Details & Photos Of Aulani – The New Disney Resort & Spa in Oahu, Hawaii

Last week marked the grand-opening of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Oahu, Hawaii!

The resort occupies over 21 acres of oceanfront property on Ko Olina which is 30 minutes from Waikiki and approximately 17 miles from the Honolulu International Airport. When all phases are complete, the resort will include 359 traditional guest rooms and 481 two bedroom Disney Vacation Club villas in two towers. Man rooms offers thrilling views of the ocean, mountains and lush surroundings.

In regards to amenities, Aulani offers a a little something for everyone. Adults will appreciate the massive 18,000-square-foot Laniwai, a Disney Spa, with 15 treatment rooms (many offering traditional Hawaiian treatments) and a fitness center. The kids are offered access to their very own kids’ club, Aunty’s Beach House, where they can explore Hawaiian culture through supervised entertainment, including interactive touch tables, wildlife and nature programs, arts and crafts, Disney movies and traditional Hawaiian games.

There is also the Waikolohe Valley, Aulani’s seven-acre water play area which 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.

There are two signature restaurants on the premises – the full-service beach side `AMA`and the buffet-style Makahiki – offering foods unique to Hawaii for breakfast, lunch and dinner (vegetarian options available).

Those thrill and adventure seekers will appreciate Tubestone Curl, the resort’s tube slide, and Volcanic Vertical, Aulani’s tunnel slide, whereas guests of all ages are sure to love the 3,800 square foot Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon (the only one of its kind in Oahu) where guests can interact with native Hawaiian fish. Along with water activities such as whirlpool spas, wading pool and a quiet adult pool, reservations can be made to touch the gentle stingrays at the Makai Preserve conservation. A portion of the proceeds from this activity will support research and conservation efforts in Hawaii through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

Want to discover the area? Aulani offers many excursions designed by Adventures by Disney that include exploring tropical forests, hiking local mountains, sailing aboard catamarans, swimming with dolphins, cooking with local chefs, following a ghost tour and more.

Doesn’t it sound amazing?