Turtle Bay Resort
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Well...woke to a fairly ugly day this morning. Took a look outside it looked like the swell had picked up a bit but I wasn't confident the Pipe contest http://billabongpro.com/ would be on. Lo and behold the call was made by the contest director at 7:30am to RUN! We were straight onto it and jumped straight into the car and headed down the …
Woke up this morning very excited to check out the north shore and all its offerings. We figured the kids would want to sleep in so Katrina and I jumped in the car and headed to the beach, first stop Pipeline http://www.hawaiiweb.com/oahu/ehukai-be ach-park.html We knew the contest had been called a lay day but we were still keen to go …
We picked an excellent day to depart Kauai. The weather took a decided turn for the worst with intermittent heavy showers and grey skies. We spent the morning packing and tidying up the unit. We were sad to be leaving Kauai what an awesome part of the world. Hopefully we will come back one day.
We hit the road about 10am, with a quick stop …
Despite not being particularly huge fans of taking guided tours, we decided to take one around Oahu. We had some reminders along the way of why we like to do our own thing... But we were also reminded of plenty of good reasons for taking a tour as well - particularly when you're new to an area. The day started early... again with alarms ringing all …
... the Makapu'u lookout and Lighthouse. To get to the lighthouse, we had to walk 1 mile uphill. The view from there was wonderfull. To bad we just missed the whale watch season. It was a great place to spot them.After we got back to the car, we first went to Nu'uanu Pali lookout. That was somewhat dissappointing.
We continued on to the Japanese Byodo-In Temple. That was really a very traquil place. A nice place to relax and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTurtle Bay Resort Kahuku
We loved this hotel and everything about it. We went during off season and we had the place to ourselves most of the time. Our room was always very clean and the staff was friendly. Lots of trails to walk/hike on and 7 miles of beach to explore. We rented Mopeds from the Adventure Center and rode to the nearby town. Would definitely stay here again!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Turtle Bay Resort Kahuku
Newly Renovated Hotel with Few Rough Edges
I, my wife and two kids (14 & 11), just returned from a 5-night stay.
Our 5th floor "Premium Ocean Front" room was in the South Wing facing the pools and Turtle Bay. The almost-complete renovation (construction crew and equipments were still there on the side facing the tip of peninsula) meant fresh paints and new-looking facilities. We appreciated the ocean view, the lanai with 2 chairs and a small table, the two queen beds (rather than double beds as we had anticipated), the white comfy duvets and interior design and color-scheme. What bummed us were the scuff marks, drip stains all over the walls, and the fact that housekeeping missed their checklist in cleaning our room before we arrived. Major finger and palm prints on our glass door/window, water spots and stains in bathroom mirror, and a wet rag in our refrigerator.
When we complained to front desk, they only sent housecleaning staff to take care of the bathroom but made no attempt to move us to another room. Although subsequent housecleaning was efficient, we could never estimate when they will arrive which varied from 9:30 am to 4:00 p.m.
This is more a management issue than about the individual cleaning staff performance.
Pools were fun and clean, my son loved the kiddie slide. Don't believe marketing hype about Kuilima Cove adjacent to the hotel. There isn't much to snorkel for. Dead corals and hardly any fish. (Rather, drive to Shark's Cove at Pupukea Beach Park only 10 minutes away if snorkeling is on your list). Staffs were great, especially Bonnie at Park Terrace restaurant. Food is okay and breakfast buffet was decent but not as sumptious as other hotels. Front desk staffs were a bit more impersonal and rather unwilling to accomodate some requests. FYI, our frame of referrence for Hawaiian hotels are Ritz-Carlton in Maui and Orchid at Mauna Lani in Big Island. We booked here through package deal with Expedia. I think it was a great value.
What we liked: Most of the staff, great quiet location (far away from noisy, crowded Waikiki), newly renovated facility, clean pools, two queen beds, view, value, great beaches only short-drives away What needs improvement: Maintenance of the rooms, consistency in housecleaning, no snorkeling despite claim, and the silly $12/day resort fee.
