Aulani, A Disney Hotel & Resort

Aulani, A Disney Hotel & Resort

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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.

  • 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

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  • 359 rooms
  • Minimum age: 18

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

For Families

  • Family Entertainment
  • Kid's Club
  • Kid's Pool
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
5456 Reviews 86% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 3206
  • Very Good 1398
  • Average 492
  • Poor 201
  • Terrible 159

What to Expect

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Jan 20, 2018

Trip of a lifetime

The resort was beyond beautiful The bay was perfect for everyone and it was netted which was very securing, The resort itself have many places to shop and buy food including the dole whip which is amazing, just outside the resort within five minutes walking there was a shopping center with many cute stores for clothing and food. It was one of our friends birthday on the trip and they sent up a cake for her. The room service was amazing they were daily clean our suit, wash our dishes, make our beds, and many more things. Plus we got to see all the Disney characters and have live music performances every night, the Hawaiian culture was amazing and very educational. The waterpark is perfect for families couples adults anyone, there is a very enjoyable lazy river park for kids waterslides and many more awesome activities. My sister even dropped her swimsuit off of our Terrace, It landed on the stone pillar very Highup that was not reachable, the staff was very helpful and excited to help us. The Only complaint I have is the nail jobs we got at the salon only lasted a couple hours until they started to chip they were very expensive being around $100
Jan 19, 2018

Best family holiday ever

Sydney, Australia

Wow! This resort is a Hawaiian paradise for families. - Staff Fabulous. I have no idea how everyone can stay so convincingly happy and accommodating constantly. Everyone has a bad day every now and again... apparently not at Aulani. These guys live and breath Disney joy! - Rooms Everything you expect in a standard hotel room with some lovely Hawaiian and Disney touches. Spacious room. Very nice bathroom. Couldn’t get our TV to work (to play actual TV) but didn’t try that hard cause nobody, not even the kids, had time for TV! One slight negative was the hot water in the shower was often not hot and we had the odd cold shower but once again not even the kids complained because they were having too much fun. - Pools and beach Fabulous. Great range of water slides from kiddie to fun to exciting/scary. Amazing kids play area. Beautiful flowing river circuit with lots of caves and bridges and bubbles. Good water temperature and a variety of temps between pools. Beautiful infinity edge pool with sparkly cave feature and underwater whale sounds (nice touch). Multiple spas. Amazing adults jacuzzi. Lifeguards were literally everywhere around all the pools and clearly alert and watching closely. Disney characters roamed the pools meeting beaming guests. Beach was gorgeous if we could drag the kids away from the pools. - kids club Unbelievable. I had said I didn’t want to put the kids in kids club because I wanted to spend time with them and I don’t like leaving them with people I don’t know. In the morning there is an hour where parents can come and look around with the kids. After the tour of the multiple rooms, science experiments, plush movie room, kids garage area, PlayStation and iPad games room, arcade games room, backyard play area, dress up and stage areas... the kids begged to go and I felt safe. The area is locked down tight and stealing a child would be harder than mission impossible. Kids get fitted with a GPS tracker band which is scanned on entry and exit. the parents get photographed. There is at least one staff member in every room. Everyone washes hands on entry. To pick up your child you show your card, they check you photo, and there is a secret code you make up for each family. The biggest problem with pick up was the kids never wanted to leave and I would end up sand bag carrying them out! - activities Movie nights on the lawn outdoor cinema was great fun. The luau was fantastic Disney Magic. Sunset photos on the beach were better than paid portraits we have had back home. Pool party with Mickey and Goofy and crazy fun... the list goes on. Everything was professional and perfect. - gift shop Great selection of mementos, clothes, foods - food All the food we had was excellent. The food at the nice restaurant was really delicious. I would recommend having seafood here which was fresh and fantastic. The cafes were great. The buffet was good, however the food here didn’t matter because the focus was on the entertainment; Disney characters that came to your table and Overjoyed the kids (and secretly adults too). - price The resort accommodation was a good price especially for everything we experienced. The food was quite expensive and this might be the only downside for families. There was one cafe with a shop that had cheaper options which was good quality but overall a bit limited for lower price food options for families. - the spa Wow wow and wow. Very very special and ultra luxurious however very expensive too. The mini me spa was amazing. My 5 year old had an unforgettable time here. Also very expensive. Summary - amazing, fantastic, wonderful, joyous. A beautiful resort with a traditional Hawaiian feel to everything, with the Disney Magic mixed in. Is a big dent to the pocket but totally worth it. Loved it. A definite recommendation to families.
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Aulani, A Disney Hotel & Resort


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 is 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 Parties, Excursions, Family Spa Treatments, Golf at a nearby course - Kula Wai. Hydrotherapy Garden, The Nature and Wildlife of Aulani Maka'l, The Art and Culture or Aulani, Painted Sky Teen Spa Pau Hana Room; Community Pool, Poolside Cabanas, Pulu Bar Mixology Station, Sailing Canoe Experience, Salon Services, Shopping, Sunrise Yoga on the Beach, Sunset Mele Whirlpool 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.

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 among 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 snorkeling lagoon on Oahu, this unique facility lets guests snorkel among 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.