Last month, we had the pleasure of going to Aulani, the Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii! It was such an honor to be invited to visit this magical place that I had on my bucket list. Though we go to Oahu about twice a year, I had never been to this side of the island. I took Jack (of course) and my mom, as JC had to work. We got to preview a few of the special activities Aulani has planned for Mahalo Mama Month! During the whole month of May, the resort will be celebrating moms to thank them for everything they do.
Of course, I brought my camera and took plenty of video footage compiled into a 22-minute vlog so you could tag along on our little trip to paradise (and so I could relive it anytime I need a happy dose of aloha)! We stayed in a 1-bedroom villa, and it was bliss.
Our first morning at Aulani started with a delicious room service breakfast! Their chefs whipped up some Hawaiian-style french toast stuffed with chocolate and strawberries, delivered right to my bedside. I considered eating breakfast in bed as they’d intended, but enjoying it at the table was way easier. What can I say?
We toured the amazing resort and learned so much about the property. In true Disney spirit, there are stories and opportunities for wonder around every corner. it was spa time. I chose the special Mahalo Mama spa package at Aulani’s Laniwai Spa, which includes a 25 minute massage, 25 minute facial, and a 50 minute organic pedicure. The spa itself was gorgeous and they even had pineapple water! Honestly though, 25 minutes felt like such a tease! I wish the massage and facial had been longer. I could have stayed there for hours, but was excited to feel rejuvenated knowing that my mom and Jack were having plenty of fun without me.
You know how I feel about arts and crafts, so I was excited to check out the Pau Hana Room. It’s a great place where your kids can make photo frames and other keepsakes to take home. Another amazing place is Aunty's Beach House. Jack was super excited about what we called his "power band" that he wore around his wrist the whole time. It's an amazing kids club that is complimentary. There are plenty of fun activities of all sorts in the 5200 square foot space. It's open for a family hour in the morning, so if your children need it (like Jack did) you can even enjoy it with them. That way, you can help them get acclimated so they’ll be more comfortable if you decide to drop them off later.
One of my favorite things about going to a resort is that they take care of your room for you! I love coming back to a hotel room where everything is back to being perfect. The bed’s made, the bathroom’s clean, and my family and I can just focus on enjoying our trip. It’s so nice!
Aulani hosts a beautiful lei ceremony and while we were there, we found a wonderful surprise - Moana! She took photos with all of the kids.
One of the nights, Jack completely passed out 6:30pm and I was so happy about it! He ended up just sleeping in my bed with me later that night. Isn’t it amazing how someone so little can take up the whole bed?
We also got to check out one of the three bedroom villas you can stay in and it had an amazing view. This option would be wonderful for multiple families traveling together. I envision taking a trip with JC's siblings and kids and we can all stay in one of these! While we were there, Jack learned how to make a lei! During every Sunday in May, the Aulani staff will be teaching kids and moms how to make a Lei Po’o (a head lei) if you’d like to try it out too!
By the time the end of our trip rolled around, we were sad to leave paradise and our daily shave ice! This place had been amazing for all of us. My mom said she couldn't remember the last time she felt so relaxed! People of all ages can really enjoy Aulani since the resort offers so many options. There really is something for everyone. I just kept seeing so many happy little kids running around and honestly, happy adults too. I think that’s the true key to a really great vacation - if mama is happy, the whole family ends up happy too!
This May, Aulani is also offering several special deals as part of Mahalo Mama Month, such as 10% off access to the amazing Rainbow Reef (their private snorkel lagoon) and 15% off family portrait sessions with Disney PhotoPass! We had such a wonderful time on our trip and I know you will too. For more information on Mahalo Mama Month at Aulani, click here. Hope JC is reading this so we can all go back together next May! Have you been? Let me know if you have any insider tips!