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Kona Kai Resort

San Diego , CA
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1551 Shelter Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92106 US (map)

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619-221-8000

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Annie
Wedding:
11/7/2015
5.0/5.0
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- she never seems stressed! (A HUGE plus in the world of event managers!). We hosted our cocktail hour on the beach during sunset (highly recommend the spicy ahi tacos as a passed appetizer!), and our reception in the Pt Loma Ballroom (the butternut squash ravioli is TO DIE FOR). Jennifer even arranged to keep Vessel Bar open until midnight for our ambitious guests to carry on the party post-reception (with a gourmet kettle chip / blue cheese / bacon bar, nonetheless!). We wanted to do something really special for our grand entrance to the cocktail hour, and the Kona Kai dock master helped us to orchestrate our arrival via sailboat into a guest slip facing the private beach where our guests were- it was one of the most magical moments of our entire life! We cannot speak highly enough about the Kona Kai staff as a whole- they are all wonderful!
We were married in San Diego November of 2015 and hosted our reception at the beautiful Kona Kai. Having grown up in San Read more...
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- she never seems stressed! (A HUGE plus in the world of event managers!). We hosted our cocktail hour on the beach during sunset (highly recommend the spicy ahi tacos as a passed appetizer!), and our reception in the Pt Loma Ballroom (the butternut squash ravioli is TO DIE FOR). Jennifer even arranged to keep Vessel Bar open until midnight for our ambitious guests to carry on the party post-reception (with a gourmet kettle chip / blue cheese / bacon bar, nonetheless!). We wanted to do something really special for our grand entrance to the cocktail hour, and the Kona Kai dock master helped us to orchestrate our arrival via sailboat into a guest slip facing the private beach where our guests were- it was one of the most magical moments of our entire life! We cannot speak highly enough about the Kona Kai staff as a whole- they are all wonderful! Read less
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Faith
Wedding:
9/20/2015
5.0/5.0
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 :)
I visited many hotels near the San Diego airport for our hotel block. I felt the Kona Kai was the best value, compared to Read more...
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 :) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
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.
Pricy but worth it! The food is ridiculous, views are breathtaking and the venue is quintessential San Diego. The resort Read more...
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. Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
5/23/2008
5.0/5.0
The folks at Kona Kai provided an elegant setting with good food. Very nice! The service at the reception and overall (planning, etc) was excellent.
The folks at Kona Kai provided an elegant setting with good food. Very nice! The service at the reception and overall Read more...
The folks at Kona Kai provided an elegant setting with good food. Very nice! The service at the reception and overall (planning, etc) was excellent. Read less
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George
Wedding:
10/17/2015
4.6/5.0
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!
We got married here last weekend and had a great time. Most of our guests were from out of town and absolutely loved the Read more...
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! Read less
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Nicholas
Wedding:
5/15/2010
4.3/5.0
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 staff the day of was especially helpful in taking care of little things for us...and lets not forget the bartenders who were very generous with their portions. Though Sheila didn't budge too much on some ideas or suggestions, she always had something helpful to add or another idea for how to do something that was just as good. All in All, for a gorgeous location, 250+ guest and a total bill under 18K, we can't complain. We would highly recommend the Kona Kai Resort as a good reception location as well as Sheila Brown for her services.
Our contact Sheila Brown was very helpful and professional. We booked the reception site about a year in advance and I Read more...
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 staff the day of was especially helpful in taking care of little things for us...and lets not forget the bartenders who were very generous with their portions. Though Sheila didn't budge too much on some ideas or suggestions, she always had something helpful to add or another idea for how to do something that was just as good. All in All, for a gorgeous location, 250+ guest and a total bill under 18K, we can't complain. We would highly recommend the Kona Kai Resort as a good reception location as well as Sheila Brown for her services. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.7/5.0
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 manager. I would also like to point out that the Banquet manager and staff was phenomenal! On our wedding day anything I needed or wanted during the reception I got within seconds. It made it nice since we were busy. Also I would like to say that the food there is INCREDIBLE!! All of my guests raved about how good it was and that is always important!
i absolutely love this venue it was amazing and gorgeous. I had the wedding of my dreams there. The new renovations have Read more...
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 manager. I would also like to point out that the Banquet manager and staff was phenomenal! On our wedding day anything I needed or wanted during the reception I got within seconds. It made it nice since we were busy. Also I would like to say that the food there is INCREDIBLE!! All of my guests raved about how good it was and that is always important! Read less
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stacybenzel
Wedding:
10/23/2010
2.8/5.0
I regret having to write this because I had SUCH a beautiful wedding at the Kona Kai, but I was very disappointed overall with the staff at the Kona Kai. The catering/convention manager that we had to work with for the wedding was negative and close-minded, and was often rude to me and my wedding coordinator. Luckily we didn't need her opinion too much on how to run the event, and as a result it was amazing. Also the staff working the hotel blocks and front desk were very unaccomodating and often would not be able to make any decisions and would make me do the legwork to communicate between their Sales and Catering offices. No one seemed to want to do their job. But I do have to say the location is AMAZING and the beach in the back on the marina side is beautiful for an outdoor ceremony. We had our cocktail hour on the patio which was awesome too - and our dinner inside in their circular dining room (very unique)! The food was also so great - so like I said, I regrettably have to write a negative review because other brides might be surprised by the staff....
I regret having to write this because I had SUCH a beautiful wedding at the Kona Kai, but I was very disappointed overall Read more...
I regret having to write this because I had SUCH a beautiful wedding at the Kona Kai, but I was very disappointed overall with the staff at the Kona Kai. The catering/convention manager that we had to work with for the wedding was negative and close-minded, and was often rude to me and my wedding coordinator. Luckily we didn't need her opinion too much on how to run the event, and as a result it was amazing. Also the staff working the hotel blocks and front desk were very unaccomodating and often would not be able to make any decisions and would make me do the legwork to communicate between their Sales and Catering offices. No one seemed to want to do their job. But I do have to say the location is AMAZING and the beach in the back on the marina side is beautiful for an outdoor ceremony. We had our cocktail hour on the patio which was awesome too - and our dinner inside in their circular dining room (very unique)! The food was also so great - so like I said, I regrettably have to write a negative review because other brides might be surprised by the staff.... Read less
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danielle
Wedding:
9/2/2007
2.8/5.0
It is the only place in San Diego with a private beach to get married on, but they cram 3 weddings in per night during the "wedding season" so it was very crazy getting set up day-of and the staff was not informed of all the details.
It is the only place in San Diego with a private beach to get married on, but they cram 3 weddings in per night during the Read more...
It is the only place in San Diego with a private beach to get married on, but they cram 3 weddings in per night during the "wedding season" so it was very crazy getting set up day-of and the staff was not informed of all the details. Read less
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