Lots of good things to say here - spacious rooms, outstanding views, overall good restaurants. Unfortunately, during my stay the property was being renovated so a couple of the restaurants were closed and a wing of the hotel was closed as well. The hotel staff did a great job of making sure you still had a full resort experience. Lots to do - hiking, horseback riding, spa, tours, fitness activities. Good balance between outdoorsy and luxurious (not overtly so, but very nice). If you stay here, I recommend having a car as you are as far from Honolulu as you can get and even the nearest town is too far to walk. Plenty of dining opportunities on site and in nearby towns. Surfer's paradise. Food quality was uniformly excellent, and generally the service was as well. Get used to a bit more relaxed pace and you'll find it quite enjoyable here. Business center on site and a tiny laundromat as well (a HUGE plus in my book!)
The minuses - restaurants all close at 10, so forget about that nightcap. The one bar that is open late, "Surfer, the bar", seemed very clubby and unwelcoming to me, and there were often special events there that seemed to be invitation only. I did not like the vibe at the door, felt like I needed to be part of the "in" crowd to walk in. The other restaurants were much more welcoming. Parking is pretty atrocious, I often spent several minutes combing the lot looking for a space. There was one night where a domestic disturbance next door to my room threatened to become serious, but overall the stay was peaceful. Food is very expensive in Hawaii, and add a resort upcharge to the bill and a modest meal becomes quite expensive, so you might want to look for ways to economize your food bill. You can charge just about everything to your room, so be prepared for sticker shock if you do!
If you are staying on Oahu, and want to get out of the urban sprawl of Honolulu, I can't imagine a better place to stay. Will be great to see what the renovations bring.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on 880 ocean-front acres of Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort is the only true full-service luxury resort on the island's legendary North Shore. Modern architecture graces this six story hotel on Kuilima Point, where all rooms provide an oceanview. Our guests enjoy the natural tranquility of the North Shore lifestyle and spectacular ocean views from every one of the 443 magnificent beach cottages and guest rooms. The resort features two lushly landscaped pools, two championship golf courses, ten tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking and mountain bike trails, a surfing school, world-class dining and shopping. For group meetings, the Conference Center at Turtle Bay Resort houses the latest in learning and presentation technology with more than 31,000 square feet of meeting space. Video conference hosting, high speed wireless Internet and a host of other IACC approved technologies are available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Bay Hotel Kahuku
- Turtle Bay Kahuku
- Turtle Bay Resort Oahu
- Turtle Bay Resort Hawaii/Oahu
- Turtle Bay Oahu