Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
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We stayed at Aulani for the second half of our honeymoon in Hawaii. We arrived at like 12:30, we were greeted upon driving up and given leis. We checked in and received notification at about 2 that our room was ready. Which was awesome because we had not thought ahead and grabbed our swim suits from our bags before we wandered the resort. The resort did offer a one time room to relax in and change in but we did not take use of this room. The beach was nice, being a man made lagoon the sand was a little rough but still a nice beach. We never had any issues finding an open lounge chair at the beach. The lagoon was nice, however if you have high hopes of seeing a lot of fish you probably won't unless you swim out to where the rocks are. I tried the paddle boarding which was fun, but a half hour is plenty. They do allow you to share the hour so if you don't feel the need to be out there with someone it can save some money. We spent most of our time at the adults only pool. Which was secluded enough that you really couldn't hear the kids and had a nice bar and poolside service. The other benefit was the quick service restaurant was also right next to the pool so it was nice for a quick snack or to grab breakfast and then start your day. We also purchased the unlimited refill drink cups which was awesome. We had stayed at Four Seasons Maui where it was $5 a pop, whereas Aulani was however many you wanted for the $19. And I drink a lot of pop! We also did the Luau at the hotel, which we really enjoyed. We were not able to get the vip but overall that was fine. We showed up at like 4:30 and were probably eighth in line? We were seated at the table right next to the vip table so our view was great, minus the guy who felt the need to stand to video everything but that's besides the point. They gave a complimentary alcoholic drink when you came in and the food was also really good. The hostess, Sia, was super sweet and treated us like royalty for just getting married. Overall, you would have to drink quite a few alcoholic drinks to make the vip really worth it so I was happy with the way it ended up! The hotel does offer an infinity hot tub that is adults only and an infinity pool that's for all ages. However, there is only so much time you can spend in a hot tub when it's already hot out and the infinity pool was nice but since it's all ages we usually had the luck of huge groups playing Marco polo which is expected in a Disney hotel but holy moly that gets OLD. I had read the reviews that this hotel is definitely a family hotel and not a couples honeymoon resort but we still loved our stay. Besides I love Disney and the hotel offered the right amount of Disney feel without feeling like you were walking around the Magic Kingdom. I would definitely recommend this hotel!
My son and I stayed here again in August 2017. As with other reviews, most flights arrive in HNL by noon and after a 20 minute shuttle to Aulani you will most likely be stuck trying to kill time until check-in time between 3-4pm. So, either sightsee for a bit before arriving or get a bite to eat. Disney is pretty strict about their timelines and unless the hotel is not near capacity (4000-5000 guest), you will not get into your room early. They can hold your bags and will provide you a '1 time use only hospitality card' to use a room to change into pool attire if you desire. I suggest you check-in online prior to arrival. This way the hostess that greets you will provide you with all the info for the resort and your room keys. This avoids long lines at the front desk. You'll get a text with your room number when its ready no matter where you're at. Since we came at the 'high' time of the season I expected the 'high' prices. Our partial ocean view room was $700 per night, plus Accommodations tax of $64.75 and a General Excise tax of $32.98 per night. So for $800 per night, it is what it is. We also took a shuttle this time instead of a rent-a-car. This saved me the $37.00 a day parking fee. We were lucky enough to get bumped up to the 16th floor with a nice view since we were stuck in the lobby for nearly 4 hours. The 'greeter' as you arrive at the hotel was fantastic. She was also compassionate and was instrumental in getting us a better room with a nice view. The room was excellent and had all the necessary amenities. The housekeeping was done each day by 10am. If you ask my 11 year old son what he liked the best he would say the pools, the slides and the lazy river. Though if you don't care for lines, you should hit the slides as they open up at 8am. The main pool also stays open until 10pm which is longer than 2 years ago. We had breakfast 3 times at the Makahiki (character) restaurant onsite. Its $35 per person for a buffet all you can eat breakfast. So, if you're not super hungry, save the money and pick up a quick bite at the Ula Cafe (quick serve meals). The Makahiki opens at 7am and you need to make reservations well in advance so I had booked it when I booked the hotel (you can always cancel anytime online). Its great for kids since the Disney characters come to your table and you can get all the pics you want. My favorite is the Ama Ama restaurant. I'll attach a pic of the view from the table and you'll see why. The last time there were issues with hostess' that just didn't want to be there. There is a big difference this time and you could not ask for better service. Its a sit down, menu offering and enjoy the view type of breakfast with no Disney characters coming to your table. Another change was the FREE shuttle service from Aulani to the local ABC store, restaurants and nearby hotels. 2 years ago it was a used van type of transportation. This time its a nice new air conditioned shuttle van. A definite improvement. If you go on vacation at Aulani you will enjoy your relaxing time there, just forget about the 'costs' and it will be much more pleasurable. P.S. - Investors from China purchased the 20+ acres next door to Aulani and over the next 2 years or so construction will be on-going. They are building an Atlantis Resort Hotel (just like the one in the Bahamas)...so, plan accordingly.
