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wdrl
04-09-2012, 11:32 AM
Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, is the 11th resort in the Disney Vacation Club system. The first phase of the resort opened on August 29, 2011, and the second phase opened on November 15, 2011. The third and final phase opened Winter 2013.

Aulani has 459 DVC Vacation Homes and 8 Hotel Rooms. The DVC Vacation Homes include 20 three-bedroom Grand Villas, 1 dedicated studio, and 438 two-bedroom villas, of which 246 can be configured as 'lock off' 'villas, meaning they can be booked as two-bedroom villas, studios, or one-bedroom villas.

Aulani has four different view categories. Standard View includes either a view of the conference center, parking lot, or parking garage from the room or balcony. Island View includes at least a partial view of the mountains, spa, or landscaping from the room or balcony. Pool View includes at least a partial view of the pool, courtyards, water features, or landscaping from the room or balcony. Ocean View includes at least a partial view of the ocean from the room or balcony.

The following chart shows the number and type of villas in each phase by view category.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/AulaniUnitsrev72014_zpsac77bcca.jpg

The following diagram shows the location of Aulani's three phases.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/0001U4.jpg

Phase 1 is in the Ewa Building and is adjacent to Aulani's lobby. The even numbered villas face Aulani's pool and the ocean. The odd numbered villas face the convention center, the street, and the island. There are 73 Vacation Homes in Phase 1 of the Ewa Building, but no Grand Villas

Phase 2 is in the Waianae Building and is on the left side of the resort when looking from the ocean. The even numbered villas face Aulani's pool and the ocean. The odd numbered villas face outward and the upper floors have ocean views. Phase 2 has 11 Grand Villas which are on the end cap of the Waianae Building and face the ocean.

Phase 3, which started to be used in early October 2012, is the largest of Aulani's three phases. It is an L-shaped building that is on the right side of the resort when looking from the ocean. The short wing, which is closer to the lobby, has even numbered villas that face the island or the ocean, and odd numbered villas that face other structures or the island. The Phase 3 long wing has even numbered villas that face Aulani's pool and ocean, and odd numbered villas that face the island. There are also a few odd numbered villas on the higher floors that face the ocean. Phase 3 has 10 Grand Villas which are on the end cap of the Phase 3 Building.

The following diagrams show the View category for each villa. Column headers indicate the type of accommodation, such a Grand Villa, dedicated two-bedroom, or lock off two-bedroom. Note: The 8 Aulani Hotel Rooms are located in the Hotel Wing of the resort and do not appear on the charts below. These rooms are classified as Standard View and face the parking garage.

There is symmetry in the layout of most of the villas at Aulani, resulting in the same type of accommodation stacked on top of each other. For example, in the Waianae Building, the villas with room numbers ending in '02' are all dedicated two-bedroom villas. The exception is with villas 164 and 264 in the Phase 3 Building. They are dedicated two-bedroom villas, while the other villas numbered xx64 on the floors above are lock off two bedroom villas.

When looking at the diagrams, note that the Waianae Building and the long wing of the Phase 3 Building are tapered. The parts closest to the lobby extend to the 16th floor, but the buildings taper down to the 14th floor and the 11th floor as they approach the ocean.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/AulaniChartsPage1.jpghttp://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/AulaniChartsPage2Rev52014_zps6beac08b.jpg
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/AulaniVillaP3Revised_zpsd0db8ce8.jpg
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/AulaniChartsp4rev072014_zps573fa9e0.jpg


Here is another resort map that shows the location of some of the features and services around Aulani:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/AulaniMap2013Front_zpsd6aa8156.jpg
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/AulaniMap2013Back_zps0afcb5ab.jpg


When you visit Aulani, it would be helpful if you post photos of the view from your villa to this thread.

If you have any questions, or if you notice any discrepancies or errors in these diagrams, please let me know.

Quick Links to Specific Posts (Click on Villa Number to Jump to Post):


(Note: Some of these posts are on the Disboards DVC Resorts board and some are on the DVCNews Forum board.)


Villa 110 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44761920&postcount=29): Pool View Studio
Villa 170/172 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46296124&postcount=146): Pool View Lock-off Two-Bedroom
Villa 174 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51809050&postcount=1182): Pool View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 180 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49737793&postcount=697): Pool View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 201 (http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?10617-Layout-of-Aulani-By-Villas-amp-Views&p=169305#post169305): Ocean View Grand Villa
Villa 204 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45026338&postcount=50): Pool View Studio
Villa 208 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51881099&postcount=1199): Pool View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 209 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51652580&postcount=1117): Island View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 272 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51205481&postcount=1037): Pool View Studio
Villa 278: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48185286&postcount=473) Pool View Studio
Villa 304 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46197332&postcount=136): Pool View Studio
Villa 310 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44766191&postcount=30): Pool View Studio
Villa 312 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44644136&postcount=14): Pool View One-Bedroom New Photos (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51775702&postcount=1160)
Villa 313 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51861047&postcount=1197): Island View One-Bedroom
Villa 356 (http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?10617-Layout-of-Aulani-By-Villas-amp-Views&p=136185#post136185): Pool View Studio
Villa 363 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46395259&postcount=165): Standard View One-Bedroom
Villa 377 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51812172&postcount=1184): Island View One-Bedroom
Villa 406: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48185232&postcount=472) Pool View One-Bedroom
Villa 452 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45232945&postcount=64): Pool View One-Bedroom
Villa 453 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45728509&postcount=92): Standard View One-Bedroom
Villa 456 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47304124&postcount=317): Pool View Studio Note: Handicapped Accessible
Villa 457 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47556694&postcount=390): Standard View Studio
Villa 458 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45821550&postcount=116): Pool View One-Bedroom
Villa 482 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46398314&postcount=168): Pool View One-Bedroom
Villa 501 (http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?10617-Layout-of-Aulani-By-Villas-amp-Views&p=169279#post169279): Ocean View Grand Villa
Villa 504 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45803338&postcount=110): Pool View Studio. More photos here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46606426&postcount=188).
Villa 506 (http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?10617-Layout-of-Aulani-By-Villas-amp-Views&p=169307#post169307): Pool View One-Bedroom
Villa 505/507 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45291536&postcount=70): Island View Two-Bedroom Lock-off (505 Studio/507 1BR)
Villa 508 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44775335&postcount=32): Pool View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 510 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49806009&postcount=702): Pool View Studio
Villa 551 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45587374&postcount=79): Standard View Two-Bedroom Dedicated
Villa 552 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47266314&postcount=302): Pool View One-Bedroom More photos (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48420398&postcount=527).
Villa 567 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50361641&postcount=816): Standard View Studio
Villa 570 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47263867&postcount=299): Pool View One-Bedroom
Villa 574 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51809050&postcount=1182): Pool View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 576/578 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47034905&postcount=242): Pool View Two-Bedroom Lock-off (576 1BR/578 Studio)
Villa 612 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45256844&postcount=69): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 651 (http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?10905-Aulani-Trip-Report&p=135905#post135905): Standard View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 657: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48622593&postcount=540) Standard View Studio
Villa 670/670 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47304124&postcount=317): Ocean View Two-Bedroom Lockoff
Villa 671 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51065451&postcount=1003): Island View One-Bedroom
Villa 676: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48202752&postcount=479) Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 677 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50361644&postcount=817): Island View One-Bedroom
Villa 752 (http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?10617-Layout-of-Aulani-By-Villas-amp-Views&p=131757#post131757): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 758 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47479500&postcount=368): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 759 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46606426&postcount=188): Standard View One-Bedroom. More photos added (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49987685&postcount=729)
Villa 769 (http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?6530-Aulani-Rooms-and-Views-Phase-1-2-amp-3-UPDATED-03-28-12&p=166600#post166600): Standard View One-Bedroom
Villa 787 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46496956&postcount=172): Island View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 801 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50534513&postcount=860): Ocean View Grand Villa; more photos (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50534610&postcount=861) here; and Video, too (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50535092&postcount=863)!
Villa 804 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45714191&postcount=89): Ocean View Studio
Villa 808 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45714191&postcount=89): Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom Note: Handicap Accessible Villa
Villa 813 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46301335&postcount=147): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 851: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48684927&postcount=543) Island View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 857 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44809592&postcount=44): Island View Studio
Villa 876 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47034905&postcount=242): Ocean View One Bedroom
Villa 881 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46678521&postcount=199): Island View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 901 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50287023&postcount=802): Ocean View Grand Villa
Villa 910 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45242428&postcount=65): Ocean View Studio
Villa 913 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45675400&postcount=83): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 950 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51793904&postcount=1162): Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 964 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46379440&postcount=161): Ocean View Studio
Villa 969 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51498213&postcount=1079): Island View One-Bedroom
Villa 975 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50011319&postcount=748): Island View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 978 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51498122&postcount=1078): Ocean View Studio
Villa 982 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47464980&postcount=362): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1001 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=46216872#post46216872): Ocean View Three-Bedroom Grand Villa
Villa 1003 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46310209&postcount=150): Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 1006 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46301351&postcount=148): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1007 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44783986&postcount=36): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1008 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45314080&postcount=73): Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 1051 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45230420&postcount=63): Island View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 1052 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50686409&postcount=887): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1054 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44676300&postcount=18): Ocean View Studio
Villa 1060 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48897587&postcount=623): Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom (has extended balcony)
Villa 1070 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47514188&postcount=378): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1077: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48708089&postcount=562) Island View One-Bedroom
Villa 1084 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48685524&postcount=544): Ocean View Studio
Villa 1106 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49339658&postcount=650): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1152 (http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?10617-Layout-of-Aulani-By-Villas-amp-Views&p=135925#post135925): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1154 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44691541&postcount=25): Ocean View Studio
Villa 1173 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51536930&postcount=1094): Island View Studio
Villa 1174 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47264035&postcount=300): Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 1180: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48726329&postcount=575) Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 1189 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47440583&postcount=352): Ocean View Grand Villa
Villa 1204 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46395259&postcount=165): Ocean View Studio
Villa 1252 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45815528&postcount=114): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1258 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46222410&postcount=143): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1268 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50444179&postcount=857): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1272 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51719465&postcount=1139): Ocean View Studio
Villa 1282 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51028464&postcount=992): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1284 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51564785&postcount=1100): Ocean View Studio
Villa 1402 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51040110&postcount=999): Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 1406 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47878516&postcount=441): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1410 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47433507&postcount=350): Ocean View Studio
Villa 1454 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49872361&postcount=721): Ocean View Studio
Villa 1456/1458 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46856878&postcount=223): Ocean View Lockoff Two-Bedroom
Villa 1471 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50761967&postcount=923): Island View One-Bedroom
Villa 1474 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48964539&postcount=632): Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom; more photos (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50626592&postcount=879)
Villa 1478: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48133909&postcount=457) Ocean View Studio
Villa 1479 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51603834&postcount=1109): Island View Studio
Villa 1482 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50803796&postcount=950): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1485 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47378109&postcount=337): Ocean View Studio
Villa 1550 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46535499&postcount=183): Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 1568: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48838906&postcount=596) Ocean View One-Bedroom; additional photo (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48838919&postcount=597)
Villa 1574 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51664018&postcount=1126): Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 1576 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46618702&postcount=189): Ocean View One-Bedroom
Villa 1577: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48721009&postcount=566) Island View One-Bedroom
Villa 1581 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51206776&postcount=1039): Island View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 1610 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49814263&postcount=708): Ocean View Studio
Villa 1612 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45771847&postcount=105): Ocean View One-Bedroom; more photos of Villa #1612 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46076598&postcount=123)
Villa 1652/1654 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51150040&postcount=1025): Ocean View Lock-off Two-Bedroom
Villa 1655 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45196711&postcount=55): Island View Studio
Villa 1656 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51802545&postcount=1174): Ocean View Studio
Villa 1673: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48133934&postcount=458) Island View Studio
Villa 1675 (http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?13084-Aulani-1675Fr&p=164741#post164741): Island View Dedicated Two-Bedroom
Villa 1678 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51896520&postcount=1201): Ocean View Studio
Villa 1680 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47471108&postcount=365): Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom

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List of Handicapped Accessible Villas

Villa #301 - Ocean View Grand Villa; Accessible Tub
Villa #456 - Pool View Studio; Roll in Shower
Villa #512 - Pool View One-Bedroom; Roll in Shower
Villa #558 - Pool View One-Bedroom; Roll in Shower
Villa #559 - Standard View One-Bedroom; Roll in Shower
Villa #757 - Standard View Studio; Accessible Tub
Villa #772 - Ocean View Studio; Accessible Tub
Villa #808 - Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom; Accessible Tub
Villa #809 - Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom; Accessible Tub
Villa #859 - Island View One-Bedroom; Accessible Tub
Villa #870 - Ocean View One-Bedroom; Accessible Tub
Villa #875 - Island View Dedicated Two-Bedroom; Accessible Tub
Villa #1057 - Island View Studio; Accessible Tub
Villa #1072 - Ocean View Studio; Accessible Tub
Villa #1073 - Island View Studio; Roll in Shower
Villa #1108 - Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom; Accessible Tub
Villa #1109 - Ocean View Dedicated Two-Bedroom; Accessible Tub
Villa #1112 - Ocean View One-Bedroom; Roll in Shower
Villa #1158 - Ocean View One-Bedroom; Accessible Tub
Villa #1159 - Island View One-Bedroom; Accessible Tub
Villa #1175 - Island View Dedicated Two-Bedroom; Accessible Tub



Aulani Hotel Views (non-DVC villas):

Hotel 540 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51040462&postcount=1000): Pool View
Hotel 840 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51775387&postcount=1159): Ocean View
Hotel 1030 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50989003&postcount=986): Ocean View
Hotel 1530 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47560111&postcount=393): Ocean View

NEW: Click here (http://www.dvcnews.com/index.php/resorts/aulani-villas/news/2446-poolside-cabanas-at-aulani-disney-vacation-club-villas) for photos of Aulani's eight poolside cabanas

mouseaider
04-09-2012, 02:45 PM
This is wonderful information. Thank you for your hard work putting this together.

