Turtle Bay Resort is where you head to when seeking a peaceful setting in the North Shore countryside, away from other Oahu resorts. You will find Turtle Bay Oahu nestled on the north tip of the island. It’s truly the only “isolated getaway” amongst the competing resorts on Oahu, and yet still loaded with many amenities and activities, including the popular Turtle Bay Golf Course, new restaurants, and a new featured spa.
Turtle Bay Resort Oahu resides on 840 acres of natural rustic coastline. You might be curious about the hotel accommodations, amenities, and hospitality of the staff, but it’s really all about the surrounding natural beauty that makes this place so special. Even some of the new renovations include a huge green roof project, where many of the visible roofs are covered with plants and rock gardens to blend in with the natural landscaping.
You’ll start to get the picture after driving deep into the North Shore countryside, past Sunset Beach and pretty much away from everything. You know you’re close when you start driving along an extensive hibiscus flower hedge, that fences off a pristine golf course on the other side.
Arrive at a welcoming gate, and the staff will help direct you
around as the grounds that are quite extensive. After you pass
the tennis courts, beach cottages, and ocean villas, you will find the
triple winged hotel strategically positioned on a gulf tip, surround
entirely by beautiful Pacific.
You have a few choices for your stay, including the main hotel which
features 375 hotel rooms and 31 additional epic suites –all newly
renovated. While the hotel rooms give you 475 sq feet of
the suites start at 1200 sq feet of living space, and scale up to 2200
for the Presidential Suites.
The Turtle Bay Resort Ocean Villas also get quite sizable for larger parties, and range from a studio up to a 4 bedroom condo. The nice thing about the Villas are that they also have their own private pool, Jacuzzi tub, and outdoor kitchen/barbeque grounds.
There is no skimping on the amenities and fixtures, which includes flat screen TVs, Bose sound system, i-pod docking station, sub zero frig, wolf cook-top, Brazilian Chestnut floors, washer & dryer, granite counter tops…I think you get the point!
The 42 Luxury Beach Cottages are more my style. They are smaller than the villas (750 to 850 sq ft), but offer a cozier feel with some welcoming features, including a soaking tub, Brazilian Walnut floors, 15 ft high ceilings, and an opening wall that leads out to your private lanai.
Rates obviously vary from the size of rooms and calendar
dates. General ranges start from $200 for a standard single room
on the off season, to $2000 for a premier suite during the holiday
season. There are deals to be found, so make sure you do a little
research before securing your reservation. Even the Turtle
Resort site has a promotion section.
With 840 acres of surrounding beauty, Turtle Bay Oahu has some
great activities lined up for you! Whether you simply want
relax at one of the 2 pools, receive
a massage in a tree house, stroll on the private 5-mile beach,
go for a horseback ride, swing the golf clubs, or learn how
to surf in the bay…it’s all waiting for you and more!
Tennis – there is a pro shop and a dozen courts to play on. It’s only $10/hour to play, and the pro shop also rents rackets, balls, ball machines, lessons, clinics, and mini competitions.
Golf – The Turtle Bay Golf Course offers some of the best Hawaiian style golfing on the island. You have 2 championship courses to choose from. The Arnold Palmer Course and the George Fazio Course are both beautiful, with signature holes and challenging to play. Club rentals start at $55 for the week, if you didn’t bring your golf bag with you –not a bad deal!
Horseback Riding – Take a ride into the beautiful backcountry of the North Shore! There are trail rides that lead through the Turtle Bay Resort pine trees, and end up on the rustic shoreline. The rides start at $65 + tax for a 45 minute ride and up to $105 for a 75 minute sunset or evening ride. There’s also pony rides for the Keikis (kids) that start at $45.
Fitness Center – Currently closed for remodeling and scheduled for reopening later in 2014. Look forward to new cardio & weight machines, and joining one of the daily yoga, pilates, and other specialty classes available for $10/session.
Nalu Kinetic Spa – time to get your spirit and body back in sink? Step into the brand new 11,000 sq ft open-air cabana facility where you can listen to the waves as you relax and enjoy a soothing massage on a wave motion table, or indulge in one of the many different treatments. Sign up for the pedicure that includes soaking your feet in a warm coconut milk procurement.
Surfing, Standup Paddling & Kite Boarding – learn how to surf like a pro, standup paddle, or kite board with the Turtle Bay Resorts Hans Hedemann Surf School or Hele Huli Adventures. Group lessons start at $75, and private lessons start at $95. Kite boarding starts at $250/3hr lesson. Surf and paddle boards are also available to rent by the hour.
Kayaking – take a guided tour in the bay and along the coast. The drop back views of the coast are unforgettable…views which most people do not get a chance to see! Make sure to get a sea glass bottom window, so you can see the passing sea turtles and local tropical marine life. The journey starts at $100.
Oahu Hiking Trails – stroll along the 12 miles of marked trails that take you though the Ironwood forest to the isolated stretch of North Shore coastline. Experience Hawaii’s nature at its best, as you separate yourself from the rest of the world. Horseback riding, Segway tours, and mountain bikes are available for these Turtle Bay Resort trails as well…
Keiki Turtle Club – just for the Keikis! A day of fun is scheduled everyday Thursday & Saturday, including reef walks, Hawaiian arts & crafts, lei making, yummy food, games and lots of swimming! Thurs 9am to 4pm, Sat 5pm to 9pm, $85 per child. Hours and operation is subject to change, so please check with the front desk. Also inquire about the Pony Experience which is a separate adventure…
Hula lessons, lei making, and
special scheduled events are offered throughout the week.
Make sure to inquire about upcoming or ongoing activities when checking
There are 7 different dining experiences here at Turtle Bay Resort, including 2 new restaurants that were incorporated in the recent renovations. The new focus is incorporating organic and green living. The new Pa’akai and North Shore Kula Grill both focus on local resources and produce for their menus.
Don’t miss dinning on the beach at the Ola Restaurant, and drinks at
“Surfer” the bar. Surfer has a great atmosphere and captivating
“surf” artwork on the walls!
From the Honolulu Airport, it will take you about an hour to reach Turtle Bay Oahu, depending on traffic conditions.
Some of the biggest waves and best surfing in the world resides here on the North Shore. The neighborhood is notorious for big-wave beaches include Waimea Bay, Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach. You will find each beach uniquely different –visit them all if you can!
Haleiwa Town is a signature part of what makes up Oahu North Shore, with lots of character. Take time to stroll through the landmark community, and check out the local art galleries, the vintage surf shops, some ono eateries, and don’t forget to grab a Matsumoto Shave Ice for dessert!
Across from Waimea Bay in a tropical lush valley, is an impressive 50 ft waterfall that waits to be discovered and swam in. Today Waimea Falls is part of the Waimea Valley Gardens, the acting caretakers of the surrounding botanical gardens, and preservation of the Hawaiian waterfall.
Not far from Turtle Bay Resort, on the northeastern side of the island is the Polynesian Cultural Center. The name says it all! It’s a huge community that’s rich in Polynesian culture, including art, rituals, local foods, and lots and lots of entertainment.
It’s an excellent place to learn about the different Polynesian cultures, and the many associated activities.
You're already on the tip of the North Shore, so you might as well
drive around the corner and discover the Kim Taylor Reece
the Sacred Falls area. Kim
captures the natural beauty of
performing hula dancers through black and white photography.
master pieces hang on the walls along with Hawaiian artifacts and other