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(619) 221-8000
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  • 16 Reviews


    Kristine

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  • Kona Kai resort was the best location for our destination wedding. It truly is a “hidden gem” and is located near the marina in San Diego and downtown area but away from traffic. The airport was about 15-20 minutes away. The views are amazing and had the perfect scenery for all our wedding photography. My husband and I are from the Bay Area and decided to choose this beautiful resort because of their amazing staff. We were greeted by really nice and professional bellmen, every time we entered the resort. From our coordinator Lisa Fleming, banquet staff, restaurant chefs, and to Vania and Sean at the front desk- EVERYONE was super friendly, very helpful in accommodating whatever we requested and made sure we all had the perfect stay. The majority of our family members and guests at our wedding stayed here for convenience also for our wedding reception and could not stop raving about the Kona Kai team and cleanliness of the resort. There were so many things to do, like hitting up the... Read more

    White

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  • outstanding location for the Wedding

    Izzy S

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  • We booked Kona Kai for a room block during our wedding weekend. They were great to work with and the hotel is just perfect. Those traveling alone to those with families all found it to be super comfortable with everything they needed. The bridal suite was AWESOME too! We had an after party at the Vessel Restaurant’s bar after our reception and the quality of service and drinks was beyond great! The same goes for our brunch the next morning. If you’re looking for an awesome place for your guests to stay at, look no further and go with Kona Kai!

    Danielle

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    5 out of 5
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  • We got married at The Kona Kai Resort in June and every aspect of it was unbelievable! This place is the real deal. One visit and we were like “Yep, this is the place!” We decided to hold the ceremony on their brand new lawn that overlooks the marina. Construction wasn’t finished yet when we booked it, so we took a bit of a risk, but it was completely worth it. Construction finished in time for our wedding just as they promised, and the place looked amazing. It’s now a month later and our guests continue to mention how beautiful the ceremony was. We held our reception on the beach which was a ton of fun! We’re locals but this ended up feeling like a destination wedding due to their fantastic beach. The sand wasn’t too soft, so guests could leave their shoes on if they wanted, the fire pits were a hit, and the views were unreal. Finally, the staff here knocked it out of the park. Our venue coordinator Lisa took over after another coordinator left (who was also great btw),... Read more

    Nicole

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    5 out of 5
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  • Kona kai made our special day just magical! We had guests from chicago and florida all staying at the hotel and everyone had an absolute blast! Our event coordinator Valerie who is the catering sales manager there was with us from the beginning. She showed us the venue and we fell in love. She was an absolute blessing and couldnt of done it with out her. Weddings are chaos and she kept me calm and made everything go so smoothly. Thank you so much Valerie and Kona kai for making our day perfect!

    Kimberly

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    5 out of 5
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  • Kona Kai proved to be a gorgeous venue for our daughter's wedding. From the first meeting, they were helpful and welcoming - and let us personalize the event with exceptions to their rules, like letting us bring a special family wine and decanter... and letting our daughter's dog be a part of the wedding! Chef Damon was superb (serving 150 guests) and we had many compliments on the food (my only criticism is that some of the portions were a bit too big!) We were able to get into the ballroom early in the morning, which helped with the special market lighting we brought in (and I would recommend, as the ballroom is like most large rooms - quite plain... San Diego Events Lighting Co. with Maria is who we used) and the tables, chairs, and choice of linens provided in the wedding package were fine. It was a 3-day event for us and we had more than 100 people staying at the hotel... To my knowledge there were no room hiccups, though the internet on the West side of the property was slow... Read more

    Karen

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  • We went to a total of 15 venues in San Diego when we started our wedding planning process. Once we visited Kona Kai though it was not even a question. Everything we ever wanted and could have requested was made possible here. Jennifer Hoffman was such a pleasure to work with and made us feel like we were her only clients. Not only did they create a custom menu for us, the chef took the time to really make it perfect. Usually wedding food is mediocre but we had so many guests compliment our meal. Kona Kai went above and beyond for us- from dealing with obnoxious family with a smile to even adding additional decor to the stations just to make everything pop. Every single Kona Kai employee was incredibly helpful and positive. This was a venue that didn't upsell but actually added things just to make our wedding weekend that much better. From Emilio in the front to Chris on the back end everything was such high quality service. The setting here is so idyllic. Because there is only one ball... Read more

    Kristen

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  • We stayed at Kona Kai for our wedding weekend and although we had our wedding off site, we had many different events there! The majority of our guests were from out of town so we had a large block of rooms at Kona Kai and it was an amazing experience! Cassie Donovan was our room contact and was absolutely incredible! She was extremely accommodating and helpful on so many levels. We were so grateful for her throughout the entire process! All of our guests had an incredible weekend thanks to their stay! We also did our welcoming party, the night before our wedding, in the Vessel Restaurant and Bar, as well as an after party after our wedding reception. Kelly Meade and Sean Tiarks were very helpful in setting everything up and were extremely flexible and customer service oriented. We also did a non-hosted brunch in the restaurant the day after our wedding and once again everything was perfect! We are so happy with our experience at Kona Kai and would recommend it for all lodging and event... Read more

