Villa View at Aulani

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Published on April 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm with 4 Comments

Imagine that you’re on your private lanai about halfway up the Waianae tower at Aulani. No matter which direction you look, the view is great—but the best view is toward the ocean.

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  1. Fantastic photos. I got to experience Aulani with my wife for her birthday last April. (I have some of my own photos posted on my Tumblr: http://superrob.com/post/44865342413/select-photos-from-our-trip-last-year-to-disneys)

    It was my first trip to Hawaii, and it was absolutely wonderful. I had a hard time convincing my wife to leave the lazy river … it was easily her favorite part of the resort. I really enjoyed the spa. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an outdoor hydrotherapy spa like Laniwai before. The tubs and showers all under the wonderful Hawaiian sky were incredibly relaxing.

    We had an Island view villa, which cost us 110 points for five nights. Since our membership only has 60 points a year, that was nearly two years worth of points for us, but I will tell you that it was absolutely worth it. Five nights just didn’t seem long enough.

    We took some time to drive around Oahu, particularly up to the North Shore. We also spent a little time in Waikiki. While this was my first trip to Hawaii, and those other experiences were really all I had to base my opinion on, I felt like Aulani was more “authentically Hawaiian” than other parts of the actual island itself! Perhaps it’s Disney’s attention to detail and respect for the Hawaiian culture, or maybe it was the wonderful soundtrack that I practically begged cast members to sell me before I left (they don’t have the rights to sell a CD). But something about Aulani felt like real Hawaii to me. In retrospect, while I liked going around the Island and seeing more of Oahu, I felt like every moment away from Aulani I was missing out.

    For anyone considering going, it will be an expensive trip. But 110% worth it, and something everyone should experience. Disney really knocked Aulani out of the park.

    PROTIP: For some unknown reason, Disney does not sell Dole Whip at Aulani! While this is unfathomable to me, you can take a short drive out to the actual Dole Plantation to get your Dole Whip fix. It’s a massive tourist trap, but if you must have Dole Whip, it might be worth the drive. I’m hoping Disney fixes what must be a huge oversight before our next trip!

  2. I walked around Aulani last week. I’ve stayed at the Marriott koOlina Beach Club a few times. There wasn’t enough at Aulani to convince me to make the jump next time. I would rather swim and snorkel in the lagoons. The pools at the Marriott are very nice. I am sure I am not Disney’s target market. Maybe I would feel different if I had kids.

  3. I don’t have kids and I loved it. I’ve been to almost every single resort hotel at WDW, and in my opinion Aulani trumps them all. It was definitely modeled after the basic design of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, but much more luxurious. In fact, the bathrooms at Aulani (especially the shower) are the most luxurious I’ve seen at any hotel. I can understand not wanting to leave, but Aulani does have tours of Oahu that are operated by their Adventures by Disney staff that are spectacular. I loved East Oahu, and I wish I would have been able to do some horseback riding. I don’t think I’ll ever buy a timeshare, but if I did, it would be at Aulani. I can’t wait to have kids just so I can take them there!!!

  4. Great article! I was at Ko Olina before I knew Disney was coming, having visited in 2007 2008 timeframe. I was on the beach right in front of the wedding chapel! I posted a few photos here.
    http://insightsandsounds.blogspot.com/2008/04/paradise-found.html