Aulani Resort and Spa Information Page


Aulani Resort and Spa Information:

Opening Date: August 29. 2011

Deed Expiration:  Jan 31st, 2062 

2020 Annual Dues per Point:  $8.33 (See Dues History)

Direct Cost (2020): $195 / point

Average Resale Cost (2020): $85 - 100 / point

Next Expected Refurb date: 2020-2021

 

In October of 2007, DVC started on it's second foray into Disney Vacation Club resorts away from the parks, and announced plans to open a DVC resort in Hawaii on the island of Oahu in the Ko Olina Resort district for plans to open in 2011. The market plan was more to target Asian residents to get them a entrance into the DVC system. Groundbreaking took place in November of 2008. On January, 20, 2010 the name of the resort was announced as "Aulani Resort and Spa". It was planned as a mixed use resort with abotu 481 DVC style rooms and an additional 360 traditional hotel rooms.

Sales for Aulani started in July of 2010, with plans to open the resort in 2011. 

In 2011 there was a considerable controversy around Aulani DVC sales. Basically Disney significantly had undercalculated dues such that they were not going to collect enough dues to maintain the property. Sales were suspended and several Disney executives were fired. There has been some speculation from outside Disney that the dues were purposefully set low to help with sales, but there were never any evidence of this put forward. Sales were suspended on July 9th with original dues listed at $4.31 per point. 

The resort opened on August 29, 2011 becoming the 11th DVC resort in the system, but sales were still suspended and had the offiical opening ceremony on September 23rd. Around that same date, sales were restarted with a new per point maintenance fee price of $5.73 per point, which was roughly a 33% increase.  Owners who bought earlier were given credits against this price to make up for the lower price they pay. This means there are two different price contracts at Aulani in terms of maitenance fees. The end date of the resort lease is January 31st, 2062. 

While the resort was opened, an expansion of some of the dining and activities was announced in 2012, and the resort was not fully completed construction until October 2013.

In the meantime, sales at Aulani were never up to what Disney expected. Much of this was due to economic downturns that occurred in 2008-2009 but hit the Asian market of Japan especially hard. The result was that a planned DVC resort in the Washington DC area was scrapped in 2011, and Disney once again went back to focusing primary on it's core resorts at WDW and Disneyland. Meanwhile as of mid-2020, Aulani has still not sold out and is in fact a long way from being sold out, making it the only true failure from a DVC sales and marketing perspective. The resort iteslf is not a failure though as it is a beautiful resort and a great opportunity for DVC members to experience Hawaii.

As per typical DVC there are studios, 1-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms and grand villas. However, there are 4 different view that can be selected:

  • Standard (parking or conference center)
  • Island Gardens (Mountains or landscaping)
  • Poolside Gardens (pool or landscaping)
  • Ocean (ocean view)

Breakdown of resort views 

Contact Information for resort:

Aulani
92-1185 Ali`inui Drive
Kapolei, HI 96707
Front Desk: (808) 674-6200
Fax: (808) 674-6210

Room configuration:

All DVC studios have a kitchenette which containers a small coffeemaker, toaster, microwave, small sink, and dorm-sized refrigerator. Paper plates/bowls and plastic utencils are usually provided. All DVC 1-bedroom and larger have a complete kitchen with full-size refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sink. Also provided are dining ware and cook ware in basic amounts. DVC 1-bedroom and larger also have a free washer and dryer in the room, while studios have free access to a common laundry facility.

  • Deluxe studios have one queen size bed, a full size sleeper sofa, and one full bathroom.
  • Deluxe 1-bedrooms have one king size bed, one full size sleeper sofa, a pull-down trundle bed, and one full bathroom.
  • Deluxe 2-bedrooms lock-offs have one king size bed, one queen size bed, two full size sleeper sofas, one sleeper chair and two full bathrooms, sleeping a total of 9. 
  • Deluxe dedicated 2-bedrooms have one king size bed, two queen size beds, one full size sleeper sofa, one sleeper chair and two full bathrooms, sleeping a total of 9. 
  • Grand Villas have one king size master suite, master bathroom with a whirlpool tub, 4 queen size beds in two addition bedrooms, 1 full size sleeper sofa, and 3 bathrooms on a single floor. 

