Hawaii’s Turtle Bay Resort is preparing for a new beginning, with the luxury North Shore property set to unveil its transformation from 1 July 2021.
Closed for a major renovation during the pandemic, nearly every aspect of the hotel experience will be transformed to immerse guests in the dramatic landscape of the resort’s setting, from the redesigned lobby and pool deck to the locally inspired dining concepts and spacious new Ocean Bungalows just steps from the water.
Turtle Bay Resort’s redesign has been spearheaded by architect Dianna Wong, whose career includes high-end hotels, resorts, casinos, restaurants and private homes around the world. Wong was inspired by the North Shore’s legendary surfers, for whom surfing is life, the wave is the star and the connection to nature is all-encompassing.
“Coming out of a difficult year, I believe adventure and exploration is the cure, and there’s no better place for this than Turtle Bay,” said Wong. “As you arrive at the resort, stress just seems to leave the body as you become immersed in the life-giving elements of light, waves, wind and water.”
Every aspect of the arrival experience has been redesigned, beginning with a relocated porte cochere that welcomes guests into a dramatically transformed lobby.
Taking its cues from nature, the new light-filled lobby has had walls replaced with windows to create awe-inspiring views of the seemingly endless stretches of beaches, surf and sky in either direction. To celebrate the local artistic community, the lobby will feature large-scale works of art by Hawaii-based artists.
Beyond the lobby, infinity-style water features will lead guests to a terraced pool deck with a new adults-only pool, redesigned family-friendly pool, and front-row views of the crashing waves and surfers just beyond.
The adults-only pool will serve as a tranquil respite perfect for sipping mai-tais or getting lost in a novel while the main pool will offer expansive space for family-friendly frolicking. The pool deck will also feature luxurious new cabanas and a new pool bar that will serve tropical drinks to guests as they swim, lounge or enjoy the front-row view of the popular surf break just beyond the pool area.
Turtle Bay’s entire food and beverage program is being reconceived to embrace nature. The lobby bar, Off The Lip, will feature a sunken footprint that provides unimpeded views of the breaking surf and brilliant Hawaiian sunsets.
Just off the lobby, the resort’s main dining destination, Alaia, will evoke relaxed luxury and incorporate the bounty of the North Shore’s sustainable agriculture throughout the menu, including produce from the resort’s own farm.
A new lobby cafe, Ho’olana, will greet guests with panoramic views of the sunrise while offering gourmet locally sourced coffees and light bites. A new lounge, The Club, will offer views of the pool deck and the ocean will be the centrepiece of the resort’s exclusive new Vista Level offering, which will provide guests who book it with a host of upgraded amenities and services.
Set on a peninsula and designed with three wings of guestrooms, every room and suite has stunning ocean views.
In addition to 410 guestrooms and suites in the main building, the resort has introduced a new category called the Ocean Bungalows, which consist of 42 expansive, completely renovated accommodations that are just steps from the ocean. A new pool exclusively for guests of the Bungalows will be unveiled this summer.
Lead image: Pool Bar rendering at the reimagined Turtle Beach Resort, Oahu, Hawaii