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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- 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
Turtle Bay’s location and grounds don’t disappoint. Both Our rooms all six nights were immaculate and 5th floor east wing staff were friendly, professional and helpful. Website links to kayaking (with John and Josh), lei making, and cabana were unforgettable experiences , our poolside cabana waitress Tuesday the 10th was amazing. Chocolate macadamia nut greeting was a nice surprise. The charges for parking should be rethought ... disappointing as were charges for beach chairs... this trip was a bit different feel from past visits and I think it stems from resort fees that don’t include parking or chairs. I love the North Shore and the laidback feeling, but may now explore other rental opportunities. The banyan tree looked different this visit from 2 years ago, I wondered if it was ill ... also noticed quite a bit more invasive pine on the property and island.
Also Lost our 2 $10.00 refillable bar cups the second afternoon we used them at the point 😢😢 there should be a way to track them, so when they get left behind they can be retrieved 😢😢. Again just another distaste. Valet worked hard, they were friendly but I felt their tips are being taken from additional parking fees. Grounds were well cared for and so picturesque 💕
I need to be fair here.
So, requested and were guaranteed adjoining rooms, arrived, not adjoining and my wife hated the view. She went down to battle, and won to a certain degree, alot on minor issues started to stack up, so her being her, she went top the top, and to their credit we got it sorted, the details are not important, but the organisation made it right and we went on to have a great time, cannot beat the
Pool, Roys, Lei lei's
Just too overpriced for what you get. Hotel room itself is kind of depressing - we were welcomed by two dead bugs in the bathroom. Facility is just old and overpriced which is topped with around 45USD/day resort fees. I would not pay so much money for such a experience twice. The service was neutral - have no impression/ memories.
This place is the place on the North Shore to stay and play. The rooms are nice, all have views even partiAl ocean views are good. Restaurants, bars and pools are great. Rooms are big with double vanity bathrooms and clean rooms. Hire a car is a must to cruise the north shore and east coast, everything is no more than 30minutes away that you want to see, buy or swim. Go the valet at the resort makes life easy. If you are planning 4th of July visit then the fireworks in Turtle Bay is unreal.
Perfect place to relax and recharge, most resorts are crowded and noisy but you definitely get a different vibe here...beautiful and so many choices because the resort is alone and spread out you don't feel like people are on top of each other. Lots of activities if you chose and great dining . Lots to do near the resort also if you chose to leave property. Nice shopping on premises