I just stayed three days at Disney’s newest and beautiful Aulani Resort and Spa on Oahu, Hawaii. Their grand opening was simply spectacular with hula dancers, amazing vocals by Keali’i Reichel, and much Disney magic. The anticipation has been growing about this resort. Well, Disney is busy now delighting guests with memorable and fun filled Hawaiian vacations. Here are my experiences while staying at the resort:
The Location: Ko’Olina Hawaii. Hawaii is one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world. Not just for it’s pristine beaches, sunny weather, and palm trees, but also because of the rich Hawaiian culture and aloha spirit that embodies these islands.
I have travelled all over Hawaii and have chosen to live in Ko’Olina, so in my book, this spot is par to none.
When You Arrive: Do not expect to see Cinderella’s castle or magic mountain (they would be in Disney World and Disneyland). But really, who would wants to see any of that in Hawaii. These islands can and have sold themselves on their sheer beauty alone. What is incredible is that you get to stay in a truly authentic Hawaiian resort with some subtle Disney magic and enchantment. I don’t know about you, but when I came to Hawaii I was searching for a place like this, to be surrounded by Hawaiian music, arts, culture, people, and cuisine.
Pools:The Waikolohe Valley is the main pool area with a lazy river running throughout, as well as featuring two slides. Both take you on a ride through volcanic rock. I completely loved the tube ride. I think I went no less then 10 times the first day. There are also Jacuzzis with infinity style edges overlooking the beach lagoon -probably the nicest Jacuzzis I have been in. They are the perfect spot to watch the sunset!
Menehune Bridge: Forget the water park, this is where my daughter wanted to stay all day. There are 3 slides, shooting water, bridges, and just a lot of fun. Don’t miss it!
Makiki Joe’s Beach Rentals: Makiki Joe’s is located on the beach and is where you will rent single and double kayaks, snorkel sets, stand up paddle boards, beach umbrellas, canoe adventures, and paddle board lessons.
Disney’s Aulani Resort Lazy River: Rainbow Reef
The Rainbow Reef saltwater snorkel lagoon is filled with tropical fish for you to explore. If you want to snorkel, then this is the place. Talk about immediate gratification, the fish, coral, everything are right there for you to explore. My daughter and I had a blast doing this together, while my husband was able to take pictures from the glass window below. (It’s also reasonably priced)
Aunty’s Beach House: We never visit kids clubs in Hotels, mostly because they always appear like a babysitting room. Aunty’s Beach House is much different and will wow you! It’s also complimentary. This kids club is where younger guests explore Hawaiian culture through art and music, delight in contemporary games and amenities, meet some favorite Disney friends and discover magical Disney touches at every turn. My daughter made a kukui nut bracelet and tried on Disney costumes, and even played Hawaiian computer games.
The Room: Aulani features 359 traditional hotel rooms, decorated with wood and Hawaiian elements. I love the earth tones and fabric, inspired by kapa. There are even “hidden Mickey’s” in the pineapple-patterned Hawaiian quilts on the bed and Ukulele playing Mickey Mouse lamp on the desk. Very roomy and comfortable!
The Spa: Laniwai “freshwater heaven.” Spa is a heavenly experience featuring a 23,000 square-foot spa with a reflection pool, outdoor hydrotherapy garden, vitality baths to soak in, and of course massages. I recommend the Hawaiian lomi lomi massage. It’s a great place for tired moms to visit while their keiki (children) are in Aunt’s Beach House playing.
We had an awesome time making memories with my family. We also learned a lot. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more, the adults or the kids:) Visit Aulani Disney to learn more.
Read about the top 10 things to do at Disney Aulani here.