I’ve been wanting to stay at Disney’s Aulani resort in Hawaii for a long time now. We are huge Disney fans and even though we travel to Walt Disney World multiple times a year we’ve never made it out to Aulani. We spent 10 days in Hawaii in February 2021 so I finally got to stay at Aulani! Because of all the covid restrictions we decided not to spend our entire trip there but we did stay for a few days to really get a feel for the place. Unfortunately all the restaurants were closed, no luaus and no character meets. When Aulani is fully open though I highly recommend it! You can also book it through me as your travel agent 😉
We stayed in a beautiful 2 bedroom villa that sleeps 9 people. With 2 separate bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a full size kitchen & dining area and full size washer & dryer this 1,125sf villa is super spacious and perfect for large families & extended families. Aulani also has an even larger 3 bedroom villa, smaller 1 bedroom villas, suites and of course standard size hotel rooms. Something for a family of every size!
Our main reason for spending a few days at Aulani was for the pool and splash pad area! Our rental house for the rest of our stay was on the beach but didn’t have a pool and our kids really enjoy swimming. Aulani did not disappoint! There are multiple pools to choose from! There’s a large family pool, a pool with a big slide, a quiet pool, a lazy river, and a giant splash pad! With 5 kids age 5 and under we spent almost all of our time at the splash pad. The beach are of Aulani is great too. It’s set on one of the coves in Ko Olina which are shallow water coves with big rock wave brakes so it’s a perfect calm area for babies, toddlers and little kids to splash around and swim in.
A really cool feature at Aulani is the reef. It’s a large outdoor tank full of reef dwelling fish that you can snorkel in. Kids need to be old enough to swim on their own with a life jacket on but there isn’t an age limit. Our two 5 year olds and our 3yo had a blast while I watched from the windows with our newborn and 2yo. Honestly though our 2yo would have been just fine to go too!
Once everything is open at Aulani it’s definitely a great vacation spot! We would have loved to have done the Polynesian luau there and the kids would have enjoyed seeing the character. Most importantly though, we just wanted the restaurants to be open! We will have to put it on our list to go back!