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BEST Island Ambiance and FRIENDLY staff.......
returned for a vacation to Sanibel after 14 years. Was looking forward
to staying at Kona Kai with our family of 5 and meeting up with an
additional member in Fort Meyers. Kona Kai has changed cosmetically in
those 14 years, but the friendly, welcoming staff has pleasantly stayed
the same. Lillian , besides being a helpful and cheery daily welcome has
a humorous side as well. Our family engaged in a few delightful
conversations with her during our week long stay. It felt like a great
big family gathering. Dennis and family had warm greetings with each day
and always made sure we were enjoying our time on Sanibel. We sought him
out for Island info........He was always there with suggestions and tips
galore. The guests there during our stay all seemed to enjoy meeting and
exchanging greetings. The daily baskets reminded us that we were on
vacation, someone was thinking of us and fueled our kids with energy for
the days ahead. We can't wait to return and spend time with our Kona Kai
family...................A great place to relax, have good times and
enjoy the Island!!!
The Grant Family
Port Orange, Fl
Dec 25-2005 -Jan 1- 2006
Kona Kai OUR FAVORITE Place on Sanibel!!!!
Kona Kai Motel: "Best of Sanibel"
Oct 22, 2005: A TripAdvisor Member, Brooksville, Florida
My husband and I
came to the Kona Kai in celebration of our 1 year anniversary. We had
read very nice comments on the motel and its friendly staff. Our
expectations were good, but throughout our stay the staff went above and
beyond our expectations. They made sure that we were happy, comfortable,
having fun and they were friendly just like they were old pals!!! We
felt like we were at home. I will be back to the Kona Kai again. This
kind of customer service is so far and few between. You would be smart
to choose the adorable, beautiful, motel, where the staff welcomes you
with open arms!!!!!! I can't wait until my next trip to Sanibel
Kona Kai Motel: "What a Lovely Little Place"
Aug 22, 2005: A TripAdvisor Member, New York
This is a charming
little place that we happened to come upon after we had decided to stay
overnight on Sanibel instead of just for the day. (We stayed 2 nights).
The couple who own it are very nice, very helpful. They even lent us
beach chairs. All their restaurant recommendations were great. The Kona
Kai is very charming, clean and it really gives you the feeling you are
somewhere tropical. (great landscaping) It was a very good value and we
highly recommend it.
Kona Kai Motel: "Wedding Plans"
Feb 3, 2005: A TripAdvisor Member, Charlottesville, Virginia
The Kona Kai is a
wonderful little oasis of peace and quiet on a peaceful and quiet
island. A bit hard to find if you aren't looking for it but that is one
of the great appeals of the place. Our group rented out a good
percentage of the rooms for our wedding party. The hostess, Lillian, was
helpful, accommodating and willing to work with my wedding plans when
the typically good weather went even further south.
The rooms are clean, well appointed and since we had the pool cottage a
great place to lounge and have group gatherings.
Centrally located, it was easy to get on a bike and be anywhere on the
island in a short amount of time. I highly recommend a bike, the traffic
is horrible but drivers are generally polite.
We loved it there and are already talking about celebrating our first
anniversary at the Kona Kai.
Kona Kai Motel: "We love the Kona Kai!"
Jan 19, 2005: A TripAdvisor Member, Otley, West Yorkshire, England.
gardens, the laid back atmosphere, the Hendrix family and staff...all
fantastic. Then there's the pool, lovely and clean - the kids love it.
The motel is very safe for kids to mooch around in and handy as a base
for us to explore Sanibel and Captiva. We have returned three times and
can't wait for our next visit - it's a little Oasis!
Kona Kai Motel: "Home Away from Home"
Dec 2, 2004: A TripAdvisor Member, Cape Cod, MA
At the Kona Kai
Motel & Cottages, we found hospitality and genuine desire to create a
"family" atmosphere. Kona Kai staff went beyond the call of duty to make
us feel comfortable and at ease. The Kona Kai provided us with much more
than just a room, it was more of a catalyst to give my wife and myself a
chance to reexamine ourselves, meaning the quietness of sitting by the
river in the back, walking the boardwalk through the grounds looking at
the plants, and relaxing in the pool. We found a truly unique setting
and a unique staff. My wife and I will always consider the Kona Kai our
"home away from home" and hopefully will be back to visit soon.
Dear Dennis, Megan, and Susan,
Well, it worked.... Maura and I want to thank you from the bottom of our
hearts. I'm not sure if you may remember but my ex wife Maura had come
down on April 10th to see if she and I could "reacquaint" ourselves and
perhaps have things work out (I was working at Billy's Rentals at the
time). Well, I moved back here to Cape Cod and we're once back together
again, this time hopefully growing old together. A large part of this is
because of your hospitality and genuine desire to create a "family"
atmosphere. Your staff went beyond the call of duty to make us feel
comfortable and at ease which had a great impact on our relationship
together. The Kona Kai provided us with much more than just a room, it
was more of a catalyst to give Maura and myself a chance to reexamine
ourselves, meaning the quietness of sitting by the river in the back,
walking the boardwalk through the grounds looking at the plants, and
relaxing in the pool. You truly have a unique setting and a unique staff
Dennis. Even though I no longer live on Sanibel, Maura and myself will
always consider the Kona Kai our "home away from home" and hopefully
will be back to visit soon. Thank you again....
