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Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s Northshore is an excellent alternative to the crowded sidewalks and beaches of Waikiki.
I live on Oahu and rather than hopping on a plane for a serious weekend of rest and relaxation, It’s easier, more affordable and takes a mere 40 minutes of driving time to escape to Turtle Bay. I was here with my girlfriends recently and we really enjoyed ourselves. We had a gorgeous oceanfront room with spectacular views of the beach, mountains and pool.
While on a beach walk, we watched a turtle slowly creep out of the ocean onto shore until he was comfortable on the sand. There he rested. Horseback riders trotted past us, as this is one of the many popular hotel activites offered.
We swam for hours in the larger pool. There are two swimming pools (one with a fun water slide), and a kiddie pool.
Also two jacuzzi spas are available, and a pool bar with a nice selection of sandwiches. We opted for the Portabello burger and the Ahi Sandwich, which we shared and enjoyed. I’ll share a secret…if you want to indulge in the jacuzzi, go to the oceanside hot tub. It isn’t on the pool deck and is sort of hidden, which we enjoyed because we had it to ourselves each time. When we got back to our room, we looked through binoculars for our turtle friend.. he was still there basking in the sun.
The prices at Turtle Bay are quite comparable to that of a beachfront hotel on Waikiki Beach. You can get a taxi if you don’t want to drive, but I recommend getting a rental car. There is so much to see and do. On Saturday morning visit the farmers market at Sunset Elementary school, or see the famous Northshore surfing beaches such as Sunset beach, Pipeline, Waimea Bay, or visit the Polynesian Cultural center and don’t forget about Dole Pineapple Plantation. I recommend this resort to couples and families alike. Giving it a big thumbs up!