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Pricing information

Reception
$500 starting price
Ceremony
$1,500 starting price
Bar service
$15 per person
Reception
$750 starting price
Ceremony
$1,000 starting price
Bar service
$15 per person
These prices are available for the months of May through October. These prices are available for the months of November through April.

About

On WeddingWire since 2008

Kona Kai San Diego Resort is a coastal wedding venue on Shelter Island. With picturesque views, gorgeous sunsets, coastal breezes, and ideal weather, Kona Kai San Diego Resort is your ultimate wedding destination. Exchange your vows under the vibrant colors of a San Diego sunset, then dance the night away under the stars or in one of our elegantly appointed ballrooms for an unforgettable, happily-ever-after event. Make your dream day an island escape for you and your guests that will be cherished forever.

Facilities and Capacity

Celebrate your love with a perfect setting to match your perfect day. Set up on our exclusive private beach, tropical garden overlooking the marina, or exquisite ballroom for an awe-inspiring event. Our resort on Shelter Island is perfect for intimate and grand weddings alike. There are 13,000 square feet of gorgeous indoor ballroom space and over 43,000 square feet of outdoor space options. The maximum capacity for this venue is 500 people.

Services Offered

Allow our team of experts to plan every delightful detail of your wedding day itinerary for an unforgettable day for you and your guests. Below are other services we offer that are included:

  • Cake
  • Event rentals
  • In-house catering
  • In-house bar
  • Outside vendors
  • Setup/cleanup
  • Bridal suite
  • Lighting/sound
  • Pet friendly
  • Wireless Internet

Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$750

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$15

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
House Wine
Signature Drink

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

6

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Beach
Garden
Resort
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Decor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December
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4.8 out of 5 rating
32 Reviews
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  • Professionalism
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  • Value
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.8 out of 5 rating
96% Recommended by couples

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Kona Kai is highly recommended by multiple reviewers for weddings. The staff, including catering manager Brenna and Senior Catering Manager Stephanny, are praised for their professionalism, helpfulness, and involvement in the wedding planning process. The venue itself is described as beautiful, with stunning views of the marina and outdoor reception areas. The food is also highly acclaimed, with guests complimenting the delicious and perfectly cooked dinner. Overall, reviewers had a perfect and unforgettable wedding experience at Kona Kai.

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Kona Kai is highly recommended by multiple reviewers for weddings. The staff, including catering manager Brenna and Senior Catering Manager Stephanny, are praised for their professionalism, helpfulness, and involvement in the wedding planning process. The venue itself is described as beautiful, with stunning views of the marina and outdoor reception areas. The food is also highly acclaimed, with guests complimenting the delicious and perfectly cooked dinner. Overall, reviewers had a perfect and unforgettable wedding experience at Kona Kai.

Angie
Angie Sent on 11/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

I highly recommend Kona Kai!

I am beyond pleased with the service I received from the catering manager, Brenna, and the team at Kona Kai for my wedding. Brenna immediately responded to my inquiry, was waiting for us 10 minutes before the start of our tour, and was very flexible and patient with us as we made our decision to book a venue. All these reasons plus her genuine kindness lead us to choose Kona Kai, and we are SO happy we did. Throughout the whole planning process, Brenna was there to answer every email and phone call in a timely manner, support me during my low-key meltdowns about non-venue related matters, and coordinated so well with my wedding planner. When the City of San Diego denied our permit, Brenna and her manager went above and beyond to refute it, ultimately leading the city to approve our permit. On the day of the wedding, the team at Kona Kai moved everything along effortlessly. The set up of the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were absolutely stunning. The accommodations made for my vendors' parking were appreciated, and the discounted valet for my guests were very reasonable. I continuously had to add more rooms to my room block, which Brenna, Sal, and Osae were SO patient and accommodating with. I could go on and on with how satisfied I am, but no amount of words will capture how grateful and happy I am. I absolutely recommend working with Brenna and her team at Kona Kai for your wedding!
Valerie
Valerie Sent on 08/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Coordinating with Kona Kai

It was a pleasure working with Stephanie at Kona Kai as we pulled off a Big Fat Greek Wedding together. Everything was absolutely WONDERFUL and I must say, that was one of the smoothest receptions I have ever coordinated, even with all of the intricate details. The Kona Kai banquet team overall is AMAZING. Erol handled everything so beautifully and all of the servers were polite, welcoming, and diligent as they worked around everyone in the room.

Stephanie and Erol, thank you for the opportunity to serve along side you and your remarkable team.

KoKo McDowell 7/22/23
C/O Beatific Events
https://www.beatificevents.com
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Marilyn Sent on 09/27/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Gorgeous, Delicious, Beautiful! Best Venue EVER!

Words cannot express our appreciation for the level of excellence and beauty provided by everyone at the Kona Kai Resort. Every single person who worked to put together our wedding was kind, hardworking, and dedicated, and we have never had as delicious and perfectly cooked (even the wild salmon!) dinner at a venue. Our guests were full of compliments for the chef as well as for the aesthetic beauty of the event. Catering Director, Brenna Guerchon, is as professional as 100% caring and effective. Aline Bichara Events created exquisite, elegant ceremony, lounge and dining areas, Willmus Weddings’ Heather kept us on task and on time while her husband, Christophe, took fabulous photos and video… and West Coast Music’s JB Project is absolutely THE BEST! Overall we could not have hoped for a more heartwarming event.
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
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Sammy & Nick
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Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements
Lois Mathews Design Lois Mathews Design Wedding Florists

This is the most unique beach venue in San Diego. I have worked their many times and it is professional, beautiful, well located and the food is delicious. A real find for any Bride and Groom

Unveiled Unveiled Wedding Dresses

The Kona Kai Resort offers an intimate waterfront paradise. The team is top notch, they are every brides dream team. Its a must see for every newly engaged bride.

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Kona Kai Resort & Spa frequently asked questions

Kona Kai Resort & Spa includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
Kona Kai Resort & Spa includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake
The bar service starting price at Kona Kai Resort & Spa includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Signature Drink
The space offered by Kona Kai Resort & Spa for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Resort
  • Waterfront
Kona Kai Resort & Spa offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Kona Kai Resort & Spa offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Kona Kai Resort & Spa offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wifi
Kona Kai Resort & Spa offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables
Kona Kai Resort & Spa is recommended by 96% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in flexibility, 4.8 in professionalism and 4.8 in value.

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