Turtle Bay Resort’s (hotel.qantas.com.au/turtlebayresortkahuku) headland location and Y-shaped architecture ensures all 410 rooms enjoy ocean views but if your budget allows, opt for one of the 42 split-level Beach Cottages that open onto sea-facing manicured lawns with palm trees and hammocks. Pitched roofs, timber floorboards, deep baths and marble benchtops keep the vibe suitably luxe. Set aside time to explore the 340-hectare property, which has its own stables and 20 kilometres of biking and hiking trails.
The resort has seven food and beverage outlets – from fine-diner Pa‘akai to casual eatery Lei Lei’s – but our pick is the independently owned Roy’s Beach House. Grab a burger or salad from the takeaway window and sink your feet into the sand on the beach or nab a table under the flaming-orange umbrellas on the restaurant’s timber deck. Japanese-born celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi is at the helm, creating dishes such as clam bake studded with prawns from a nearby farm.