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Hawaiian Hotel Sampler: O'ahu Edition

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Source & Photo Source: Leahtravels.com

On Hawaii’s most populated island of O’ahu, there’s a large selection of hotels and resorts that appeal to a wide range of tastes. Not only a leisure destination, the island also is home to the capital city of Honolulu and Pearl Harbor. During my week on the island, I experienced three distinctly different hotels, all of which demonstrated of the aloha spirit of Hawaii.


Aulani Resort & Spa isn’t just for the Disney obsessed, but those folks won’t be disappointed either. One of the most family-friendly resorts in the world, Aulani is also an exceptional property for discerning, grown-up tastes. Visitors won’t find a gimmicky, Hawaiian-themed hotel. Instead, Aulani is a sophisticated and beautiful resort that celebrates the history of Hawaii. In designing Aulani, Walt Disney Imagineers worked closely with historians and local artisans to create a property that also honors Hawaiian culture and traditions. This is most apparent in the ceiling mural in the open-air lobby.

Located about thirty minutes from Waikiki Beach in the tranquil Ko Olina Resort Community & Marina, Aulani is situated on the beach and is surrounded by mountains. The lush grounds are filled with numerous pools and water features, while the beach is the ideal place to relax in the loungers, snorkel, kayak, or build sand sculptures. Scavenger hunts, fireside stories, Aunty’s Beach House, movie nights, and breakfast with Disney characters, are just some of the activities available for kids. Though, adults aren’t forgotten at Aulani. Two cocktail lounges provide the perfect spot for relaxing with a mai tai. Laniwai Spa is most impressive and features O’ahu’s only outdoor hydrotherapy garden. The facilities and treatments are purely indulgent, giving visitors the ultimate spa experience.

With 359 hotel rooms, sixteen of which are suites, and 481 Disney Vacation Club Villas, including 21 Grand Villas, Aulani is a large property with options to suit every guest’s needs. The beautifully decorated rooms feature soothing tones and layers of texture. Balconies are standard for all rooms, and even the most discriminating guest will appreciate the very subtle Disney touches.

Although Aulani is geared toward families, it also is a sophisticated option on O’ahu that brings out the kid in everyone.

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