Shane Nelson
Shane Nelson

Travelers pondering a stay at Oahu’s Turtle Bay Resort, located on the island’s gorgeous North Shore, now have a newly renovated collection of high-end products to consider: 42 luxury beachfront cottages.

Upgrades to the 740-square-foot units wrapped up this month and are part of a $45 million renovation effort at the 840-acre resort. Improvements in the cottages included overhauling the bathrooms, replacing furnishings and installing new wood flooring.

“Our new beach cottages are ideal for couples in need of a relaxing, romantic getaway,” said Danna Holck, the general manager at Turtle Bay, adding that “literally from the floor to the ceiling, improvements have been made throughout” each of the 42 units.
Renovations in each of the 410 oceanview rooms in the Turtle Bay hotel tower were completed last year, along with an expansion to the Nalu Kinetic Spa & Fitness Center, where guests can now choose from a revised menu of treatment offerings. Food-and-beverage improvements have also been made, although Holck noted there were more upgrades to come on that front. And the renovated beach cottages are now part of a new selection of high-end product at the resort officials are calling the Collection at Turtle Bay.   

“[It] consists of Turtle Bay Resort’s most luxurious accommodations, including our Premier Rooms located on the highest floor of the main hotel, the spacious Ocean Villas just steps away from the resort’s white-sand beach and, of course, our newly renovated, private Beach Cottages, which offer mesmerizing ocean views,” Holck said.

Holck said travel agents will earn standard commissions for bookings in the Collection at Turtle Bay categories, but she noted that they can “take advantage of our Malama Dollars program, where they can send their customers a nice welcome amenity upon arrival and also earn gift cards for themselves.”

Turtle Bay has also made a substantial investment in clean energy as part of the dramatic renovation and rebranding effort underway at the property.

“The addition of the 1,500 solar panels throughout the resort was an important feat for Turtle Bay Resort’s sustainability efforts,” Holck said. “Being the only resort on the North Shore, surrounded by hundreds of acres of Oahu’s natural beauty, we know it’s up to us to help lead the way to a more environmentally friendly way of living.”

According to Holck, Turtle Bay became the first Oahu resort with a solar roof installation in December 2013.  

“The energy savings are immense, reducing the amount of fossil fuel usage equivalent to 4.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 10 years,” she added. “That’s equivalent to planting 350 acres of forest. Our new roof also saves 1,000 barrels of oil annually, otherwise needed for electricity production.”

The property is also looking to cut its use of plastic water bottles by implementing an in-room reusable water flask initiative Holck said will begin this July.

“The flasks will replace the bottles of water commonly found in rooms for purchase,” she said. “We will also install four global water filtration distribution centers throughout the resort and golf course.”

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