We will be arriving at Aulani on April 18th and staying in a pool view studio until April 25th. I will post some pictures of the view.

We already did on-line check in..... getting excited! :yay:

Ggatorgirl
04-09-2012, 04:18 PM
Thank you so much. What an amazing amount of information!

Mods, Can we make this s sticky somewhere? In the Resort section?

work2play
04-09-2012, 07:19 PM
I have had so much fun creating the BLT thread rooms and views thread! I can't wait until I can contribute to this one! Thanks for all of the great information!

mdsd8700
04-10-2012, 08:47 AM
Thanks so much for creating this! No doubt it was a lot of work and what a ton of great information!! We are going to Aulani in June and can't wait!!

rmonty02
04-10-2012, 11:41 PM
:cheer2:AWESOME!! :cheer2:This is exactly what I needed. Thank you for all your hard work. I'll be sure to contribute after our June trip.

RutgersAlum
04-12-2012, 10:46 AM
Can't even imagine the hours and hours of research needed to complete this amazing resource.:goodvibes

Thank you, thank you, can't wait for our trip!:cool1:

wdrl
04-12-2012, 10:39 PM
Thanks to Plasmo on the DVCNews Forum, we have our first post showing the Villa and View from an Aulani villa. Villa 752 is an Ocean View one-bedroom located in the Ewa Building.

A link to Plasmo's post is at the bottom of Post #1 of this thread.

mdsd8700
04-12-2012, 11:13 PM
Thanks to Plasmo on the DVCNews Forum, we have our first post showing the Villa and View from an Aulani villa. Villa 752 is an Ocean View one-bedroom located in the Ewa Building.

A link to Plasmo's post is at the bottom of Post #1 of this thread.

Thanks to both of you :thumbsup2 Great view, so much fun to look at these types of pictures.

andriade
04-13-2012, 03:53 PM
Awesome job! Perfect thing for me to obsess over the next 100 days. Thanks!

JoEllen
04-19-2012, 06:35 PM
So what is the preferred choice for a two bedroom? A dedicated two bedroom or a two bedroom lock off?

wdrl
04-19-2012, 08:42 PM
So what is the preferred choice for a two bedroom? A dedicated two bedroom or a two bedroom lock off?

I'm not sure I would say either type of two-bedroom configuration is 'preferred.' It just depends which type works for you. At Aulani, a lock off two-bedroom is actually a studio and one-bedroom combined into one villa. The studio serves as the second bedroom, so it has a kitchenette and one queen size bed and a sofa bed. The lock off has two entry doors from the hallway.

A dedicated two bedroom villa has one entry door from the hallway. The other big difference is that the second bedroom has two queen size beds, no sofa, and no kitchenette.

The master bedroom, master bathroom, living room, and full size kitchen are essentially the same in the two types of villas.

JoEllen
04-19-2012, 09:46 PM
It also looks like you lose a sink/countertop in the lock off. Correct me if I'm wrong but it appears the 2 bdrm dedicated seems to have two sinks/counters in the Master while the lock off has one.
I don't know about other wives, but, I really don't want to share a sink with my hubby (i.e. clean up his sink so I can use it) So I'm thinking the dedicated 2 bdrm must be preferred. (At least by the wives :))

spleen
04-20-2012, 04:31 AM
Room 312 - pool view 1 BR villa

Kitchen:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/AulaniWeb-01.jpg

Bathroom:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/AulaniWeb-02.jpg

Rain shower:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/AulaniWeb-03.jpg

Master bathroom:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/AulaniWeb-04.jpg

Close up of master bath:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/AulaniWeb-05.jpg

Vanity in master bathroom:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/AulaniWeb-06.jpg

Master bedroom:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/AulaniWeb-07.jpg

Living room with fold up bed pulled out:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/AulaniWeb-08.jpg

Dining table:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/AulaniWeb-09.jpg

View of balcony:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/AulaniWeb-11.jpg

View off balcony:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/AulaniWeb-12.jpg

Looking to left off of balcony:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/AulaniWeb-13.jpg

Looking to right off of balcony:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/AulaniWeb-14.jpg

mdsd8700
04-20-2012, 06:37 AM
Spleen thanks for posting. :thumbsup2 We are staying in a 1 bedroom pool view in June and your pictures definately make me even more excited and anxious for our trip. My kids are so excited!! :cool1: Please post all your thoughts and tips about your stay.

spleen
04-20-2012, 11:09 PM
Spleen thanks for posting. :thumbsup2 We are staying in a 1 bedroom pool view in June and your pictures definately make me even more excited and anxious for our trip. My kids are so excited!! :cool1: Please post all your thoughts and tips about your stay.

Already did that ... my trip report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2842173) :thumbsup2

wdrl
04-21-2012, 01:36 PM
I updated the layout chart in Post #1. We now know that villas with room numbers ending in xx53 are one-bedroom villas and those ending in xx55 are studios.

Edited 05/04/2012: We now know the location of the studios and the one-bedroom villas for all the lock-offs in Aulani's Phase 1 and Phase 2. The information is posted to the charts in Post #1

taaren
04-23-2012, 02:31 PM
View from balcony of 1054. When I get home I'll see if I can find more pics of the unit/views from further back in the balcony.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-osMYfHahy5c/Ty67qXy73LI/AAAAAAAAAlY/KyHGAAspY24/w380-h285-k/2011-12-17%2B17.54.45.jpg

toocherie
04-23-2012, 06:52 PM
Ok, so I am confused. We have a One Bedroom Villa - Poolside Gardens View reserved in October. Where will that likely be?

And does anyone know if the handicapped accessible villas are on a particular floor (since that is what we have reserved)?

Thanks!

wdrl
04-23-2012, 08:01 PM
Ok, so I am confused. We have a One Bedroom Villa - Poolside Gardens View reserved in October. Where will that likely be?

And does anyone know if the handicapped accessible villas are on a particular floor (since that is what we have reserved)?

Thanks!

The one-bedroom Pool View Villas are located in the Ewa Building on floors 3-5 (Villas 352, 452, 552, or 358, 458, 558) and in the Waianae Building on floors 1-5 (Villas 106, 206, 306, 406, 506 or 112, 212, 312, 412, 512).

I don't know where the Handicapped Accessible villas are located at Aulani. If someone gets an HA villa, please let me know and I'll add it to the layout diagrams.

toocherie
04-23-2012, 08:57 PM
The one-bedroom Pool View Villas are located in the Ewa Building on floors 3-5 (Villas 352, 452, 552, or 358, 458, 558) and in the Waianae Building on floors 1-5 (Villas 106, 206, 306, 406, 506 or 112, 212, 312, 412, 512).

I don't know where the Handicapped Accessible villas are located at Aulani. If someone gets an HA villa, please let me know and I'll add it to the layout diagrams.

Thanks--the terminology was a bit different so I thought I would check! I'll let you know where the HA villa is located!

camouseketeer
04-23-2012, 10:00 PM
I know it's not room 306 of the Waianae Building. We were just there, and, while a lovely villa, it was not Handicapped accessible.

Enjoy your stay at Aulani! We loved it!

Dennyha
04-24-2012, 08:23 AM
I was going to post the view from our room, and was surprised to see Taaren posted it already, as we also stayed in Room 1054. Wow.

wdrl
04-24-2012, 11:43 AM
I was going to post the view from our room, and was surprised to see Taaren posted it already, as we also stayed in Room 1054. Wow.

More photos are always appreciated. I can insert links to multiple posts.

marx
04-24-2012, 08:52 PM
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-rtE1YMDu6Ug/T5dVDk2PxQI/AAAAAAAADAI/3rERvLJwBnE/s400/IMGP3251.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ibbQHg0r7TU/T5dVDy1KcUI/AAAAAAAADAE/RdrOnJC2FEE/s400/IMGP3018.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-FeUow1NWxT8/T5dVDPYHoeI/AAAAAAAAC_8/pzWwOE0fkYw/s400/IMGP3019.JPG

happyfoot
04-30-2012, 11:55 AM
Thank you so much for all the information. Tomorrow I will be able to book our 12/1/12 arrival 7 months out and have been so unsure of what view to request. I see now we will definitely be happy with a pool view. I plan on calling Member Services to see if I can request a specific building (think we would prefer Eva because it is close to lobby, etc.) otherwise I will book myself online. Once again, thanks so much for all your hard work.

wdrl
04-30-2012, 02:22 PM
Thank you so much for all the information. Tomorrow I will be able to book our 12/1/12 arrival 7 months out and have been so unsure of what view to request. I see now we will definitely be happy with a pool view. I plan on calling Member Services to see if I can request a specific building (think we would prefer Eva because it is close to lobby, etc.) otherwise I will book myself online. Once again, thanks so much for all your hard work.

Good luck on getting what you want!. We have booked a Pool View Studio for September 15-22, and we requested the Ewa Building/Near Lobby. The main reason we requested the Ewa Building is that we really don't want a 1st floor villa, and there are a few Pool View villas on the 1st floor in the Waianae Building. Of course, a request is just a request, so no telling what we'll end up with.

disneybirds
04-30-2012, 09:28 PM
Thanks for all the hard work on this post. Love seeing the pictures. Hopefully I can convince my DH someday to go!

mouseaider
05-01-2012, 04:11 PM
Good luck on getting what you want!. We have booked a Pool View Studio for September 15-22, and we requested the Ewa Building/Near Lobby. The main reason we requested the Ewa Building is that we really don't want a 1st floor villa, and there are a few Pool View villas on the 1st floor in the Waianae Building. Of course, a request is just a request, so no telling what we'll end up with.
We just returned from our stay at Aulani and had a first floor pool view studio and it was wonderful. It was room 110 and it was between the Menehuni Bridge and the bridge to the Koi Pond. I thought it was the best location in the whole resort.

The first pic is that of the Menehuni bridge as seen from our patio.https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ATVIddRhpqU/T6AdTpDy4NI/AAAAAAAAAaw/q7y98uylmQA/s576/View%2520from%2520our%2520patio.jpg

The next is the pic of the bridge to the Koi Pond as seen from our patio.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-sRGHHDLUvRk/T6AVvGaLDpI/AAAAAAAAAaQ/mjwQStCs89w/s576/View%2520from%2520our%2520patio2.jpg

We ate a lot of lunches and breakfasts on that patio and had our own cocktails there in the evening.

Here's my DW enjoying a cold beer one night.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-buJzMWRLp4w/T6Af8NjAPTI/AAAAAAAAAbw/E6tFmBeCxpE/s576/DVC%2520438.jpg

ACDSNY
05-02-2012, 01:00 AM
I loved our pool view studio we had last January, but I think I'm going to try for a standard view 1 bedroom for our December 2012 trip. I need to save some points for a DL trip in May 2013.

I can't remember the room number, this was the 3rd floor, near elevators.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/403180_358743357470663_100000050058902_1506532_918 804116_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/378726_347006775310988_100000050058902_1473825_145 0534823_n.jpg

wdrl
05-02-2012, 10:14 AM
I loved our pool view studio we had last January. . . .

I can't remember the room number, this was the 3rd floor, near elevators.


It looks like you were in Villa #310 in the Waianae Building. Mouseaider was in Villa #110, which is also a Pool View Studio, and your photo's camera angle of the bridge to the Koi Pond looks similar to his.

I'm going to list your villa as #310, but if you remember your actual room number, please let me know and I'll correct it if necessary.

Thanks for posting!

emum
05-02-2012, 07:13 PM
As promised, here are the views from our 2bed Poolside Gardens view. LOVED the set-up and views. We were in room 508 in the Waianae Building - easy to get to reception, the lifts, the pools, the gym, and the car park. We would request again in a heartbeat.

http://i49.tinypic.com/t05dhd.jpg

http://i47.tinypic.com/1z6y5j5.jpg

Hope this helps !

Cheers,
Sally :)

wdrl
05-02-2012, 09:42 PM
Hope this helps !

Cheers,
Sally :)

Yes, it helps! Although Villa #508 is classified as a Pool View, it looks like it has a great view of the ocean.

TagsMissy
05-03-2012, 09:46 AM
We were in 857 and it was indeed an Island View studio. I'll post some pictures hopefully this weekend.

I wish we had been higher, I was going to ask at check in but I just wanted to get into our room at that point. We were not in our room all that much and there's so many lovely seating areas through the resort that we didn't mind the island view, especially since it meant being able to take a longer trip though part of us wish we spent a few more points for pool view -- there's always next time, right? :goodvibes

oktracy
05-03-2012, 12:53 PM
emum- What a gorgeous view!! Looks like 5th floor pool view is the way to go!!!:yay:

wipedaler
05-03-2012, 02:55 PM
Here is the view (4-photo panorama) from the patio of room 1007. The shoreline in the distance is 'west' and the Marriott tower is ~ 'southwest'. This was taken early evening, thus the dim exposure.

The sliding doors are angled toward the shore. Guest parking is visible at far right. The road on this side serves the entrance for Marriott, a small public parking lot between JWM and Aulani, and DIS employees make the U-turn to enter the lower (employee) parking levels. The edge of the lagoon is visible at the far left, just below middle.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7280/7139804519_797a5b0c95.jpg

wdrl
05-03-2012, 07:41 PM
Here is the view (4-photo panorama) from the patio of room 1007.

Thanks for posting your photo. Is Villa 1007 a Studio or a One-Bedroom?

P.S - Welcome to the disboards!

wipedaler
05-03-2012, 08:04 PM
Is Villa 1007 a Studio or a One-Bedroom?


