Just like every other list I’ve got, my Disney Bucket List always seems to be growing as new things are created and refurbished. One thing on that list is a visit to Aulani in Hawaii. Maybe one of these years when we make it to the West Coast or win the lottery, we’ll be able to make the visit. Until then, I just keep reading about all the magnificent things they have to offer. Here are just a few according to Disney:
A magical part of staying at Aulani is the wide variety of spacious accommodations to choose from, knowing that each type of room or villa is specially designed for families and provides a welcoming décor that blends Hawaiian tradition and Disney whimsy.
Aulani guests will find themselves surrounded by the beauty and spirit of Aloha. Working with local Hawaiian artisans, Disney Imagineers created a charming and relaxing environment inspired by the fine arts and crafts traditions of ancient Hawaiians.
Earth-tone print fabrics in the rooms take their cue from traditional Hawaiian kapa cloth, characterized by the subtle intricacy of its elegantly embossed patterns. Retro Hawaiian floral print fabrics, locally known as “bark cloth” and popular in the 1930s and ’40s, provide touches of colorful vibrancy on accent pillows.
Outrigger canoe posts and beams work their way into the design of bedroom headboards – along with clever butterfly joints evoking the ancient Hawaiians’ method for artfully repairing their prized wood calabash bowls.
The homage to Hawaiian culture in the room décor is accented by Disney touches, including distinctive “hidden Mickeys” which guests may discover only on a Hawaii family vacation at Aulani.
In the corridors outside the rooms, wall coverings are embedded with a host of native cultural references – from poi pounders to fish traps to sea urchins – and more “hidden Mickeys” camouflaged within the richly patterned surfaces.
Rooms and Suites
Aulani features well-appointed standard guest rooms with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, pools or nearby mountains of west O’ahu. All of the rooms have lanai balconies or porches to relax upon and to enjoy the sights of paradise. Standard hotel rooms sleep up to four guests and feature flat-screen televisions, DVD players, small refrigerators, coffee makers and tea service, ceiling fans, wireless internet service and an in-room safe. Parlor suites sleep up to five people.
Families can stretch out in deluxe studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom villas which feature separate bedrooms and living room spaces. Guests may also savor gentle trade winds and peaceful moments of reflection on the villa’s private balcony. Other at-home amenities include a deep soaking or whirlpool tubs and stacked washer-dryers. In the larger villas, a dining table provides the perfect opportunity for families to connect over a home-made meal prepared in the villa’s full kitchens, which are well-equipped with modern appliances including full-size refrigerators, stoves, microwave ovens, dishwashers, as well as complete sets of cookware and tableware. The villas can accommodate from four to 12 guests.
Have you visited Aulani yet? Is it on your Disney Bucket List too?