For guests that want that added touch of Disney magic, characters and themed fun, a resort on the Island of Oahu seems like a natural next step for the family-friendly giant. It’s a highly coveted destination and a beloved brand. Match made.
Those more interested in the natural beauty, authentic culture and varied tropical landscape, however, may not necessarily feel the same way. When both opinions are deemed valid and heard, you get Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.
You may be picturing an over-the-top, imposing, fictional world smack-dab in the middle of an oasis, but not so much. This resort is far subtler than families and guests may expect. Even the design of the hotel is with the surrounding landscape and culture in mind. Disney Imagineers visited with the locals and Hawaiian Cultural Advisors to create something truly representative of the local traditions, history and beliefs. In Hawai’ian culture, things of value are held high up, literally, and as guests walk into the lobby and see the mural depicting Hawai’ian culture painted high up toward the ceiling, that’s just exhibit A in a long list of details making this resort unique.
Disney definitely plays second fiddle to the exotic locale of Hawai’i.
Sure, there is the option for Disney-themed everything, from character breakfasts and merchandise, to mouse-shaped shaved ice, but there’s also a parallel universe where guests can opt for a more natural experience.
Lay on the beach and swim in the lagoon, sip on tropical drinks by the adults-only pool, lounge in the lazy river, snorkel, paddleboard, walk along the Ko Olina paths visiting other lagoons and tidepools (and resort beach-side bars), take a boat out or plan an off-resort excursion like rainforest hikes and hired cars to take you to the Dole Plantation — the Aulani Resort is your oyster.
Travel to Africa can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the culture so different from our home. However, it’s also one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences available to travelers. If you’re unsure where to begin, here are the safest countries on the continent to begin with.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Being stuck in the middle seat on an airplane is hardly anyone’s first choice, but for travelers who aren’t willing to shell out extra bucks to choose their own seat, the middle seat may be randomly assigned to them. However, there are a few ways to make the most of this situation and breeze through the flight with the most comfortable experience possible.
Along Guyana’s Rupununi River, Karanambu Lodge is an oasis of comfort and compassion in a largely wild region undisturbed by commercial tourism. Guyana is a land rich in biodiversity and Karanambu is dedicated to its conservation, operating as both an eco-tourist lodge and a charitable trust devoted to the preservation of the Rupununi, savannah and waters.
Beyond being a major hub in the global transportation network, Hartsfield-Jackson is also proud to be a major hub for exciting, high-quality retail options through our award-winning concessions program, ATL Skypointe.