Wow! This place met and beat all our expectations! Better than an island-hopper trip if your trip is based out of Oahu. We were staying with relatives in Honolulu with other visiting family staying on Waikiki. Our few days at Turtle Bay felt like we were oceans away and hands down beat the Hyatt Walkiki concierge level relatives were in. All rooms have direct ocean view (we're talking you could throw a rock into the water), very nicely decorated and not hokey Hawaii at all. Took advantage of TB's hiking trails; found a SECLUDED bay beach with only one other family on it. Amazing Banyan tree beats the one in Maui, plus you feel like you've really been exploring when you find it. We would go back in a heartbeat! Can't say enough about it!
Wow, what a place!
The remodeling is finished (7/2003) and this place is worth every dime.
What a treat! It costs a little more than Waikiki, but if you want a real taste of Polynesia - you won't be disappointed. (If you want the rat race of NYC, stay at Waikiki). 36 holes of spectacular PGA courses (great for early AM runs too!), tennis, great hiking, surfing lessons on site, horseback riding, easy central setting for escapes to Shark's Cove, Waimea Bay, PCC, etc. An odd $12/day surcharge for parking, tennis, complete workout room, snorkeling, safe, and newspaper (don't know why they don't just include it in a room rate - but I didn't complain - all were wonderful). Eat on the beach and you'll never want to leave. My wife had to pry my fingers off the door when it came time to depart. A most spectacular setting! Huge rooms and bath areas, double sinks, down comforters, unforgetable views, great staff, fond memories, lots of turtles in the bay; can't wait to go back! Out of the way, but out of this world!
Enjoyed Turtle Bay
We just returned from a wonderful vacation at the Turtle Bay Resort.
What a wonderful best kept secret. The grounds are beautiful and the hotel is recently renovated and very immaculate. The hotel is located on the tip of the North Shore and every room has a great ocean and beach view. The wave sounds are prominent and very soothing for sleeping. There are numerous activities and we enjoyed golf, snorkeling, horse back riding along the beach, swimming, boogie boarding, surf lessons and too much food.
The North Shore is really nice... laid back and not as touristy as many spots on Oahu. There are so many places to explore and plenty of fine local spots.
The staff was very nice and helpful as possible. The pool has a recently built waterslide and the whirpools are kept at just the right temperature.
The hotel is reasonably priced and we appreciated that they did not gouge us at every turn as many hotels are apt to do.
There is some new construction beginning on the ballroom although most of the renovations are complete.
The food is better than average ... certainly plentiful ... and there are many wonderful restauarant to try along the North Shore.
This is a wonderful location and we would consider returning and may even get married in their picturesque wedding chapel on the the tip of the North Shore.
And the golf is spectacular and challenging!
Been there twice, going back again this October
We have stayed at Turtle Bay for the last two years while attending a seminar on the North Shore. The first year we stayed at the condos.
They were nice, but the air conditioners don't work real well and most of the day it is very, very warm in the room. That was the only real complaint.
We stayed in the hotel itself last year and it was fantastic. The people are extremely nice, grounds are beautiful and the view is impossibler to describe. If you look at their web site there is a webcam which shows almost the exact view we had from our balcony.
The only CON I am aware of is that the food is fair in taste but very expensive in price. You have to drive to get to any other restaurants but this is only a minor hassle. I would recommend Haleiwa Joe's and another pizza place called Pizza Bob's (I think) in Haleiwa. There are several "shrimp trucks" in and around Kahuku, all of which are good.
There is a bus which circles the entire island and runs right by the hotel. I've never ridden it but spoke with several tourists who were using it for their tours and they were very impressed.
The only other place I would highly recommend eatins is in Honolulu. It is called Sam Choy's and is great.
Be sure and visit Chinatown while you are in Honolulu, it is well worth the experience.
