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According to Brian Hunnings, resort manager for Turtle Bay Resort, it’s only natural for the property to immerse guests in the wonders of Oahu’s North Shore.
“It’s all about our location,” Hunnings said. “Not many resorts can match our oceanfront acreage, with miles of beaches and trails. We offer guests an incredible variety of ocean, land and air excursions that are just steps away from their rooms.”
A great place for clients to start a North Shore exploration is the hotel’s Activity Guidepost, located in the lobby. There, experts share insider tips from a local’s perspective, then book outings that best suit each client’s interests.
“We want our guests to be able to pick and choose from a thoughtful roster of experiences that nurture and connect them on physical, mental and spiritual levels,” Hunnings said.
With that goal in mind, Turtle Bay introduced three unique activities in 2017. Its monthly Full Moon Paddle brings guests to nearby Kawela Bay for serene stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) on protected waters, followed by a beach bonfire. During the Medicinal Plants Tour across the resort’s 850 acres, a guide points out native flora and shares traditional herbal remedies. Another new program taps the talents of Aunty Kela, a North Shore hula teacher who discusses the ancient history of the beloved art form, then leads participants through dance moves.
Guests also rave about the hotel’s horseback rides, golf and surfing/SUP lessons. Hiking, biking and Segway expeditions provide added backcountry fun, as do helicopter tours. In fact, Turtle Bay is Oahu’s only resort with an on-site helipad.
In 2018, the hotel will launch more activities for families so that all ages can create memories together on the North Shore.
“We want guests to understand the deeper meanings of pono (balance and integrity) and manawa (feeling at peace with one’s surroundings),” said Hunnings. “Once they have experienced these concepts that inform everything we do, hopefully they will understand true aloha and bring that spirit home with them.”