Turtle Bay Resort is situated along the coast of O’ahu’s world-famous North Shore. Spread out over some 800 or so acres, this luxurious resort offers a tremendous range of beautiful accommodations and enjoyable amenities set in the very midst of one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of shoreline. As a guest of Turtle Bay Resort, you’ll have your choice of stylish rooms or spacious suites, as well as access to an extensive list of resort-wide amenities. These amenities include a full-service, on-location spa and salon, seven different restaurants/bars/lounges, two world-class golf courses (including one designed by Arnold Palmer), tennis courts, several different pools/hot tubs, access to kayaking/surfing, and so much more. There is also a regular calendar of events and activities.
Turtle Bay Resort Ambiance
A visit to Turtle Bay Resort is an exercise in tranquility and relaxation. The resort’s primary welcome center—called The Guidepost Experience Center—is a nice initial indicator of Turtle Bay’ Resort’s general ambiance. The area is so well-lit it seems to glow; everything, color-wise, is awash in crisp, clean whites and rich, soothing greens and blues. But the real star here, in terms of the Resort’s vibe, is its setting. Overlooking the ocean, this is, at its best, a piece of paradise. From the gentle ocean breezes that you can taste from your room’s private balcony, to the sand beneath your toes and the sea lapping at your feet, everything here seems to remind you to slow down, relax, and enjoy how wonderful the world can be.
Turtle Bay Resort Hotel Rooms
No matter what draws you to the famed North Shore of O’ahu, there’s a suitable set of accommodations waiting for you on the grounds of Turtle Bay Resort. There are a significant number of guestrooms and suites available here—and significant variation in style and setup from room-to-room. A popular kind of standard guestroom here runs nearly 500 square feet in size, with your choice of partial-ocean views, ocean views, or deluxe-ocean views, and either one king bed or two queen beds.
There are also junior and family suites available. These accommodations have just over 700 square feet of space, and in addition to all the features of the standard guestrooms described above, they come with a living-area space complete with sleeper sofa and dining table. If you’re feeling particularly daring, consider upgrading to one of Turtle Bay Resort’s truly luxurious beach cottages or ocean villas. Beach cottages feature tremendous access to the stunning waterfront, as well as 15-foot-high ceilings and a tub perfect for soaking away the day in. Ocean villas provide guests with their own 3- or 4-bedroom house for a truly unforgettable stay.
In-room décor throughout Turtle Bay Resort is simple and restrained, yet subtly evocative of the festive tropical setting you’ll encounter just outside your room. The color scheme here is dominated by crisp, clean whites juxtaposed with soothing turquoise blues. Plush pillows literally reading “ALOHA” line the beds, which are made with soft white linens. Prints, when they appear, are often geometrical, and the wall art usually consists of framed color photographs of local scenes that pop with color and expression.
Again, while there is significant variation between types of rooms/suites here, most accommodations share some common in-room amenities. A typical individual guestroom comes with its own private balcony, a mini-fridge, and a Keurig machine. Standard bathrooms usually have a two-person, double vanity—as well as a luxurious walk-in, stone shower.
Turtle Bay Resort Amenities
While you are a guest of Turtle Bay Resort, you’ll have your pick of numerous desirable amenities. All sorts of activities are available on-site. If you’re all about the water experience, you’ll not want to miss taking advantage of the chance to go kayaking, surfing, or on a guided snorkeling outing. Segway tours, helicopter excursions, horseback riding, and a variety of fitness classes are also offered here; you’ll also find tennis courts and multiple pools and hot tubs spread throughout the Resort.
Turtle Bay Resort is home to its own series of spa and fitness facilities. Nalu Kinetic Spa and Salon offers a full menu of personalized services designed to help you relax and unwind during your stay. The Spa is open 8:00am to 8:00pm each day, and offers a variety of massage packages, aromatherapy treatments, renewing wraps, and more; while the Salon is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:00am to 6:00pm, providing a wide range of hair and nail services. There is also a fitness center here that is accessible for guests of the Resort 24/7.
There are plentiful dining options at Turtle Bay Resort—some 7 different options found on-site, in fact. Whatever you are in the mood for during your stay, you can find it here. Pa’akai is your go-to option for ocean-to-table seafood in a high-end setting, while The Point proudly heralds its innovative “farm-to-pool” menu. Roy’s Beach House is acclaimed chef Roy Yamaguchi’s upscale establishment, and Kula Grille is a well-regarded restaurant that provides great views of the ocean and nearby mountains. Other popular places include Surfer, The Bar, a lively sports-bar-like hangout; Lobby Lounge, which is a cozy spot to grab a quick coffee and/or pastry; and Lei Lei’s, a casual bar-and-grill spot that offers splendid views of Turtle Bay’s golf courses.
Speaking of golf courses, Turtle Bay Resort is also home to not one but two award-winning, 18-hole golf courses. Ever since it was first opened in 1992, the Palmer Course—designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer—has been considered the best course on O’ahu. You’ll also find nearby the George Fazio Course: a beautiful course, popular with walkers, that has also hosted multiple professional tournaments.
Turtle Bay Resort – Kahuku, Oahu Neighborhood
Turtle Bay Resort occupies its glorious own corner of the beautiful island of O’ahu. Located right on its own exclusive peninsular tip of the island, here you’ll have access to all the wonders the legendary North Shore has to offer. All the shopping and dining you could want is available on the Resort’s grounds; however, there are also a number of additional attractions not too far down the road. Kawela Bay Beach Park is just two miles away, while the historic Dole Plantation—with its train ride and world’s largest maze—is only a 30-minute drive south. One hour from Turtle Bay Resort you’ll find all that Honolulu has to offer. Popular attractions there include Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Visitor, and much more. Suitable accommodations in nearby Honolulu include Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Westin Moana Surfrider, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, among many other possible choices.
How is it Ecofriendly?
Turtle Bay Resort has been proud to be a part of O’ahu’s North Shore community since its opening in 1972, and that community pride is reflected today by its commitment to a variety of forward-thinking, nature-friendly “green practices.” Since 2009, Turtle Bay Resorts has had its own “Green Committee”—a panel of dedicated professionals coming together to make certain that the Resort demonstrates consistent sustainability practices and routinely minimizes its waste and the size of its carbon footprint. With these guiding principles in place, Turtle Bay Resorts has won a number of awards for its ecofriendly endeavors over the past decade. In 2014, it was awarded TripAdvisor’s Platinum Green Leaders Award, while in 2015, the State of Hawaii presented it with the Hawaii Green Business Award—just to name a couple of the honors Turtle Bay Resorts has received for its efforts.
The environmentally conscious, sustainability-forward efforts that drew forth the recognition alluded to above are extensive and multifaceted. However, in short, they include such things as: having a solar-roof installation, which reduces fossil-fuel usage extensively; enacting resort-wide recycling measures; installing low-flow toilets, faucets, and shower fixtures, to improve water-usage efficiency; instituting progressive housekeeping policies that see guests’ linens being cleaned only every three days; upgrading resort-wide facilities to include an “energy management system” that monitors temperature/energy usage in parts of the Resort that are not actively in use; and sourcing only organic and/or local food products in Turtle Bay Resort’s various on-site restaurants.