While VRBO is very popular on Oahu's North Shore, there is really only one big hotel option, Turtle Bay Resort set on 840-oceanfront acres. Luckily it happens to be one of my all-time favorite spots in all the islands. It's the non resort, resort. Every amenity one might wish for - pool with a slide, on-site surfing school, golf course, friendly tennis pro, restaurants, spa - like I said, all the amenities one would need for a resort, but it doesn't have that stuffy resort feeling or cost mark up. A friend who visited last year, was disappointed because she was hoping for more of a Vegas/L.A.-style 'scene.' I suggested she head to the Modern Honolulu in Waikiki, and she was thrilled. The two properties are very different. Overlooking Kawela and Turtle Bay, the property offers a variety of water sports as well as golf and tennis on site. Only 45 minutes from Honolulu and Waikiki, yet a world way in terms of lifestyle and visitors experience. As in fruit stands, free parking and the raw natural beauty of the islands.
Beach: Set on Kuilima Cove, a sandy inlet perfect for snorkeling, Turtle Bay Resort offers surf, SUP lessons and rentals. For the adventurous, there is a five-mile stretch walkable private beach.
Pool: There are three pools, all saline. The 4,500 sq ft main pool is great for swimming laps; The 1,800-sqft slide pool includes a 80-foot water slide; The kiddie pool is great for the little ones at only 1.5 ft deep.
Shade: Complimentary umbrellas are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Recommended Activities: Rentals are available for all types of beach activities: snorkeling, boogie boarding, SUPing, skim boarding, beach volleyball. The Keiki (kids) Turtle Club teaches children about Hawaiian culture. The concierge can arrange kayaking, moped tours, helicopter tours, surf lessons, horseback riding and hiking tours.
Parking: Self parking is included in the $25 resort fee.
Spa: Spa Luana has six treatment rooms, a salon, a fitness center, and an outdoor cabana situated right above the crashing surf. The spa's signature services include, Coconut Body Scrub, Noni Wrap, Hawaiian Clay Ti Leaf Ritual, and Coconut Scalp Treatments and all incorporate indigenous fruits and plants. The Pineapple Pedicure features warm coconut milk, kukui nut oil, red algae salt, crushed pineapple, and island bee honey in an outdoor setting.
Restaurants: Leonardo's: Italian cuisine, popular dishes include homemade pastas, risotto, Italian desserts Italian wines, and thin-crust, fire oven pizzas. Attire: Casual. Hours: daily from 5:30pm - 9:30pm. 21 Degrees North: Chef John Armstrong combines Pacific Rim and Asian cuisine to create contemporary island dishes. An extensive wine list is available. Reservations are recommended. Attire: casual to resort wear. Hours: Tues-Sat 6-10pm, pupus (appetizers) and cocktails served until 11pm. Palm Terrace: Start off your day with a casual island breakfast. Palm Terrace features water views and a buffet. Attire: casual. Hours: open daily 6:30-11am Hang Ten Bar & Grill: Great for a quick break, this outdoor spot is known for its Mai Tai's. Serving lunch and cocktails. Attire: casual. Hours: open daily 10am-10pm Surfer,The Bar: Introducing a gathering place for North Shore surf legends, friends, fans and family. Live the experience of watermen, day and night, where film, food, music, drink and photography take center stage. The culture. The magic. Surfer, The Bar. Hours: Sunday - Thursday 6pm-12am & Friday and Saturday 6pm- 1am Ola: Fresh, local ingredients are fused with international flavors at Ola, which means life, living and health in Hawaiian. Attire: casual. Hours: lunch 11am-3pm, happy hour 3-6pm, dinner 6-10pm Lei Lei's Bar and Grill: Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, fresh seafood entrees and beef dishes are favorites. An extensive wine list is available. Dinner reservations recommended. Attire: casual. Hours: 7am-10:30pm (breakfast 7am-10:30am, lunch 10:30am-4:30pm, dinner 5-10pm)