    Annie

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  • We were married in San Diego November of 2015 and hosted our reception at the beautiful Kona Kai. Having grown up in San Diego, I had been going to the Kona Kai my entire life as a club member, so when it came time to select a wedding venue, I could not imagine a better place! You simply cannot beat this intimate waterfront paradise. We housed our guests at the Kona Kai and got a great rate through the reservations team for our room block. All our family and friends felt like they were on a tropical vacation staying at the resort, and enjoyed all the activities the Kona Kai had to offer (poolside cabanas, paddle boarding, beach games, fantastic restaurant/food options, etc). I guarantee in the next couple years it will be THE place to vacation and be married in San Diego, if it hasn't already become that. Jennifer Hoffman was our "go-to gal" for everything related to the wedding. She was incredible. So attentive, creative, responsive, and had a wonderful demeanor about her- sh... Read more

    Faith

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  • I visited many hotels near the San Diego airport for our hotel block. I felt the Kona Kai was the best value, compared to Paradise Point and some other hotels. It's small yet beautiful and has a real relaxing element. The grounds are perfect for some getting ready/bridal party pictures. All of our out of town guests loved it :)

    User5458991

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  • Pricy but worth it! The food is ridiculous, views are breathtaking and the venue is quintessential San Diego. The resort went through a renovation in 2013 so there haven't been too many weddings here and it feels fresh and Classic. Our wedding was elegant, staff was 5 star and the entire experience was more than we could have asked for.

    Melissa

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  • When my husband and I toured Kona Kai as a possible venue for our wedding, we instantly fell in love with it! The beautifully remodeled resort was warm, inviting and ideally situated at the end of Harbor Island. Conveniently located near the airport, downtown San Diego, Coronado and the beaches, we knew it would be ideal for our traveling guests. The resort offers stunning views of the harbor and the lit Point Loma hills at night were magical. Not only that, but Jennifer, who was director of catering and events at the time, was AMAZING to work with!! She was incredibly flexible, answered our millions of questions promptly and must have met with us 10 times. She was absolutely the sweetest and made the planning process SO enjoyable for me, my husband and our families. The food at our wedding was delicious and the staff was very accommodating and friendly. We can't say enough wonderful things about our event at Kona Kai. Although our wedding experience was FANTASTIC on the ev... Read more

    George

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  • We got married here last weekend and had a great time. Most of our guests were from out of town and absolutely loved the resort. While the prices are high, with associated resort and parking fees, the setting was perfect for our small wedding. Catering Sales Manager Michael DaSilva was so accommodating through our planning process and the rest of the staff couldn't have been more helpful to us and our party throughout the weekend. The food at Vessel is delicious and a fabulous place to just grab a drink. Thank you to everyone at Kona Kai Resort for making our wedding weekend a fabulous one!

    User3657464

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  • i absolutely love this venue it was amazing and gorgeous. I had the wedding of my dreams there. The new renovations have beautiful ballrooms and beautiful rooms for the hotel guests. I had a wedding coordinator and without her I do not think that my wedding would have been as great. There were issues with the room block and charging my guests the resort fee and the incorrect parking amount. This all had to be adjusted after checkout. My guests were not aware of this but I was and it was a little irritating. Also there were a few hiccups throughout the wedding but my wedding coordinator was able to catch them while I was getting ready for my big day. They did not have the right linens I had chose, not enough bartenders in the contract, and wrong AV and table set up for the ceremony. These things were minor and overall I enjoyed my wedding at this beautiful location. I also attribute this to the fact that my catering manager left a week before my wedding and I was put with a new catering... Read more

    Nicholas

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  • Our contact Sheila Brown was very helpful and professional. We booked the reception site about a year in advance and I believe they required a 2000 deposit which went towards the final bill and required a 13,500 minimum spending limit. We were originally going to try the Admiral Kidd Club, but it was booked. We were not disappointed with the Kona Kai at all. It has a very lovely location on the Shelter Island strip. We got some amazing pictures right across the street with the sunset and downtown San Diego in the background. For our food choices we went with the NY Strip and the Gorgonzola Chicken. I personally liked the Chicken better than the steak, but both were good during the tasting and also when served for our wedding. We had about 250+ to show and you would think it wouldn't taste the same when they're making that many dinners, but it was just as good. They provided us with complimentary champagne, robes, gigantic chocolate covered strawberries and a nice room. The st... Read more

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