Villa 1007 is a one-bedroom unit, with a lock-off door to the adjacent unit.

wdrl
05-04-2012, 09:23 AM
Thanks to wipedaler, we now know the location of the studios and the one-bedroom villas for all of the lock-off two-bedrooms villas in Aulani's Phase 1 and Phase 2. I have updated the charts in Post #1 to show how the lock-offs are configured.

Thanks to everyone who has shared their photos!

wipedaler
05-05-2012, 09:21 AM
Forgot to mention this: During our stay, the DVC gang was giving tours of 1006, right across the hall. I can only suspect that they were showing a 2-bedrooom layout, with a spectacular view of the central area (pools, river, volcano).

cjsbmiller
05-06-2012, 08:22 AM
Thanks for posting all the great pictures, but now i have a question. The beach area looks ok size wise, but the "lagoon" ocean swimming area looks really small. Can you go out into other areas or do you have to remain within the confines of the protected lagoon area?

mouseaider
05-06-2012, 01:35 PM
Thanks for posting all the great pictures, but now i have a question. The beach area looks ok size wise, but the "lagoon" ocean swimming area looks really small. Can you go out into other areas or do you have to remain within the confines of the protected lagoon area?
The swim area is not really small at all. But, there are four lagoons available for use. Turn left after you walk down the stairs out of Aulani and keep walking all the way to the marina and you might just see the Black Pearl. Yes..... THE Black Pearl is in dry dock at the Ko Olina Marina. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Begqro_nbiI/T5reGkZt6WI/AAAAAAAAAQw/PKd9_ewE4q8/s800/DVC%2520370.jpg

It can be dangerous to swim out in the ocean because of strong currents so you had better be a strong swimmer with a swim buddy if you try that. I am a strong swimmer but I wouldn't try it.

taaren
05-06-2012, 01:38 PM
Thanks for posting all the great pictures, but now i have a question. The beach area looks ok size wise, but the "lagoon" ocean swimming area looks really small. Can you go out into other areas or do you have to remain within the confines of the protected lagoon area?

You can go out of the lagoon area, just be aware that there are tides, including potential riptides and undertows to deal with. If you're used to swimming in the Caribbean, the Pacific is much rougher and more "natural" (you probably already knew this, but the word Pacific is one of history's greatest misnomers). If you're a strong swimmer you should be fine, just if you're feeling tired head back into the lagoons.

TagsMissy
05-06-2012, 02:07 PM
We were in 857 and it was indeed an Island View studio. I'll post some pictures hopefully this weekend.



as promised... these are from my waterproof camera so not the best quality. I'll need to check the SLR when I get a chance

Couple beach views
http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae144/dvctrip2009/Aulani/IMGP0022.jpg

http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae144/dvctrip2009/Aulani/IMGP0040.jpg

http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae144/dvctrip2009/Aulani/IMGP0064.jpg

Room View
http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae144/dvctrip2009/Aulani/IMGP0122.jpg

http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae144/dvctrip2009/Aulani/IMGP0121.jpg

wdrl
05-06-2012, 02:55 PM
Thanks, TagsMissy, for posting your photos.

Your villa (857) is just one floor above the Standard View villas in the Ewa Building. Now that you have stayed in an Island View villa, do you think you'll upgrade to a Pool View or Ocean View for your next stay at Aulani? Or will you try and save even more points and book a Standard View instead?

Mrbruin2k
05-06-2012, 11:11 PM
How hard to you think it will be to book a studio for New Year's from Dec 30th for a week? Hoping we can squeeze into a studio as it will be me and DW along with DD's 7,5,2 years old.

TagsMissy
05-07-2012, 01:49 AM
Thanks, TagsMissy, for posting your photos.

Your villa (857) is just one floor above the Standard View villas in the Ewa Building. Now that you have stayed in an Island View villa, do you think you'll upgrade to a Pool View or Ocean View for your next stay at Aulani? Or will you try and save even more points and book a Standard View instead?

to be honest we aren't in our room a lot. pool view vs island view will depend on wdw plans we have.

aymekae
05-08-2012, 12:33 PM
Thanks for the list! I have PV studio booked for this November for 9 nights. I requested the 5th floor, and it looks like there are only 4 options for a 5th floor, PV studio. That's okay with me, since I would still be happy with 1st floor, too, and anything in between.

wdrl
05-17-2012, 09:59 AM
Someone asked whether I have the layout for the Aulani hotel rooms. No, I don't. I only have information about the Aulani DVC Vacation Homes.

If anyone wants to post photos of the views from their hotel room, please do so. If you do, please let us know the room number and the view category. I can maintain a separate list for the hotel rooms.

Just a reminder for anyone who visits Aulani: Please share your photos of your DVC Villa and views. Its greatly appreciated!

wdrl
05-29-2012, 08:14 PM
Disboard member Izzy recently stayed at Aulani in villa #204. Its a Pool View Studio in the Waianae Building. Here is what Izzy said about her villa and some photos from villa #204:

The room was very quiet at night. It was kind of noisy during the day because of the kid's water play area and subsquent toddler squealing, loud fountains, and a large bucket emitting a loud horn/whistle about every 10 minutes when it was full and getting ready to drop water. Let's just say that it was loud enough that I couldn't use my cell phone on the balcony during the day. The good news is that they don't open that area until 9 a.m. and it closes at 6 p.m. Also, I didn't notice the noise so much during the day if I kept the balcony door closed. It does a pretty good job of blocking the noise.

Looking straight off my balcony:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/Aulani%20Models%20SSR%202011/Image1.jpg

Looking towards the left off of my balcony (towards the lobby)

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/Aulani%20Models%20SSR%202011/Image3.jpg

Looking to the right off of my balcony (towards the ocean - which you can just get a peekaboo view of)

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/Aulani%20Models%20SSR%202011/Image4.jpg

Thanks to Izzy for sharing her photos!

Anek0618
06-06-2012, 03:53 PM
We stayed at Aulani over Easter and were in one bedroom island gardens view, #207 in the Waianae Building. My husband much prefers a lower floor and I ended up thrilled with the room. It overlooked the spa garden and was very quiet. In the evening we would sit out on the balcony and enjoy the lovely music that plays all over the resort. We are returning next Easter and I am going to request a room near the same location. We are actually hoping to get a ground floor unit in this area! I will see if we have any pictures of the view and post them.

wdrl
06-06-2012, 06:46 PM
We stayed at Aulani over Easter and were in one bedroom island gardens view, #207 in the Waianae Building. My husband much prefers a lower floor and I ended up thrilled with the room. It overlooked the spa garden and was very quiet. In the evening we would sit out on the balcony and enjoy the lovely music that plays all over the resort. We are returning next Easter and I am going to request a room near the same location. We are actually hoping to get a ground floor unit in this area! I will see if we have any pictures of the view and post them.

Thanks for posting! Looking forward to seeing photos of your villa. We don't have many Island View villas on our list.

wdrl
06-15-2012, 09:54 PM
My sister and her family just checked into Aulani this afternoon. They are in villa #1152, a one-bedroom villa on the 11th floor of the Ewa Building. She just emailed me a photo of her view:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/Aulani/Image.jpg

My sister mentioned that Aulani no longer has the cabanas by the main pool. A CM said they were owned and/or operated by a third party and that they were taken out just recently.

My sister and family have just started exploring the resort, but my sister says the parts they have seen look simply beautiful.

ACDSNY
06-15-2012, 10:02 PM
Now that's a wonderful view!

donmil723
06-15-2012, 10:51 PM
We stayed in an island view studio last week. It was #1655--on the 16th floor in the Ewa building. Our DD and her DH stayed in #1657 which was a studio right next door. Both were lockoff studios and were adjacent to each other but not connecting.

This is the view to the left off our balcony:
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t203/donmil723/IMG_5579.jpg

This is the view straight ahead:
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t203/donmil723/IMG_5578.jpg

This is the view to the right off our balcony:
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t203/donmil723/IMG_5577.jpg

Not the best views but we weren't really in the room that much! Just down the hall by the elevator there was a great view of the pool area and ocean. Unfortunately, my pictures didn't turn out as great as the view really was in person.

NC State Tigger
06-16-2012, 11:00 AM
We hope to travel to Aulani in 2013 probably before phase 3 opens.

I will be traveling with DH and adult DD and her DH and daughter. Also traveling would be adult DS and a friend. I would like to get a 2 bedroom villa for DH, myself and DD and family. Would need additional studio for DS and friend.

My question is ---should I request a dedicated or lock-off 2 bedroom villa? I will request 2 bedroom and studio be "close" to each other. Would booking a lock-off 2 bedroom give me a better chance of getting units near each other?
What building to request?

TIA

wdrl
06-16-2012, 11:31 AM
We hope to travel to Aulani in 2013 probably before phase 3 opens.

I will be traveling with DH and adult DD and her DH and daughter. Also traveling would be adult DS and a friend. I would like to get a 2 bedroom villa for DH, myself and DD and family. Would need additional studio for DS and friend.

My question is ---should I request a dedicated or lock-off 2 bedroom villa? I will request 2 bedroom and studio be "close" to each other. Would booking a lock-off 2 bedroom give me a better chance of getting units near each other?
What building to request?

TIA

There are advantages to both the dedicated and the lock-off configurations. With the dedicated, the second bedroom has two beds. You and your DH could take the master bedroom and your adult DD, her DH and their daughter could share the second bedroom. If you booked a lock-off, then there would be only one bed and a sleeper sofa in the second bedroom. Someone would have to sleep on the sleeper sofa. An advantage to the lock-off is that the second bedroom would have a kitchenette with mini refrigerator and microwave, as well as its own door to the outside hallway. Your traveling companions could enter and exit the villa without having to go through the living room.

When you book your accommodations, be sure to tell MS that you are traveling together and that you want the villas close to each other. I'm not sure whether the Ewa Building or the Waianae Building would improve your chances of getting near each other, although there are more vacation homes in the latter than the former. A lot depends on what type of view category you book. If you book an Ocean View 2BR and an Island View Studio, you could be right across the hall from each other.

Good luck on getting what you want!

NC State Tigger
06-16-2012, 11:40 AM
A lot depends on what type of view category you book. If you book an Ocean View 2BR and an Island View Studio, you could be right across the hall from each other.

Good luck on getting what you want!

Guess I should have stated that I am thinking we would book a pool view for both 2 bedroom and studio.

wdrl
06-16-2012, 12:21 PM
Guess I should have stated that I am thinking we would book a pool view for both 2 bedroom and studio.

That simplifies matters somewhat. As the charts in Post #1 show, there is only one dedicated two-bedroom villa with a Pool View in the Ewa Building. Thus, I would think your chances of getting both a dedicated and a studio in the Ewa Building are slim. If you want a dedicated and a studio close by, then your odds improve if you ask for the Waianae Building.

I've read reports from Aulani guests who say that its easy to get almost anywhere at Aulani in no time at all. Even if your villa and the studio end up in different buildings, it might not be that much of an inconvenience.

My wife and I have a Pool View Studio booked for our trip in September. We requested the Ewa Building just because we are hoping to be above the ground floor. However, someone on this thread reported they were on the ground floor and really liked the location. Frankly, I'll take any villa once we are at Aulani!

Hunnypaw
06-17-2012, 09:53 AM
Great photos and good information. We will be staying in a island-side view studio in July. This helps set our expectations. ;)

ckdipp
06-17-2012, 10:53 AM
We have less than a month until we check at at Aulani. I'm getting quite excited!! So glad I popped into this thread today. All the info and pics have really gotten me pumped for our upcoming vacation.

We are traveling from the east coast (PA & VA). Traveling from PA will be myself, DH, and our 3 DS's. Traveling from VA will be my cousin, her DH and their 2 DS's. We have booked a dedicated 2BR and a studio ocean view. I didn't have all the info from this thread when we made our ressies, so we have not requested a particular floor or building.

With all that we want to squeeze into our week in paradise, I don't think we'll spend much time in the room anyway. So I think I'll be happy with any villa!!

Just can't wait to get there!

wdrl
06-17-2012, 12:02 PM
We stayed in an island view studio last week. It was #1655--on the 16th floor in the Ewa building. Our DD and her DH stayed in #1657 which was a studio right next door. Both were lockoff studios and were adjacent to each other but not connecting.



Thanks, donmil723, for sharing your photos! I added your villa to the list in Post #1.

I hope this thread is of use to those planning a trip to Aulani. Hunnypaw and ckdipp, please post back after your trips and let us know about your views!

bfrosty
06-19-2012, 04:51 PM
Looking Left - The room is located at the end of the hall (last unit) and a very short walk to the elevators (~225ft)
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q86/bfrosty013/Aulani%202012/IMG_3153.jpg

Looking straight out (You can see Diamond Head Crater with your eye, see pic below)
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q86/bfrosty013/Aulani%202012/IMG_3154.jpg

Zooming straight out, Diamond Head is to the right of that building.
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q86/bfrosty013/Aulani%202012/IMG_3156.jpg

Looking right (Balcony and Other part of resort)
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q86/bfrosty013/Aulani%202012/IMG_3155.jpg

mdsd8700
06-19-2012, 09:27 PM
Well certainly not the amazing view that wdrl's sister had from room 1152. However we were 7 floors below in 452 in 1 bedroom pool view (could just see the ocean in the distance between the trees) but we thought the room was awesome and we loved it. We were close to the nightly entertainment and each evening we could open our doors and be serenaded. It was wonderful.

Sorry, I couldn't make them smaller. I tried but no luck. Just couldn't figure it out.

