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Reviewed January 19, 2013

This was my first vacation in many years and I didn’t know what to expect from a small, local resort except for just hoping to have a place to relax and get away. Upon entering the resort parking area, an air of seclusion and quietness surrounded me even though the main road was close by. The feelings were enhanced by walking over a small bridge surrounded by a carefully designed garden. Continuing down the walk toward the main office, you cannot help but notice the same kind of thoughtful landscape continuing throughout the resort in a manicured tropical sort of way. What a cool feeling! Later in the week, we took time for a tour of the botanic gardens from the on-site ethnobotanist, Rick, who was very personable, enjoyable, and captivating to listen to. This hour tour takes you to a whole new level of understanding and appreciation for the plants that surround you (this seemed like a quite unique feature for a resort). One other feature that stands out in my mind was the staff. The most friendly and caring staff I have ever come across. Everyone made me feel so comfortable and yes..relaxed! And yes, of course, at the end of each day the sunset overlooking the mangroves far off in the distance. Can it get any better?! I cannot get over how great I felt at the end of the week and how glad I was to have spent my time here. I would definitely recommend Kona Kai Resort, Gallery and Botanic Gardens to anyone who wants to get away from the rat race and appreciate the more subtle things in life.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Owner-KonaKai-Resort, Owner at Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2013

Dear Ricklmr1:
While this might have been "your first vacation in many years," we are thrilled to learn you enjoyed the resort and found our staff to be both friendly and caring. Everyone at Kona Kai works hard to see both our guests and our botanic garden visitors have an enjoyable and memorable time. Our Botanic Gardens, a non-profit that operates within our grounds to promote the importance of the interdependence between humans and plants, will be 2 years old this March, so it is especially important to us that you took note of the tropical gardens and the tour(s) our ethnobotanist does for registered resort guests such as yourself, as well as garden visitors who've made a tour appointment. We hope we your next vacation will not be "many years" away and thus hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Great management, great location, nice villas. My wife and I were there over New Year's and will certainly go back at some point. It's a small place (though it does have its own tennis court), so if you're looking for an on-site restaurant, big fitness center, etc., then it's not for you, but for us, it was perfect.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We were one of the fortunate few to land at this beautiful oasis for a week. We found
ourselves transported to a paradise in December, unlike any other. Truly a jewel of the Keys...from its owners/employees who make it what it is, to the beautiful backdrop of nature - botanic gardens, on the water, gorgeous sunsets, etc. The staff is one of the amenities that is "top-notch". From the concierge who are so knowledgeable of the surroundings and make you feel right at home, to the friendliness and the little extras the housekeeping and other staff delivers. Not to mention the impeccable beauty of the gardens and the newly redecorated and furnished private suites nestled inconspicuously within the gardens. It was a "Garden of Eden" of sorts! We were there at an opportune time since the coconuts had just been harvested, and Rick, the ethnobotanist on staff, gave such an engaging tour of the gardens, and afterwards, we were able to experience and enjoy freshly tapped coconuts! If you are waiting for reassurance that this is the right resort for you...rest assured, along with relaxation, recreation, rejuvenation, refreshment...IT IS!! Reserve!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Probably the best kept grounds in FL, a nice stop for friendly advice and accomodation in Key Largo. This setting is best suited for a couple that wants a quiet getaway and will spend most of the day on site. The price is high compared to surrounding resorts but what you get is a quiet stay and good advice. Definitely a good place to go if you have never been to this part of Florida.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank MrSleuth
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We just returned from our fourth stay at Kona Kai. The resort is fantastic, and the staff is even better. Tracy and Denise understand customer service far better than most in the game. They will help you as much or as little as you like. It would be very difficult to be disappointed with any aspect of this resort.

Room Tip: Ask Tracy or Denise about rooms that are away from the bridge near the entrance if you want to sleep in. Luggage noise can be an issue in a few rooms if guests are leaving earlier than you like.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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