By Kate Riley • April 10, 2013
We stayed at Aulani right before Christmas and got a great deal on an ocean view room with 3 bedrooms, living room, dining room, and kitchen area (we are Disney Vacation club members, and because they were doing some construction, our room was half off the usual price). We went with several family members which helped with the costs. We LOVED staying there and would definitely go again- our 2 and 4 year old girls had a blast, and there was so much to do every day with all of the activities they offer for all age groups. The food was great (but yes, expensive); we saved money there by shopping at Costco (about 20 minutes away) and a grocery store, so we mostly made our own meals. Disney really knows how to do vacation resorts well, and everything was clean, organized, and the staff were incredible. We can’t wait to go back again!
Interesting! My husband and I stayed next door at the Marriott in February 2011. I sat on the beach right in front of it and watched them work on it (it looked like they were getting close to finished) and wondered what it would turn out like. It looks pretty neat! I’m not really into the Disney thing, but now that I have a kid, who knows? But, my primary reason for the comment was to ask you if you got to see any of the elaborate Japanese bridal parties that had weddings at that place down the beach. To the left of the resort. They were so much fun to watch! That ended up being what I remember most! Anyway, glad you had fun and I love your blog.
Yes Jacqueline we saw one wedding while we were there, idyllic spot for them!
Breathtaking views. Beautiful hotel and those swimming-pools….. It’s a heaven on earth.
Ewelina & Eva
I’m so glad you posted about this resort! I think Disney does a great job and I’ve often wondered about their other resorts. The complimentary child care is amazeballs – we took advantage when we went to Disney World and the hub and I enjoyed a little Epcot adventure by ourselves one night – so fun! This place looks amazing!
Dying to go back. Thanks for the tour of the Disney resort! It’s the only Ko Olina property I haven’t stayed at yet. I much prefer any of the Ko Olina hotels over Waikiki. Waikiki is nice to visit, but it gets a bit too busy for my taste. It’s like NYC on the water. Ko Olina is peaceful and relaxing.
The resort looks awesome, but it makes me sad to see how they took over the lagoon with chairs and other activities. That used to be our favorite lagoon because it wasn’t so crowded.
Looks very tranquil…
Not theme-parky at all. :)
I visited one of my very best friends when she was living in Waikiki some time ago. I was a poor college student who had managed to grab a cheap, round trip ticket (when such things were not so horrifying expensive as they can be these days!) She introduced me to the public transportation on Oahu. It is amazing and goes almost anywhere you could want to go. They sell visitor passes (or, at least, they did then) which aren’t terribly expensive. It could be a way to save on the car rental and parking fees.
I remember looking at this resort last year and fell in love with it. I didn’t know about the snorkeling pond. That’s great for kids and moms like me who don’t get in the ocean past their knees.
Oh My!! We just got back from the Marriott Beach Club at Ko Olina with our 5 kids! And man, what a great resort area-we did NOT want to leave! Did you love it as much as we did? I seriously look at my pictures all day long! Loved the lagoons, the path in front of the resorts, sunsets and the frozen Mai Tais! Everything was perfect and we are already planning on going back next year!
I’m from the Uk and didn’t know there was a Disney vacation village in Oahu. So beautiful, looks like a very calming and peaceful vacation. The photos are amazing.
We had dinner at the restaurant in the opening scene of Mad Men in 2010. Would go back to Kauai in a heart beat!
Thank you for posting. My husband and I have considered going but have put it off because my daughter is 2 and there’s another on the way. Looking at those pictures just confirms that we definitely need to go. I was going to ask you how the resort was, so I’m glad you wrote up this post. Thanks again!
Ack! I’ve never been to Hawaii but now I want to go even more!!
I live in Hawaii and I follow your blog. Our family was at Aulani the same time you were and I had been wondering if maybe you were there since I knew you were in Hawaii! So funny that you were. We get a special kama’aina (local Hawaii ) rate but it is still expensive. For a special treat you can always just book ONE night but use the hotel amenities for the full two days. There is a full lounge, showers, and bathroom as well as a community hang out room which is available all day so you can check out at 11 and then stay until night time. Try doing the Menehune Trail which is an iPod touch game you check out from the community center. It is a scavenger hunt for the 8 and up set. My 10 year old loved it. You realize you have been walking by rocks or decor that actually lights up and talks or has music or something when you play the game. You can even spray people with hidden water guns! The Auntie’s Beach House and the pools, water playground, and lazy river are the reason we go. For ages 3-10 it is FREE and so worth it so we can eat dinner out as a couple without the kids! If you are coming back to Hawaii let me know; I am happy to share my favorite spots. Next time check out the Windward side for a day trip or a beach house rental. I live there and it has beautiful beaches and a fun beach town vibe.
My husband and I were in Hawaii 3 years ago, and we stayed at the Marriott next door! Aulani was still under construction but it looked amazing then – and WOW your pictures are incredible. Such an awesome place to stay, especially with a family!
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