Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Located in Kapolei (Ko Olina), Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is minutes from Ko Olina Golf Club and close to Ko Olina Marina. This 4.5-star resort is within the vicinity of Ka Makana Ali’i – The Center for West Oahu and Hawaiian Railway Society.
Make yourself at home in one of the 359 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Flat-screen televisions with satellite programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 3 outdoor swimming pools, 4 spa tubs, and a complimentary water park. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the area shuttle (surcharge).
Food & Drink
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a beach bar or a poolside bar. Full breakfasts are available for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a computer station, express check-in, and express check-out. Planning an event in Kapolei? This resort has 21081 square feet (1958 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center and meeting rooms. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
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Staff was pleasant and friendly. The resort was kept clean. But I didn't find it extraordinary or magical. We went there to celebrate my daughter turning 10. The pools was great and we hang out by the pools and beach for 3 days. But then we were ready for more. Yet, there weren't a lot of things to do. Characters? We saw them go by while soaking in the pool. Crafts? Not really, unless you pay additional fees ($40+/ adult and $20+/ child) and register. Some nights were movie nights, but of the 6 nights we were there, we only saw 1 movie "Coco", which was really nice and the kids kept asking if there were more movie nights. Unfortunately the same location was used for Luau so it was not available. We went to the Luau and it was well done. A bit more intimate and smaller than Paradise Cove Luau, the style of performance was different in that Disney was accompanied with stories - a nice touch. But in all, I would say for the price per night, i thought it'd be a little more like... Disney Cruise, with more performances and activities to do. I guess not. If you haven't been to Aulani, I would say go find out. Would I go back again? Probably not.
We are a recently retired couple and we spent 10 days at Aulani and it was wonderful.
We had a deluxe studio (vacation club) on the 8th floor with an ocean view. The views good and we overlooked the water activities. The water activities are typical Disney, perfectly landscaped, and fun for everyone. There were lots of kids but not overwhelming. The lazy river was great. The two water slides were fun. The little ones loved it. We enjoyed the experience. We went early and had no waiting. There is a two level jacuzzi with infinity edges for adults only that overlooked the cove and the ocean. Wonderful and relaxing. The beach area had lots of chairs and umbrellas. We never had a problem getting chairs with an umbrella. The manmade cove with sandy beach was very nice. The water was warm and swimming was good exercise and fun. The water is cloudy and not really suitable for snorkeling unless you go out to the breakwater area. Note you get a different colored wrist band every day for the on property water activities and getting towels since the actual beach appears to be public. (My girl friend had 10 wrist bands trying to keep up with the kids)
There is a kids pool and a kids water tree fort area that the little ones loved. The kids were under control for the most part so they were not an issue.
Food is good at resort prices. We used the ABC store across the street for most of our food. The Ama Ama restaurant was great for a splurge dinner.
International travelers made up a significant portion of the guests, mainly asian but lots of other languages also spoken.
We rented a car. As a DVC member parking was free. I understand the the parking fee is $35/night.
My family stayed here for a vacation splurge. Based on word of mouth, we expected it to be great for our preschooler, and it was! The pool area has the best variety of options I've seen for young kids (several pools, lazy river, play area with gentle water slides, moderate water slides, shave ice stand). We often migrated back and forth between the pool and the adjacent sandy lagoon beach. The room was perfectly fine (we took the cheapest option for our family size), and the service was up to Disney standards.
I would highly recommend bringing a car despite the non-trivial parking charge. The hotel isn't close to anything so having the option to drive to other parts of the island makes for a richer vacation. A car also lets you escape the hotel and resort-area pricing and eat some cheaper meals in nearby towns (offsetting the parking a little).
This was our second visit to this resort. This time we had a 2 bedroom villa with a pool view. We love this resort, it is not overly Disney but the service is! The kids love it too, no kids club for the 7 and 3 year old but they didn’t miss it.
I highly recommend this over anywhere at Waikiki.
We booked a 7 night stay in a 1 bedroom ocean view room. We could not have been more pleased. We didn't arrive until almost 9:00pm, but the staff that greeted us were very welcoming and gave us all the info/paperwork we needed to know about all of the activities and amenities being offered during our stay. The gentleman that assisted us with taking our luggage to room 1412 told us as we walked in, "oh this is one of my favorite rooms. It has a great view." He was correct. The view was amazing. We could see the mountains off to our left, the entire pool area, and beyond out to the ocean/lagoon area. We enjoyed leaving our bedroom balcony door open at night so we could listen to the ocean waves as we fell asleep. The resort is quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. However, we rented a car, and it never took very long to get anywhere. I've read complaints about the prices for various groceries at Aulani. There is a Foodland very close to the resort. We were able to get groceries there and prepare breakfast as well as a couple of dinners in our room kitchen. (But be prepared for sticker shock at the grocery store too! A quart of milk was $4.) We took advantage of several amenities at the resort. We enjoyed a couples massage at Laniwai Spa, breakfast at Makahiki (tried several traditional Hawaiian dishes here), dinner at Ama'Ama (excellent macadamia crusted ono fish), the pool/lazy river, the adult only infinity pool over looking the ocean, and so much more. We particularly enjoyed the poolside bar in the early evenings. Anna Joy served us several times and was such a pleasure to talk to. We also enjoyed the Olelo Room where we had cocktails and listened to live music. Also, the comical entertainment from the bar staff, Eric and Davin, kept bringing us back each evening as we had fun getting to know them. My only complaint would be that the bar and food areas close a little too early. (10pm) This was such a relaxing week. It went all too quickly. I hope that one day we can return to this beautiful resort.