Anytime I visit a Disney resort I always try to spend time without the kids. I want to be able to experience the food and activity options without having to keep at least one eye on my children. Thankfully Disney’s Aulani Resort has lots of options for those who are taking an adult-only trip for those who send their kids to daytime activities like myself! Whether it be beachside exercise classes or a ukulele class, there are lots of things to do at Aulani without kids! Here are my tips for an adult-only Disney Aulani trip!
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Tip #1- Take Sunset photos on the beach
The Aulani resort is like other Disney resorts with respect to their photographer cast members! Head down to the beach just before sunrise. Find a photographer to take a few photos of you and your sweetie! Photo passes are $99 (unlimited photos) and are worth the cost especially if you make it a point to take photos with characters! Just make sure to get a wristband and it is scanned every time you see a cast member with a camera!
Tip #2- Grab a delicious cocktail
If you drink, then cocktail time is a great way to spend an adult-only Disney Aulani trip! There are a few places to get a cocktail at Disney Aulani, the poolside restaurant, and the Makahiki bar. When our kids were at Aunty’s Beach House, we went to the Olelo Room. The cocktails were wonderful and we sat right on the edge of the bar and a thunderstorm swept through. It was such a relaxing afternoon listening to the rain and eating some delicious snacks!
The Olelo Room has daily drink specials and has happy hour from 5-7 pm. Another option was the Wailana Pool Bar which is near the adult-only pool area! We ordered drinks while watching our beloved Golden State Warriors game which the bartender happily put on.
Tip #3- Exercise by the beach
The Daily ‘Iwa is the daily calendar at Aulani and it will have the schedule of the exercise classes on the beach! Aulani offers exercise classes like yoga, tai chi, and boot camp by the water. Personally, I like to go for an early morning run but I also love to participate in the Aulani classes. If exercise classes aren’t your jam, look into walking the lagoon trail around the resort. It’s almost 3 miles if you add a little loop that goes around Four Seasons. Ask for a trail map at guest services!
Tip #4- Snorkle in Rainbow Reef
Aulani offers snorkeling in their Rainbow Reef, a 3,800-square-foot reef that also has a viewing window. The reef is kept at 77 degrees so just be prepared, it feels colder than the rest of the pools! A one-day pass for Rainbow Reef is $25.
Tip #5- Take a Ukulele Class
Another free option for adults is a Ukulele class. Check the Daily ‘Iwa and sign up first thing in the morning! Cast members give some information on the history of the ukulele and they will teach students a few chords. Ukuleles are also available to purchase after the completion of a class!
Tip #6- Take a Poke & Sake Class
DVC members can everything to know about sake and poke at Disney Aulani! During the demonstration, you will explore the rich history and origin of poke, the popular food trend, and the significance of the Hawaiian word “poke,” which means to slice or cut crosswise. You will get to indulge in Hawaiian-style poke bowls while discovering how these bold flavors complement each other.
As part of the experience, you will also enjoy a small plate food pairing that perfectly complements the cocktails being served. The first two pairings will include different types of poke, while the final pairing will allow you to create your own poke bowl. Please note that the Sake and Poke demonstration is open to attendees who are 18 and older.
Also available is the Aulani Resort Mixology Workshop, where Disney Vacation Club Members can learn the latest trends and recipes for crafting cool cocktails!