This is directly looking out and down from our window:
http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx190/mdsd8700/AULANI010.jpg


This is looking out toward the ocean and zoomed in. The ocean didn't look as close, but you could see it between the trees.
http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx190/mdsd8700/AULANI008.jpg


Looking left a bit:
http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx190/mdsd8700/AULANI005.jpg


Looking to the right, where the nightly entertainment played:
http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx190/mdsd8700/AULANI009.jpg

ennisb
06-20-2012, 06:38 PM
We stayed in Waianae Building room 910 which is a studio ocean view. I didn't zoom much with these to get close to what your eye will see. A bit of zoom and that last shot looks just amazing. I have more shots of the resort if you want to see something drop me a note and I'll see if I have one to share.

Looking left toward EWA
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-tuXLadG7xic/T9z5hMINuUI/AAAAAAACcuA/eV2RGONXf8I/s640/001.JPG

Looking straight ahead
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-qcKelmTBZ-U/T9z5lWY0i-I/AAAAAAACcuI/s_oLvExB6P4/s640/002.JPG

Looking right towards the ocean
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-twzfMtygyOc/T9z5qxuE5nI/AAAAAAACcuU/4Sjg3D1NkJs/s640/003.JPG

wdrl
06-20-2012, 07:58 PM
Thanks for adding your photos to the thread! My wife is beginning to wonder if we should have booked an ocean view studio instead of the pool view that did.

One question: Was your balcony angled so that it was facing toward the ocean?

hjgaus
06-20-2012, 09:41 PM
Beenhere here since Saturday june 16th. At first they tried to pass off room 1113(11th floor) as ocean view but I would not have any of it! Went to front desk asap and told them a quarter of ocean view w/Marriott. Parking structure is NOT what we are using our precious DVC points on so they switched us immediately to the 6th floor room 612 overlooking lazy river & kids water playground while sstanding@ balconies looking to your right IS OCEAN /LAGOON VIEW! You can hear kids on a busyday but it's worth it for the view! Sorry I don't know how to add pictures here but trust me, this is a good and peaceful view

ennisb
06-21-2012, 02:38 PM
Thanks for adding your photos to the thread! My wife is beginning to wonder if we should have booked an ocean view studio instead of the pool view that did.

One question: Was your balcony angled so that it was facing toward the ocean?

Yes the balcony was angled facing the last view. Not exactly as pictured but easy to see the pool, lagoon, and ocean.

wdrl
06-22-2012, 08:41 AM
Beenhere here since Saturday june 16th. At first they tried to pass off room 1113(11th floor) as ocean view but I would not have any of it! Went to front desk asap and told them a quarter of ocean view w/Marriott. Parking structure is NOT what we are using our precious DVC points on so they switched us immediately to the 6th floor room 612 overlooking lazy river & kids water playground while sstanding@ balconies looking to your right IS OCEAN /LAGOON VIEW! You can hear kids on a busyday but it's worth it for the view! Sorry I don't know how to add pictures here but trust me, this is a good and peaceful view

Here is a photo of hjgaus' view from Aulani villa 612, an Ocean View one-bedroom villa in the Waianae Building. Thanks for letting me add it to the thread.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/Aulani/Villa612OceanView1BR.jpg

kerickson
06-26-2012, 01:46 AM
Just returned from an 8 night stay at Aulani. What a wonderful resort!!
Thought I'd post my picks of our Island View room. 2BR Lockoff, Island View. Rooms 507(1BR) and 505(studio) in the Waianae Tower.
I booked IV as I didn't want to pay the points for Ocean View and thought Pool View could be noisy. I was very happy with our view. Had a bit of the resort, ocean and quiet pool! There was a wedding reception at the quiet pool our first night. We kept the sliding door open to hear the music, very romantic!

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh181/kimerickson28/Aulani%20room/DSC00585.jpg
Looking to the left

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh181/kimerickson28/Aulani%20room/DSC00586.jpg
Center view

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh181/kimerickson28/Aulani%20room/DSC00587.jpg
Looking to the right

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh181/kimerickson28/Aulani%20room/DSC00590.jpg
Mountains in the distance

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh181/kimerickson28/Aulani%20room/DSC00591.jpg
unexpected peak at the ocean!

wdrl
06-26-2012, 08:29 AM
Thanks to kerickson, steelers1933, and all the others for sharing their photos on this thread! I've updated the list in Post #1 to show links to all the photos.

wdrl
06-26-2012, 04:49 PM
For those interested, I've added another map of the Aulani resort to Post #1.

Psychodisney
06-28-2012, 08:34 AM
We were in a dedicated 2BR, 1008, ocean view. Loved the view. Totally worth the points IMHO!http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab73/momdex/IMG_3201.jpghttp://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab73/momdex/IMG_3202.jpg

wdrl
06-28-2012, 08:44 AM
We were in a dedicated 2BR, 1008, pool view. Loved the view. Totally worth the points IMHO!http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab73/momdex/IMG_3201.jpg

Thanks for posting, Psychodisney! Did you really mean to say that Villa #1008 is classified as a Pool View? I would have expected it to be classified as Ocean View. That would be a fantastic view for just a Pool View Villa!!

Psychodisney
06-28-2012, 10:18 AM
Oops! You're right....ocean view!

Hunnypaw
06-29-2012, 08:58 AM
Psychodisney - Cool view!!!!

DiznyDi
07-03-2012, 09:23 PM
Great information here. Thanks!

ckdipp
07-08-2012, 11:17 AM
We were in a dedicated 2BR, 1008, ocean view. Loved the view. Totally worth the points IMHO!http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab73/momdex/IMG_3201.jpg


Holy ukulele! That is an amazing view. You hit the jack pot!!!

Brancaneve
07-23-2012, 10:57 PM
2 Bedroom Villa in the Ewa Tower. The view to the left is of the mountains which we found very peaceful and quiet. We spent so much time at the beach and pool that it was nice to see something different.

http://i1110.photobucket.com/albums/h443/ggsnowwhite/IMG_2345.jpg


http://i1110.photobucket.com/albums/h443/ggsnowwhite/IMG_2193.jpg

http://i1110.photobucket.com/albums/h443/ggsnowwhite/IMG_2194.jpg

ACDSNY
07-24-2012, 12:06 AM
Which category is 551?

I hope you had a great time!

wdrl
07-24-2012, 09:18 AM
2 Bedroom Villa in the Ewa Tower. The view to the left is of the mountains which we found very peaceful and quiet. We spent so much time at the beach and pool that it was nice to see something different.



Thanks for posting your photos! I've added your villa to the list in Post #1 of this thread.

Was the courtyard that was shown in one of your photos ever used for anything while you were there?

Which category is 551?



According to my chart, Aulani #551 is a Standard View Two-bedroom dedicated villa.

Brancaneve
07-27-2012, 08:33 PM
Thanks for posting your photos! I've added your villa to the list in Post #1 of this thread.

Was the courtyard that was shown in one of your photos ever used for anything while you were there?

According to my chart, Aulani #551 is a Standard View Two-bedroom dedicated villa.

I never saw the courtyard being used but imagine that it is used for conferences. The building adjacent to the courtyard had a digital screen that i imagine is used to announce meetings and such. It was always very quiet:)

OurDogCisco
07-31-2012, 09:26 PM
Finally found your thread. We were in room 913 in phase 2 building. The view was considered ocean view.

http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/49801/2022872250041821303S500x500Q85.jpg

It might have had an sunset view but we were never in the room so, I don't know for 100% sure.

The room was noisy at night. We like to sleep with the slider open so we can get fresh air but it was too noisy. The hotel next door had all kinds of deliveries and the trucks backing up and the beeping sound would start. One night I heard a dog barking. Anyways, I'm not sure I'd pick an ocean view again and risk getting this view again. I might be happier with a pool view. The resort is actually set back from the ocean/beach quite a bit. I did trade in at 7 months so, I was still happy we got this room.

Here are some more pictures:

Since we were in a corner the balcony was smallish:

http://inlinethumb24.webshots.com/48215/2971292060041821303S500x500Q85.jpg

Looking down at the spa:

http://inlinethumb63.webshots.com/51390/2613283470041821303S500x500Q85.jpg

The rest of my pictures are here:

http://travel.webshots.com/album/583162331pfYVaU

peacefrogdog
08-01-2012, 04:41 PM
We were in a dedicated 2BR, 1008, ocean view. Loved the view. Totally worth the points IMHO!http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab73/momdex/IMG_3201.jpghttp://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab73/momdex/IMG_3202.jpg


Looking to book this upcoming Monday for March 2013. Would love to get an ocean view like this.

What would be the best way to put in a request for something similar? Ask for something in the Waianae Building, even numbered room?

peacefrogdog
08-01-2012, 05:04 PM
Trying to get a sense of what the ocean view rooms will look like for the Phase 3 building.

I get a sense of what the rooms facing the pool area will have as a view. One thing I can't tell is what some of the ocean view rooms will face in:

The Phase 3 building, short wing (facing the ocean) - specifically what is next to the buildling on the East side?
The Phase 3 building, long wing (facing AWAY from the pool) - there looks to be a handful of ocean view rooms. I assume they would be closest to the beach...?

So on the east side of Aulani, what is the view like towards the ocean?

wdrl
08-01-2012, 09:01 PM
We were in room 913 in phase 2 building. The view was considered ocean view.



Thanks for sharing your photos!

wdrl
08-01-2012, 09:04 PM
Trying to get a sense of what the ocean view rooms will look like for the Phase 3 building.

I get a sense of what the rooms facing the pool area will have as a view. One thing I can't tell is what some of the ocean view rooms will face in:

The Phase 3 building, short wing (facing the ocean) - specifically what is next to the buildling on the East side?
The Phase 3 building, long wing (facing AWAY from the pool) - there looks to be a handful of ocean view rooms. I assume they would be closest to the beach...?

So on the east side of Aulani, what is the view like towards the ocean?

I'll be at Aulani in mid-September. I've added your questions to my list and I'll post back. Hopefully, someone will answer your questions before then.

taaren
08-02-2012, 12:35 AM
Trying to get a sense of what the ocean view rooms will look like for the Phase 3 building.

I get a sense of what the rooms facing the pool area will have as a view. One thing I can't tell is what some of the ocean view rooms will face in:

The Phase 3 building, short wing (facing the ocean) - specifically what is next to the buildling on the East side?
The Phase 3 building, long wing (facing AWAY from the pool) - there looks to be a handful of ocean view rooms. I assume they would be closest to the beach...?

So on the east side of Aulani, what is the view like towards the ocean?
To the East of Aulani currently is an empty lot, waiting to be sold by the developers of the Ko'olina resort. At the moment, you will have a view of a dirt patch if you look down, if you look forward it will be an uninterrupted ocean view. (I think you can see this by looking at Google Earth, just type in Aulani's address and click and drag.)
Once that property gets sold and developed, it may end up being similar to the Ocean Views on the West side and have a hotel in the way, just like the Ihilani is. It really will depend on what whoever develops it decides to build. This may also take some time, as similarly to the Kaanapali area on Maui took about 20 years to sell all the lots to various hoteliers, much of the Ko'olina properties have been up for sale for awhile and not a tremendous deal of developing of more hospitality structures in Hawaii has been happening lately, and what there has been is all timeshare for the last several years.

ckdipp
08-04-2012, 12:33 PM
We were there mid July I'm finally getting to post our view photo. We had a 2BR dedicated (Room 808) and a studio 804. Both were classified as Ocean View.

Here is a view toward the ocean from Rm 808 in the late afternoon:
http://i890.photobucket.com/albums/ac102/scrappycath/_DSC1081edit.jpg

Here is a panorama that I did of the view from the living room of 808 late afternoon:

http://i890.photobucket.com/albums/ac102/scrappycath/Panoramic_Room_View_Rm808.jpg

Here is view from Rm 804 in the morning:
http://i890.photobucket.com/albums/ac102/scrappycath/JMichna_101_9758.jpg

We loved our room!! It was noisy from the time the kids play pool area opened in the morning (10am??) until when it shut down at night (6pm?). But during those times we were mostly out and about. At night it was peaceful enough to sleep with the slider open and listen to the ocean.

bmeninga
08-04-2012, 09:22 PM
Thank you so much!!!--can't waitfor our oct.trip!!!

izzy
08-05-2012, 09:15 AM
Finally found your thread. We were in room 913 in phase 2 building. The view was considered ocean view.

http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/49801/2022872250041821303S500x500Q85.jpg

It might have had an sunset view but we were never in the room so, I don't know for 100% sure.

The room was noisy at night. We like to sleep with the slider open so we can get fresh air but it was too noisy. The hotel next door had all kinds of deliveries and the trucks backing up and the beeping sound would start. One night I heard a dog barking. Anyways, I'm not sure I'd pick an ocean view again and risk getting this view again. I might be happier with a pool view. The resort is actually set back from the ocean/beach quite a bit. I did trade in at 7 months so, I was still happy we got this room.

Here are some more pictures:

Since we were in a corner the balcony was smallish:

http://inlinethumb24.webshots.com/48215/2971292060041821303S500x500Q85.jpg

Looking down at the spa:

http://inlinethumb63.webshots.com/51390/2613283470041821303S500x500Q85.jpg

The rest of my pictures are here:

http://travel.webshots.com/album/583162331pfYVaU

Wow, that would tick me off to no end to pay the points for an ocean view and get this room! I have to think that at some point in the future they are going to have to redo the points charts to account for rooms that have views like this.

ramkam
08-05-2012, 10:11 PM
Here is the view from Villa 453 taken the first week of July 2012.

Left
http://www.ramphotography.com/photos/i-zrfLD5w/0/M/i-zrfLD5w-M.jpg

Center
http://www.ramphotography.com/photos/i-RhgVX2d/0/M/i-RhgVX2d-M.jpg

Right
http://www.ramphotography.com/photos/i-WzjDdLj/0/M/i-WzjDdLj-M.jpg

There was only one event in the courtyard below during the eight nights we were at the resort. It was interesting to sit on the balcony and watch the party one floor below.

wdrl
08-06-2012, 07:48 AM
Thanks to ckdipp and ramkam for sharing your photos! I've added your villas to the list of links I maintain in Post #1.