Floor Plans:

Hotel Room – Standard View:



Deluxe Studio:


1 Bedroom Villa:


2 Bedroom Villa:


2 Bedroom Lock-off Villa:


3 Bedroom Grand Villa:

Virtual Tour:

Lobby

Deluxe Studio

1 Bedroom Villa

2 Bedroom Villa

3 Bedroom Grand Villa

Points Charts:

Aulani Point Charts

Dining:

Aulani is fairly isolated if you don't have a vehicle, and while there is some dining options, it may not be enough for a full week.

  • 'AMA 'AMA - Contemporary Island Cooking. From Disney Website: The restaurant is named after the ‘AMA‘AMA, a local mullet fish—and it’s inspired by the fishing settlements along the leeward coast of O‘ahu that date back to the 12th century.  ‘AMA‘AMA is designed to resemble a beachside house. Its spacious dining room features a thatched roof, mosaic designs, a fountain and a reflecting pool. Building is by the ocean.
  • Makahiki - This casual, family-friendly restaurant is named for the Makahiki season, the traditional Hawaiian celebration of the harvest. Here, the spirit of Makahiki is celebrated through delectable cuisine and local artwork. Restaurant has a character breakfast with Mickey and Friends, while evening has a buffet dinner that is island inspired. On first floor of main building.
  • Mama's Snack Shop - Near the main pool Quick Service type meals like chicken tenders and sandwhiches as well as snack and drinks. 
  • Ulu Cafe - Grab & Go and Quick Service type meals
  • Little 'Opihi's - On the beach Snack and Drink shop
  • Paplua Shaved Ice - Just what it sounds like - shaved ice stand
  • Lava Shack - Snacks and refillable mugs
  • The Olelo Room - Lounge for drinks and small bites
  • Off the Hook Lounge - Near the pool serves drinks and light meals for lunch
  • Wailana Pool Bar – Various meals like pizza and local cuisine as well as island drinks

Pools and Activities:

  • Aunties Beach House - themed kids club with daily activities for the 3-12 year old set
  • Waikolohe Valley pool area
    • Ka Maka Grotto- a themed family pool with lazy river and water slide
    • Keiki Cove - a kids’ splash zone
    • Wailana Pool - an adult-exclusive pool
    • Two Whirlpool Spas
  • White sand beach with snorkling on the Rainbow Reef
  • Cultural Experiences including a traditional Luau and other Live entertainment
  • Pau Hana Room - Community Hall with games and videos.
  • Jogging trails
  • Laniwai Spa
  • Mikimiki Fitness Center

Transportation:

There is no need for transportation around the resort -but transport from the airport has few options without a rental car. Same with going off site, though there are excursions that can be scheduled through the resort that do not require a vehicle. 

Laundry:

The main laundry is just off the main pool area. DVC members can receive tokens to use the laundry room. There is no laundry view APP for the Aulani laundry rooms.  

Shopping:

 

The below list of shopping locations is directly from the Disney website

  • Hale Manu -Discover high-end fashion, jewelry, goods and gifts at this cozy boutique located near the lobby.
  • Kālepa’s Store - Located near the lobby, this is a convenient place to purchase groceries, sundries and vacation essentials.
  • The Lava Shack - This poolside shop offers snacks, beverages, refillable mugs, beach gear, island attire and more.
  • Laniwai – A Disney Spa -Shop for soothing spa products to help you relax in your room or villa—or enjoy at home after your vacation.
  • Painted Sky - Discover fun merchandise like bath bombs, jewelry, toys and more at the only teen spa in Hawaiʻi.

Aulani Resort Map