura of Polynesian and Spanish Colonial, Kona Kai is a restyled creation of fresh, fun elegance punctuated by casual luxury. Perfect for an executive meeting, a surprise getaway or a romantic wedding, Kona Kai offers the right space for the right occasion. You’ll find that space amidst quiet, private beaches, lush tropical gardens, astounding bay and marina views along San Diego’s most magnificent stretch of waterfront.

Kona Kai Resort tiki bar

Resort Amenities

Kona Kai Resort & Spa is chock full of activities, adventures, and amenities. From lazing on our private beach, to enjoying cocktails poolside. From paddle boarding and kayaking to chartering a sailboat or fishing off the pier. From badminton to bonfires, your request is our desire. Let us know how we can make your visit the most amazing ever.

Kona Kai pool


Lazing by our newly renovated pool area may be all that you need for that perfect afternoon getaway. In addition to remarkable views of the water and Kona Kai Marina, you will be surrounded by lush gardens and a sandy beach. Don't forget to take advantage of our poolside service to make your experience complete.

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6:00am – 10:00pm

Lap Lanes
6:00am – 9:00am

Beach party at Kona Kai

The Kona Kai Beach

If you’re looking for beach luxury, grab a lounge chair and look no further. Kona Kai Resort offers one of the only privately owned beaches in California. Enjoy the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific, white sand, and gorgeous views of the Kona Kai Marina.

Kona Kai Marina

Kona Kai Marina

Big toys abound at Kona Kai Marina providing the equivalent to people watching in Las Vegas. Kona Kai Marina has 520 slips, and can accommodate boats of all sizes including mega-yachts up to 250 feet in length. Located at the tip of San Diego's Shelter Island, the Marina is the closest to open ocean in San Diego.

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Dock side dining, steak and veggies

Dock Side Dining

Kona Kai Resort & Spa is excited to offer Dockside Dining to guests of the Kona Kai Marina. You order, and we deliver.

To order dockside, please call 619.221.8000 and ask to be directed to Room Service.

Kona Kai Resort courtyard at dusk

Meetings and Events

From intimate retreats, to small cocktail parties, or large group gatherings, Kona Kai Resort offers a variety of flexible space to accommodate all your event needs. Our team of professional event planners can help shape your event or meeting to fit your vision and budget, making it a memorable experience for all attendees.

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Entrance to SpaTerre

SpaTerre & Fitness center

There is a refuge on Shelter Island that exists solely to promote health and well-being for mind, body and soul. More than just another hotel spa in San Diego, at SpaTerre, nurture your body and spirit with a massage on our exclusive heated alpha-quartz sand bed. Discover the healing power of warm sand to alleviate pain and promote comfort.

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Standup paddleboarding

Water Rentals

Take yourself on a water excursion with a kayak or paddleboard. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of roaming wild life, stunning birds, and marine life floating alongside with you. (They don’t get too close). You can’t beat the views from the water as you ebb and flow with the gentle waves.

Action Sports Rentals 619-224-7547.

Aerial photo of Kona Kai Resort

Hotel Accessibility

Kona Kai Resort is located at the tip of Shelter Island. Merely minutes from the buzz of Downtown San Diego and San Diego’s International Airport.

Dog drinking a fancy drink on the San Diego beach, Island Paws Program

Pet Friendly - Island Paws Program

The Kona Kai Resort & Spa invites four-legged friends to enjoy the ultimate in hosPETality at Diego’s premier resort, as part of our new IslandPaws program.

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