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(Irvine, Calif.) (July 11, 2017) – Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) is delighted to announce Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai being ranked as the Top Resort Hotel in Hawaii and No. 48 on the list of the Top 100 Hotels in the World in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2017 readers’ survey. Located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai at Poipu Beach, the oceanfront property is part of PHG’s growing luxury and lifestyle hotel portfolio known as the Meritage Collection.

“Pacific Hospitality acquired Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in January 2016, and we are thrilled to see guests continued satisfaction with our service and variety of hotel amenities,” said Robb Walker, chief operating officer at Pacific Hospitality Group. “This recognition is a testament to our exemplary team members who enjoy creating memorable and personalized stay experiences.”

As the island’s closest hotel to the Pacific Ocean, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort blends beautiful beachfront accommodations with warm, intuitive service. The property features 121 contemporary guestrooms, including nine suites, a serene saltwater pool, fitness center, spa with a seaside cabana and beach activities center. Red Salt, its signature restaurant, serves a diverse menu highlighting the fresh seafood and locally-sourced produce of Hawaii.

“We are honored Travel + Leisure readers selected our boutique hotel as their favorite resort in Hawaii,” said Jack Slim, general manager at Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort. “Our team strives to elevate the guest experience through enhancing our resort offerings. In 2017, the resort added complimentary wellness and cultural activities, oceanfront fire pits and introduced a new menu at Red Salt, which is a favorite of both visitors and residents alike.”

The annual Travel + Leisure survey requests readers to vote for their top travel experiences in a variety of categories. In the hotel category, readers rated properties on their rooms/facilities, location, service, food and drink, and overall value, and then they were categorized as city or resort based on their locations. This year’s 22nd edition will be published in the August 2017 issue of Travel + Leisure magazine as well as on its website. The publication will host a celebration in New York City on July 26 in honor of the World’s Best Awards 2017 winners.

For more information and reservations, please contact Ko’a Kea at (877) 276-0768 or visit

About Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort

Ko`a Kea Hotel & Resort is an award-winning boutique oceanfront property located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai at Poipu Beach. As the island’s closest hotel accommodations to the water, nearly all 121 well-appointed guestrooms and suites feature breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, making it the perfect destination for couples, honeymooners or anyone looking for an intimate getaway. Other key hotel offerings include its signature restaurant Red Salt that specializes in fresh Hawaiian cuisine, a serene saltwater pool, a fitness center, a spa with a seaside cabana and a beach activities center. For reservations or additional information, please call (877) 276-0768 or visit, or

About Meritage Collection

The Meritage Collection is a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury hotels that blends iconic, one-of-a-kind places with locally-inspired experiences. Débuted in 2013, the Meritage Collection is comprised of six hotels and resorts throughout California and Hawaii, representing more than 1400 rooms and nearly 149,000 square feet of premier indoor meeting and event space. It includes The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai and Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. Reflective of its California roots, the Meritage Collection offers a laid-back luxury service culture that caters to the modern-day traveler. The Meritage Collection properties are members of the Global Hotel Alliance and its DISCOVERY Rewards Program. DISCOVERY rewards travelers with local experiences and unique adventures not generally available to the public. For more information, please visit, or