Aloha, with so much to see and explore within the beautiful islands of Hawaii, I couldn’t possibly fit it into one article, so if I could pick a highlight of my recent trip it was seeing the happy and excited little faces of my children when we stayed at the Magical Hawaiian themed Aulani Disney Resort. I must confess I am not usually the over the top big resort kind of girl and in my previous life prior to Children I was very much the Boutique Hotel traveller, but with kids in tow, if they are happy than Mummy is happy and at the Aulani Disney Resort they have carefully taken that into consideration to make it a true family holiday for all.
The Aulani is large-scale resort set on the west coast of the island of Oahu in Ko Olina, approx. 45 minutes’ drive from popular tourist hub of Waikiki. It’s a well thought out resort beautifully done in the Hawaiian theme with your favourite Disney characters dressed to reflect the aloha vibe, it truly was a relaxed introduction to the world of Disney. The various room types fit almost any family dynamic, from Hotel Rooms, Suites to self-catering Villas. We stayed in 1-bedroom Ocean View Villa on the 14th Floor and it was spectacular, well laid out, plenty of space for the 5 of us and full kitchen. There are plenty of places to eat throughout the resort to suit all budgets as well as self-catering options with little alcove for outdoor grilling & there is a small cluster of shops across the street to stock up on the essentials, with additional restaurants.
There are multiple pools to suit every age with a lazy river that snakes around the lush gardens of the resort with magic Disney touches throughout. There is an amazing children’s water play area that rivals any waterpark, two additional waterslides, an amazing manmade reef teaming with loads of tropical fish, adult pool areas and the large open pool areas that lead out to the beautiful beach a perfect place to end the day to take in the stunning Hawaiian Sunset, cocktail in hand.
With so much on offer to do at the resort and most included in the nightly rate and easy to navigate and plan your day with a daily bulletin delivered to your door, there’s even a Disney hotline to call so you know when & where your favourite Disney character will be at any given time. A highlight amongst my tribe was the traditional Hawaiian inspired Aunties Beach house with so many activities on offer and with its hi-tech secure check in and check out you know the kids are safe, sound and having a ball & you can take off and find an adult sanctuary to indulge in some downtime. Another must do is the Character Breakfast where you get to meet and greet all your favourite Disney Characters while partaking in Hawaiian inspired songs and stories, whilst indulging in a buffet breakfast to suit any fussy eater.
The weather is great all year round with great stay pay value deals in selected low seasons.
‘Til next time fellow travellers!