We recently had the opportunity to tour the newly-expanded Kona Kai Resort and Spa on San Diego California’s beautiful Shelter Island. As long-time San Diego residents, we remembered this venerable property which has quite a fascinating history, having attracted its share of famous celebrities over the decades, from Presidents to pop stars.

And baby, look at it now!

View on the marina from our suite’s balcony. © Joanne DiBona Photography

View on the marina from our suite’s balcony. © Joanne DiBona Photography

The property, now a Noble House Resort, boasts its very own private beach, multiple swimming pools, waterfront restaurants, an award-winning spa, 55,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor event space, a 500-slip marina, and a renowned private club— the Kona Kai Club.  Paloma Pool and Bar, a new and exclusive pool area for adults only, allows guests to enjoy poolside craft cocktails and California Coastal cuisine while overlooking some of the region’s most breathtaking sunsets.

Since a photo is worth 1,000 words, we would like to share our gallery of original photos taken during our two-night stay at one of the property’s brand new suites that featured a pleasant island decor, a balcony overlooking San Diego Bay, and a deep soaking tub. I must admit the tub was the ultimate in relaxation after a long day of kayaking, hiking and other activities we enjoyed during our stay.


The only photos missing from our experience are from our oh-so-relaxing couples massage, which we relished as part of our experience at SpaTerre, the property’s state-of-the-art spa. We put down our cameras for an hour to luxuriate in the outstanding massage therapy we received under our therapists’ excellent hands.

For those of you who may be bird watchers, we were astounded at the number of magnificent sea birds that make their home in the marina just steps away from the hotel. It was such a pleasure to photograph them from the shore and as part of our exciting kayak excursion down the marina. Click on our photo link to see some lovely images of the amazing sea birds we encountered during this kayak adventure.

As San Diegans, we can honestly suggest the Kona Kai Resort, located just minutes away from San Diego International Airport, the historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter, and all of the city’s top attractions, for a Spring Break experience that is sure to please.

The property is currently offering a variety of Spring travel specials. These include:

Stay Four or More

Guests who book four or more nights at the resort will receive a $300 resort credit and a cabana rental at the new Paloma Pool and Bar overlooking the Kona Kai Marina, steps away from the new luxury suites. The credit can be used for additional amenities at the hotel, such as brunch at Vessel featuring bottomless mimosas and live music every Saturday and Sunday, signaturecocktails enjoyed at the pool or bar, stand-up paddle boarding, couples massages and more.

SoCal Suiteness

The resort’s new spacious, waterfront, adjoining suites are the perfect coastal accommodations to keep the family close this spring break, but with enough space to relax. The SoCal Suiteness package offers guests the following:

  • Two of the resort’s brand-new waterfront suites

  • Adventure credit for water sports of $100 per day

  • A couple’s amenity and kids’ amenity

  • Poolside cabana rental

Spring it On

This package provides all you need for a fun and stress-free getaway for the whole family. The

package includes:

  • Daily breakfast credit for four

  • A daily $100 adventure credit to enjoy all the amenities and activities the resort has to offer, such as kayaking, pedal boats, or Jet Ski rentals

To learn more about other spring travel packages, call 619.221.8000 or visit