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Kona Kai Resort & Marina sporting new SoCal look

Kona Kai Resort & Marina
Kona Kai Resort & Marina
Noble House Hotels & Resorts

Kona Kai Resort & Marina on the tip of San Diego’s Shelter Island has completed the second phase of its $22 million renovation project. The renovation includes new guest rooms, revitalized in-room amenities, a completely renovated waterfront restaurant and lobby along with a refreshed pool and meetings spaces.

In addition, the project includes new tiki bars with furnished cabanas, fire pits, Adirondack chairs and a ew sound system around the pool.

Oh yes, there’s also some great views of San Diego that confirm it as one of the country’s most beautiful cities.

Home to California’s only privately owned beach, guests at Kona Kai enjoy the sparkling blue waters of the San Diego Bay, white sand and views of the Marina, all surrounded by eleven acres of gardens. It’s a perfect headquarters for guests to visit nearby marine attractions such as the USS Midway Museum and Seaport Village.

In re-designing Kona Kai Resort & Marina, the goal was to emulate an iconic San Diego experience. With a nod towards its Spanish Colonial architecture, the lobby includes crystal chandeliers, elegant, classic furnishings in shades of white and dark woods, with distressed brass finish and forged, blackened hardware. Accents in gold and turquoise, emulating the sun and sea, are prevalent throughout.

The resort's signature restaurant - Vessel - debuted last year with an New American cuisine menu by Executive Chef Erik Nitsche. The regional coastal fare incorporates local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, taking traditional delicacies and giving them a flavourful twist, such as Pulled Pork Sliders with crispy onions, baja slaw and Chili Rubbed Baked Snapper with lemon potatoes, roasted tomato sauce

An aged brass sculpture and hand forged chandelier, combining remnant metal with re-purposed Sputnik lights, creates a dramatic entry. Vessels, in varying sizes and color, are scattered throughout. Mirrors reflect light and add sparkle from the glistening Bay and a large dome centered over the middle of the restaurant reminds diners of an evening sky.