As the only resort on the North Shore of Oahu, Turtle Bay is enveloped by 840 acres of natural beauty, offering groups a myriad of places to explore. A recent $40 million renovation has expanded on this concept with new programs and aesthetically-driven enhancements that carve a deeper relationship with surrounding landscapes and local culture into the resort’s overall framework.
Turtle Bay worked with a local design team to capture the essence of the North Shore within 410 main building guest rooms—all with sunrise to sunset oceanviews. The resulting beach-house vibe is light, airy and “authentic to the North Shore,” says Keni Sumpter, director of sales for the property. The resort also became the first in Oahu to implement rooftop solar panels, estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4.3 million pounds over the next 10 years—the equivalent to planting 350 acres of forest. A 59,000-sf native plant and rock garden sprawls over the rooftops of all lower main buildings.
The Nalu Kinetic Spa also grew to 11,000 sf, adding wellness classes and a new multi-sensory ocean experience to the mix through dramatic windows, surf sounds, and an innovative wave therapy massage table that gently rocks back and forth. Sumpter says the revamp was part of a bigger rebranding campaign, which embraces the premium today’s travelers place on experiences.
One case in point is the new Workation program, which builds dynamic experiences into meeting/incentive programs. Popular programs include a traditional hukilau teambuilding session, paddleboarding, hula lessons, a scavenger hunt on the beach and a cook-off under the guidance of the resort’s chef.
With 5 miles of oceanfront and 12 miles of trails, there’s no shortage of group experiences, however. Ocean activities such as whale watching, fishing, surfing and kiteboarding abound. Groups can hop on a moped or two-wheeled Segway to explore a WWII bunker and airfield or marvel at sea turtles and other marine life through the clear bottom window of their kayaks during a guided tour of the North Shore.
Cultural entertainment is free and encouraged at the resort; popular classes include lei making, surfboard wood carving and ukulele. A knife dancing performance closes out each week. On-site helicopter tours, whisk groups up into the air for spectacular views of waterfalls, active volcanoes, and amazing green, black and white sand beaches. Be sure to check out the “Magnum Experience,” which uses a replica of “The Chopper” helicopter made famous in the 80s by the hit TV series “Magnum, P.I.” No mustache required.