The North Shore is our “happy place” due to the laid back casual nature of everyone and everyplace but this is the first time staying in a hotel. Not a lot of choice, as there are very few hotels if any outside of the Turtle Bay Resort.
The building is definitely older but the rooms have been recently repainted and decorated to give it a fresh look. It is certainly not luxury, but they are clean, bright and cheerful and most importantly – the bed was comfortable!
Due to the way the hotel is laid out with three towers, there are literally no bad room views. Here is our stunning balcony view.
We did not frequent the pools, as we headed towards Hale’iwa each day, but it was a kid friendly area with a lagoon style slide and plenty of seating. We did hit the beach one day, and it was quick and easy to get a couple chairs with an umbrella.
The property is massive, with lots of hiking paths and horse trails with even more stunning views.
My husband took surf lessons from the on-site Hans Hedemann Surf Center. It was well run with 2 people per instructor, and Adam managed to get up a couple times, despite what this photo looks like. He gave the experience a 5 out of 5 and would gladly sign up again on our next trip.
The one downfall of the entire stay was the food. We were disappointed in the food, drinks and the service in the main restaurant and the lack of variety on the resort itself, so we ended up leaving the resort each day to eat else where. We discovered great places to eat along the drive to North Shore which I will brag about in upcoming blog posts.
One of the highlights of our stay was relaxing on our balcony in the evening to watch the sunset and listening to the crashing of the waves.
We will be back! Aloha!