|This is our actual view (no zoom.)|
|A view more like what I was expecting!|
The pool area is just gorgeous. The lighting at night is very unique and just perfect for the setting.
|The snorkeling pool is directly above. The main pool and the beach and lagoon are beyond that. More pictures of pools and the resort will be posted in the daily blog entries.|
We've stayed at most of the Disney Vacation Club resorts and this one is by far the most beautiful. Scattered throughout the resort are these sculptures of these little guys that they call Menehunes. The kids love when they find another one.
I really liked Aulani a lot. The service was of course impeccable. The pools were great and the kids club was perfect. What impressed me the most were all of the small details - the wood carvings, the artwork, the look of small town Hawaii at The Lava Shack, the Menehunes all over the place, and pixie dust in the sidewalk at night. Even after six days I was still finding more to appreciate. I would have liked Aulani to have another counter service restaurant since there was only one and it only had a few choices. I had the same lunch most of the days. Also, since all of the ocean view rooms, except the grand villas, overlook the large pool area, the view of the ocean is quite distant and there is constant pool noise and piped in music. No soothing sounds of the ocean here. At the moment only two-thirds of the buildings are in use, and it appeared that at least a third of these were unoccupied also. When Aulani is fully occupied the pools are going to be very crowded. Still, I would be happy to stay here again the next time we are in Oahu!