My wife and I will be at Aulani in another 40 days, so we'll finally be able to post some of our own photos to this thread. Aulani will be undergoing some renovations during our stay that might disrupt some of the amenities at the resort. DVC is being proactive about the potential disruptions and informed us it is crediting two nights worth of points to our account. I'll be posting a trip report and will take photos of the renovations.

parrotheadlois
08-06-2012, 09:38 AM
Wow, that would tick me off to no end to pay the points for an ocean view and get this room! I have to think that at some point in the future they are going to have to redo the points charts to account for rooms that have views like this.

I agree. I guess it meets the technical "view of the ocean" but it seems more like a view of the hotel next door.

Silly Little Pixie
08-06-2012, 10:58 PM
Thanks to ckdipp and ramkam for sharing your photos! I've added your villas to the list of links I maintain in Post #1.

My wife and I will be at Aulani in another 40 days, so we'll finally be able to post some of our own photos to this thread. Aulani will be undergoing some renovations during our stay that might disrupt some of the amenities at the resort. DVC is being proactive about the potential disruptions and informed us it is crediting two nights worth of points to our account. I'll be posting a trip report and will take photos of the renovations.

How far in advance did they inform you of the point credit? That does seem to me to go a long way toward good guest relations. I am staying there in December and I got a letter and an email about the construction, but not about points.

ACDSNY
08-06-2012, 11:13 PM
How far in advance did they inform you of the point credit? That does seem to me to go a long way toward good guest relations. I am staying there in December and I got a letter and an email about the construction, but not about points.

We're also staying in Dec and received the mailing about construction, no mention about points though.

Silly Little Pixie
08-07-2012, 12:54 AM
We're also staying in Dec and received the mailing about construction, no mention about points though.

maybe they are holding off on that for later December folks, hoping it will be done? :goodvibes We are there Dec. 14-21.

wdrl
08-07-2012, 07:06 AM
How far in advance did they inform you of the point credit? That does seem to me to go a long way toward good guest relations. I am staying there in December and I got a letter and an email about the construction, but not about points.

We received the email from DVC about the 2-night point credit on Friday, August 3, 2012. Earlier, on July 26th, we received an email informing us of the renovations being done during our stay.

ckdipp
08-07-2012, 07:13 AM
Thanks to ckdipp and ramkam for sharing your photos! I've added your villas to the list of links I maintain in Post #1.

My wife and I will be at Aulani in another 40 days, so we'll finally be able to post some of our own photos to this thread. Aulani will be undergoing some renovations during our stay that might disrupt some of the amenities at the resort. DVC is being proactive about the potential disruptions and informed us it is crediting two nights worth of points to our account. I'll be posting a trip report and will take photos of the renovations.

I was reading about this in another thread. They are also crediting hotel stays 2 nights of cost as well.

Anxious to hear what they are renovating.

ckdipp
08-07-2012, 07:15 AM
BTW - I forgot to mention that Villa 808 is a 2 bedroom dedicated and is Wheelchair accessible.

wdrl
08-07-2012, 08:22 AM
Anxious to hear what they are renovating.

Here is the text of the email we received about the upcoming renovations at Aulani: http://www.dvcnews.com/index.php/resorts/aulani-villas/news/2019-more-info-on-aulani-expansion

BTW - I forgot to mention that Villa 808 is a 2 bedroom dedicated and is Wheelchair accessible.

Thanks for letting me know. I have added a notation to the list in Post #1.

ACDSNY
08-07-2012, 12:47 PM
maybe they are holding off on that for later December folks, hoping it will be done? :goodvibes We are there Dec. 14-21.

We'll miss you by a day...Dec 8th - 13th.

Here is the text of the email we received about the upcoming renovations at Aulani: http://www.dvcnews.com/index.php/resorts/aulani-villas/news/2019-more-info-on-aulani-expansion


This is the information we received through the mail. I haven't seen any emails yet.

OurDogCisco
08-07-2012, 04:20 PM
Wow, that would tick me off to no end to pay the points for an ocean view and get this room! I have to think that at some point in the future they are going to have to redo the points charts to account for rooms that have views like this.

I agree. I guess it meets the technical "view of the ocean" but it seems more like a view of the hotel next door.

Yes, the view wasn't the best but I can't say I'm surprised. I own two other timeshares in Hawaii: one in Maui and in Kauai. Both have the same definition of an ocean view. In fact for the one in Kauai I bought island view because of it. But I still wish I bought ocean view. Both of the resorts that I own at have ocean views that are overlooking a public beach parking lot. I can see both sides of the coin because if it was clear view of the ocean then, it would really be ocean front view. Maybe they should call this a less desirable ocean view and change the points for the front of the resort buildings to ocean front. And, then, change the ocean view rooms facting the pool higher points too.

Oceanfront for the rooms in the front of the resort that over look the beach.

A-Ocean view for those rooms over looking the pool area
B-Ocean view for those rooms over looking the hotels.

I did find this resort to be VERY big. The room views are going to be pretty bad. I was really surprised to learn that many of the hotel rooms don't have great views either.

saintstickets
08-08-2012, 09:11 PM
How far in advance did they inform you of the point credit? That does seem to me to go a long way toward good guest relations. I am staying there in December and I got a letter and an email about the construction, but not about points.

We're also staying in Dec and received the mailing about construction, no mention about points though.

I called MS asking about the point credit and was told that they are sending out the point credit notices in batches. I would imagine those batches are date sensitive. I would guess those with December reservations will receive the notice sometime before mid-October.

DisneyBelle99
08-09-2012, 04:36 PM
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x462/DisneyBelle99/ViewfromDVCAulani2.jpg

When I posted this on Facebook back in February, I added
"Is this Heaven?" "No, it's Hawaii!":beach::beach:
Not a bad place to escape from NY in winter.

Just getting the hang of this Photobucket thing, hope this works.

Room is 1612

wdrl
08-09-2012, 09:24 PM
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x462/DisneyBelle99/ViewfromDVCAulani2.jpg



Thanks for posting your photo!

I'm confused, though. Are you sure your villa number was 1601? I didn't think there was a villa numbered 1601. Could you have been in 1612?

O might need to change my chart in Post #1 if you actually had villa 1601!

DisneyBelle99
08-09-2012, 09:31 PM
Yes, I went back to my saved email from Aulani, it was 1612:worried:

wdrl
08-10-2012, 06:42 AM
Yes, I went back to my saved email from Aulani, it was 1612

Thanks for letting me know. I was afraid I'd have to redo my layout charts!!! I've added your villa to the list in Post #1.

By the way, you had a great view!

parrotheadlois
08-10-2012, 09:24 AM
This is beautiful. We're going in March, starting off in an "ocean view" studio then switching over to a 1BR standard view. I'd be really happy if I have a view like this!!

Cinderpamela
08-12-2012, 09:28 PM
Here is the view from the pool view deluxe studio #504

http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n579/Kpwarnick/Hawaii%202012/WP_001744.jpg

Towards the ocean:

http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n579/Kpwarnick/Hawaii%202012/WP_000256.jpg

looking straight ahead and down:
http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n579/Kpwarnick/Hawaii%202012/WP_000254.jpg

looking back towards the lobby:
http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n579/Kpwarnick/Hawaii%202012/WP_0002552.jpg

spleen
08-13-2012, 02:43 AM
So this technically isn't a villa but might be interesting from another perspective. Tried getting into Aulani on DVC points but got shut out - no openings found and nothing came through on the wait list for us. We went with our backup position, a booked reservation for a hotel room at Aulani. This is the view from room 947, partial ocean view, in the Waianae building (last room at the end of the hallway, closest to the front of the hotel). Hope this helps somebody!

Looking straight out from the balcony:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/PhotoAug1150727PM.jpg

Looking to the right from the balcony:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/spleen93/dis/PhotoAug1150741PM.jpg

wdrl
08-13-2012, 08:44 AM
Here is the view from the pool view deluxe studio #504



Thanks, Cinderpamela, for sharing your photos. In just 33 days we'll be checking into a Pool View Studio and I keep wondering which villa we will get.

So this technically isn't a villa but might be interesting from another perspective. Tried getting into Aulani on DVC points but got shut out - no openings found and nothing came through on the wait list for us. We went with our backup position, a booked reservation for a hotel room at Aulani. This is the view from room 947, partial ocean view, in the Waianae building (last room at the end of the hallway, closest to the front of the hotel). Hope this helps somebody!



Thanks, Spleen! It looks like a great view. Is room 947 officially classified as "partial ocean view?"

I've thought about expanding my Aulani layout charts to include the hotel side of the resort. But unlike the DVC villas (which are all listed in the Aulani Master Declaration) I have yet to see a layout for the hotel rooms. And besides, just tracking the DVC villas is keeping me busy enough.

spleen
08-13-2012, 10:02 AM
Thanks, Spleen! It looks like a great view. Is room 947 officially classified as "partial ocean view?"

I've thought about expanding my Aulani layout charts to include the hotel side of the resort. But unlike the DVC villas (which are all listed in the Aulani Master Declaration) I have yet to see a layout for the hotel rooms. And besides, just tracking the DVC villas is keeping me busy enough.

We were told by the front desk that it was a partial ocean view. Seemed fair enough based on the view that we had ... I know some places that would have classified it as an ocean view, not a partial. Had a great short stay in it but did miss our villa setup, especially the microwave!

mkburme
08-14-2012, 12:33 AM
Here are some pictures of Room#1252 1 bed ocean view

View to left
http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p496/MKBURME/3e92b84e.jpg
View straight
http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p496/MKBURME/cf371119.jpg
View to right (hotel rooms on far right section)
http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p496/MKBURME/b4c6477d.jpg
View looking down
http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p496/MKBURME/61ed4a50.jpg

wdrl
08-14-2012, 09:25 AM
Here are some pictures of Room#1252 1 bed ocean view



Great photos, mkburme! I have to ask: Do you really think the Ocean View was worth it????:)

mrsxsparrow
08-14-2012, 02:22 PM
We just got back from a week-long stay in a one-bedroom pool view villa. I requested the highest floor possible and far away from the lobby in hopes of a glimpse of ocean and ended up in room 458.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k237/mrsxsparrow/photo1-2.jpg
Looking straight towards the other tower.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k237/mrsxsparrow/photo3-2.jpg
This was a corner room and if you stood at the end of the balcony and looked slightly left you could juuuuust make out the dark blue water of the ocean. It was slightly easier to see in person but not by much.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k237/mrsxsparrow/photo4-1.jpg
Looking down, an entrance to the lazy river.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k237/mrsxsparrow/photo5.jpg
Looking down and to the right. You could see the balcony off the lobby as well as where the band played at night. It was nice hearing the music but if you shut the sliding door you couldn't really hear it anymore.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k237/mrsxsparrow/photo2-1.jpg

Overall we really liked this location. It was on the end of the building and the room closest to the elevators. Pool access was super easy... Just down the elevators and over a bridge. We liked listening to the music at night. The area below us was also used as a character photo location so we got to see most of the characters at one point or another. And it wasn't very noisy during the day, like the other tower (closer to the kid's water area) might be.

ACDSNY
08-14-2012, 02:31 PM
All these lovely pool view photos are making me want to use the 2 night credit points to upgrade from a standard to pool view in Dec. Oh decisions decisions.:rotfl:

mkburme
08-14-2012, 09:03 PM
Great photos, mkburme! I have to ask: Do you really think the Ocean View was worth it????:)

I would say it was worth it. The sunset views were wonderful!
We knew that we probably wouldn't be back for awhile so we used the extra points with no regrets!

wdrl
08-29-2012, 11:43 AM
Bumping this thread to remind readers that they can post their Aulani views on this thread. My wife and I will be at Aulani beginning September 15, about the time that the construction/renovations are scheduled to begin. We'll post photos of our villa as well as any signs of construction that we see.

parrotheadlois
08-30-2012, 08:19 AM
We're going in early March and are watching this thread with interest to see how construction progresses. Thanks for bumping!

Cinderpamela
08-31-2012, 01:26 AM
Thanks, Cinderpamela, for sharing your photos. In just 33 days we'll be checking into a Pool View Studio and I keep wondering which villa we will get.

We put in a request for 5th floor, when we arrived at check in they said they had a 1st floor available right away, but if I was willing to wait the 5th floor request could be granted.... I told them that I was for sure willing to wait! So definitely request 5th floor, it was a really nice view!

eva
09-02-2012, 11:31 AM
Wow, that would tick me off to no end to pay the points for an ocean view and get this room! I have to think that at some point in the future they are going to have to redo the points charts to account for rooms that have views like this.

Totally agree. I am so frustrated trying to decide between an ocean view or pool view. I want one of those great ocean views from the inside courtyard area, not an obscure view of a building with the ocean way in the distant. I would be ticked too.

pilot04
09-07-2012, 01:15 AM
We stayed in room 1612 at Aulani last week. It was an excellent 1BR ocean view villa with awesome views. Glad we decided on ocean view as kids really loved it especially on the top floor.

