Irvine, Calif. (July 24, 2018) – Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) is pleased to announce Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort has been ranked as the Top Resort Hotel in Kauai and No. 3 Resort in Hawaii for the Travel + Leisure Reader’s Choice Awards 2018. Located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai at Poipu Beach, the oceanfront property is part of PHG’s growing luxury and lifestyle hotel portfolio known as the Meritage Collection. With an ambiance curated towards guests experiencing the ultimate in rejuvenation, relaxation, and romance, all with the true Aloha spirit of service, Ko’a Kea remains as the boutique resort of choice for vacationers.


“Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort has continued to accumulate significant accolades since PHG acquired the property in January 2016,” said Paul McCormick, President and COO, Pacific Hospitality Group. “This is yet another recognition that demonstrates the exemplary service of our team members, resulting in our guests’ continued satisfaction and value of the personalized, memorable moments they experience during their stay.”


The property has garnered several additional accolades in 2018, including a Best Hotels in the U.S. Award and Gold Badge of Honor by US News & World Report and induction into the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame by TripAdvisor. Hawai’i Magazine also named Ko’a Kea its No. 3 Best Boutique Hotel and Coastal Living named it one of its 10 Best Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii.


As the island’s closest hotel to the Pacific Ocean, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort blends beautiful beachfront accommodations with warm, intuitive service. The property features 121 contemporary guestrooms, including nine suites, a serene lava-inspired pool, fitness studio, spa with a seaside cabana and beach activities hut. Red Salt, its award-winning signature restaurant, serves a diverse menu highlighting the fresh seafood and locally-sourced produce of Hawaii.


“It is an honor to be selected by Travel + Leisure readers as their favorite resort in Kauai and one of the top resorts in Hawaii,” said Jack Slim, General Manager, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort. “We take great pride as a team that our service and accommodations have been recognized globally by our guests and that our sincere enjoyment of approaching all things with the aloha spirit has translated in such a positive way.”


The annual Travel + Leisure survey requests readers to vote for their top travel experiences in a variety of categories. In the hotel category, readers rated properties on their rooms/facilities, location, service, food and drink, and overall value, and then they were categorized as city or resort based on their locations. This year’s 23rd edition currently appears online and will be published in the August 2018 issue of Travel + Leisure magazine.


For more information and reservations, please contact Ko’a Kea at (877) 276-0768 or visit www.meritagecollection.com/koakea.


About Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort

Ko`a Kea Hotel & Resort is an award-winning boutique oceanfront property located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai at Poipu Beach. As the island’s closest hotel accommodations to the water, nearly all 121 well-appointed guestrooms and suites feature breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean with an intimate and relaxing ambiance, making it the perfect destination for couples, honeymooners or anyone looking for a lush getaway. Located onsite is Red Salt, the resort’s critically acclaimed restaurant that offers a diverse menu celebrating fresh locally-sourced Hawaiian seafood and produce with modern flair. Also onsite is The Spa at Ko’a Kea which offers a restorative spa experience featuring treatments dedicated to easing stress and restoring a state of pure bliss with a focus on natural Hawaiian indigenous ingredients. Ko’a Kea features key hotel offerings including a tropical pool and lava rock hot tub with panoramic ocean views, a fitness center, oceanside fire pits outfitted with oversized Adirondack chairs, Hoku Watersports Hut offering an array of rentals and lessons, and more. For reservations or additional information, please call (877) 276-0768 or visit Koakea.com. Find Ko’a Kea on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/koakearesort


About Meritage Collection

The Meritage Collection is a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury hotels that blends iconic, one-of-a-kind places with locally-inspired experiences. Débuted in 2013, the Meritage Collection is comprised of five hotels and resorts throughout California and Hawaii, representing more than 1000 rooms and nearly 70,000 square feet of premier indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. It includes The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa near San Diego and Vista Collina Resort in Napa. Reflective of its California roots, the Meritage Collection offers a laid-back luxury service culture that caters to the modern-day traveler. The Meritage Collection properties are members of the Global Hotel Alliance and its DISCOVERY Rewards Program. DISCOVERY rewards travelers with local experiences and unique adventures not generally available to the public. For more information, please visit meritagecollection.com, facebook.com/Meritage.Collection.Hotels or  instagram.com/meritagecollection.

Established in 1987, Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) is a growing hospitality company with 11 hotels and resorts across the United States. Based in Irvine, Calif., the company finances, manages and owns a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury properties known as the Meritage Collection. For more information, visit www.pacifichospitality.com.