To say Joy Oelke likes the beautiful islands of Hawaii is certainly an understatement! Joy traveled to Hawaii for the third time in May 2013 and stayed at the Honua Kai on Maui and Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu.
With almost five miles of beachfront, Turtle Bay is the perfect place to take in the azure beauty of Kawela Bay, Bay View Beach Lawn and, of course, Turtle Bay. Oahu's spectacular ocean views are on display from every one of the Resort's 452 magnificent accommodations, including our beach cottages, villas, guest rooms and suites. A luxury beach resort, Turtle Bay also features two lushly landscaped pools, championship golf courses by Fazio and Palmer, tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking and mountain bike trails, a surfing school, world-class dining and shopping.
Joy has stayed multiple times on all of the islands and has first-hand knowledge of each island’s attractions, resorts, and restaurants.
In November of 2014, I stayed at Turtle Bay Resort again and visited Kauai at the Poipu Sands Condos. Turtle Bay is located on the northernmost point of Oahu, a 15-minute drive from the Polynesian Cultural Center and the only major hotel to survive on Oahu's wet, wild and windy side, this castaway resort is one of the islands' best-kept secrets. Select gatherings and families and couples who can appreciate the area's abundance of nature will be happy here, as will golfers, tennis players, surfers, sailboarders, snorkelers, and swimmers. This is the least-visited part of the island, but Turtle Bay Resort gives travelers a reason to visit.
The beautiful Poipu Sands condo complex overlooks Shipwreck beach and is one of only a handful of beachside resorts in Poipu. A pleasant stroll leads to the Grand Hyatt offering many amenities including spa and restaurants. Beyond shipwreck is the start of the Mahaulepu Coastal Trail, an undeveloped area of lithified sand dunes and beaches. Poipu Sands has its own swimming pool and tennis court as well as the use of the Poipu Kai community swimming pool, hot tub, and tennis courts.