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Field Trip: Aulani Resort in Hawaii

Aloha! I am so happy to be back to blogging. 

Gosh I have missed you all. Forgive me for being late with my visits to your blogs. I can't wait to stop by.

My family and I just got back from a trip to the new Aulani Resort and Spa on Oahu. Quite simply: it was magical. I have a lot to share but I think I'll start with some images of Aulani itself. Translated from Hawaiian, Aulani means "messanger." It is a Disney property, but the "Disney-ness" is very understated. The amazing beauty and heritage of Hawaii shines through and is highlighted in the most tasteful ways.

Aulani Ext

Here is Aulani from the "garden" side

Aulani Grounds

And the view from the front deck

Aulani Teal and Orange

The interiors are GORGEOUS. I am in love with this teal/orange/chocolate scheme in a sitting area

Aulani Floral

And this bold florals in this sitting area were lovely

  Aulani Mural

The artwork is breathtaking– including this wraparound Hawaiian history mural in the entry.

Aulani Stained Glass

Incredible stained glass.

Aulani Pool

The pool is quite large and shallow. There is also a spectacular pair of hot tubs. I couldn't snap a photo because Carson Kressley was in one and I didn't want to intrude (yes I am serious) more on my many celeb sightings in another post.

Aulani Slides

There are two water slides, a "thrilling" one and a lazy river. 

Aulani Grounds2

Here's the "Off the Hook" bar. More orange!

Aulani Roon

Here's the room. Just the right size for a family of four. Notice the Mickey ears in the Hawaiian quilt? The best thing about the room was the way the beds were cleverly designed so that you could easily slide your suitcase underneath.

Aulani Flowers

Every detail is eye-catching…

Aulani Sunset

And the sunset… well there aren't words.

Before you start thinking I'm a fancy pants… my husband works for ABC/Disney and there are certain times that Disney castmembers are able to get a major discount on their stay at Disney travel properties. We were SO lucky that we were able to take advantage of this window of opportunity.

I can't wait to show you celeb pix. I should call them stupid celeb picks– the celebs weren't stupid but I sort of was… trying to snap photos in ways that weren't intrusive LOL. We happened to be there while "Live With Kelly!" was taping a few shows. More from Aulani soon.

 A BIG thank you to the fabulous Andrea from The Cottage Market and Carolyn from Carolyn's Homework for guest posting. I heart you both!

XO

Malia

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Comments

  1. How fun!! To say I’m jealous would be an understatement. :) So glad you got to have a vaca!

  2. How super fun for your family! I’ve been to Hawaii three times (I have friends who live there). And one of those friends was at the Live With Kelly taping :-) It’s such a beautiful place & I’m so happy you got a chance to experience it!

  3. How wonderful. I’m so happy for you…what a lovely family trip!

  4. That just looks so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, how wonderful for your family to have had the opportunity to go. I hope I could take my family there someday, too!

  5. Absolutely stunning!!! I didn’t realize Disney was in Hawaii, thought the closest they came was the Polynesian…where we’ll be just next week…gosh I can’t believe I can write that! Love the “hidden” Mouse ears in the quilt and the inside is quite stunning!

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