View of ocean:
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg556/pilot04/0ed9c2be.jpg

View looking down:
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg556/pilot04/f27e432f.jpg

View looking forward:
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg556/pilot04/c37b71ee.jpg

Door:
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg556/pilot04/b51ec9cd.jpg

Dizney73
09-09-2012, 10:38 AM
Enjoying everyone's posts. Planning to do Aulani in summer 2014 or 2015. I was planning on booking an island view...but seeing everyone's pool and ocean view pictures are making me rethink. Can't wait to see more room views! I love planning...it is half the fun of the trip!:goodvibes

parrotheadlois
09-10-2012, 09:06 AM
We're going in March - doing 8 nights in a studio, ocean view, then for the last 3 nights, switching over to a 1BR standard view (not sure what we'll be viewing, but the 1BR will be nice).

adamak
09-14-2012, 07:52 PM
What is the highest floor for a 1 bedroom standard view? And which building should I request?
I''d rather stretch my points for more Hawaii vacations in the future. We've been to HNL 4 times now and didn't care that much about views from the room (cause I can just take the elevator down to enjoy it). :)

wdrl
09-15-2012, 04:38 PM
What is the highest floor for a 1 bedroom standard view? And which building should I request?
I''d rather stretch my points for more Hawaii vacations in the future. We've been to HNL 4 times now and didn't care that much about views from the room (cause I can just take the elevator down to enjoy it). :)

The Standard View villas,which include some one-bedrooms, are on floors 4 through 7 in the Ewa Building and on floors 3 through 7 in the soon to be opened Phase 3 portion of the Ewa Building.

By the way, we just checked into Aulani this morning and are waiting for our room. A DVC Guide said they expect the Phase 3 Building to open by January 2013.

oktracy
09-15-2012, 05:37 PM
Hey wdrl,

Thanks for all of your hard work on this thread. I hope you are enjoying your trip. I will be following you on DVC News as well. We just left Aulani 6 days ago and I cannot wait to go back. Good luck with your room assignment. I am hoping for the best for you. You deserve it. I will post a picture of my room view when I can figure out how to do so. Enjoy!! :yay:

saintstickets
09-16-2012, 11:06 AM
The Standard View villas,which include some one-bedrooms, are on floors 4 through 7 in the Ewa Building and on floors 3 through 7 in the soon to be opened Phase 3 portion of the Waianae Building.

By the way, we just checked into Aulani this morning and are waiting for our room. A DVC Guide said they expect the Phase 3 Building to open by January 2013.

wdrl....we were told last week while at Aulani that Starlit Hui is being moved. If you can, see if the new location for Starlit Hui is the grassy area between Ewa and the valet parking. It would be nice to watch this from your balcony of the Standard/Island view rooms.

wdrl
09-16-2012, 07:43 PM
wdrl....we were told last week while at Aulani that Starlit Hui is being moved. If you can, see if the new location for Starlit Hui is the grassy area between Ewa and the valet parking. It would be nice to watch this from your balcony of the Standard/Island view rooms.

I'll find out and report back later.

Silly Little Pixie
09-16-2012, 08:45 PM
Has anyone stayed in a room that was HA accessible? We booked a 2 bedroom lockoff for December, and the studio is supposed to be accessible...pool view. When I called Aulani about this a few months ago, they said the pool view HA rooms were on the 4th and 5th floor. Hoping someone has stayed in one- it might be that the studio just has bars on the tub, or a roll-in shower. Just wondering which studio it will be!

Beachbumpirates
09-17-2012, 01:37 PM
The Standard View villas,which include some one-bedrooms, are on floors 4 through 7 in the Ewa Building and on floors 3 through 7 in the soon to be opened Phase 3 portion of the Waianae Building.

By the way, we just checked into Aulani this morning and are waiting for our room. A DVC Guide said they expect the Phase 3 Building to open by January 2013.

Would love your opinion since you are currently there, please? We are not DVC - booked thru AA Vacations for Oct 12 arrival. AA has offered to move us to another property due to construction and cannot credit us the 2 nights currently being offered. Would you stay with the construction you are currently seeing? Or let them move you to a Waikiki resort? Thanks for your opinion and enjoy! Mahalo!

wkrider
09-17-2012, 05:58 PM
We stayed in an island view studio last week. It was #1655--on the 16th floor in the Ewa building. Our DD and her DH stayed in #1657 which was a studio right next door. Both were lockoff studios and were adjacent to each other but not connecting.

This is the view to the left off our balcony:
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t203/donmil723/IMG_5579.jpg

This is the view straight ahead:
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t203/donmil723/IMG_5578.jpg

This is the view to the right off our balcony:
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t203/donmil723/IMG_5577.jpg

Not the best views but we weren't really in the room that much! Just down the hall by the elevator there was a great view of the pool area and ocean. Unfortunately, my pictures didn't turn out as great as the view really was in person.

We just got back and I will use you view shots since you were right above us,,,we were in 1157. Nice studio room, very quiet at night, close to elevator. Like you we were not to concerned with the view since we were not in the room much either. We did like seeing the sunrise over the cloud covered mountains though.

wdrl
09-17-2012, 11:50 PM
wdrl....we were told last week while at Aulani that Starlit Hui is being moved. If you can, see if the new location for Starlit Hui is the grassy area between Ewa and the valet parking. It would be nice to watch this from your balcony of the Standard/Island view rooms.

I talked to several CMs today about the relocation of the Starlit Hui. It will be moved to the grassy area that is on the right side (Ewa side) of the resort. This means that guests in the odd numbered villas xx71-xx87 in the long wing and even numbered villas xx60-xx68 in the short wing of the Phase 3 Building will see the Starlit Hui's new space. However, I don't know how much of the stage you'll be able to see from the villas. I might have an awning or covering over the stage.


Has anyone stayed in a room that was HA accessible? We booked a 2 bedroom lockoff for December, and the studio is supposed to be accessible...pool view. When I called Aulani about this a few months ago, they said the pool view HA rooms were on the 4th and 5th floor. Hoping someone has stayed in one- it might be that the studio just has bars on the tub, or a roll-in shower. Just wondering which studio it will be!

I haven't found out yet, but I'll talk to some DVD CMs tomorrow and see if they know. If not, I'll check with the Concierge to see if they know the location and configuration of the HA villas.

wdrl
09-18-2012, 12:12 AM
Would love your opinion since you are currently there, please? We are not DVC - booked thru AA Vacations for Oct 12 arrival. AA has offered to move us to another property due to construction and cannot credit us the 2 nights currently being offered. Would you stay with the construction you are currently seeing? Or let them move you to a Waikiki resort? Thanks for your opinion and enjoy! Mahalo!

This is a tough one to answer. Right now, almost all of the construction is hardly noticeable because its currently confined to what use to be the outdoor seating area for the Makahiki Restaurant. The work they are doing at that location isn't impacting much of anything -- other than taking Makahiki's outdoor seating out of commission until November. Hardly any sounds or unsightly sights (pun intended). We heard a jackhammer for a few minutes this morning near the pool, but that lasted just a few minutes and only impacted the very immediate area of 10-15 yards.

However, more construction projects will be commencing very soon. By the time of your trip on October 12, the area surrounding the Wailana Leisure pool, the Makai Preserve, the Wailana Pool Bar, and the Makaloa Garden should all be undergoing a major transformation. On this map, these are the areas in the lower left hand corner of the resort.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/0001U4.jpg

A CM told us that by next week they will be removing some of the landscaping that currently exists on the left side of the Waianae Building (marked in red as Phase 2 on the map).

Will this interfere with your enjoyment of Aulani? Only you can tell for sure. There will be many other things still in full operation and without restrictions, including the lazy river, the beach, the main pool, the many and varied Disney programs, etc.

Like I said, its a tough question to answer.

wdrl
09-18-2012, 02:37 PM
We are in Villa #304, a Pool View Studio in the Waianae Building. Its on the third floor, which is the same floor as the front desk, lobby, General Store, and other amenities. The villa is in great shape and was very clean when we arrived. We have a view of the Menehune Bridge and Water Play area, and the Rainbow Reef. I can even see a bit of the Pacific Ocean when I peek between the trees.

Aulani is laid out quite well. I don't think it takes more than 5 minutes to get anywhere on resort property.

By the way: The free wi-fi here at Aulani works great. We haven't had any difficulties accessing the wi-fi from the villa, common areas, or the pool.

Design on our villa's door:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file-28.jpg

The studio has lots of space. Since our villa's balcony is angled, the sofa is at an angle, too.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file-30.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file-36.jpg

There are very few hidden Mickeys here in Aulani. In our villa, I have found only two. One is on the bed throw, and the other is the lamp on the desk.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file-29.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file-31.jpg

Our view looking straight ahead toward the Ewa Building, which is not yet opened.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file-34.jpg

Looking to the right toward the ocean:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file-35.jpg

Looking left toward the Menehune Bridge and water play area:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file-69.jpg

Add me to the list of people that think Disney hit a home run with this resort!

Beachbumpirates
09-18-2012, 04:21 PM
Thank you WDRL! I appreciate your input, enjoy your stay!

Laurie

mouseaider
09-19-2012, 09:29 AM
WDRL..... I'm glad it's all you thought it would be. :cloud9:

Stop by my old studio and say "Hi"! Tell it I miss it!:thumbsup2

wdrl
09-19-2012, 11:56 AM
WDRL..... I'm glad it's all you thought it would be. :cloud9:

Stop by my old studio and say "Hi"! Tell it I miss it!:thumbsup2

Actually, I have sort of done that already. We walk by villa #110 frequently and I've stopped a number of times to check out the view from "your" villa. A couple of days ago I had a chance encounter with Mickey just a few steps away from your old patio.

My wife and I have a trip report here (http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?11255-15-Days-in-Hawaii-with-denlo-amp-wdrl). Follow along if you have time.

mouseaider
09-19-2012, 02:26 PM
My wife and I have a trip report here (http://dvcnews.com/forum/showthread.php?11255-15-Days-in-Hawaii-with-denlo-amp-wdrl). Follow along if you have time.

Thanks. Following you now!

Silly Little Pixie
09-19-2012, 06:35 PM
Wdrl, your view from 304 looks great! I'll be happy with my pool view if mine looks like that!

wdrl
09-20-2012, 12:43 PM
When you are at Aulani, DVC offers tours of a three bedroom Grand Villa six days a week. The Grand Villa (#1001) is on the 10th Floor in the Waianae Building. As with all other Grand Villas, it is on the endcap of the building so the balcony faces the ocean.

Its extremely spacious and very nicely appointed. The balcony runs the entire length of the villa and we had a great view of the Pacific Ocean. The master bathroom has a TV display built into the mirror. I've never seen that before. That is not a reflected TV image in the mirror -- its the TV itself!

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zpsaeac69eb.jpg

Here are some more photos of the interior of the Grand Villa:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zps5452f56d.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zps1e5cf5c6.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zpsa8ef729d.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zpse8789e8f.jpg

The GV doesn't have a separate laundry room. The stacked washer/dryer units are in a closet area:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zpsaaa102e0.jpg

The main entrance to the GV:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zps8b1a43d9.jpg

Each Aulani Grand Villa occupies a single floor, but has two doors. The second door opens to a large interior hallway which, for lack of a better term, I called a mud room. This would be a good way to enter the villa if you are coming back from the beach or pool and you don't want to track sand into the villa.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zps882eb250.jpg

Views from the GV's balcony:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zps5ec0573f.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zps198dc224.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zps5eb91537.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zpsbfb2dfbe.jpg

drujaz
09-21-2012, 12:50 AM
When you visit Aulani, it would be helpful if you post photos of the view from your villa to this thread.
******

Our first day here and I have to say, this resort is just beautiful. Here's a view from room 1258 of the Ewa Tower. This room is a One Bedroom Ocean View.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-YT4fulk7Bxg/UFv7s067oNI/AAAAAAAARnA/YXRZpwyiGT4/s800/IMG_1170.JPG

wdrl
09-21-2012, 01:18 AM
Our first day here and I have to say, this resort is just beautiful. Here's a view from room 1258 of the Ewa Tower. This room is a One Bedroom Ocean View.



Thanks for posting, drujaz! I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay at Aulani.

Silly Little Pixie
09-24-2012, 09:38 PM
I talked to a CM at Aulani and she confirmed that none of the HA units (or 1 bedrooms attached to an HA studio) have the single sleeper in the living room...no trundle under the tv or sleeper chair. She said it is because then the unit is not wheelchair accessible, a wheelchair couldn't go around the trundle to access the balcony. I don't think the lack of the single in the living room is an issue for most people, but for some (like us) it is. Luckily, I called MS and was able to switch to a regular PV villa. :goodvibes My FIL who has mobility issues can just use the shower in the master bedroom rather than the roll in shower.

Aulani also does not have rollaways, but she said they could provide an air mattress if you need the extra bed in the HA room. The CM did confirm that the pool view HA units are on the 4th floor- so if you need one, you know it's a good view!

Just good information to know!

wdrl
09-28-2012, 07:01 PM
Villa #170/172 is part of Aulani's Phase 3 which is tentatively schedule to open in January 2013. As such, it is not yet available for guests to use. I don't know for sure which part of this vacation home is the one-bedroom villa and which part is the studio villa. However, if the layout of Phase 3 mirrors the layout of the already opened Phase 2, then villa #170 should be the one-bedroom and villa #172 should be the studio portion.

We were recently at Aulani and I took some photos of the view from the patio of Villa #170/172. It is on the ground level of the long wing of the Ewa Building. You step right off the patio of the villa and are in Waikolohe Valley, Aulani's name for the gardens and water features including the main pool and lazy river. Villa #170/172 is also as close as you can be to the bank of elevators and guest laundry room for the Ewa Building.

