Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

92-1185 Ali'inui Drive | Kapolei, HI 96707 [See Map]
#4 in Best Honolulu - Oahu Hotels
Hotel Class 4.5-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 2182 reviews
Property Type Resort with 359 rooms, 14 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Traditional
Best For Families

U.S. News Review

Flanked by the white sand beaches of Ko Olina on the southwestern coast of Oahu, Aulani brings your favorite Disney characters to life amid lush Hawaiian scenery. The resort's accommodations range from standard guest rooms to three-bedroom villas and they include minifridges, Wi-Fi access and deep-soaking tubs. Obviously, this resort was designed with kids in mind: Aulani invites families to take advantage of the kid-friendly pools and water play areas, as well as the resort's own snorkeling lagoon, Rainbow Reef. Should parents need some alone time, they can drop the kids off at Aunty's Beach House for supervised activities and head off to the spa for a massage or to the fairways of the Ko Olina Golf Club. Having recently finished up a round of refurbishments, Aulani receives high praise from previous guests, who describe this Disney hotel as relaxed and lovely. Still, some travelers mention that the resort's remote location may not be the best for guests looking to experience the sights of Honolulu.

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Critic Reviews


“The beautifully designed resort exudes island charm, and Mickey Mouse is ever-present, but in a subtle fashion.”

Condé Nast Traveler

“The Aulani really has integrated Hawaiian culture into a soaring, contemporary complex. Down-home it isn't, but children love it and parents clearly appreciate the supervision that gives them time off.”


“Aulani has plenty of Mickey Mouse and friends to entertain the kids, such as a character breakfast with photo ops, but it’s also a celebration of Hawaiian culture. Disney’s 'imagineers' worked with locals to get many of the details just right, from murals and woodcarvings throughout the property that tell the story of Hawaii ...”
Award: Frommer's Exceptional

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Lonely Planet Top Pick

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2182 guests have reviewed the Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 2182 reviews)

Guest Reviews: Read most recent guest reviews



  • Room Service
  • Shuttle Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

This resort is situated on Oahu's southwestern coast. Aside from the beach, there isn't much within walking distance of the resort, so renting a car is advisable for guests looking get off the property. SpeediShuttle provides service to some key attractions for a fee.

  • Water-based tours, which includes snorkeling, can be arranged from the Ko Olina marina
  • The Honolulu airport is approximately 20 miles east and transportation can be arranged to and from

  • 24-hour valet parking ($35)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($35)
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

The rooms at Aulani reflect Hawaii's colors and style, while still staying very much true to Disney's traditional theme. Each room has a private balcony or porch with ocean, pool, or garden views.

  • Large rooms feature flat-screen TVs, DVD players and iHome docks
  • Bathrooms feature deep-soaking tubs

Standard room size:

382 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


There are a total of 10 dining options, ranging from full-service restaurants to grab-and-go shops, at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. Menus feature Hawaiian staples, as well American and Japanese dishes. 'AMA'AMA is a beachside restaurant and bar that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • The Lava Shack serves snacks and soft-serve frozen yogurt in the Waikolohe Valley pool area
  • Little 'Opihi's offers a wide variety of grab-and-go selections, including sandwhiches and salads, as well as a full kids menu
  • Room service is available from 6 a.m. to midnight

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Buffet, Asian, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


There are characters to be found at the resort's pool, specifically Goofy who leads dance parties at the large pool complex which has two waterslides, a lazy river and a play area.

  • The quiet adult pool offers a little sanctuary for the big kids with its own pool bar
  • Cabanas are available to rent, and feature flat-screen TVs, a ceiling fan, refrigerator, fruit bowl and bottled water

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The spa at the resort offers massages, facials, couples treatments and signature spa services. The spa caters to adults, families, and even teens, with specialized treatments.

  • Families can share a massage experience or enjoy individual treatments
  • The Painted Sky offers spa treatments for teens ages 13 to 17 plus activities, video games, computers and more
  • Guests can create a personalized body polish at Pulu Bar, an outdoor mixology station

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Children ages 3 to 12 can enjoy supervised playtime at Aunty's Beach House, which is included in the nightly rate. Activities include storytelling, movies in a room showing Disney films, video games, table games, arts and crafts, and a costume closet for kids to play dress-up.

  • Kama'aina Kids Sitters offers in-room babysitting services for children ages 6 weeks to 14 years
  • In-room babysitting is available from 6 a.m. to midnight daily
  • Other family activites include a craft room, movie nights, live entertainment and a playground

  • Kids club (free)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


Guests can easily stay fit at the gym at Aulani, which is open 24 hours and offers cardio and strength-training equipment, as well as fitness classes.

  • Personal trainers avaialble for an additional fee
  • Fitness classes are available at a fee

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (with fee)
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats (with fee)
  • Motor boats (with fee)


There are three large indoor spaces that can accommodate meetings. The largest, the Kaiona Ballroom, can be split into five separate spaces. The business center is very basic, featuring two computers, one for browsing the Internet and one for printing boarding passes.

  • Restaurants and outdoor venues can also be used for private functions and meeting spaces

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available



Ko Olina Golf Club is an 18-hole course that features features multi-tiered greens, water hazards and picturesque views.

  • Guests get discounted packages
  • There are additional fees for shoe and club rentals
  • Daily clinics are available Monday through Friday for a fee and private lessons can also be arranged

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


Wedding venues with ocean views and tropical garden settings are in no short supply at Aulani. Large ballrooms are also available for receptions, in addition to the outdoor spaces.

  • Arrange for live Hawaiian-style entertainment, from ukulele players to fire-knife dancers
  • On-site event planners are available to assist with details

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

92-1185 Ali'inui Drive | Kapolei, HI 96707 [See Full Map]