This was our first trip to Hawaii. We booked our trip in October, but then started having second thoughts after reading the ongoing Tripadvisor reviews criticizing this property. We understood from the reviews that we could not expect much from the standard hotel rooms. True, the hotel rooms really need updating and decorating to warm them up - however, the room was very clean and a fair size, all we really needed. We had a view of the ocean. Previous guests had complained about the view of the roof of a building - yes, we saw a slice of roof, but above this, a spectacular view of the ocean very nearby. Staff within the hotel and restaurants were consistently and exceptionally friendly and helpful. Only negative was that (probably due to cold weather the first week) the hot tubs were very, very busy - often full of many small children "swimming" and splashing, and many of the people in the hot tubs were not staying at the resort but were locals or staying in the nearby condos. Admittedly tricky but would be better if the hotel could find a way to reserve their facilities for paying guests. The hotel has spectacular views, almost everywhere you look - the lobby, each restaurant, even the hall beside the elevator.
We spent two weeks at Turtle Bay with our children. As we had a rental car, we travelled around the entire island but were always glad when we returned to the north shore with the relaxed vibe and spectacular scenery. We ate at Ola's on the beach 5 times and it was fantastic each time - service, scenery and food. We had the breakfast buffet on the Palm Terrace several time and while a bit pricey, it was delicious and again with great service - the other days we ate a light breakfast in our room with groceries from the nearby grocery store. Breakfast sandwiches from the lobby coffee bar were excellent as well. Caramel macchiatos from the lobby coffee bar were a staple - delicious with homemade caramel sauce and delicious espresso.
As we were frequently travelling around the island we ate out of the resort quite a bit - our favourites were: Ted's Bakery, Shark's Cove Grill, Matsumoto's shave ice, all of the shrimp trucks (!) and the smoothie truck next to Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, Haleiwa Joe's, and a tiny chinese restaurant on the main street in Manoa. We used a travel guide to find our restaurants and had fantastic food at good value throughout our trip.
We are frequent travellers and travel with our children. Turtle Bay met our needs exceptionally - absolutely spectacular scenery, out of the Waikiki "fray", friendly staff.
- Also Known As:
- Turtle Bay Hotel Kahuku
- Turtle Bay Hotel
- Turtle Bay
- Turtle Bay Kahuku
- Turtle Bay Resort Oahu
- Turtle Bay Resort Hawaii
- Turtle Bay Oahu
- Turtle Bay Resort Hawaii/Oahu
- 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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