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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

About Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort

Ko`a Kea Hotel & Resort is located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, lining the shores of picturesque Poipu Beach. Set on the footprint of the old Poipu Beach Hotel devastated by the 1992 hurricane, the highly acclaimed boutique not only offers the island’s closest hotel accommodations to the sand, but 90% of its 121 contemporary guestrooms and suites have ocean views. With the addition of a saltwater pool and whirlpool, the Red Salt restaurant beloved by visitors and locals alike, a beach activities center and spa, the resort is geared towards couples, honeymooners, or anyone looking for an intimate and inconspicuous escape to Hawaii.

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 five hotels and resorts throughout California and Hawaii, representing more than 1000 rooms and nearly 70,000 square feet of premier indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. It includes The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa near San Diego and the currently under construction Vista Collina Resort (opening summer 2018) in Napa. 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

About Pacific Hospitality Group

Established in 1987, Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) is a growing hospitality company with 11 hotels and resorts across the United States. Based in Irvine, Calif., the company finances, manages and owns a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury properties known as the Meritage Collection. For more information, visit