We stayed here in January with our two sons and really enjoyed it. The location is great being outside of Honolulu in Ko Olina. There are some nice resturants nearby in walking distance and lots of trails to walk/run nearby. The resort itself is large with lots to see and do with clean rooms.My sons favorite part was the lazy river.. The beach is also nice and clean great for swimming not so much for snorkeling. We chose to take one of the snorkel trips on a catamaran up the coast that the resort offered with our two boys which we would highly recomend! The breakfeast cafe at the resort wasnt the greatest Id chose somewhere else to eat if I was going to plan that again. But otherwise a great resort that I look forward to visiting again!
we stayed here a week and really enjoyed our stay....views of the ocean were great, pools and river were excellent and people were friendly........negative is that food experiences are very expensive. and ones that are okay close at 5.....and you are not real close to any reasonable price food options ...traffic can be very bad in and out of Honolulu..........but the resort is very good place to be but can be crowded
We stayed here as part of DVC. Loved our one bedroom suite plenty of space for 6 of us. Disney staff were super helpful and accommodating of our needs. The pools were spectacular and we managed to find a place e to sit most days. Beach service was great and food was ok at the resort for the price. There was so much for our family to enjoy I can't wait to go back. Menehune hunt was a blast and we especially liked renting dads for free to enjoy after a day of swimming. So many Disney characters to meet and plenty of crafting opportunities! Great location for a slower paced vacation away from city life, yet many things to relax and enjoy at the resort.
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- Items of a personal nature
- 856 Rooms
- 2 pools
- Saltwater snorkel lagoon and lazy river
- Kids pool
- 4 whirlpools
- 4 restaurants
- Character dining
- Quick service
- Room service
- 2 lounges
- Pool bar for drinks and snacks
- Fitness centre
- 18,000 sq ft Spa (fee)
- Salon (fee)
- Kids club (fee)
- Game room
- Gift shop
- Early check-in/late check-out lounge
- Laundry facilities (fee)
- Wedding facilities (fee)
- Self-parking (fee)
- Valet parking (fee)
- Smoke-free resort
- Ceiling fan
- Flat screen TV
- Pack 'n Play playard available upon request
- DVD player
- 24-hour room service
- Daily housekeeping
- Hair dryer
- Alarm clock with MP3 capability
- Iron/ironing board
- In-room safe
- Full bathroom
- Private balcony/patio
- All rooms non-smoking
- Babysitting or child care service (fee)
- Supervised kids activities
- Arts & crafts
- Wildlife/nature programs
- Menehune Bridge & Trail - interactive water play area
- Pool parties
- Fire pit storytelling
- Character meet 'n' greets
- Community Hall games room
- Movies Under The Stars
- Hula lessons
- Treasure hunts
Resort Location Map
Aulani, A Disney Resort & SpaHonolulu,United States
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
92-1185 Ali'inui Drive, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707-4434
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