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Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 3

Posted: 10-24-12

Today was another busy day, touring resorts and learning more about this beautiful destination.

I attented a presentation on Aulani, which is a resort that many of our clients are interested in.

Aulani is on the leeward side of O'aho. They are on the Ko Olina community.

They are 17 mi from the airport. 40 min from Waikiki, and 25 mi from the North shore Standard guest rooms 4 people.  Usually have 2 queens or a king Villas more than 4 guests. 

They have golf and other activities near the resort.  They incorporate the Hawaiian cult into the decor and furniture.  They have hidden Micky's throughout the room.  They have several restaurants and lounges throughout the Restuarant.  They have character breakfasts.  The Disney Characters are not as visible as they are at Disney.  You can see them in the kids clubs.

'Ama 'Ama is one of their signature beachfront restaurant.  They serve breakfast or lunch.

Makahiki the bounty of the islands, open air dinning with a buffet dinner Aunts Mickie, Minid , Pluto, Goofy, stitch, and others sill be at the character breakfast Olelo Room Lounge have window boxes with pictures and the Hawaiian name. The bartenders help you learn the language. 

Off The Hook lounge is right on the beach.  It has a fish tank above the bar. Landward is the Disney Spa.  It is the first Disney Spa.  They have 150 treatments.   You get to create your own scented polish they can take home. If you book a spa treatment, you can use the hydrotherapy circuits the rest of the day. 

 

Painted Sky is the first teen spa on the island. Ages 13-17.  Yogurt bar, elixir bar.  They can also designed their on scented perfume. 

They have the Rainbow Reef Lagoon.  You can snorkel in the reef.  It is 3800 sq ft area.  There are also underwater windows so you can Watch the snorkelers Aloha point has s great beach and beautiful sunsets.  There are 4 whirlpools with 2 of them infinity styles.  They have larger ones further inland, but these are the most popular because they are right on the ocean.

If you have a late flight, they have a departure lounge complete with showers, lockers, and driers to spin dry your bathing suites.  They have TVs and Internet. 

Luana lounge. There is no charge for this lounge.

 

They are right on the waters edge.  They have a pristine beach with a calm cove.  Everyone can go in and the surf is calm in the cove. There is something for everyone. A lot of multi generations go to Aulani as it is a great family vacation.

 

They also have the Aunty's Beach House.  This is a cottage and the story is that she lives there. 3-12 can go in there.  They also have Uncles Garage with tools and age appropriate activities.  They also have a movie house where they make it look like it is raining and a big storm, then they sit down and watch a movie.  They press buttons to bring on the storm. In general the kids clubs is free. 

There is also the Menehune adventure trail.  They give the kids a device and they look for things in the trail.  When they find them, the object lights up.  There is no charge for this. 

Aulani has the Disney characters, movies in the beach, fire pit story telling, etc . There are no tiki torch lamps because they are not Hawaiian.

More enhancements are coming and they will be finished in June 2013.

Lunch

We stayed at the Marriott for lunch.  It was buffet style.  The food at the Marriott was good.  They had roasted chicken with rice and some kind of fish.  They had pulled pork sliders with cole slaw. They also had dimsum and shrimp with rice. A salad and Loco Moco which is traditional Hawaiian breakfast.  It is a beef patty on rice with an egg on top and beef gravy.

The food was all good. 

 

Marriott Waikoloa

I had time before getting on the bus for the tours that I took a walk around the Marriott Waikoloa property.  They have a neat walking trail where you can walk through the lava fields.  They have signs throughout the trail explaining Hawaiian culture, the fish pond, and other features along the trail.  It walks by a large fish pond and you can see a lot of fish jumping. In the background, is the beach and ocean with lots of palm trees.   They have the remnants of a ancient house and fort. 

 

 

Fairmont Orchid

All of the rooms are being renovated and will be finished Dec 15.  The property is beautiful. They have a nice pool close to the beach.  It also has a neat hot tub that is long and is walk in starting with sand.  They

have a small private beach with a cove that has calm water.   You can

snorkel out of the cove into the ocean and see sea turtles.  During our tour, we saw 2 on the shore.  They also have an 18 hole golf course that is

right next door.   They have a spa without doors.  The huts are along a

stream and one is near a waterfall.  They also have huts right near the ocean to get messages.  They have 4 restaurants with two near the ocean.  We saw an oceanfront room that was gorgeous.  The view was amazing.  We also saw the Gold Club.  It had games, a book lending library, wifi, TVs, and a stocked bar with beer, wine, and liquors.  The bar is not complementary.

