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Get an overview of this hotelSprawling Shelter Island resort on San Diego Bay

Island in the bay

Situated at the tip of Shelter Island, this 8-acre resort is 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) from SeaWorld and Seaport Village; historic Old Town and downtown San Diego are 7 miles (11.3 kilometers) away.

Kona Kai Resort & Spa offers luxurious guest rooms with newly remodeled bathrooms and revitalized in-room amenities. There's also a refreshed lobby, a completely renovated waterfront restaurant, Vessel, a newly built Tiki Bar, along with a revamped pool and meeting spaces.

Dining with marina view

Inspired by modern San Diego, the Kona Kai Resort & Spa has transformed itself into a maritime haven of casual elegance - nautical chic meets beach bungalow. Natural materials, such as reclaimed wood and backlit onyx bar tops to hi-tech panoramic video art and plush furniture, Kona Kai Resort & Spa offers guests the perfect island respite from bright and bustling San Diego.

Tropical theme

All Kona Kai Resort guestrooms have a tropical theme and rattan furniture. Spacious rooms provide private patios or balconies, newly renovated bathrooms, and wireless and wired high-speed Internet access (included in resort fee).

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

At the tip of Shelter Island, this eight-acre California resort is adjacent to San Diego Bay, with direct access to a private beach, and seven miles from downtown San Diego.

The Kona Kai Resort & Spa offers an outdoor swimming pool, spa tub, fitness facility, and a sand beach. The full-service, ocean view SpaTerre at Kona Kai Resort & Spa provides guests body scrubs and wraps, facial and body treatments, manicures and pedicures, a full menu of massages, a mud bath, and steam room. The marina-view restaurant and lounge, Vessel, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Room service is available during limited hours. The resort covers 50,000 square feet (4,645 square meters) of event space, including the Point Loma ballroom.

Additional amenities include luggage storage, tour/ticket assistance, wired and wireless Internet access (included in resort fee), valet parking (fees apply), and on-site bicycle rentals. Complimentary newspapers are available in the lobby and at the front desk.

  • Spa services on site 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Concierge services 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Spa tub 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Restaurant 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Total number of rooms - 129 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Business center 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Express check-out 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Health club 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 
  • Pool umbrellas 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Garden 
  • Marina on site 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Meeting rooms 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Terrace 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Luggage storage 
  • On private beach 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 7 
  • Conference center 
  • Pool cabanas (surcharge) 
  • Beach towels 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Wedding services 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • On private beach  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired high-speed Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired high-speed Internet


Self parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Climate control 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Desk 
  • Balcony or patio 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Free weekday newspaper 
  • Access via exterior corridors 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Pay movies 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Bathtub or shower 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Individually furnished 
  • Individually decorated 
  • LCD TV 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 

Where to Eat

Vessel - Marina-view restaurant with adjacent Vessel Lounge. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Casual decor and outdoor seating. American fare. Children's menu available.

Room service is available during limited hours.

Nearby Things to Do

This San Diego resort includes a large outdoor swimming pool with room to swim laps or splash. The surrounding sundeck includes a spa tub. The Kona Kai Resort offers a private beach with volleyball and children's play area (no swimming). Luaus are held on the beach during summertime. The fitness facility offers aerobics and other classes (surcharge). Guests may rent bicycles. 2 massage rooms are also on site.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site 
  • Bicycle rentals on site 
  • Segway rental/tour nearby 
  • Boat tours nearby 

Spa Services

The full-service, ocean view SpaTerre at Kona Kai Resort & Marina provides body scrubs and wraps, facial and body treatments, manicures and pedicures, a full menu of massages, a mud bath, and steam room. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Hot stone massage 
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Swedish massage 
  • Prenatal massage 
  • Steam room in spa 
  • Reflexology 
  • Sports massage 
  • Detoxification wrap 
  • Couples treatment rooms 
  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Mud bath in spa 
  • Sauna in spa 
  • Spa tub in spa 
  • Massages 
  • Body treatments 
  • Facial treatments 


To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Accessible path of travel 
  • Braille or raised signage 
  • Accessible parking 
  • In-room accessibility 
  • Roll-in shower 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time ends at 3 AM

Check-in time starts at 4 PM


Check-out time is Noon

Payment types

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:
  • 0.195 percent tourism fee will be charged
  • Resort fee: USD 18.00 per accommodation, per night
The hotel resort fee includes:
  • Pool access
  • Beach access
  • Beach towels
  • Fitness center access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • Faxes
  • In-room coffee
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

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We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

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