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Aulani, A Disney Hotel & Resort

Award-winning family resort with Disney magic

Overlooking the spectacular Koholoa Lagoon and set amidst tropical gardens, the Aulani Resort is a unique family-friendly option for those seeking a luxury stay with a sprinkle of world-famous Disney magic. Designed by the Walt Disney Imagineers to reflect the surroundings and Island location, this impressive resort is centred around the huge outdoor lagoon pool, complete with lazy river, water slides and more. There are also plenty of inclusive benefits for guests to enjoy ranging from campfire storytelling and exciting shows to morning yoga and beach activities. This spectacular resort brings Disney to Hawaii.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Hotel Category
Deluxe
Location Type
Beach
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Tripadvisor rating 6556 Reviews
North Shore

Hotel highlights

  • Experience cultural and entertainment activities
  • Dine at four venues across the site
  • Spectacular setting overlooking the lagoon
  • Enjoy Disney Difference benefits
  • Voted amongst the best USA family resort
  • Huge outdoor pool area with slides

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    10:00
  • 359 rooms
  • Minimum age: 18

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

For Families

  • Family Entertainment
  • Kid's Club
  • Kid's Pool

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Aulani, A Disney Hotel & Resort

  • Beach
  • Approx. 30 minutes from Honolulu International Airport
  • Visit Famous Waikiki Beach
  • Explore stunning Kualoa Ranch and see where the movies are made
  • Visit Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial
6556 Reviews 86% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 3838
  • Very Good 1633
  • Average 616
  • Poor 261
  • Terrible 208

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Jan 25, 2020

Overpriced, Underwhelming

San Diego, California

Completely underwhelmed by our experience compared to the price we paid for this hotel (even at a 40% off promotion) The beds were absolutely terrible. Hard lumpy pillows, too soft mattress and no blankets or comforter. The beds seriously just had sheets on them! Never seen that at a hotel before, much less a high end resort. Garbage wifi. Had to use cellular data the whole trip because the wifi was so slow. Okay food. Much better dining experiences at the shopping center across the street or next door at the four seasons. We had a character dinner and breakfast, dinner at Ama Ama and grab and go food from Aulani, all of which were underwhelming and overpriced. Mina's fish House at the 4 seasons is better for a fancy dinner, Monkeypod across the street is better for a regular dinner, and Vintage Coffee and, Eggs N things across the street both have better coffees a breakfasts. The Character breakfasts and dinners require a reservation. We tried to go once without and they took our name down and called 2 hours later - for a breakfast buffet! The experience when you do have a reservation is this: wait in line to check in at the hostess stand, directed to another line to wait 15 minutes for a character photo. Go over to another waiting area and be brought to your table. Buffet food. 3 more characters visit your table. Breakfast every day we were at the hotel always had the same characters - Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy. Not sure if the dinner characters ever changed up, but when we went it was Donald, Daisy, Pluto and Stitch. Maybe it would be worth the $55 per person if our 4 year old was more into the characters, but she just wanted to know why they wouldn't talk and why Pluto was walking on 2 feet. We did enjoy the lazy river, slides and water play areas. The beach view is nice and you can see sunset over the water. Overall we did have some fun but the hotel left much to be desired and we'll stay elsewhere on future Hawaii visits.
Jan 23, 2020

Two weeks of minimal Disney

Rio Grande, New Jersey

We spent two weeks here on our first visit to Hawaii, using DVC member points to stay in an ocean view studio, and overall it was good. The resort itself if beautiful, and the room large and well appointed. For experienced Disney World visitors we found that character appearances and pricing were the most "Disney" parts of the stay. The place is a bit under equipped with dining and indoor activities, and since our first week was kind of rainy that really showed when no one wanted to be out in the pools. The staff was efficient, and anything we asked for we got with smiles. The pools and lazy river are well maintained. The good: free parking for the first week when we had the car; free local shuttle for the second week when we didn't; free tokens for the laundry; very accommodating front desk and housekeeping staff. Not so good: man-made beach is more gravel than sand; limited locations for refills on the $20 cups; ridiculous pricing for drinks/food; very limited hours on that too; no bars open before 10am. Still, a great stay overall.
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Aulani, A Disney Hotel & Resort

Facilities

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Aulani Beach

This award-winning beach is situated directly in front of the resort and features a paved trail to make access easy. Soak up the sunshine whilst lounging on the soft sand or splash around in the water – perfect for a family day at the beach but close enough to the resort that lunch can be enjoyed within minutes.

Mo 'Olelo Fire Pit Story Telling

A storytelling with a difference, this exciting family event is introduced by Uncle – a charismatic storyteller with props and special effects on his side to create a magical experience for all.

Starlit Hui

An evening celebration event, this fun show blends modern influences with Hawaiian traditions alongside Disney Characters and hula dancers to create a truly memorable experience.

'Ohana Disney Movie Night

Set on the Halawai Lawn, this classic movie night is a staple of the Disney resort around the world, providing a chance for all the family to enjoy a classic Disney film in style. With pre-film games and trivia contests, this interactive event is a popular event for all guests to experience.

Hale Manu

Themed to the island’s native birds, this elegant lobby shop stocks a wide range of items ranging from authentic Hawaiian gifts to designer resort clothing.

Kalepas Store

Stocking a refined range of clothing, gifts and more, this lobby shop is great for those seeking gifts to bring home or a personal treat. It’s your holiday after all!

Menehune Activities

The Menehune benefits let guests enjoy an exciting range of fun activities on-site. From the interactive hi-tech Adventure Trail scavenger hunt to the Menehune Bridge play area complete with slides, play structure and more, there’s always something to do.

Other Activities, Events and Facilities

The resort boasts a vast array of exciting attractions and facilities, both payable and inclusive, for guests to enjoy. These include: Aulani Pool PartiesExcursionsFamily Spa TreatmentsGolf at a nearby courseKula Wai Hydrotherapy GardenMakiki Joe’s Beach Equipment rentalsMaka’Ika’I, The Nature and Wildlife of AulaniMaka’Ika’l, The Art and Culture or AulaniPainted Sky Teen SpaPau Hana Room – Community PoolPoolside CabanasPulu Bar Mixology StationSailing Canoe ExperienceSalon ServicesShopping Around OahuSunrise Yoga on the BeachSunset MeleWhirlpool SpasImi Loa Naa Hoku (Explore the Spas)

Ka Maka Grotto

Overlooking the Ko Olina Beach, this infinity-edge pool is designed to look like a perfect paradise cove, with palm trees, stone banks and curved edges. At night guests can enjoy the waters by twinkling fairy lights.

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Waikohole Pool and Stream

This resort pool is the crown jewel of the Aulani Resort and offers more than 8,200 square feet of poolscape for guests to explore. From the zero-entry lagoon-style pool to the Volcano Vertical tube slide, this temperature-controlled pool is the central hub of this magical resort. For a thrilling adventure, head to Waikolohe Stream and spin amongst the rapids or race down the two waterslides.

Keiki Cove Splash Zone

Designed to resemble a giant rock pool, this fun interactive splash zone lets kids play with others and splash around to their heart’s content in the safety of resort surroundings.

Rainbow Reef

The only private snorkelling lagoon on O’ahu, this unique facility lets guests snorkel amongst tropical fish in serene saltwater surroundings.

Laniwai Spa

Tranquil surroundings and native-inspired treatments make this spa centre the ideal place to go to relax. With more than 150 treatments, you’ll be spoiled for choice with how to relax.