Staying in Oahu: Turtle Bay Resort

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Turtle Bay Resort | 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI | ★★★★ | $$$$

Turtle Bay Resort is the major resort on Oahu’s North Shore. The resort sits on one of the world’s most scenic peninsulas and boasts beautiful guest rooms, suites, villas, and beach cottages, and a host of outdoor activities – all on its 850 acres of land. It’s also where one of my favourite comedies, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, was filmed. I had visited once with my family (no overnight stay) when I was much younger, so I knew I had to take the chance to come back and fully experience the luxury resort.

The Room

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Our room was spectacular. We were on the 5th floor, outfitted with a king bed, a very spacious room, and a balcony looking out onto the resort’s marvellous pools and a breathtaking view of the ocean. I’ve also always loved the design and colour scheme of Turtle Bay, especially with its signature turquoise blue. It just exudes a “you’re in Hawaii, it’s time to relax!” quality.

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The room was very clean and comfortable, and we especially liked the double-vanity set-up. For two girls who take a long time to get ready in the morning and at night, having a split bathroom and two sinks is heavenly!

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The balcony was also very clean with two lounge chairs so that we could both sit and enjoy the serene view.

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A perfect view.

The Amenities

The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. We were even offered a complimentary suite on our check out day to take a quick shower and freshen up after spending a day on the beach and by the pools.

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The outdoor amenities sort of speak for themselves, and we didn’t even get to experience 99% of the offerings. I’m a total pool & beach girl, but Turtle Bay also offers golf, surfing lessons, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking trails, and even helicopter tours (what?!).

If you’re like me, though, even just staying by the pools and hot tub can keep you happy all day. The Point will keep you hydrated and fed as you relax. The Strawberry Basil-ade is a must-try.

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Turtle Bay is also unique in the sense that you’ll be greeted by completely different vistas every few steps along the edge of the property, but all come with thrilling views of the stunning ocean and crashing waves.

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We split our time between the pool side and the beach, but I could have spent days on either side.

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Comfortable loungers are set up all across the beach with staff very kindly helping you find the best spot to settle in. There’s also a bar to enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a food truck. There’s nothing like enjoying an acai bowl on the beach. Nothing.

The Food

Because we stayed for a fairly short time, we only had the chance to try Kula Grille for both breakfast and dinner. The tall windows let in an ample amount of natural light, giving the restaurant an airy, Hawaiian feel during the day. There is also an outdoor patio to sit on and enjoy the morning sun or the warm evening air.

The food was good and decently priced – easily the best option for cost and quality for your casual meals throughout the day.

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For breakfast, I had the taro pancakes – so good. I tried them with the liliko’i butter, which I’m not as big fan of, but liliko’i (passion fruit) is big in Hawaii, so definitely worth a try!

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Along with our burgers for dinner, we had the classic ahi poke and lobster crab cakes. Super yummy.

Rating: 4.5 hearts out of 5

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Turtle Bay Resort is sort of like the apex of Oahu vacationing. Honolulu may be the main tourist hotspot (and certainly the busiest, especially if you’re looking to party), but the North Shore is where you want to go for rest and relaxation and a spot to take in some of the best views on the island. It’s no wonder it’s a big hit for couples and honeymooners.

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Have you stayed at Turtle Bay Resort before? Let me know what you thought of your stay!

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