Whether you’re a Grandma, Gran, Nana, or Oma, the Disney’s Aulani Resort is the place to celebrate a multi-generational vacation together! I was lucky enough to be chosen for the Aulani Fam Trip, October 20-23, 2016, to the Island of Oahu and had not been to the area since the 1980’s when the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa was the only hotel on the bay.
The area is so built up now but in a nice, well planned manner. The Aulani shares the man-made bay now with the Four Seasons (formerly JW Marriott) and they share the space nicely. Paddle boarding, inner tubing, swimming and occasional outriggers are daily activities on the bay. The water park in the center of the Aulani is clearly the main attraction with a lazy river winding along, two waterslides that allow tubes, a snorkel pond, bridges, and waterfalls.
Aunty’s Beach House is a fun, well thought out area where parents can drop their children for the day, free of charge for ages 3-12, from 9:30am-9:00pm.
There are several ways to visit Aulani – for the traditional hotel visitor as well as Disney Vacation Club member with suites and apartment style accommodations; they have thought of everything! From well stocked convenience stores with every item you could possibly need while visiting, to the varied restaurants, and eating options including a meal package.
This resort is built for the comfort of both children and adults with a designated ‘adults only’ pool (though not with an ocean view) to several other pools right near the beach. There is a great adults only hot tub with perfect views of the stunning sunsets viewable over the lagoon.
This seems to be a place for all. There is a chapel for weddings as well as several other appropriate venues for beautiful nuptials. Honeymooners seem to have a terrific time whether playing in the lazy rivers and pools or enjoying quiet romantic dinners with the sunset in the background.
For much younger children, the aquatics playground provides a safe (there are lifeguards stationed everywhere poolside!), fun, and varied environment for the little ones to enjoy when they are not participating in the children’s programs.
It is important to note that though this is a Disney resort, the traditional Mickey and Minnie and other characters have a minor role and presence. Instead their mystical character, Menehune, can be found around the property, oftentimes hiding for the kids to locate. This resort is immersed in the Hawaiian culture with the Disney level of service and their distinguished standard of excellence, without it feeling like you’re in California or Florida at a Disney theme park.
It can be recommended to all, especially our grandparents, as a wonderful way to bond with their families and create life long memories of fun!
Contact me for information on your next Disney Aulani Hawaiian adventure!
2647 Gateway Road, Suite 103
Carlsbad, CA 92009 | Directions
Direct Line: 760.479.4330
Tags: Aulani, Beach, Disney, Family, Hawaii, honeymoon, Hotel, Luxury, Oceanfront Resort, Resort
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