Kona Kai Resort & Marina undergoes $22M renovation

Kona Kai Resort & Marina revealed the second phase of a $22-million renovation project scheduled for completion in time for 4th of July vacations. Kona Kai Resort & Marina is located on the very tip of San Diego’s Shelter Island.

When the renovation project is completed, will have new guestrooms, revitalized in-room amenities, a completely renovated waterfront restaurant and lobby, along with a refreshed pool and meetings spaces.

The design for the renovation reflects modern San Diego while still celebrating the hotel’s history. The property plans to to become a maritime haven of casual elegance where nautical chic meets SoCal beach bungalow. Key elements included are natural materials like reclaimed wood and backlit onyx bar tops, to hi-tech panoramic video art walls and plush furniture under canopies of light.


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There will also be new tiki bars with furnished cabanas, fire pits, Adirondack chairs, and a new sound system to make the pool area ideal for summer travelers looking for personalized service combined with Southern California charm.

Changes are isolated to different areas of the resort at a time. Thus, guests can stay in some of the newly renovated guest rooms and suites, which were completed during phase one, along with the other comforts that accompany the multi-million dollar refreshment project currently taking shape.

The pool, restaurant, spa and fitness facilities will be temporarily closed for renovations.

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Shirli Sensenbrenner brings more than 30 years of experience, including 20 with Destination Hotels/Two Roads Hospitality.