Healing and laughter
Arrived 4/3/2003 thru 4/9/2003, stayed in condos walking distance to resort and public beaches. Discovered Lei Lei's Bar and Grill on the Golf Course for fun, fresh fish and easy going atmosphere. Owners know how to make a place successful, and gave me tips on what to do while on a solo peace mission. Absolutely made my vacation. nan
WE LOVED TURTLE BAY
On April 5th we arrived at Turtle Bay Resort. It was one of the greatest experiences. We had two teenagers with us that wants to go back. Plenty of activities for the teens. My wife and I enjoyed the snorkling, sunsets and whale watching. If you are a golfer, you will not be disappointed. The people at Turtle Bay were excellent. Everone was very friendly and always wanting to help. Turtle Bay is located on the North Shore. It is semi-secluded but Turtle Bay has allot to offer at night if your a night owl. I have nothing but positive things to say about Turtle Bay. We Will Be Going Back.We had considered going to Atlantis in the Bahammas but changed our mind upon hearing reviews about the rude people and the expence. Our (Four People) expenses for food averaged 100 a day. This is eatting out at night and making sandwhiches during the day. Ouhua can be as expensive as you want or as cheap as you want. Go to the Polynesian Culture Center. It is worth ever dime. If you are considering going to Turtle Bay or Oahua and want further information, email me.
We just returned from Turtle Bay on the North Shore. We were pleasantly pleased with our room. We had a run of the house room but all rooms have great views. We had a bay/ocean view. We could see whales breaching from our balcony. What a sight. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Large bathrooms and vanity areas. Nice comfy down comfortors. The dining is a bit spendy. I suggest eating at the golf club for a better meal. We drove west about 10 minutes several times for a great meal at a local joint called "Taste of Paradise". Their catch of day was always so fresh and there was always so much food. We also hit Giovannis Shrimp Truck. For $11 we had a full plate of rice and shrimp. It was wonderful but be prepared to peel your own shrimp. Messy! Not a bad deal. Overall we had a great experince at Turtle Bay and would stay there again. Next time we hope all the remodeling is done though.
Only place to stay on the North Shore
My wife and I stayed at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu in late September 2002. The hotel is undergoing massive renovations, however for the most part the work was not any inconvenience to the guests. Views are incredible from all rooms, we would suggest paying slightly more and getting a full lanai (patio) instead of one that you can only stand on.
I would also suggest that you ask to stay on the side of the hotel (there are 3 sides) that overlooks the pool, there is another side that looks straight out to the point and has awesome sunset views....but their is a noisy air conditioning plant beneath it that would have been better placed elsewhere. The third side overlooks a gorgeous beach and bay that is part of the resort, but it has the smaller lanai's.
Food in the hotel is decent, but overpriced....suggest that you get outside of the hotel to do most of your eating in close by Kahuku (ask the concierge about The Shrimp Truck) or Haleiwa which has numerous dining choices.
Once the improvements are complete, this will be a five star hotel. Right now it is at least a four. Service was for the most part excellent, only one rude bartender at the poolside bar marred what was otherwise excellent service.
We plan to vacation here at least once a year going forward and we are fairly picky. It was that nice. Be careful in booking, wide variations in rate depending on where you go through.
This is the place to stay!
If you are looking for a secluded place to stay on Oahu, with big rooms, beautiful views, and lots of amenities, go to Turtle Bay. It's an hour away from the hectic-ness of Waikiki, and the staff's hospitality is amazing! If you can, I highly recommend booking a cottage. The accomodations are beautiful! This place has everything: horseback riding, tennis, golf, a private beach, 2 jaccuzi's, 2 pools, and a great North Shore location! We made the mistake of splitting out our stay on Oahu, staying at Turtle Bay the first 5 days, and a Waikiki hotel the last 5 days. As soon as we got to our Waikiki hotel, we wanted to go back to Turtle Bay!