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Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu To Become a Ritz-Carlton Property

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One of Hawaii’s most iconic resorts will soon be rebranded as a Ritz-Carlton property.

Turtle Bay Resort, located on the picturesque North Shore of Oahu, has gained widespread recognition among moviegoers due to its cameos in popular films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and the American television drama series, Lost.

Here’s everything you need to know about the imminent change to Ritz-Carlton, as One Mile at a Time first reported.

Turtle Bay Resort Oahu To Rebrand as Ritz-Carlton

Turtle Bay Resort, a luxury hotel that opened in 1972, will undergo rebranding and a conversion to operate as Ritz-Carlton, owner of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. announced.

The beachfront hotel, which has 5 miles of beach and coastline views, plans to hand over management to Marriott and brand the property with the Ritz-Carlton name sometime soon (the exact date to be determined) after the sale is completed and new ownership takes over.

Turtle Bay Resort Lobby
The gorgeous lobby at Turtle Bay Resort. Image Credit: Stella Shon

The hotel underwent an extensive renovation and was closed from March 2020 to June 2021. The renovation included the guest rooms and bungalows, lobby, pools, restaurants, retail, meeting space, spa, a new club lounge, building systems, and an updated exterior and arrival experience.

The sale is expected to be finalized in 2024at which point the hotel will join the Ritz-Carlton brand, a luxurious addition to Marriott’s portfolio of brands.

“We are thrilled to enter into an agreement to acquire Turtle Bay Resort, which will further expand and diversify our already strong presence in Hawaii,” said James F. Risoleo, Host’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to working with employees and local partners to build upon the Resort’s preeminent position on the North Shore of Oahu.”

There is currently only 1 Ritz-Carlton property on the island of Oahu, specifically The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, which is situated on the South Shore. The Ritz-Carlton’s upcoming location on Oahu’s enchanting North Shore will mark a significant milestone as Marriott’s first major hotel in the area.

Booking the Ritz-Carlton in Oahu’s North Shore

As of now, the exact timing of the hotel’s rebranding to a Ritz-Carlton property and its inclusion in the Marriott Bonvoy program remains uncertain. Fortunately, when the conversion is complete, you’ll be able to earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points at the hotel.

Even if you currently don’t have many Marriott points, you can easily earn Marriott Bonvoy points for a future stay here. Marriott provides a variety of co-branded credit cards, each offering generous welcome bonuses. In addition, members can transfer points from American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Bilt Rewards.

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Final Thoughts

One of Marriott’s most luxurious brands is expanding with the forthcoming addition of the Ritz-Carlton on Oahu, which will replace the formerly well-known Turtle Bay Resort.

Once the $680 million deal is completed, the hotel will rebrand as the Ritz-Carlton, and guests to Oahu will now have 1 more luxury resort to select from on the island’s North Shore.

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Juan has extensive experience in writing and editing content related to credit cards, loyalty programs, and travel. He has been honing his expertise in this field for over a decade. His work has been featured in various prestigious publications, such as USA Today, CNN Underscored, Forbes and The Points Guy. Juan is the visionary behind JetBetter, a premier award booking concierge service.

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