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Hawaii, Photo Highlights — By byun on May 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm
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Oahu: The Turtle Bay Resort

The nice thing about the Turtle Bay Resort [map] is that, despite its remoteness on the North Shore of Oahu, there are plenty of things to see and do. The resort has hotel suites that all have some sort of ocean view. The hotel is flanked by several beach cottages and ocean villas.  Whichever accommodation you choose, you are certain to be close enough to the beach that you can fall asleep to the sound of the ocean.

Hotel suite with a spectacular view of the beach

There is a snorkeling beach on the eastern side of the hotel that supposedly has a really nice array of reef fish and sea turtles, after which the resort was named. Hotel guests receive one hour of free snorkel gear per day.

“Honu”: The Hawaiian sea turtle

The Ola bar and grill on that beach has reasonably priced lunch and dinner. On the other side of the hotel is the surfers’ beach. The hotel protects the surf break from the whipping easterly winds and north swells make this an unbelievably good break. Also on this side of the hotel is a large swimming pool with the Hang Ten Bar and Grill, which has a full-service bar and also serves food.

The hotel swimming pool after sunset

Aside from snorkeling, surfing and swimming, there are plenty of other great activities at Turtle Bay. Guests can enjoy a free hour of tennis at their 8 courts. There are also several inland and coastal hiking trails. I spent my morning jogging the Green Trail that headed west toward Kawela Bay. It passes the horse stables, where horseback riding is offered.

Let’s not forget about the world-renowned golf course at Turtle Bay either. In fact, there are two different courses: the Palmer course and the Fazio course, which both offer distinct challenges, but both roam through lush tropical greens with some holes just steps from the ocean. After a full day of activity, guests can get pampered at the Spa Luana, which offers Hawaiian style massages and spa treatments.

A view of the snorkeling beach and the Ola restaurant

There is a variety of dining options at the resort. The Palm Terrace offers buffets for those with big appetites. The most expensive and luxurious is 21 Degrees North, which provides a more private fine dining experience. A 5 course meal with wine selections is offered at a reasonable rate of $105 per person.

The Turtle Bay Resort is one of the rare resorts on Oahu that can offer privacy and relaxation as well as luxurious accommodation with direct access to the desirable beaches. This resort in particular is the only one on the North Shore and is a short 15 minute drive from Haleiwa Town [map] and an even shorter drive to some of the coast’s most famous and dangerous surf breaks.

A lovely aerial view of the resort

Room rates start at $175. Visit the Turtle Bay Resort website or call the resort at #1-800-203-6350 for more information or to book your stay.

Photos courtesy of jurvetson, Max Kiesler, and rust.bucket (Flickr) and Brenda Yun

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