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Oahu Resorts

Can anyone provide info: I need to decide between Turtle Bay on the north shore and the Marriott Ihilani on the south west coast for an early Dec. trip. We generally prefer peaceful relaxation to more "family friendly" locations when we travel as we have no kids. Many thanks.Sandyhibiscus

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Well, I can tell you a bit about the Turtle Bay Resort, but finding a more adult oriented hotel is tough on Oahu. We didn't want to be on Waikiki Beach, so we were stuck with two hotels to choose from: Kahala Mandarin Oriental and Turtle Bay Resort, we decided to go with KMO because it was the most ideal location and we were glad we did; however, we did visit the Turtle Bay Resort for half the day because we had massage services. After visiting the hotel, we were so happy with our choice, as the Turtle Bay Resort really is a family oriented, much to my surprise because the location is farther out. Needless to say, we didn't relax much by the pool after our massages because of the noise, but the location is gorgeous. However, one thing this hotel lacks that KMO and the JW Marriott Ihilani have is a gorgeous beach front. The surf can be tough in the North Shore.

Although I didn't stay the night at the resort, I spent half the day there at the spa and pool side services, and it was a little off but I know the hotel was going through some kind of labor dispute at the time. The JW Marriott Ihilani I have not visited but I've heard great things about it. The key at many of these resorts is to find a quiet location where you can relax, and it's not at the pool, unfortunately.

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Hello newmanparker

How do you know dewtrell never been in Hawaii. I saw a lot of comment from the nick? Should be ignored it and report is inappropriated post if you know for sure ?

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SandyHibiscus - we did a lot of research for Oahu for December. In reviewing the information about where to stay, we chose to rent a home on the north shore. Both hotels seem very family friendly, and for our honeymoon we wanted something more peaceful as well. The Marriott seems very nice, in a quiet lagoon without the hectic feel of Waikiki. But it is still a larger hotel. Turle Bay seemed to be the more relaxful of the two. It is not a large high rise. Both resorts have received very high ratings. It is probably too late to look for a beach-front home as an alternative. We wish you luck with your search and have a great vacation.

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We stayed at the Turtle Bay back in Oct '04 and had a wonderful time. The hotel and grounds were wonderful and the employees were great. However I would warn you that in December the surf get big on the North Shore and using the beach around the Turtle Bay property will be dangerous. When we were there there were some kids (ours included) but there weren't that many. Our main reason for staying at TB was for the true Hawaii experience- the tropical North Shore and the isolation away from the busy streets and beaches of Waikiki and Honolulu. If I were going back to Oahu even during the big surf months I would still select Turtle Bay as a place to stay.

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Regarding the beach at Turtle Bay . . . .

There are two distinctly different beaches on the resort. To the left of the hotel (as you look at it)is the surfing beach. Naturally, there is a decent surf here and I assume that the surfers prefer it that way.

The swimmimng beach is on the right of the hotel. There is a reef that almost completely surrounds the beach there and there is usually no surf to speak of.

I would classify the resort as "family friendly", but I never felt that there were "too many" kids.