They also have snacks. 

 

Manua Lani Bay

This resort is has natural feel to it. You walk in and see the interior with the palm trees, vegetation, and fish ponds.  The fish ponds have a lot of fish, two baby sea turtles, and a sting ray.  The history behind the area is that it was a retreat for the Hawaiian Royalty.  They came here to relax, enjoy the fish from the ponds, and renew their spirit.  The resort has a pool and two 18 hole golf courses.  The rooms are all the same layout inside except for the suites.  They differ by view, king or double/queen bedding, or location.  The rooms are a decent size. They have a bathroom with double vanity, tub/shower combination and a balcony.  The balconies are a decent size.  All but the mountain view have a nice view of the ocean.  She oceanfront rooms have the best view because they are closest to the ocean and have a direct Oceanview.  The beach is a fairly nice size. They also have 4 suites that are the same layout as the other rooms, but have an added living room, 1/2 bath and a 2nd balcony.  They are on the corner.  This resort also has bungalows, but we didn't see them because they are being renovated.  They should be done by the end of the year. They have two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchenette, a private entrance with parking and your own pool.  They do not have resort fee charges and they still have room for Christmas this year.  They have a fitness center that is free to use and a lap pool. 

 

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

This is the resort we are staying at, so we didn't need to tour much.  We did see a suite, which is basically the same layout as our room, but has a living room with another balcony.  The beach at this resort is really nice.

It is big and the sand is soft and clean.  All of their hotels have a golf course on them, but it is not included.  They do have golf packages.  Their sister property, Mauna Kea Prince Hotel has exchange privileges with Hapuna Beach Hotel. You can sign charges to your room.  The Mauna Kea has a new inclusive plan. It includes food, but no drinks. Room service is included in that, but there are delivery charges.  This program works if you go to Hapuna Beach, but Hapuna Beach does not have the inclusive program.  The inclusive package does not include drinks, activities, or golf, just food. 

 

Mauna Kea

This property is the sister to Hapuna Beach.  They have 2 restaurants.  We saw two rooms.  An Oceanview room and a oceanfront suite.  The oceanview room was a nice size.  It had two twin beds, a bathroom with double vanity, separate tub and shower.  They have a nice beach with some surf.  They have a small pool and a small hot tub.  The property is beautiful and has a lot of beautiful and unique artwork including an 8th century pink granite Buddha. People leaves all kinds of offerings and golfers rub the Buddha's belly for luck.  They have a 18 hole golf course.  They have a number of tennis courts that are oceanfront.  They have a great tennis program for all levels.  Locals will play with you so they can always find someone who is at your skill level.  They have a really neat wine bar.  It is automatic and you buy by the oz.   You put your card in the machine and it dispenses the right amount of wine.  So, you can try a really expensive wine without buying a whole bottle or glass.

Hilton Waikoloa Village

We had a reception and dinner at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Before the dinner we did a sight inspection.  This resort is large.  They have a tram that runs the property and boats that run around a canal to get you where you want to go.  Of course, you could walk too.  They have a seawater lagoon with a beach area. The lagoon has a nice waterfall that you can swim around.

We didn't see the entire property--not near enough time.  But the reception was at one of the pools and it was nice.  We saw two rooms.  They were basically the same, but with a different view.  If you can see the ocean from the bed, it is an Oceanview.  We saw an Oceanview and a resort view.

The room with the resort view you could see the ocean over the lagoon and through the palm trees.  It is a nice property with a lot to do.  You never have to leave. 

The food at dinner was good.  It was served tapas style in a buffet.  They had BBQ pork, thin sliced beef with sauce in a roll, salad, sushi, tuna, shrimp cocktail and other food.  They had local musicians playing traditional Hawaiian musical and singing.  

It was another great day in paradise.  Soon I will be flying to Maui for some more adventure, stay tuned and thanks for reading.

 

 



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