Amy Risley

Turtle Bay Resort

with Amy Risley
  • Where:Oahu

  • Why:Honeymoon!

  • When:December 2015

  • Who:Mr. & Mrs. Small

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Highs & Lows

  • The North Shore of Oahu is a welcomingly chill alternative to the more urban, touristy vibe of Honolulu and Waikiki, and Turtle Bay is THE place to stay when you're here. They also just underwent a huge multi-million dollar refresh, so expect up to date decor and great facilities.

  • They're all about play. Surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, helicopter tours: all can be arranged and mostly experienced right on property.

  • This is definitely a big, family oriented resort. It's possible to have a romantic getaway but don't be surprised if you get interrupted by cannonball competitions in the pool.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Beach Resort

  • Vibe

    An even dose of tropical serenity and adventurous energy.

  • Location

    Oahu's North Shore, about an hour drive from Honolulu.

  • Rooms

    410 ocean view guest rooms & suite, 42 beachfront cottages, 30 condominium ocean villas.

  • Music

    A little bit of ukulele, a little bit of pop.

  • Year Opened

    Originally opened in 1972, $50 million renovation completed in 2015.

  • Pool/Gym

    Two large pools, one featuring a fun mini waterslide for the kids + a handful of hot tubs. Very nice gym as well.

  • Restaurant

    Plenty of options! Pa'akai is the more formal napkin on your lap dinner option, with delicious locally sourced dishes and indulgent desserts like the insanely good checkerboard ice cream cake. Lei Lei's is a more laid-back seafood spot, and the Point is the spot for sunset cocktails and fish tacos.

  • Bar

    Surfer The Bar attracts guests and locals alike and hosts a great lineup of live music and surf related events.

  • Wifi

    Of course!

  • Children

    Definitely. This is a perfect place to bring the kids and we can't wait to come back with ours someday.

  • Price

    Moderate to High depending on the season, but reasonable for the offerings.

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