Our staycation at the Disney Aulani was nothing short of magical. Being Disney fanatics, we have been dying to stay at The Aulani since it first opened in August 2011. “Aulani” which means “Messenger of a Chief” is located on the Leeward side of Oahu on the beach of Ko’Olina. The warm hospitality and beautiful decor continuously reminds you that you are in a Hawaiian paradise.
When you first pull up to the port cochere of the hotel you’re immediately greeted by a host offering you either a beautiful orchid or kukui nut lei. The kids were thrilled and it gave us the feeling that our magical vacation was about to begin.
You’re then escorted to the Front Desk where you’re checked in. The first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful rainbow of photos on the wall. These 100 photos were taken by 100 local high school students who were asked to capture the image of a color in the rainbow.
The check-in process was pretty quick considering all the information they provide you with . . . including a comprehensive map of the resort and your very first Daily ‘Iwa (Activity Calendar).
You’ll also receive your room keys with each guest’s name printed on them. You use these keys as your credit cards while at the resort and you can establish which keys have charging privileges.
Then it was time to check out our room . . . a 1 bedroom Parlor Suite with partial ocean view. When we opened the front door I think we were all pretty speechless. Talk about a beautiful room. The combination of Hawaii and Disney was everywhere. From the Hawaiian print upholstery with hidden Mickeys in them to the wooden Mickey light fixtures . . . you really feel like you are in Hawaii . . . Disney style.
The room accommodates up to 5 people with 3 beds . . . a king-size bed in the master bedroom, 1 queen-size sleeper sofa and 1 twin-size pull-down bed in the parlor.
There’s also 1 1/2 baths which made getting ready with 3 kids a lot easier.
The Kitchenette is perfect for those who want to cook a little during their stay. It comes completely stocked with cookware, dishes, glasses, cutlery and basic cooking utensils.
There’s also a cute dining area where the family can gather before heading out for the day.
And how about this view?
If it wasn’t for all the fun activities we had planned we may have never left the room.
Coming up . . . Disney Aulani . . . The Activities
This post was written for Disney Aulani who sponsored our family for the weekend.
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