When my daughter was promoting into first grade she asked if she could travel to Hawaii as a graduation gift, if she made honor graduate. Well, she kept her end of the bargain and graduated with honors in the top 10% of her class. Top 5% actually. So, being decent Father, I had to uphold my promise to have her travel to Hawaii.
I booked a trip using every discounting technique I know and we arrived in Oahu to find it overcast and a light rain was falling, but that didn’t dampen our adventurous spirit. It actually made the island look a bit mystical.
We checked in at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore and got settled in our room. I’ll post more photos of the resort later, but thought you might like to see our room as we arrived. We received a “partial ocean view double queen room.” The room is fairly large and appointed well for the ocean front theming.
The beds are quite comfortable and I sleep well in one, which is saying a lot because I’m a light sleeper. The room has a flat screen television with remote and cable access. It even has a channel that plays the local tourist attraction information. The pillows have varying degrees of hardness, so you can choose the one you like.
See those papers on the bed? One of those announced that Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick and others would be filming a romantic comedy here at the resort. We’ve seen other Hollywood types including Drake Bell at the resort too.
The bathroom has a separate open dressing area, so ladies can put on their makeup in one room while the men shave in the other area. There is ample storage space in the closet as well. Our room was very clean, so an A for the housekeeping staff.
A view off to the side. I described the resort to my daughter as a cross between the contemporary and the Polynesian. The square, blocky appearance of the external design looks very much like the Contemporary Resort, the grounds and room have a little more Polynesian appeal, with maybe a touch of Beach Club tossed in.
We made our way down to the pool area and found that they were shooting that movie we discussed earlier. Zac Efron was shooting a scene where he appeared drunken and fell into the pool. They worked on that single scene for 2 days! I got a couple of shots of the stars from a distance before the security guy came over to ask me not to take photos. I saw an actual paparazzi guy with his full set up snapping away a few feet from me though. My daughter was excited to see the filming stuff, but I’m not a Zac Efron fanboy.