* Disney’s Aulani Resort spans 21 oceanfront acres
* Celebrating its 5th anniversary this year
* Named 2016 Best Family Beach Hotel by Travel+Leisure.
Situated across 21 oceanfront acres and snugly nestled between the majestic mountains and peaceful waters of O’ahu is Disney’s Aulani Resort. Inspired by Hawaii’s natural beauty and rich culture, Disney “Imagineers” worked closely with local artisans and historians to build a family getaway that celebrates the island’s “beauty, history and welcoming spirit.”
The resort offers a wide scale of accommodations, so that there’s something to match every family’s budget. At the simplest end of the scale is a Standard Room. At 382-square feet, it sleeps up to four guests. Amenities include a flat screen TV, Blu-ray player and WiFi. At the high-end of your lodging options is the 3-Bedroom Grand Villa, a 2100-square feet home away from home that sleeps up to six guests. It includes a full kitchen and three bathrooms.
WHAT TO DO
Whether you like to play golf, lay on the beach or relax at the spa, there’s something for everyone at Aulani.
Golf Digest named Ko Olina Golf Club on its list of the Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S. Several major golf tournaments have been held there, most notably the LPGA Lotte Championship. Aulani guests get discounted rates, special packages and golf clinics. Plus you get to see the 35,000-square feet clubhouse.
For those more interested in swimming and soaking in the sun, definitely check out Aulani Beach at Ko Olina Lagoon. A paved trail means you’ll enjoy a short, safe walk to the water, where you’ll get to sail canoes, learn sand sculpting and take part in the ‘Ohana Beach Games. Plus there’s the Toddler Time Splash & Play, for your youngest family members, and the North Shore Beach Zone, which is set aside for teens. The Wailana pool (below) is reserved just for adults, in case you need a little R&R away from the kids.
The resort also features an 18,000 square foot spa with a variety of treatments (think: wraps, facials and soothing massages) for the whole family. During the day, enjoy complimentary fitness and wellness classes. Morning yoga facing the ocean? Sounds just blissful to us.
Food options abound at Aulani Resort. For snacks and beverages, stop by Lava Shack. For casual cuisine and cocktails, try Off The Hook. And for an upscale “date night” meal for mom and dad, check out AMA‘AMA’s contemporary island cooking.
Aulani was named as one of 2016’s Best Family Beach Hotels by Travel+Leisure Magazine. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, the hotel is offering a special deal: Stay 5+ consecutive nights and you’ll save 35% on your stay. From sandy beaches to spas, shopping and first-class entertainment, there’s no better place to experience the Disney magic this year.
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