Turtle Bay Site Inspection

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Turtle Bay Site Inspection
Curator’s statement

We just retuned from the awesome Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu with our 3 kids ages 13, 9 and 4. We LOVED it. Recently renovated (250 Million invested) with stunning views, it is now my top choice on Oahu.

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Where to stay

Turtle Bay Resort

A revamped North Shore favorite, with an emphasis on showcasing Hawaiian culture, cuisine and the beautiful coastal scenery.

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  • $100 resort / hotel credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Having children of different ages, we found that this property truly had something for everyone. We saw plenty of couples without children as well and a few honeymooners. Personally I would put this more into the family friendly category unless you stay at one of the Bungalows. They are away from the main hotel and really special ocean front villas.

Location: 45min-1 hour drive north from HNL airport, count on traffic though.
The north shore is really special and nothing like Waikiki. It is filled with delicious food trucks, gorgeous views, world class surf breaks, and old school Hawaiian vibes.

For the Surfers: IDEAL Location on the North Shore of Oahu, it is a 10 min drive to Pipeline and other famous surf breaks. There is also a great surf spot directly off the hotel, board rentals as well as lessons are available. My husband and older kids were so stoked to surf here.

Hotel: You enter through the new open air lobby and greeted with a super friendly Staff and ocean views. Everyone we interacted with was so friendly and full of tips and advice. Felt like everyone was truly happy and proud to be working there.

Dining

Alaia- main dining- Reservations needed for dinner -Modern Hawaiian comfort fare in support of Kuilima Farm.

Lei Lei’s Bar & Grill-A local favorite overlooking the resort’s golf courses,
serving three meals daily.

Beach House by Roy Yamaguchi-set on the opposite side of the pool area overlooking the protected beach cove.

Poolside bar with light bites, cocktails, and a sunset view.

Off The Lip-Bar with live nightly entertainment, cocktails, and shareable bites.

Ocean Club Lounge-Private lounge offering all-day refreshments and food offerings in an oceanfront setting.

Ho‘olana-Lobby cafe with light breakfast items, fresh squeezed juices and grab-and-go options.

Private Dining-In-room options available, from casual a la carte items to multi-course specialty meals.

Small Market- I so appreciate when hotels have an option to grab some snacks or drinks without a full dining experience. We bought little items daily here for the kids and it saved us alot of money.

Room: 450 total rooms, all renovated and all have ocean views.
Types: Videos below

Cove side view

Pool side view 

Family rooms and Connecting rooms: They can connect king to double queen in every category where both rooms exist. They can connect ocean view suites to queen queen guest rooms. They can connect King to Double Queen bungalows. Lots of connecting options. 

kids activities to keep them engaged

Pools: Three Heated Pools: Adult, Keiki (Kid) with Two Water Slides, Mixed (Adult & Kids)
Bungalows have their own shared pool.

Two Jacuzzis

Cabanas
Poolside Food & Beverage Service

Retail: Super cute shops with clothing, beach/surf gear and local brands and events.

Spa- Under construction so I didn't see it but they have temporary treatment rooms.

Fitness: Small gym with all the essentials. Daily fitness classes offered.

Kids club: No drop off options but classes and activities available.

Construction: There is some visible construction but it is not disruptive and far from the guest rooms.

Additional Info: At check in everyone receives waterproof wristbands that function as a room key and a way to confirm you are a guest at the pool, it was brilliant and we liked not having to carry a traditional key around everywhere.

Perks

  • Breakfast for Two per room, per day ($60 credit) in Alaia

  • $100 Credit towards Golf, Spa or Stables posted to folio for incidentals (per room, per stay)

    • Cannot be used for Resort Fee/Taxes

    • No refund value for non-use

  • Early/Late check-in/out based on availability

  • Upgrade based on availability

Overall, we were super impressed and had the best time! Happy to answer any questions.

Need to Know

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Hawaii. In need of further inspiration? Check out Savannah Baker’s trip report, Site Inspection: Turtle Bay Resort.

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