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The North Shore’s only resort possesses a beachy, laidback, but luxurious style befitting the less-developed, unhurried North Shore. The lobby and gym open up with ocean views, the spa is amply sized, the restaurants’ menus highlight locally grown ingredients, and rooms have ocean views, calming, neutral palettes and walk-in stone showers. Turtle Bay has also embraced its role as a surf-scene hub, especially in the wintertime, when the surfing season is in full swing. All the pros come to Lei Lei’s Bar and Grill for a drink, and Surfer, The Bar—a collaboration between the resort and Surfer magazine—offers Surf Talk Story nights, bringing in pro surfers and watermen to share their tales. The resort really feels like a part of the North Shore landscape. Of all the resorts outside of Waikiki (including Kahala and Aulani), this would be my pick, for the vibe, the value, and the surroundings.