From April 1-April 6 this amazing resort welcomed us with open arms for the second year in a row. My two grandkids, age 13 and 9, plus my daughter and I loved every minute of it, and we all hated to leave after our week there. We had a poolside garden view room on the fifth floor, with a fabulous view of the lazy river, the ocean, and the entire resort. The live music from the garden area created the most wonderful ambiance on our balcony every night. We could be in our own space, have our own wine or snacks, be in our pj's, the kids could watch tv or listen with us. Aulani is totally kid friendly, so the music ends at 9. Extra heavy sliding glass doors keep ALL the sound out, if you want. This resort is so well planned that even over Spring Break there is open space everywhere, and it never feels or looks crowded. The town of Ko Olina experienced a sewer line break the day before we left, which closed all four lagoons.
Upon our arrival at the Honolulu airport, we have picked up a rental car on both trips, from Hertz. This is a time-consuming and frustrating delay that we are going to avoid in the future. Cloud Nine has a direct-from-the-gate-to-Aulani offer on their website. Aulani has an Alamo car rental desk in the hotel lobby. Yes, this is an expensive way to do it, but this is not your usual low cost vacation anyway. Anyone who is pinching pennies is not going to fly to Hawaii. This is a first-class, memorable, special vacation with all the magic of Disney. Every minute counts and is enjoyable. Rainbow Reef is the snorkeling lagoon that is stocked with thousands of colorful fish---none of which can hurt you. The water temperature these fish require is 72 degrees, 26 degrees below our body temperature. Its cold! Last year we bought the length-of-stay pass and went in for short periods every day, simply because it was such an amazing experience. This year we brought along spring wetsuits and what a difference! They kept our core warm enough to enjoy snorkeling in the reef for an hour each time. Go during fish feeding and you will be encircled by thousands of fish. Lay quietly in the water, without moving, and they will explore your wristbands, your goggles, and you will have a magical experience with them. My 13 year old granddaughter said it was one of the highlights of her life.
We are all counting the days until we can return for next year's Spring Break, when there will be a new vanishing edge pool. It just keeps getting better and better!
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