Visited Aulani for eight days and seven nights in January 2013. Our family of four (two adults and two kids ages 12 and 9) had an absolutely GREAT time! We stayed in a dedicated two-bedroom suite villa (dedicated means that it was not a joined one-bedroom villa with an adjoining deluxe studio). We planned on visiting several sites on Oahu (e.g., Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, Diamond Head, Dole Plantation) but we had too much fun at the resort.
Room: The room was spacious with great finishings, furnishings and amenities. It had one king size bed and two queen size beds, 2.5 bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a common area. The beds were all comfortable and the bathrooms spacious.
Food: While Hawaii is expensive, the resort restaurants were higher than they needed to be. The buffett restaurant (Makahiki) was bad. It was overpriced ($240 for four of us) and the food was cold, dry, and just not that good. The signature restaurant (Ama Ama) was very nice, although be prepared to pay for it! It was about $270 for four of us including drinks and dessert, but it was worth the splurge! Breakfast is overpriced for little bland food. Lunch and bar food was okay but slightly expensive.
Pools: A definite highlight! The lazy river was fun for adults and kids and takes about 20 minutes to go around. The family pool is large and has enough room when there are lots of guests. The adult only area wasn't tried. While one water slide was down for safety improvements, the other one was open and it was a lot of fun. Guests from the Marriott next door would come over to use the amenities. Although we didn't try Rainbow Reef (a snorkling pool stocked with fish), people seemed to enjoy it.
Beach: A great beach with free use of nice beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and sand toys. For reasonable prices you can rent kayaks (one and two person), full-sized paddle boards, and scuba gear.
Poolside and Beach service: One downside was that poolside and beach drink service was often slow. Although nearly every server had a great attitude and was enthusiastic, you could easily wait more than 30 minutes or more for assistance.
WiFi access: Free for resort guest! Awesome!
Construction: The resort was doing limited construction in late January to expand recreation areas. Unfortunately, it was noisier than they wanted guests to believe and mroe distracting. Do NOT let this hold you back though! It's due to be done in a month or two, and we plan on going back regardless.
Parking: Free for resort guests.
Off-resort amenities: The Ko Olina golf course is right across the street, and there are good restaurants within a short walking distance that are reasonably price and have great food.
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