Kona Kai Resort lobby

Overview & Amenities

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

Sun, surf and sea create the tropical essence of our California-contemporary hotel in San Diego. With a rich history steeped in the beat and bravura of Polynesian and Spanish Colonial cultures, 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, and astounding bay and marina views along San Diego's most magnificent stretch of waterfront.

The Paloma pool at Kona Kai Resort in San Diego.

Resort Pool & Paloma Adult 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 flag service and Tiki Bar or Paloma Bar menu.

Tiki Bar
Adults wishing to relax and enjoy a quiet afternoon of reading and enjoying tasty California Casual Dining join us at the Paloma Adult Pool and Bar. Overlooking the Marina and serene Pt. Loma Hillside.

Pool
6:00am – 10:00pm

Lap Lanes
6:00am – 9:00am

The Paloma Pool Cabana with lounge chairs set out.

Private Cabana Rental

Reserve your private cabana at the main resort pool or at the Paloma Adult Pool from 11:00 Am – Sunset. Relax and read a book or take a break from the sun while enjoying 2 chaise lounge chairs, bottled water, chips, cookies, towels and 2 happy hour drink vouchers for Vessel Restaurant (Valid from 2:00 pm – 5:00 Pm daily). Upgraded packages available including alcoholic beverages and credit towards food & beverage while enjoying the cabana.

Contact: rmathien@sdkonakai.com or call 619-819-8195

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 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. For the ultimate luxurious beach experience, inquire about cabana rentals.

Couples spa treatment room

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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S'mores ingredients by a campfire on the San Diego beacha at Kona Kai Resort.

Resort Amenities

Kona Kai Resort & Spa is chock full of activities, adventures, and amenities.

Available amenities include:

  • Make your own s'mores poolside or on the beach
  • Relax at SpaTerre with a massage, manicure or pedicure
  • Listen to live entertainment in Vessel Restaurant + Bar Thursday - Sunday
  • Enjoy Friday Night Movies at the pool
  • Rent a cabana & relax at the pool or beach
  • Come to Kids Korner
  • Cruise along Shelter Island on our beach cruiser bikes
  • Enjoy one of the complimentary fitness classes
  • Beach Activities including Lawn Bowling, Bean Bag Toss, Volleyball, Giant Jenga
  • "Picnic in the Park" views of the bay
  • Go for the ride of your life with Jet Ski rentals
  • Kayak around Point Loma and see the seals and marine life up close
  • Enjoy al fresco dining in Vessel's bar, lounge and outdoor patio

Standup paddleboarding

Action Water Sport 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:
Phone: 619-224-7547
Web: actionsportrentals.com

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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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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