Turtle Bay Resort

(866) 475-2567 or (808) 293-6000
57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku
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This 840-acre resort is on 5 miles of beaches. On our visit for this edition it was looking the best we’ve seen it. The place seems to have a very low-key, relaxed vibe overall, and the staff is nice. New owners have slowly but steadily been putting money—over $70 million (including solar power)—into the property. In other circumstances, they might have simply leveled the buildings and rebuilt them. But Hawai‘i’s current laws would never again let them build so close to the ocean. The result is a polished gem.

Rooms in the main building are simple, clean, modern and warm in tones of turquoise and browns. The new bathrooms are fabulous with rainshower heads, handhelds, and even benches in some showers. (Most of the rooms have been converted to showers only, so ask if you need a tub.