Fodor's Expert Review Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

92-1185 Aliinui Dr., Ko Olina, Hawaii, 96707, USA Fodor's Choice

Disney's first property in Hawaii melds the Disney magic with breathtaking vistas, white sandy beaches, and sunsets that even Mickey stops to watch. The enchanting resort complex delivers with Disney characters and local cultural experiences that include everything from ukulele lessons to nature walks to story-telling around the fire pit. Located on 21 acres in the resort area of Ko Olina (about 45 minutes west of Waikiki by car), the full-service complex offers both guest rooms and a large contingent of time-share units that are more apartmentlike. You won't be staying in your room: Aulani has four restaurants, two lounges, an enormous pool complex with a man-made snorkeling lagoon, an 18,000-square-foot luxury spa, a full-service fitness center, a large beach, and the Waikolohe Valley pool—complete with a lazy river for tubing, the Volcanic Vertical (a tunnel water slide), and the heart-pounding Tubestone Curl that sends you twistng and turning until it eventually launches you into the stream. For those adults looking for a little more relaxation, the adults-only Wailana Pool is just the spot.


  • tons to do on-site
  • very kid-friendly
  • a 1
  • 500-square-foot teens-only spa with a private entrance
  • yogurt bar
  • and teen-specific treatments
  • a 1,500-square-foot teens-only spa with a private entrance, yogurt bar, and teen-specific treatments
  • family-friendly done right
  • Painted Sky teen spa


  • a long way from Waikiki
  • character breakfasts are often sold out
  • character breakfasts are often sold out (book far in advance)
  • areas and events can get really busy




Phones: 866-443–4763 | 808-674–6200 | 714-520–7001


856 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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