ʻOhana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind — or forgotten. ” — Lilo Pelekai, Lilo & Stitch. (A Disney Movie)
With experiential and wellness travel catching on, parents, particularly moms, are looking for resorts and destinations that balance activity with relaxation. Less-stressed parents make better moms and dads and also make better partners.
Aulani - A Disney Resort and Spa, honors the concept of O'hana by offering a wide range of family experiences promoting discovery, fun, learning, relaxation and family connection and memory-making.
Snorkel at Rainbow Reef: This tranquil man-made lagoon offers clear, up-close encounters with local marine life and offers high-visibility safe environment, perfect for parents. No unpredictable currents and waves means a stress free way to snorkel with family.
High Tech Scavenger Hunt & Adventure Trail: This interactive treasure hunt is Complimentary to Guests staying at Aulani, who are given a special cell phone that provides interactive clues and plays videos while on the trail. Solve riddles, watch scenery come to life and learn about the Menehune—the legendary characters of Hawai‘i, known for magic and mischief. (Best suited for pre-teens)
Fire Pit Story Telling: Story telling offers a way to connect to ancient lore and legends. An educating and entertaining that family’s can enjoy together around the fire pit, stories are enhanced with puppetry, music, props and magical effects. (Good for all ages)
Fun & Physical Activity:
Guest’s will never get bored with the wide range of options for physical activity at Aluani. Guests can kayak, paddleboard, snorkel, hike, boogie board, work out in the 2,000 square foot gym 24/7, hire a personal trainer or take advantage of some fantastic group classes. There are nearly 20 group classes to choose from. Here’s a sampling:
Beach Boot Camp
Group Private Training
Obstacle Boot Camp
Splash and Dash
Sunrise Tai Chi
Total Body Circuit
Teen Pump It Up
Spa Treatments: At Laniwai, there’s a message for every member of the family and several treatments created especially for expectant and new mothers. Special prenatal techniques are used to pamper tired muscles, alleviate water retention and improve circulation. This is the only resort I know of that created a 3-6 family member massage using lomilomi sticks as a way for families to connect through touch. For more information on spa treatments click here.
Hawaiians bathed in cool streams, mineral baths and the sea have a healing affect on the body by increasing circulation, boosting the immune system and washing away aches, pains and stress. Guests (with the purchase of a spa treatment) can soak, soften, moisten and nourish their skin with a choice of 5 vitality baths designed to calm sunburn skin, detoxify, exfoliate, increase circulation or relax muscles by using locally sourced plant-based ingredients. Passionflower, green papaya, pineapple extract, ginger root, hibiscus, sandalwood, seaweed, lavender, rosemary and and eucalyptus each contain special healing properties.
Pulu Bar (Spa Mixology): Guest can create their own customized body polish at the Pulu Bar by choosing cane sugar or salt and their choice of oils (macadamia, kukui nut or jojoba) and Hawaiian herbs. A spa attendant created your own concoction, complimentary with any spa service.