KO OLINA, Hawaii – Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa beckons guests of every age to find the Hawaiian vacation of their dreams. In beautiful and relaxing surroundings infused with the stories and surprises of Hawaii, guests may discover whatever they hope to find on the islands: adventure, romance, tradition and fun.
Overlooking a beautiful beachfront lagoon less than an hour from Waikiki on O’ahu, Aulani was imaginatively designed to embrace time-honored Hawaiian traditions, inviting dreamers from everywhere to savor their time together. From the moment guests arrive at the resort, they are enchanted by the unique surroundings that pay tribute to the authentic arts of Hawai‘i and the melding of earth and architecture in one special place. And with Disney magic sprinkled throughout, guests encounter a vacation paradise uniquely designed for families.
Each day of their stay, Aulani Resort guests customize their experiences – from relaxing on the beach or in the Laniwai Spa, to splashing through the pools and water play areas of the Waikolohe Valley. Guests will also be delighted to find Menehune (the legendary island little people known to accomplish marvelous feats of construction), hidden throughout the resort.
‘Ohana means family
With that special magic only Disney can provide, Aulani draws families into fun experiences that bring everyone together, from movie nights under the stars to explorations of the Menehune Adventure Trail. Families enjoy lei making, hula dancing and learning a Hawaiian sunset chant, all under the guidance of local artists and guides. At night, the beachside fire pit comes to life as storytellers speak and sing ancient tales of the islands.
The creators of Aulani knew that some guests might want to explore beyond the resort, too. Excursions can be booked to sail aboard catamarans, ride horseback, kayak through protected islets, and more. Most excursions are specially designed for Aulani guests and feature knowledgeable and friendly Adventure Guides.
Hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas have been thoughtfully planned to cater to the needs of a family vacation, with refrigerators, flat panel televisions and wireless internet access. And for those who brought just a bit too much luggage, there’s a hiding place for suitcases under the bed.
For the grown and almost grown
Aulani has many special fun and relaxing activities for adults. Guests can start the day with beachside yoga to rejuvenate the soul, then rent a private poolside cabana offering unique amenities and world-class Disney service. Active adults and teens may prefer Aulani recreation programs, including paddle boarding in the lagoon.
Also enticing is Laniwai, a Disney Spa. For adults, Laniwai is a haven of tranquility in 18,000 square feet of space, with 15 treatment rooms, a fitness center and the 5,000-square-foot outdoor hydrotherapy garden, the only one of its kind on Oah‘u. For teens, there is Painted Sky, the only teen spa in Hawaii where teens can relax and make new friends.
Romantic dinners can be enjoyed away from the little ones in the beachside ‘AMA‘AMA restaurant or the ‘Ōlelo Room lounge. Guests will savor the local flavors with fresh fish and cuisine grown by local farmers. Couples may want to complete their day with a sunset celebration or stroll along the ocean’s edge.
Aunty knows best
Children, known as keiki in Hawai‘i, can leave their elders and their flip-flops at the door as they enter the cozy world of Aunty’s Beach House, a signature Disney kid’s club. Aunty is related by affection and her house generally is considered one of the best and safest hang-out spots. She and Uncle always have a lot of stories to share while guests learn the hula, create Hawaiian arts and crafts, play games with favorite Disney characters and enjoy a laid-back movie afternoon.
Aunty’s Beach House is designed for children ages 3 to 12. Special tween programs also are offered through Aunty’s Beach House.
When the mischievous waters call, kids and adults alike will find themselves drawn to the seven acres of the Waikolohe Valley pools and water features. They won’t be able to resist the lure of the Waikolohe Pool water slides and a float down twisting Waikolohe Stream on an inner tube. The enchanting Menehune Bridge invites children of all ages to search for the mysterious little builders hidden within this delightful structure.
About Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is perfectly positioned on 21 beautiful oceanfront acres of Ko Olina on the leeward coast of Oahu. Just 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikīkī, Aulani Resort features 351 rooms, including 16 suites, and 481 two-bedroom equivalent villas, including 20 grand villas. Guests are invited to experience its world-class spa, restaurants and lounges, pools, kids’ club, and more—all uniquely designed for families to discover the culture, history and traditions of Hawai’i. Aulani was voted the No. 1 family beach resort in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards in 2016. For more information and reservations, visit www.disneyaulani.com or call (866) 44-DISNEY.