This was our second stay at Turtle Bay; but first time with the babies. Our taste has changed. The first time we were here which was about 7 years ago, this place seemed so luxurious. But now, it's just a nice 4 star resort and not the Ritz-Carlton.
North Shore is also a lot more crowded. 7 years ago, it was much less crowded. Maybe it was because of the great recession. This time, it was jam packed - a lot of people, and a lot of cars.
The cultural experiences offered at the hotel was either non-existent or lame. No hula lessons as advertised. No one even knew about them. In it's place, there was this dude singing with some background music. Ukulele lessons were offered by this little old lady to a bunch of adults with tip money. Our kids were ignored. No lei making lessons since the flower shop closed. We pretty much gave up on hotel activities after that.
Location is what makes this hotel unique. But the lack of competition is probably what keeps this place from being a world class resort. If this resort was anywhere else, it would get a "3" rating, but the location is phenomenal.
Food choices offered by about 30 food trucks in a 10 mile radius is incredible. The food that you get at the hotel is comparable to what you would get in Orlando Florida or Dallas Texas. There is nothing Hawaiian about it. The drinks are good, however, especially at the pool bar.
I also loved my morning runs. The kids adjusted to the time change relatively well, but I did not. So I ran on the trails for 4 to 7 miles every morning. Don't go running too late, because then you're likely to get wacked by flying golf balls. I went at 5:45am, and it's breathtaking.
The staff was friendly, but not overly helpful as you would find at 5 star resorts. They're glad that you're there spending money, but they certainly don't go out of their way. I tipped $10 for the initial bell, and $5 for each time I got the car from the valet, so they were very helpful. Also tipped housekeeping $5 every day. Maybe I should have tipped the salaried employees.
Parking - just valet your car for $15/day. It's so not worth looking for a parking stop. I'm pretty sure all the locals park at the resort for free since there is never a parking stop during the day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on 850 ocean-front acres of Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort is the only true full-service luxury resort on the island's legendary North Shore. All rooms provide an ocean view. Our guests enjoy the natural tranquility of the North Shore lifestyle and spectacular ocean views from every one of the 452 magnificent beach cottages, ocean villas and guest rooms. The resort features two lushly landscaped pools, two championship golf courses, snorkeling, turtle tours, kayaking, four tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking and mountain bike trails,helicopter tours, segway tours, a surfing school, world-class dining and shopping. An official partner of GoPro, all guests can enjoy free GoPro rentals to capture their North Shore adventures. Ideal for weddings and romantic getaways with miles of breathtaking beaches. Swaying palms. Astonishing scenery. Turtle Bay is THE setting for your most special day. Ranked among the Hawaii's Top Ten Honeymoon Hotels, each year over 350 weddings are booked to the delight of both newlyweds and their guests. Yours could be just as amazing. AWARDS & ACCOLADES: "World's Best Resorts: Hawaii: No. 7 ranking- Travel + Leisure •"Best Family Hotel/ Resort, Hawaii" - Travel Pulse, Travvy Awards •"Better World Award"- World Centric, For Helping to Create a Better World •"Inaugural Leader in Sustainability Award"- Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association •"Best Hotels of 2016: No. 7 in Best Hotels in Honolulu-Oahu and No. 25 in the Best Hotels in Hawaii category"- U.S. News & World Report •"Top 25 Hawaii Resort" - Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice •"Top 20 Venues in Hawaii Hotels & Resorts" - Wedding Spot Awards •"Platinum Greenleader"- Trip Advisor •"10 Beach Resort Spas For a Romantic Getaway"- USA TODAY TRAVEL •"Best Courses You Can Play" - Golfweek Magazine •"Top 100 Public Courses in the US" - Golf Digest ... 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