Hawaiian healing traditions are alive and well at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore.
Located a few niles from the Obama family retreat, this vast resort has five beaches, two golf courses, and a newly refurbished oceanfront spa.
Respect for the natural world was integrated into the traditional Hawaiian way of life, inseparable from sports, spirituality, and wellness. And this enduring aspect of Oahu enhances the newly revitalized Turtle Bay Resort, where guests immerse themselves in the elements of nature for relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation.
Sounds of the ocean add to massage in the open-air treatment huts at Nalu Kinetic Spa. Recent renovation nearly doubled the spa's size to 11,000 square feet. The fitness center was relocated from the ground floor to the lobby-level, which adds expansive ocean views from all-new fitness equipment. The spa has three open-air treatment rooms, and one larger indoor couples treatment area, close to crashing surf.
Set on a park-like peninsula, the 6-story hotel has been completely updated with a contemporary tropical look. Informal, the resort caters to families and surfers as well as spagoers. Unlike the scene at Waikiki Beach (an hour away), there are no other hotels on this stretch of Oahu's North Shore.
Turtle Bay, which hosted the first Wanderlust Oahu festival, will again welcome leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers and more concerts and activities that focus on authentic North Shore experiences. Wanderlust Oahu 2014, from Feb. 27 to Mar. 2, will feature nightly yoga and meditation sessions, stand-up paddleboard yoga, surfing, hikes and nature walks,and "talk story" sessions with surfer legends. Resort guests can join hula dancing, ukulele lessons, and farm-to-table dinners. Four-day, three-day, one-day and music event tickets are available by visiting oahu.wanderlustfestival.com. Special advance pricing is available through Jan. 7.