Turtle Bay Resort
What We Love
- The poolside bar straddles a surf break, putting you at eye level with surfers while you imbibe
- Surrounded by ocean on three sides, so every room guarantees a swath of blue
- Local live music and professional watermen "Talk Story" sessions at Surfer, the Bar, off the lobby
What To Know
- Honolulu (and its urban offerings) are an hour's drive away
- The daily resort fee includes WiFi and parking
- Gloriously unrefined: "Aloha spirit" prevails over white glove service
- The outdoor massage hale (hut) is a must for spa-goers
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Perched on a point that juts into the sea, Turtle Bay resort is decked out in ’70s-era design, but not to the point of being obtrusive. Here, it’s all about the ocean: anywhere there isn’t floor-to-ceiling glass facing the sea, photographs of wave details abound. The guest rooms are comfortable, with the standard rooms clocking in at 478 square feet. Muted earth tones allow the exterior surroundings to shine; patterns on bedspreads, pillows, and wall art meld traditional Hawaiian prints with tasteful kitsch. Many rooms have private balconies, complete with sliding shutters to shut the light out if need be, while bathrooms offer oversize natural stone-tiled showers and bath amenities from Luana, the hotel spa. The Beach Cottages are a favorite, with koa wood flooring and four-poster canopy beds that give way to your own sliver of paradise: a private lanai and an oceanside hammock. It’s always a good sign when staycationing locals are mixed among the hotel guests. North Shore regulars saddle up to the alfresco poolside bar for mai tais and views of surfers dropping in at the point, then move into Surfer, the Bar after the sun goes down. North Shore Kula Grill serves up excellent farm-to-table fare, while Ola on the beach offers a delectable take on nouvelle Hawaiian regional cuisine. Roll to the golf clubhouse for Lei Lei’s Bar & Grill, which always draws a lively crowd.
In the Area
After you’ve exhausted the many resort offerings — including horseback trail rides, golf and surf lessons — there are a few options outside the gates. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a few miles down the road (a must if kids are in tow); activity-packed Kualoa Ranch is a little farther down the line. Haleiwa is the only town on the North Shore, with its blend of surf shops, eateries and “local style” (read: humble) art galleries. On a hot day, don’t skip the shave ice at Matsumoto’s.
How to Get There
I only thought of one place to go to for my birthday this year and that was the amazing Turtle Bay Resort. From the friendly staff to the quality amenities and awesome service, there's nowhere else I would go to get that R&R time. I will be back again!
We wanted somewhere to get away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and play a few rounds of golf, and this was the perfect place to do it. We tried both courses (the Fazio twice) in 4 days, rode horses at the on-site stables, swam in the pool, lay on the beach, ate at the restaurants (Pa'akai and Roy's Beach House), and had our portraits taken by Blinnk Photography. We cannot say enough good things about this resort.
First, the rooms were lovely. You really do get ocean views from every single room. Beds were comfortable, it had a huge smart TV and free DVD rentals in the lobby. Bathrooms were modern and updated.
Restaurants were great. We made reservations at Pa'akai and the food was phenomenal. A little pricey, yes, but worth it IMO. Local and fresh. Roy's Beach House was exactly as I have come to know and love from years of dining at Roy's Waikiki.
Blinnk Photography took some portraits for us to commemorate our honeymoon and they are *stunning*. Justin was friendly, engaging, professional and SO talented. He put us at ease and caught some great shots at sunset on the beach.
We made last minute reservations to do a trail ride through the on-site stables. The horses were nice and well behaved. I'm an experienced rider but my husband had never been on a horse before. I was disappointed in the complete lack of any orientation, and the guide barely said a word unless specifically asked. I was expecting a guided tour of the area. Had I known this I would've booked at the nearby Kualoa Ranch instead for comparable prices.
Golf was incredible. Two lovely courses. The rental clubs (Titleist) were fabulous, better than my clubs at home, and the staff was friendly and helpful. We came for the golf and will go back for the same reason. Worth it.
- several restaurant options if you don't want to leave the resort
- fabulous beachfronts
- continental breakfast & daily snacks on the 6th floor executive level were awesome
- personal concierge was amazing, as was the activity desk
- There was only one pool so there were a lot of screaming kids around at all times.
- Parking was at a premium, if you didn't get a spot early you had to park miles away (like at the golf course). For an extra $10/day just do valet parking.
- water took ages (like 5-10 mins) to get hot for showers in our room. We had to turn it on and let it run for a while before we showered. We complained to the front desk and they just sort of laughed it off, "oh yeah, it takes a while eh?" Meanwhile we're wasting hundreds of litres of water. It was fine once it got hot tho.
Really bad and unpleasant. Rude staff and overpriced. Unclean rooms and all the in room amenities were old an not tolerable. This should not be a high priced hotel especially since they will charge you another 300 dollars in hidden fees.