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Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
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Reviewed January 31, 2017

Pros:
-Lots of kids activities that seem to be well done (no surprise from Disney)
-For adults, the Disney theme is not in-your-face all the time. The Disney theme is subtle (Mickey ears hidden as part of bedroom design; Disney music in elevators, but not elsewhere, etc.)
-The beach is awesome -- unless you are looking for waves. The water is always calm and protected. It's a large (artificial) swimming lagoon that is safe for any child who knows how to swim. And the snorkeling is above average.
-The pools and lazy river are well done and the water slides are surprisingly fun, even for adults.
-Good location. It is not far from Honolulu (though the traffic can sometimes be bad). Nor is it far from the North Shore, which we explored one day. And it's a short drive to Pearl Harbor. But perhaps the best part of the location involves the weather. The hotel is on the relatively undeveloped southwestern corner of Oahu, which gets the least rain! So it may rain everywhere else on the island, but be dry and sunny at the hotel.

Cons:
-Food options. There is a fancy restaurant that is quite good. There is a more casual restaurant. And there is a snack bar with some basic food items. That's pretty much it for on-campus dining. Across the street there is a small strip mall with a few other restaurants (some of which are quite good!). Presumably the nearby hotels also have restaurants. But if you are staying at Aulani for a week, you may start to get tired of the food choices. And other than the choices I just mentioned, there really is not any other non-fast food option within (approximately) a 10 mile radius of the hotel. We had difficulty finding a non-chain, local restaurant.
-There are three large hotels nearby. Of the three, the Aulani easily has largest, most entertaining pool area. The Marriott is probably a little bit nicer. And the Four Seasons is spectacular. If money is not a concern, consider the Four Seasons.
-There seems to be an adequate number of pool chairs. But they are spaced ridiculously close together. We preferred the chairs facing the beach, but not on the sand itself.

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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2  Thank joelsss44
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Reviewed January 31, 2017

To start, we are huge Disney people. This place just did not live up to the expectations. HORRIBLE customer service. I just can't believe Disney, of all places, would have horrible service. We made reservations for a few things before coming (luau, character meal, etc.) and I had the HARDEST time even booking when I would call. Low and behold, once we actually got to these activities, they couldn't find our reservations. After much wasted time, someone in our group took over the cast members computer and said "Our reservation is RIGHT here, helloooo!!" I don't know how they can be SO unorganized for Disney. We LOVE Disney world and Disneyland, but will probably never be back to Aulani. Very disappointing. It is WAY too overcrowded at all times. They need more land for how packed this place gets. Would never spend the money here again (everything is expensive)... would much rather go back to Tahiti!! And side note, the beds are horrible as well. For how much money we are spending, we would expect much more, and we are not "cheap" people. Drinks sucked. Food was ok.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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4  Thank Nick K
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Reviewed January 30, 2017

This has to be the best resort anywhere for families with young kids. Rooms are spacious and impeccably clean (no doubt due to the very high expectations of the large numbers of Japanese guests). The swimming pools, beach activities, Disney character greetings (and photo ops), outdoor movie nights, and so much more, are all targeted to families with young kids.

It's great for Adults on their own too. The area around Aulani is much quieter and easier to travel in and out of, than anywhere else on Oahu. This was our eighth visit to Aulani (we are Disney Vacation club members), and we really enjoyed our stay. We asked for an received a room that was remote from where all the kids activities are, so we were left with a wonderful quiet room with a great ocean view.

There isn't much for teens to do here, and I would expect that they would be much happier being in the middle of Waikiki. The extraordinary variety of day and night entertainment, and all the shopping there, will likely be much more appealing to teens than the much more subdued and child-focused Disney Aulani.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Erik R
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Reviewed January 29, 2017

My wife is pregnant and we have one four year old girl so for a babymoon/family resort this place was exactly what we were looking for. Clean rooms, amazing pina coladas, great pools & activities!

The private lagoon in front of the resort is great for trying out some stand up paddle boarding or snorkeling.

Don't forget to complete the scavenger hunt with the supplied tablets. Head out around 6:30 pm as most of the events look way cooler at night!

Already planning our return trip when the baby is old enough.

Room Tip: Go for a higher floor
  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Thank han182
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Reviewed January 29, 2017

Stayed in the one bedroom villa with my family of four. We had reserved a garden view, but since this view was unavailable we were upgraded to an oceanview. The room was handicapped accessible, so it lacked the tub. The shower had a wonderful optional rain shower. The room was well equipped. The sleeper sofa was more comfortable than most. The trundle style bed which pulled out from under the entertainment center was comfortable as well. It was very heavy to pull out, so we only used it the first night of our stay. I dropped the bed on my foot and was bruised and bleeding. We were happy that we decided to pay the additional fee for the one bedroom villa with kitchen and washer/dryer and also had a rental car. The restaurants in the resort were very expensive and children over 10 are considered adults. We ate at the seafood buffet one evening and had lunch by the pool one day. The service and food was good. The rest of the time we had breakfast and lunch in the room and drove to close by restaurants in the area. We are also pleased that we opted to say in the Ko'olina area, rather than Waikiki. We drove by Waikiki beach one day and it was incredibly crowded and would not have been enjoyable for my family. The resort is impeccably maintained. Took advantage of the complementary sand toys boogie boards, and movie under the stars. My daughter enjoyed the Rainbow Reef snorkeling. She went back twice during our one day pass so she could feed the fish. The water was just too cold for my son. I visited the gift shop to purchase a shaver/shaving cream. The gift shop was out of the items and a complementary shaver/cream sent up to our room right away. My daughter developed a rash after a day at the beach. The hotel provided ointment which was sufficient for her case. It would be a good idea to have a nurse on-site or a service in which a physician could come to the hotel if needed. When our family visited Orlando Florida a few years back, the hotel contracted with a service and a physician came to our room. Although this hotel was wonderful, we probably would not stay here again due to the cost. The hotel has many wonderful amenities, which I am sure contribute to the pricepoint. However, we did not have the time to use the amenities to the fullest. We spent much of our time away from the hotel exploring - (North Shore, Shrimp shacks, Pearl Harbor, Horseback Riding, Luau) and for this reason I would not stay here again. If I return, I might opt to stay at the Marriot down the way which looked wonderful as well, but was less expensive. With regards to chairs by the pool and beach, we could always find chairs by the beach. The pool chairs were in high demand. The one day that we had designated as our pool day, I did wake up at the crack of dawn to reserve my chairs. I sat there with my cup of coffee, read and waited for my family to join me. I observed the attendants removing the towels if the chairs were unattended.

Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
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