Published on September 20th, 2011 | by Emma Hackwood0
A Touch of Disney Magic at Aulani
Inspired by the wonders of Hawai‘i and built with the perfect touch of Disney magic, Aulani is a beautiful beachfront escape that’s designed for families. Perfectly placed just close enough, and far enough, from Honolulu, here everyone of every age can relax and play in every way imaginable. We know what you’re thinking…could it be any more perfect?
Whether you’re seeking a family vacay or a place to have your perfect fairytale wedding, here are a few reasons why we love this resort:
Aulani is situated on 21 acres of oceanfront property in Ko Olina, adjacent to a nine-acre, crystal-blue lagoon and white-sand beach. Ko Olina is 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki. It offers 359 traditional hotel rooms and 460 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas in two towers, each featuring rooms that offer thrilling views of the ocean, mountains and the magnificent, lush surroundings.
2. Combines Hawaiian Heritage with Disney magic
Aulani guests will be able to customize their experiences – relaxing on the beach or in Laniwai, a Disney Spa, playing in the pools, discovering the island on specially planned excursions, gathering at the Fireside Mo’olelo for storytelling (mo’olelo is the Hawaiian word for story), or spotting the statues of Menehune, the legendary island little people, hidden throughout the resort.
“The name ‘Aulani’ expresses a connection to tradition and deep storytelling – and its roots are in this land right here,” said Joe Rohde, senior vice president and creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. Aulani traditionally means “a messenger of a chief – one who delivers a message from a higher authority.” The name Aulani is fitting as the resort serves as a messenger of the Hawaiian spirit, people and culture.
3. The Food
Aulani features two signature restaurants – the full-service `AMA`AMA and the buffet-style Makahiki – offering foods unique to Hawaii.
- *At the chic, beachside `AMA`AMA, ocean breezes soothe the spirit as chefs use fresh local ingredients and island flavours to create distinctive dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes vegetarian options and classic cocktails with new twists, plus desserts house-made daily.
- *The buffet-style Makahiki offers guests breakfast among Disney characters or, in a magical midday transformation, dinner in artful surroundings, including a stunning ceiling light sculpture and beautiful wall murals hand-painted by local artists.
4. Family Friendly
Family-friendly resort amenities include the 18,000-square-foot Laniwai with 15 treatment rooms and a fitness centre. Many of the spa treatments draw upon Hawaiian healing traditions. Young guests have their very own kids’ club, Aunty’s Beach House. Here children can explore Hawaiian culture through supervised entertainment, including interactive touch tables, wildlife and nature programs, arts and crafts, Disney movies and traditional Hawaiian games.
Children of all ages will delight in Waikolohe Valley, Aulani’s seven-acre water play area. The overall landscape mimics the flow of a watershed as it moves from the mountain to the ocean, complete with the Waikolohe Stream, the resort’s mysterious (yet fun) tube-floating watercourse. Here guests encounter bubbling water, a cloaking mist and several hundred feet of additional surprises.
5. Outdoor Adventure
Looking beyond its own magical grounds, Aulani offers a menu of discovery excursions with the aid of local experts. These include exploring tropical forests, hiking local mountains, sailing aboard catamarans, swimming with dolphins, cooking with local chefs, following a ghost tour and more. The excursions are specially designed for Aulani guests by Adventures by Disney and feature a knowledgeable, friendly Adventure Guide.
Guests can interact with native Hawaiian fish, including angelfish, butterfly fish and tangs, in the 3,800-square-foot Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, the only one of its kind on O`ahu. The Makai Preserve conservation pool offers an interactive experience that allows guests to stroke the velvety backs of gentle stingrays and other local species (available by reservation only). A portion of the proceeds from this activity will support research and conservation efforts through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.
6. Great Event Space
Groups will find nearly 50,000-square-feet of meeting space, including a 14,545-square-foot conference centre, the main ballroom (which is divisible by six), four breakout rooms and generous pre-function space. Since outdoor events are so popular in Hawaii, Disney also has created three distinct event lawns, including an oceanfront wedding lawn for Disney Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons.
For more information about this magnificent resort, call one of our travel agents at 1-866-502-4605 who would be happy to provide you with more information to start planning your next vacation.