Cape Cod, MA.
What a wonderful place! After reading the charming brochure, Mary and
I just knew this was a destination we had to visit. We were not
disappointed, and the helpful staff did everything to make us feel at
Within an hour of check in, we took a stroll to the river bank, and
you can imagine our surprise when an alligator made his way over to
where we were sitting! We also made friends with the local cat and his
raccoon buddy. The shelling was fun, and the shell museum was
Kona Kai is situated in a perfect spot, and there are many fine
places to eat. We even walked over to McT's, which is right next door
and had an excellent early bird special. We would strongly suggest the
Kona Kai experience to anyone who wants to get away and enjoy
themselves. We know where we will be next June!
Dr. & Mrs Thomas C Carman
".... I would highly
recommend (the Kona Kai). It is not often that you see a place that is
able to capture the essence of old Florida and make you extremely
comfortable at the same time. And what makes the Kona Kai so unique is
that it is truly family run and embodies all the ideals that this
country of ours was founded on. If you have a potential customer that is
looking for quaint, family environment, this is the place to recommend.
It truly is the embodiment of all the ideals that we have build a
nation on. One family working together to improve the product they are
selling and to make the customer feel great."
Mr. and Mrs. Steven and Natalie Schaible
Dear Dennis & family,
Thank you for making us
feel so welcome during our holiday. We feel the Kona Kai is our home
away from home. We always enjoy our stay with you and look forward to it
all year long.
Your children are
wonderful. It is so nice to see them helping out and working together
with their dad.
Thank you for always having
room for us. It is very much appreciated. See you next near - same time,
same place! (maybe before if we can manage it)
Helen Albert & Rick Thomson
We had an excellent stay.
The daily breakfast basket was a fun & delicious part of our stay.
Jim & Pat Sturgen
With special thanks and
warmest appreciation for having made my stay on Sanibel so relaxing,
peaceful and happy! We are looking forward to coming back very soon.
"Thank you for the wonderful accommodation.
The room was very comfortable and my vacation quite relaxing.
Having access to the bikes was a lift saver for me .
I hope to visit again !"
Just a note to let you know
that my family just returned from a wonderful week on Sanibel...one of
our best vacations ever! A large part of the fun was due to the
wonderful hospitality at the Kona Kai motel where we stayed. The staff
and owner of the Kona Kai could not have been friendlier. They kindly
answered our many questions about where to go, how to get there, etc. We
all enjoyed the beautiful clean swimming pool just outside our door, and
the bright/airy accommodations. Captain D (Dennis...the owner) took us
on a delightful sightseeing boat trip around the bay. You can be certain
that we will be recommending a Sanibel vacation to all of our friends.
Hope the Kona Kai get lots of new business from Minnesota!
Hello there - Just
wanted to let you guys know that after renting your place for a week, we
have recommended it to a friend. My friend and I thought your place was
charming and everyone was very friendly, including baby Leah! My friend
and I have been coming to Sanibel every spring (we are both teachers and
need a vacation by April 1st) and had been renting a condo from some
friends. However, this year the condo was taken.
having such a nice place and a tropical atmosphere. We enjoyed our time
and hope to come again soon! (Hopefully, before next spring!)
Til next time,
Pamela Berndt and family
(Webmaster's note: The following letter was
received by Mr. Steve Greenstein, Executive Director of the
Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce on 9/22/02 and kindly forwarded to us)
> I would like to take this opportunity to express to you my
> sincere appreciation for the way in which my wife Kathy and I were
> treated recently during our stay at the Kona Kai Motel on your lovely
> island. August 28 until Sept. 3rd.
> The management and the staff at the Kona Kai went out of their
> way to ensure that our vacation was a memorable one, from a
> breakfast (delivered to our room) daily to shelling trips with shore
> lunches. The services were outstanding.
> Kathy and I sent our honeymoon on Sanibel twenty one years ago,
> and we have been back many times since, but never have we enjoyed it
> more than this time at the Kona Kai. (loved the pool, shelling and the
> I am particularly appreciative of the manner in which the staff
> looked after my wife for several weeks while I was called back home on
> business. Their concern for her safety and well being was quite
> by their daily interactions and scheduled activities.
> In closing, you can probably tell by my remarks, we will return to
> Sanibel and the Kona Kai again and frequently.
Kathy and Wandy Cox
(and Casey (our 5lb. Yourkie who loved it too))
Hi, we just stayed at your Motel last week and we wanted to take a
moment to thank you. We really enjoyed your environment and we look
forward to visiting again. We will definitely recommend your place to
our friends and family. We are so anxious to get back I keep on looking
at your web site so the memory stays fresh in mind. You guys were
wonderful, sweet individuals. Keep up the great work.
Jeremy Steadwell & Aida Hernandez
Dear Kona Kai,
We spent four wonderful days at your island retreat. We could not
have been treated more kindly or made to feel more welcome. The grounds
at Kona Kai made us feel that we were in a tropical paradise. We spent
much time exploring your gardens. We loved the fresh fruit you provided
for breakfast every day. You made our first stay on Sanibel Island so
special that we will definitely be back again and again. We highly
recommend this resort.
Adrienne and John Kane Palm Bay, Florida
Steve and Tracy Webb Durham, Ct.
Danielle Boucher Hiram, Ohio
Chelsea Webb Durham, Ct.
Dec 30-Jan 4
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