A possible drawback to Villa #170/172 is that it is classified as having a Pool View. Actually, the name of this view category is "Poolside Gardens View" which "includes at least a partial view of the pool, courtyards, water features, or landscaping from the room of balcony." Guests expecting a view of the pool or water feature might be disappointed with the view from the patio of Villa #170/172. Landscaping and a short rock wall blocks any view of the lazy river. The lazy river is actually just on the other side of the rock wall in these photos, which were taken from the patio. One photo is looking to the left, the other is looking to the right.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zpsb69bbbd4.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zps3a2d49cb.jpg

dvc_john
09-29-2012, 01:35 PM
This is view from 813, the 1-br portion of a 2-br lock-off ocean view.

http://i1356.photobucket.com/albums/q732/dvc_john/100_1600_zps3e3cd931.jpg

dvc_john
09-29-2012, 01:37 PM
This is the view from 1006, a 2-br lock-off ocean view. It is currently (as of September 2012) being used as an 'open house' room, available for walk-in viewing every day for 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the late afternoon.

http://i1356.photobucket.com/albums/q732/dvc_john/100_1569_zpse2d8e1b8.jpg

wdrl
09-29-2012, 08:36 PM
Thanks, dvc_john, for posting your photos to this thread. My wife and I were at Aulani until 9/22 so we just missed you.

Iceman93
09-30-2012, 03:39 PM
I'm about to post a few-pics from 1003, a 2br non-lock-off ocean view. I mentioned to a few cast members that we were less than impressed with this as the most expensive view category, and was told they hear that a lot. LOVED the resort, was just underwhelmed with the view for what we paid.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/545397_10151204223359564_2092536111_n.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/304056_10151204223554564_354947194_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/398199_10151204223614564_245212125_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/247774_10151204223709564_1565210628_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/377249_10151204223779564_736369563_n.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/308220_10151204223859564_587615719_n.jpg

wdrl
09-30-2012, 06:42 PM
Thanks for posting your photos, Iceman93.

When we were at Aulani, we also heard from a DVC CM that a reclassification may be needed on the odd-numbered ocean view villas in the Waianae Building.

I'm sure DVD will have to tweak the Aulani point chart because of the elimination the Standard View Grand Villa. However, a reclassification of Waianae's 28 odd-numbered vacation homes from Ocean View to Island View would necessitate more significant increased points costs, just like the downgrading of 10 BLT Theme Park View villas to Standard View resulted in increased point charges at BLT.

slum808
10-01-2012, 03:05 AM
Did I miss something, what happened to the standard view GV?

dvc_john
10-01-2012, 11:13 AM
Did I miss something, what happened to the standard view GV?

From a post by wdlr in another thread:

Currently, there is one Standard View Grand Villa on the first floor of the Waianae Building (#101) and two Standard View Grand Villas on the second and third floors of the Ewa Building (Villas #289 and #389). In October, Disney will permanently eliminate GV #101, putting a pool side cafe in its place.

wdrl
10-01-2012, 11:48 AM
Did I miss something, what happened to the standard view GV?

From a post by wdlr in another thread:

Currently, there is one Standard View Grand Villa on the first floor of the Waianae Building (#101) and two Standard View Grand Villas on the second and third floors of the Ewa Building (Villas #289 and #389). In October, Disney will permanently eliminate GV #101, putting a pool side cafe in its place.

Thanks, dvc_john for putting in the quote about the elimination of one Standard View GV at Aulani.

Here is a link to an article with photos (http://www.dvcnews.com/index.php/resorts/aulani-villas/news/2077-more-aulani-construction-projects-beginning-soon-) on some of the enhancements that are occurring at Aulani. The Standard View GV in the Waianae Building will be eliminated, but there will still be two Standard View GVs on the endcap of the Ewa Building. They are considered standard view because their views of the ocean are obstructed by the rooftop of the Ama'Ama restaurant.

PinkGrandma
10-03-2012, 10:17 AM
I'm just about to book a 2 bdrm. villa for Spring 2013 for my husband and I and our son, daughter-in-law & granddaughter (5). Any suggestions? We have never stayed at a Disney vacation villa before and I am just wondering opinions about if it is better than having 2 rooms at the regular hotel? are shampoo, etc.included?, how often do they supply towels, etc.? Are the villas close to the pools, etc. or are we going to have to walk a mile? Any input anyone can give me would be so appreciated. We are looking forward to our first all family vacation being a Disney one!!:beach:

krbrat
10-03-2012, 03:15 PM
I am wanting to book Aulani for my son and his fiancee's honeymoon. Since it is not my home resort I cannot book until 7 monthe out. Do any of you think I will have trouble getting a room?:beach:

Cinderpamela
10-03-2012, 04:10 PM
I am wanting to book Aulani for my son and his fiancee's honeymoon. Since it is not my home resort I cannot book until 7 monthe out. Do any of you think I will have trouble getting a room?:beach:

We booked right at the 7 month mark back in December for our trip this past July. I was on the phone right at opening and got exactly what we wanted. We were actually at WDW during our booking time so there I was in Liberty Square booking our Aulani trip.

I would say just get online or call right when your window opens up and you should be ok.

:thumbsup2

krbrat
10-04-2012, 08:22 AM
Thanks Cinderpamela. How did you enjoy the resort?:beach:

Iceman93
10-04-2012, 09:04 AM
I'm just about to book a 2 bdrm. villa for Spring 2013 for my husband and I and our son, daughter-in-law & granddaughter (5). Any suggestions? We have never stayed at a Disney vacation villa before and I am just wondering opinions about if it is better than having 2 rooms at the regular hotel? are shampoo, etc.included?, how often do they supply towels, etc.? Are the villas close to the pools, etc. or are we going to have to walk a mile? Any input anyone can give me would be so appreciated. We are looking forward to our first all family vacation being a Disney one!!:beach:

I can't really help on the 2br villa vs 2 hotel rooms; each has its pros and cons. What I can verify is that, as a paying guest and not a DVC member on points, you will get full housekeeping in your villa twice a day just like in a regular hotel room. They will restock your shampoo, soap, etc., change your linens and towels, and all that exactly the same. And the walks to all of the common facilities are exactly the same length (short!) in either a villa or a hotel room.

theOCdisney
10-07-2012, 08:14 PM
After being here at Aulani i have new appreciation for all the pictures. I would make a suggestion for an additional room category. I would divide the ocean view into two. 1. Partial ocean view and 2. Deluxe ocean view. This would solve the problem of some people getting a much better view than others who are paying the same amount in points. Even some of the garden/pool view rooms could be moved to the partial ocean view room category. When we get to Kauai tomorrow I will post pictures of our room. A garden/pool view room with a peek-a-boo view of the ocean through the trees. We have thoroghly enjoyed our stay here at Aulani. The attention to detail is what makes this such a level above other resorts in the same class. We can hardly wait to return to Aulani with our children and grandson. Perfect place for a multi-generational vacation.

Aloha!:beach:

P.S. We need a hula dancer smiley.

shoedude1971
10-07-2012, 10:04 PM
Posting pictures of room 964, overlooking the new area for the Starlight Hui.
https://picasaweb.google.com/103537273931794347492/RANDOMPICTURES#5796767932797564242
https://picasaweb.google.com/103537273931794347492/RANDOMPICTURES#5796767882179448066

DVCTiff
10-07-2012, 10:20 PM
We are in #784 Studio and have an amazing view of the ocean and pool area. No complaints. This place is paradise. I had no problems booking at the 7- month window, and I honestly can't remember if I booked online or by phone. I'm guessing by phone because I just made online readies for next April, and I was a nervous wreck so I'm guessing I made these by phone.

Psychodisney
10-08-2012, 07:29 AM
After being here at Aulani i have new appreciation for all the pictures. I would make a suggestion for an additional room category. I would divide the ocean view into two. 1. Partial ocean view and 2. Deluxe ocean view. This would solve the problem of some people getting a much better view than others who are paying the same amount in points. Even some of the garden/pool view rooms could be moved to the partial ocean view room category. When we get to Kauai tomorrow I will post pictures of our room. A garden/pool view room with a peek-a-boo view of the ocean through the trees. We have thoroghly enjoyed our stay here at Aulani. The attention to detail is what makes this such a level above other resorts in the same class. We can hardly wait to return to Aulani with our children and grandson. Perfect place for a multi-generational vacation.

Aloha!:beach:

P.S. We need a hula dancer smiley.

ITA with both...room category and hula dancer!
We were very happy with our even numbered ocean view but after seeing some of the odd numbers.......we would have been very disappointed over there!

wdrl
10-08-2012, 08:52 AM
When we get to Kauai tomorrow I will post pictures of our room. A garden/pool view room with a peek-a-boo view of the ocean through the trees.

I'll add your villa to the list in Post #1 once you post your photos. Mahalo!

Posting pictures of room 964, overlooking the new area for the Starlight Hui.


I've added villa 964 to the list in Post 1. I'll also update the charts in Post 1 to show that villas xx64 are studios and xx62 are one-bedrooms. Appreciate your contribution to this thread!

We are in #784 Studio and have an amazing view of the ocean and pool area. No complaints. This place is paradise.

I totally agree: Aulani is paradise! I've added to the charts in Post 1 that villas with room number xx84 are studios. Do you have any photos you would like to share? Mahalo!

lark
10-09-2012, 02:36 PM
1204, studio -- pretty spectacular views.

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll239/lark7774/Aulani1-1.jpg

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll239/lark7774/Aulani2.jpg

Moved to 363, Standard View 1 BR. Nice to have the extra space, but one could easily call this room, "no view." Still, they let us in at 9:00 a.m., which was great. As an aside, it felt like this room had only very recently opened. Some of the stuff in the room seemed never used -- like, literally. I don't think many guests have stayed in this room at all yet.

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll239/lark7774/Aulani3.jpg

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll239/lark7774/Aulani4.jpg

wdrl
10-09-2012, 03:23 PM
1204, studio -- pretty spectacular views.


Moved to 363, Standard View 1 BR. Nice to have the extra space, but one could easily call this room, "no view." Still, they let us in at 9:00 a.m., which was great. As an aside, it felt like this room had only very recently opened. Some of the stuff in the room seemed never used -- like, literally. I don't think many guests have stayed in this room at all yet.



Thanks for sharing your photos, lark! I've added both villas to the list in Post #1. I'll also need to revise my layout charts to show that villas with room numbers ending in xx63 are one-bedroom villas.

Yes, I agree that villa 1204 has pretty spectacular views. Last month, we were 9 floors below you in villa 304, a Pool View studio. Although we were very happy with the view from 304, it would have only cost us an extra 2 points a night to upgrade from Pool View to Ocean View.

Villa 363 felt like a new villa because it probably was a brand new villa. Aulani just opened villas in Phase 3 in the past few days and villa 363 is one of the villas in the Short Wing of Phase 3.

Now that you have experienced both an Ocean View and a Standard View, which do you think you'll book for your next visit to Aulani?

lark
10-09-2012, 03:54 PM
Now that you have experienced both an Ocean View and a Standard View, which do you think you'll book for your next visit to Aulani?

It's a really good question. I'm not sure we'll be back for a while, but if we could get another ocean view that was close to as good as 1204, I'd be hard pressed not to use extra points.

One thing that I noticed is that in the ocean view room, we didn't mind being in the room. You never have that feeling like you're missing stuff that's going on without you -- just open your balcony door, and you're right there. In the standard view room, I definitely felt a much more pressing desire to get the heck out of the room. Sitting there in our ground floor lanai was out of the question, when you could just go sit at the pool area. Sometimes I think view is overrated, but not in this case -- it really did make a difference.

We were jet lagged so got up around 4:30 the first couple of days. Sitting on the balcony in the ocean view room watching the resort wake up was awesome and added to the vacation. If standard view was the only way I could have enough points to make the trip work, I wouldn't hesitate. But if it is just a question of whether to use the extra points, ocean view is definitely better.

wdrl
10-09-2012, 07:53 PM
These photos are courtesy of theOCdisney.

Villa 482 is a Pool View one-bedroom on the fourth floor and is in the newly opened Phase 3 Building.

Looking to the right toward the lobby. The hotel wing is across the way on the left.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/Aulani/3photo.jpg

Looking to the left toward the ocean and the sunset:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/Aulani/7photo.jpg

Looking straight ahead. The Waianae Building is across the way on the right and the JW Marriott Resort is in the distance. You can see people climbing up the volcano to ride the water slide.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/Aulani/8photo.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/Aulani/6photo.jpg

Looking down toward the Lazy River:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/Aulani/4photo.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/Aulani/5photo.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/Aulani/91photo.jpg

A sunrise and a sunset photo:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/Aulani/9photo.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/Aulani/2photo.jpg

theOCdisney
10-09-2012, 08:55 PM
Thank you so much for taking the time to upload my photos. Just a note about the last two pictures. They are so dark you can not see what we could in person...the ocean between the trees. We forgot our good camera and only had our iPhones to use for pictures. The sunset was spectacular from the balcony. Can't say enough about the quality and workmanship of the resort. They have stamped tree roots into the concrete along parts of the lazy river to give it a sense of age and permanence. The attention to detail is what sets it apart and makes it a magical place.

:beach:

parrotheadlois
10-09-2012, 09:16 PM
It's a really good question. I'm not sure we'll be back for a while, but if we could get another ocean view that was close to as good as 1204, I'd be hard pressed not to use extra points.

One thing that I noticed is that in the ocean view room, we didn't mind being in the room. You never have that feeling like you're missing stuff that's going on without you -- just open your balcony door, and you're right there. In the standard view room, I definitely felt a much more pressing desire to get the heck out of the room. Sitting there in our ground floor lanai was out of the question, when you could just go sit at the pool area. Sometimes I think view is overrated, but not in this case -- it really did make a difference.

We were jet lagged so got up around 4:30 the first couple of days. Sitting on the balcony in the ocean view room watching the resort wake up was awesome and added to the vacation. If standard view was the only way I could have enough points to make the trip work, I wouldn't hesitate. But if it is just a question of whether to use the extra points, ocean view is definitely better.

