The only resort of its kind set on the North Shore of O‘ahu, Turtle Bay spans across nearly 1,300 acres of lush, historic land, featuring five miles of untouched coastline and twelve miles of breathtaking trails.
Turtle Bay is located approximately 55 minutes from Honolulu International Airport, and a few minutes away from the Polynesian Cultural Center, Historic Hale‘iwa Town, Waimea Valley, and world-famous surf breaks.
With stunning oceanfront accommodations and spa services, golf courses, access to extraordinary water experiences, and holistic dining menus incorporating native culinary traditions, Turtle Bay pays tribute to the rich culture of Hawai‘i while ensuring every aspect of the guest experience deepens a connection to the North Shore spirit.
Pros: Beautifully remodeled. One of the nicest resorts I’ve ever visited, for sure. Loved the pool and location. It is secluded and quiet. Cons: No hot water in the afternoon in rooms 614 or 615. It was lukewarm. They sent a maintenance person to us, and he confirmed it was only lukewarm and was worse in 614. It only happened in the late afternoon or evening and not in the morning.
We had an amazing stay at the newly re-imagined Turtle Bay Resort. The Ocean Bungalows were designed with luxury, comfort, and style. The view of the ocean is uneatable and the location feels serene. Every staff we encountered were genuinely friendly. They were happy to start conversation and were respectful yet always willing to offer more than what you would need. Dinner at Alaia and lunch at the Beach House are a must. Alaia’s ambience, service, food and drinks are remarkable. Beach House was lively and food was delicious. Thank you to their GM Keith for making sure we enjoyed our lunch. We were fortunate to get to know Lani, who was a gem in putting together our stay. It was indeed a wonderful experience. As local residents, Turtle Bay is one of our favorite retreat for staycation. This stay made it even more special and we are truly grateful for the 5 star experience. We couldn’t be more pleases to recommend the resort to everyone!…
This was our second stay. First in January of 2022 and second in March of 2023. In 2022, two of the three wings and the conference center were being remodeled. As a result, there wasn’t very many folks around so we were able to find a play to lounge everywhere. In 2023, it was spring break season, all three wings were open, and nicely remodeled so the place was busy. So something tells me, 2023 is going to be more of the normal. We stayed in the north west wing facing north in 22. We stayed in the south wing facing west in 23. Both excellent views and both rooms had the large balcony which is a huge plus for us because we hang out on the balcony a lot. The furniture on the patio was very nice for two people. Big and cushiony. The king bed room it self was very nice. The restroom is in two pieces. One with a shower, toilet and sink. The second part with a sink and the closet, safe and drawers. So two can operate very nicely. The main room has a huge TV, a Lavazza espresso/coffee maker, mini frig, a drawer bank, a table and chairs and a sofa and table. The AC worked very nicely. Our house keeper was great. She gave us extra coffee pods upon request which was greatly appreciated. We bought groceries on the way to Turtle Bay so we could have breakfast in the room. (Juices, fruit, salads and baked goods from Ted’s). And made use of the balcony. We went the cove beach three days where the staff set up loungers under an umbrella and gave us towels. We snorkeled each day. Each snorkeling day was different. (A great day, okay day and poor day.). The lesson is that you have to be flexible. We took long walks. One to the west to the neighboring cove, banyan tree and pull box. It’s a dirt and sandy path both inland and along the waterfront. The stable horse rides share the trails. The cove is fantastic! The one to the east takes you to Kiekeis cove thru the golf course. Sandy paths and paved ones. The views are great! When we had time, we visited the shops and walked a loop around the grounds. We are twice at Lei Leis at the golf club house, a short walk or bell staff driven cart ride from the hotel. We love Lei Leis, prime rib, bbq ribs, fish, can’t go wrong. We ate a Roy’s too, sat back and relaxed and enjoyed. We bought some banana bread in the very nice in hotel market. Each evening they had live music at off the lip, the lobby bar and lounge. We sat at one of the many fire pits and enjoyed. The service is great too. We had reservations for the Lei making which was very fun and educational. We also made reservations for the photo shoot which worked out great as an anniversary treat for us. (Make your Roy’s, Lei Making and photo shoot reservations before you leave home, there is horse back riding and some pickle ball too.). We used the rental car once during our 4 night stay to visit Waimea valley and eat and pick up baked goods at Ted’s. We ran out of time and failed to go to Fumi’s for shrimp… Overall, we had another great time.…
I couldn’t love Turtle Bay more! The location and property are stunning. I did all the walking trails, saw a baby monk seal nursing (from a distance) and enjoyed snorkeling from the beach. If you’re someone who enjoys a lot of nightlife and action, this may not be the place for you. We rented a car but I would have been fine staying at the resort. The island is small enough and easily maneuverable so we went to Pearl Harbor, Kualoa Ranch which is the site of several movies including Jurassic Park, a short drive from the resort is Shark’s Cove, food trucks and we went on a shark snorkel where we also saw whales. There were high winds and the power went out at the hotel for a few hours but staff was awesome! It did cause my excursion to see wild dolphins and whales to be canceled so I hope to go back next year. Just an all around beautiful place. Be warned, the spa and gym are under renovation. We did get massages but they are being done in a regular room. It’s still nice but if you really want a full spa experience, will have to wait till renovations are completed. For me, it’s just yet another reason to go back to this amazing place. The room, the staff, location…all wonderful! …
It’s the only resort on the northern tip of the island. Beautiful resort, well manicured grounds, relaxing atmosphere with modern and contemporary designs. Amazing views from the lobby area looking out to the ocean. We visited a few times and felt welcome even though we weren’t registered guests. We had F&B at Alaia Restaurant during the Super Bowl game. We went back a couple more times to use their fine sandy beach and awesome sheltered cove for snorkeling. You can rent chairs & snorkel gear. Open air Beach House restaurant just a few steps away from the sand with a broad lunch selection and reasonable prices. There was a monk seal on the beach during one of our visits. We encountered a big turtle and lots of fish and underwater creatures while snorkeling.
