KAHUKU -- Here, on Oahu's north shore, there is only one
full-service resort, and it is shining a spotlight on this section
of the island.
In June, Fox Television began airing an hourlong series titled
"The North Shore," featuring exterior and interior shots of the
Turtle Bay Resort.
The series is the latest example of the area's appeal to
Hollywood location scouts and filmmakers. "Blue Crush" (2002), "The
Big Bounce" (2004) and "50 First Dates" (2004) are some of the
recent films shot on the north shore.
The 401-room Turtle Bay Resort, which sits on five miles of
oceanfront, has completed a $60 million renovation. The project has
been ongoing since ownership and management changes took place in
The first vision travelers have of the resort upon entering the
gate is its 42 beachfront cottages. When I last visited the
property, prior to the renovations, they were simple domiciles
well-suited for families but lacking in design and character.
Now, the cottages are modern, sleek and comfortable. Stained
wooden floors, four-poster beds and Hawaiiana accents accompany
sweeping ocean views visible from the common living areas of nearly
all of the units.
"Our beach cottages are slightly away from the main hotel, which
the typical visitor to the north shore likes," said a hotel
Cottage guests have access to the resort's amenities plus a few
amenities not available to the hotel's guests.
For example, cottage guests are offered butler service, which
means an attendant will be waiting upon arrival to unpack bags,
prepare food or beverages and arrange golf, restaurant or surf
The resort boasts two swimming pools that sit on a bluff
overlooking the Pacific, and champion surfer Hans Hedemann has
opened a surf school on the property.
His motto -- that he can get anyone "age 8 to 80 to stand on a
surfboard and catch a wave during the first lesson" -- has enticed
many to grab a board and take to the surf.
Tennis courts and a 100-acre wetland preserve -- home to an
array of rare birds, picturesque beaches and miles of hiking trails
-- remain as before. However, the addition of the Spa Luana is
another draw for those seeking tranquility.
Hot stones, Vichy showers, traditional Hawaiian lomi lomi
massage, couples massages and seaweed body wraps are examples of
what is available at the facility.
I found the spa treatment to be a great way to culminate a day
of horseback riding along the property and its beaches.
Palm Terrace, the hotel's buffet-style restaurant, features
fresh fish and meats prepared in Pacific Rim styles. With its
panoramic ocean views, 21 Degrees North is the hotel's upscale
dining option that features Hawaiian cuisine.
The property added nine holes to its existing 27-hole golf
course, which was originally designed by Arnold Palmer and Tom
Fazio. The course pro shop was renovated, and a new restaurant --
Lei Lei's Bar & Grill -- overlooks the course.
Turtle Bay offers the following packages:
• Spa Paradise, $450 per night, double, includes two 50-minute
• North Shore Par, also beginning at $450 per night, includes
one round of golf for each adult daily.
• The Romance Package, $499 per night, offers couples breakfast
in bed, dinner for two at 21 Degrees North and oceanfront deluxe
• A Fifth Night Free package, starting at $229 per night, offers
a free night when a guest books four.
For more information, call (800) 203-3650 or visit www.turtlebayhotel.com.
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