Aulani Hawaii Family Vacation


Aloha!  We are so fortunate to be Disney Vacation Club Members.  This year we chose to go to Aulani on the Island of Oahu Hawaii.  10 nights 11 days!  We did not want to leave.  "I never got home sick" said my youngest stepson  ..and neither did I! 

When we arrived at Aulani the driveway and road leading into it is just breathtaking!  Music is playing and Cast members are there to greet you with a lai or necklace and a cold drink.  We had checked in online and requested a main level room so it was ready when we got there.  Main level is actually 3rd floor

See my other post Eats In Walking Distance


View of front from the street!  Lush and tropical!
I've stayed in Waikiki 3 times prior so this was refreshing!  Away from the city but we still had a car to enjoy the Island.  We did not even want to go anywhere busy!  Drove through Waikiki (out of the way) on the way to the airport with no regrets!
We rented a 4 door jeep wrangled $599 for full trip
Parking if you are a vacation club member is free
$35 a day for other guests
A taxi ride can run $70 each way
So this was a no brained ..and amazing!


 Lobby entryway

 Lobby at night


 Front desk we never had to go to!
Online check in was simpe
 Back of Aulani



Ama Ama 
This was a great restaurant
I read many mixed reviews.  The food was amazing!  Maybe more for adults as we have 1 picky eater
Dinner for 5 $300. 2 cocktails no apps.
 Let's be real - You are in Hawaii with a stunning view and exceptional service! 
 
Walkway to Ama Ama and inside
 




 View from up top looking out toward ocean at night
 
 
 Our room Door

 We stayed in a 2 bedroom Villa on the main lobby floor - floor 3 facing the ocean (although too low to see it)  No complaints as with lower level comes lower prices and privacy
 Lamp in the room we actually purchased for youngest $250


 Huge balcony

 View from balcony. Behind that tree is where movie night and luau' s are held
 view from bedroom!  Loved the privacy since it's the only place we got it ;)
 Window between bed and bath tub! Typical Disney!
Love having a full kitchen and washer and dryer!  I should have taken a pic 
on day one.  This in lived in! Groceries ran us about $480 including toiletries
Terrible bathroom pic
We had 2 full bathrooms and a 1/2 bath
This is the 1/2 bath off the kitchen
Looking from bath into kitchen
Freezer had ice maker
Kitchen fully stocked incl
Toaster, rice maker, coffee maker, utensils etc..


 2nd bedroom
 Living area

 Master shower had rain head
Toilet behind door, typical Disney
Hallway on the way to our room
Room artwork
Hidden Mickey in the rug outside our room!
View of Rainbow reef (man made reef on property)
Ko Olina lagoon!

Secret Beach! On the other side of the Marriot Resort
Lazy River! 
Aunties's for little ones (we clearly did not need)

Waiting at Ama Ama they look thrilled! 
Dancers at Ama Ama
For those interested dinner for 5 is $300ish
Exceptional service
One of a kind View and
Amazing food
2 drinks no apps
I feel anyone who complains must not understand value
Our chairs for the day!  Wake up early good seats go fast!  Being on east coast time was not hard


Paddle Boarding

Main Store had everything from souvenirs to milk and butter
Aulani T-shirst run $25-30  Mugs $15 Milk $5
No bad


I bought that tshirt!  "aloha means love"

Free movie rentals
Public computers - yup this is it
Activity room
Ali making, basket weaving and ukelele sessions in here
Outdoor movie setting up for night


Daily Iwa this told us what was going on around the resort each day!
Outdoor at Spa - Spa was amazing
Hallway wallpaper hidden Mickey

Cast members with my husband

Another store
1st floor lanai 3rd floor is lobby aka main floor
Sorry teller!

Lazy river at night!
Hewi Such a good show!  Basically a Luau without food! As I have been to 3 prior!



Menehuena  hidden all over property 100s of them!




Pin trading during hurricane Iselle this was actually one of our favorites!  Many Japanese pins!
It was my birthday!  You wear this pin and every cast member that sees you wishes a happy birthday! 


Buffet dinner! 


Nice treat for our room

Menehune Trail!  Very fun but wear your walking shoes!!




Grabbed the story teller for a quick pic! 




More beach shots!

B



 The walk arund the lagoons is 2.5 miles and beautiful
here are some pics from a walk I took


 BAck on propert Stitch a favorite spot to take pics!
Finally on our last day we did the character breakfast.  Even with teens it was totally worth it!  Very cute and we have many many pictures to keep forever.









2 comments:

  1. Wow! Your vacation in Aulani looks so fun. The sights are so beautiful! The hotel is just gorgeous as well. I've never been to Aulani, though I've been to Hawaii plenty of times. I'm sure to add it on my list, next time I'm planning on a grand vacation. Thank you so much for sharing the lovely pictures! Wishing you guys all the best!

    Sabra Divis

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