Beautiful property - I highly recommend The Stables and the sunset horseback ride. Our guide Alex was very kind, fun and educational. We were ready for dinner after and he gave great restaurant recommendations on and off property since we were driving further. These beautiful horses are well cared for and the perfect way to see more of the property along the water. Amazing photo opportunities.
Nice renovation with a modern flair that follows you to through out the resort and rooms. Resurants serve good if somewhat overpriced food. However portions are huge and we split many entrees without difficulty. The grounds are wonderful and the horseback ride and free bike use are must do attractions. We spent our entire vacation on the northshore and couldn't be happier with the location between towns, proximity to food trucks, and access to beaches.
this hotel is top notch-- gorgeous views from every direction. the pool is awesome. the location is fantastic. the food is excellent, but expensive: $55/person for the breakfast buffet. they should heat the pool when it's cold out, as everyone had to crowd into the jacuzzi.
I had such high hopes, but meh. I should say that we do like to travel to smaller luxury resorts, but we happened to be on the island working so decided to extend and spend a few days of R&R on the north shore and check out Turtle Bay's newish remodel. We booked an Ocean Club King Bungalow, months in advance. Only to be told when we checked in that they had us in an Ocean King Bungalow (no club.) And the "club" bungalows were not available until the following day. Now here's the thing with the "club" level accommodation: it is the EXACT same type of room with just the "club" package tacked on. The "club" bungalows are just the ones closest to the hotel. It was very confusing, makes no sense. Also, there is NOTHING AT ALL special about the "club." They make it sound like it's this spectacular private bar/restaurant, even sounds like a private pool. IT IS NOT, nor is it anywhere worth an extra $300 a DAY! It's just a room above the main pool in the hotel building with a nice balcony lanai, and it has a dedicated concierge if you need it. There's a decent breakfast buffet, but you CANNOT get so much as a mimosa brought to you, if you want alcohol you have to walk next door to the bar in the main restaurant and pay for it there and carry it over yourself. For lunch they have another little buffet with sandwiches, and there are all day snacks. Again, NOT even close to worth it. We never visited the "happy hour" but I saw the locked up refrigerator with canned alcoholic drinks with a sign that said it was only open at 5pm...so I'm guessing it's a reach in and grab a beer or seltzer kind of deal and if you want a real drink you still have to go to the bar. My opinion of the "club" is that it's a waste of space. It would serve much better as, say a sushi bar or something. Also, they allude that the bungalows have a "private pool."....there is a small pool by the bungalows, some of which back right up to it, so if you don't want it to be your backyard you better make sure they know that. It has a cute little drink cart with a bartender, which is a plus...but it is not really "private" nor "secluded." Nor are the bungalows themselves, honestly. King bungalows are right next to family ones, so there's no way to get away from the whole kid vibe. Unless you're on the furthest end, be prepared for quite a bit of noise and foot traffic on the lawns behind the bungalows facing the beach. People randomly parking in lawn chairs, kids playing in the hammocks, etc. On our last night, there were literally 6-8 kids in the "private" bungalow pool screaming Marco Polo for an hour before I made a phone call to the bungalow host who agreed even he could hear it. So, if you're looking for any kind of "exclusive" or "private" or "secluded" experience with your $1600/night bungalow, you're only gonna get it at the far end if you're lucky. The bungalows themselves are quite lovely, comfortable, and have everything you need...they just don't have that "exclusive" feel that they sell on the website. They are technically "beachfront" but there is a large hedge separating the beach from the lawns, so I highly recommend walking down to the beach to really enjoy it. The idea of the Bungalow Host is really nice, and when you first arrive you feel like it's actually gonna work...until you realize that you literally have to request anything via text, even extra (reusable, uggh) bottles of water every day when you specifically told them on the first day you would want them each day for the fridge. They should automatically refill ice daily, nope. And as our stay progressed the text answers went from overly accommodating, to short "yes" and "ok" answers. The main restaurant is really good. The pool bar is really good. The service at both of these was good. Roy's was meh. I guess my main takeaway for the whole resort is that while they make an attempt at selling a quiet, upscale adult experience in addition to the family one, they provide no separation. The main "adult" pool deck is literally surrounded on both sides by the water slides to the lower pool. The bungalows and their "private" pool are full of kids. It's a beautiful location to be sure, and they do a great job in a lot of ways. It's fun to watch the surfers in the bay from the resort, for sure. My favorite part of the whole experience was actually taking the two trails hiking AWAY from the resort in both directions and really seeing the island scenery that way...but I wouldn't have even known those existed if I hadn't struck up a cool convo with the friendly pool bartender. Also, the spa was in the midst of a complete remodel, so services are being done in regular hotel rooms, which they don't tell you until you get there, and they are still charging full price for the services without any kind of spa experience, so I cancelled. So, all in all, my takeaway is that for a luxury beach getaway, this would not be my first choice. …
The most perfect resort in paradise! This resort is amazing whether you are a young couple, a family, or an older couple. I would even travel here solo. From the moment you arrive you feel like a million bucks, the smell of the lobby, the decor, the friendly staff, and the view surrounding you, it’s a complete dream. The rooms are FULL of storage, the most incredibly designed rooms I’ve ever experienced. The restaurants are top quality and the pools are gorgeous and quiet. There is so much exploring to do around the resort, walks on the natural beach, surfing right under your nose and don’t forget Paradise Helicopters right there. This is a must if on Oahu. I want to live here.
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