Thanks for posting your pictures. We are going in March. We also booked an ocean-view studio for the first 8 nights, then are switching to a standard for the last 3. If we got your studio - we'd be THRILLED!! and I'm pretty sure we'd feel the same as you about the standard - but we would be in Hawaii!! Thanks again :thumbsup2

Iceman93
10-12-2012, 09:08 PM
They have stamped tree roots into the concrete along parts of the lazy river to give it a sense of age and permanence. The attention to detail is what sets it apart and makes it a magical place.

Yes, I have to agree with this. The tree roots are just one example of dozens I noticed, which means there are hundreds I didn't. Disney really pulled out all the stops on Aulani!

JonLouisB
10-20-2012, 02:42 AM
2 Bedroom Island Garden View, Room 787. Ewa Tower.

View ends up being a lucky find since the ocean is very visible as well as the wedding reception area, Auntie's Beach House playground, etc.

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k269/jonlouisb/DSCN7357.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k269/jonlouisb/DSCN7358.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k269/jonlouisb/DSCN7359.jpg

LisaT91403
10-20-2012, 11:45 AM
2 Bedroom Island Garden View, Room 787. Ewa Tower.

View ends up being a lucky find since the ocean is very visible as well as the wedding reception area, Auntie's Beach House playground, etc.


Thanks for posting! I think that's an awesome view for Island Garden. I hope we get something similar when we go in 2 weeks!

saintstickets
10-20-2012, 11:51 AM
2 Bedroom Island Garden View, Room 787. Ewa Tower.

View ends up being a lucky find since the ocean is very visible as well as the wedding reception area, Auntie's Beach House playground, etc.

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k269/jonlouisb/DSCN7358.jpg


Great pics! I believe this grassy area is where they are moving Starlit Hui.

YankeeFirecracker
10-20-2012, 11:56 AM
Getting closer to the 7 month window to book a Grand Villa for June 2013. Any suggestions for location requests? Have enough points for 7 day ocean view GV (with banking and borrowing). Celebrating our 50 th anniversary with the kids and grand kids and want it to be special. Thanks in advance for any assistance.

DenLo
10-20-2012, 12:31 PM
JonLouisB looks like the ocean is to the right, and the other two views are straight ahead/down. Is that correct? Was the view to the left a view of the short wing building?

Since a wedding was being set up it looks like you might have had a great view of the Starlit Hui. Thanks for sharing these photos.

wdrl
10-20-2012, 12:38 PM
Thanks JonLouisB for sharing your photos!! It looks like you have a great view of the ocean. Frankly, I'm surprised that Aulani doesn't classify that villa as an Ocean View rather than an Island View. I'm not sure why, but the Ocean View villas don't start until the 10th floor on that side of the Phase 3 Long Wing.

I noticed that Aulani's new BBQ grills can be seen in the upper right corner of your second photo.

NC State Tigger
10-23-2012, 03:08 PM
How many standard view GVs are complete now and how many will there be when phase 3 is complete? How "bad" is the "standard view"? Would I have a chance of getting one at 7 months?

Trying to decide if I want to try and book a GV (and don't have the points for an ocean view) or book a 2 bedroom and 1 studio. Would be myself and DH, DD, her DH and DGD (3 years old) and DS and a more than likely his girlfriend. My children are all in their late 20s.

This may be my "once in a lifetime" trip to Hawaii.

Trying to decide between May/June 2013 or Oct/Nov 2013.

Any advise?

wdrl
10-23-2012, 06:14 PM
There are only two Standard View Grand Villas at Aulani. They are on the 2nd floor (villa #289) and 3rd floor (villa #389) of the Long Wing on the Ewa side of the resort. They are located right above Auntie's Beach House. You might be able to see some of the beach and ocean from their balconies, but I suspect most of the view is blocked by the roof line of the Ama'Ama restaurant.

There use to be a Standard Grand Villa (villa #101) on the first floor of the Waianae Building. However, that space is being converted into a cafe type restaurant.

I don't have a good photo of the balconies for GV #289 or #389. The photo below was taken from the lagoon looking back at the resort. The Ewa Building is on the right and the Grand Villas are all on the end cap facing the ocean. The top GV is on the 11th floor, and the 2nd and 3rd floors are blocked from view by Ama'Ama.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file-116.jpg

I don't know what the demand has been like for Aulani's Grand Villas, or for the Standard View GVs in particular. Thus, I can't venture a guess whether you'll have any luck getting a Standard View Grand Villa at the 7-month mark. But I hope it works out in your favor. As I have said many times before, Aulani is a great resort.

dstupper
10-24-2012, 10:49 AM
Wdrl, is it really? Oh Man! I like the bottom floor rooms. I like the option to quickly get out into the action!! We will be back out there on Friday, looking forward to seeing what they have accomplished.

wdrl
10-24-2012, 11:53 AM
Wdrl, is it really? Oh Man! I like the bottom floor rooms. I like the option to quickly get out into the action!! We will be back out there on Friday, looking forward to seeing what they have accomplished.

Please keep us posted on any changes you notice at Aulani when you go back later this week.

Yes, it is nice with the ground floor villas that face the Wailokohe Valley to step right out of your villa and be right there in the middle of the action. But there is one minor drawback to those villas: Although you can exit from your villa via the patio door, I don't think you can lock the door from the outside. If you want to lock your door from the inside, someone in your party would have to exit via the hallway.

Have fun at Aulani this weekend. Are you going to do some trick or treating while you are there?

wendypooh
10-24-2012, 12:09 PM
What a wonderful thread!! Thank You - We are going to Aulani in May and I'm so excited!!! :)

WestCoastMama
10-24-2012, 12:15 PM
We are here in Paradise! Our room is 1550 and is a dedicated 2 bedroom villa. We love our room and the view.

Looking to the right of our balcony
http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb473/westcoastmama1/All%20Things%20Disney/C72F45BC-7DB6-4C1F-BD5D-1764019116BF-318-0000001C5761B192.jpg

This balcony is prime for watching the sunset
http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb473/westcoastmama1/All%20Things%20Disney/CC353E67-9364-4AFE-9951-13141795099D-318-0000001CEBA60488.jpg

Looking straight down
http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb473/westcoastmama1/All%20Things%20Disney/733D2215-7C73-44E0-83B7-F3FCD9758080-318-0000001C71E93950.jpg

The rest of the valley
http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb473/westcoastmama1/All%20Things%20Disney/F21CC8E6-1B58-4541-B259-DE7E6FDFBEEB-318-0000001D0263185E.jpg

Our one long balcony
http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb473/westcoastmama1/All%20Things%20Disney/F913F94A-170D-4E8D-960A-098F44F3B93F-318-0000001D23FAE205.jpg

Aloha!!

PS this is my first attempt using mobile app to upload pics so bear with me if its a complete failure. :D

wdrl
10-24-2012, 12:47 PM
We are here in Paradise! Our room is 1550 and is a dedicated 2 bedroom villa. We love our room and the view.




Thanks for posting your photos! I've added your villa to the list in Post #1.

I didn't realize that the villas ending in xx50 could also see some of the entrance way and island view. Also, thanks for posting your comment on the Aulani Construction thread about the pool side cabanas.

dstupper
10-24-2012, 10:31 PM
Westcoastmama!!! Oh my! Great shots! You still there on Friday?? I'll be in the lazy river by 8am :-). Is there any Halloween stuff going on?

dstupper
10-24-2012, 10:33 PM
Wdrl, if there is trick or treating, I am in like Flynn !! We will have our pirate costumes :-)

WestCoastMama
10-25-2012, 03:29 PM
Westcoastmama!!! Oh my! Great shots! You still there on Friday?? I'll be in the lazy river by 8am :-). Is there any Halloween stuff going on?

Thank u!! We will be here thru Saturday as our flight leaves at 10:30 pm. that night. There was trick or treating on Tuesday. The next time they do that, I think, is on Halloween next Wednesday. I will most likely be in the lazy river too on Friday.

wdrl
11-01-2012, 06:53 PM
Saintstickets has a very interesting trip report (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2977540) about his stay at Aulani. He did a split stay while at Aulani, staying first in villa #504, a Pool View studio, and then in villa #759, a Standard View one-bedroom.

To look at saintstickets' photos of villa #504, click here (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46444705&postcount=47).

To look at his photos of villa #759, click here (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46604471&postcount=98).

Thanks to saintstickets for sharing his photos!

WDWLVR
11-03-2012, 10:58 AM
Just got back from a wonderful 6 night stay. We had room 1576 in the Ewa tower and loved it. One bedroom ocean view.

First up a view of Aulani from the air as we approached via Hawaiian Air.
http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/medium/AulaniAir.jpg


View from the room looking east from the living room balcony.
http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/medium/RoomEast.jpg


View from the room looking straight ahead from the living room balcony.
http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/medium/RoomStraight.jpg

Sunset view from the room looking straight out the balcony door (or west while out on the balcony.
http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/medium/RoomWest.jpg

Many afternoons/early evenings we had the balcony door open with the screen in place and enjoyed the sights and sounds.

dianeschlicht
11-04-2012, 08:11 AM
WDWLVR...LOVE your air shot !!! What a stroke of luck that was!

I have a question that might not belong on this thread, but I can't seem to get an answer to it when I started it's own thread.

When you do online check in for Aulani, do they give you options like asking for upper floor? We have a 1 bedroom ocean view booked, and I'm trying to accertain how to request the view, and if I should do it now or wait until online check in.

WDWLVR
11-04-2012, 09:04 AM
WDWLVR...LOVE your air shot !!! What a stroke of luck that was!

I have a question that might not belong on this thread, but I can't seem to get an answer to it when I started it's own thread.

When you do online check in for Aulani, do they give you options like asking for upper floor? We have a 1 bedroom ocean view booked, and I'm trying to accertain how to request the view, and if I should do it now or wait until online check in.

Diane it really wasn't luck. We booked seats on that side of the plane to get the shot if possible. Here was the lucky shot when we went in 2007. We had won a trade-out through II on one of the Member Cruises and picked Marriott Ko Olina.

http://monorailgreen.info/hawaiiUP/KoOlina.jpg


As for the request. The only option I remember from online was first floor. So I called member services and asked them to add upper floor and an even number room (based on shots I had seen from this thread). We weren't disappointed.

wdrl
11-04-2012, 09:17 AM
Thanks, WDWLVR, for sharing your photos. Its nice to see you can watch sunset from your balcony. I've added your villa to the list in Post #1.

Since the trade winds normally blow east to west, Aulani is usually in the flightpath for planes landing at both Honolulu International Airport and Hickam AFB. For anyone hoping to get a glimpse of Aulani as they are approaching HNL, I recommend they get a window seat on the port side of the plane.

dianeschlicht
11-04-2012, 09:59 AM
Diane it really wasn't luck. We booked seats on that side of the plane to get the shot if possible. Here was the lucky shot when we went in 2007. We had won a trade-out through II on one of the Member Cruises and picked Marriott Ko Olina.

http://monorailgreen.info/hawaiiUP/KoOlina.jpg


As for the request. The only option I remember from online was first floor. So I called member services and asked them to add upper floor and an even number room (based on shots I had seen from this thread). We weren't disappointed.

Well now I'm feeling really good, since I think we have port side on the way out and the other side on the way back!! maybe we'll get lucky both ways. Oh wait...Maybe not, since we fly out of Kona coming home! LOL!:lmao:

WDWLVR
11-04-2012, 01:24 PM
Thanks, WDWLVR, for sharing your photos. Its nice to see you can watch sunset from your balcony. I've added your villa to the list in Post #1.

Since the trade winds normally blow east to west, Aulani is usually in the flightpath for planes landing at both Honolulu International Airport and Hickam AFB. For anyone hoping to get a glimpse of Aulani as they are approaching HNL, I recommend they get a window seat on the port side of the plane.

Glad I could help!

dreamlinda
11-08-2012, 09:11 AM
:jumping1:WDRL - you are doing a great job with this tread!! Haven't been on in a while (our trip was last Feb.), the added resort info is wonderful ~ :jumping1:

YankeeFirecracker
11-09-2012, 05:29 PM
I need help. Next week I will be calling MS to hopefully reserve a Grand Villa for a week in June (7 month window). Would love to hear a recommendation for which building and floor. We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary with our children and grandchildren. We'll be 10 in our group.

okiedokieartichoke
11-10-2012, 01:14 AM
We stayed here a couple months ago, and had a room in the Ewa tower facing into the Waikolohe Valley. It was an ''ocean view'' room. Can't remember the room number...but I believe we were on the 12th floor..


http://i1340.photobucket.com/albums/o738/allisonschmeisl88/545879_10151128314724726_901087184_n.jpg

http://i1340.photobucket.com/albums/o738/allisonschmeisl88/603466_10151128728594726_1356900798_n.jpg

YankeeFirecracker
11-10-2012, 07:21 AM
We stayed here a couple months ago, and had a room in the Ewa tower facing into the Waikolohe Valley. It was an ''ocean view'' room. Can't remember the room number...but I believe we were on the 12th floor..



Thank you, the views look awesome. Did you find the location convenient to everything?

LisaT91403
11-10-2012, 09:52 PM
Hi all,

We just returned yesterday (and I'm going through withdrawals!)

I am a terrible photographer, but I am going to post our views anyway because it might help someone else choosing a villa location.

We were in the newly opened Ewa building, and we overlooked the new location of the Starlight Hui. We went to the show on Monday night, but watched from the comfort of our balcony on Thursday night when our son wasn't feeling so well.

View to the left:

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j456/LisaT91403/Aulani%20Villa%20881/ViewLeft.jpg


View looking down at Starlit Hui lawn:

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j456/LisaT91403/Aulani%20Villa%20881/StarlitHui.jpg


View to the right:

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j456/LisaT91403/Aulani%20Villa%20881/ViewtotheRight2.jpg


View looking down at Aunty's House lawn and BBQ area:

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j456/LisaT91403/Aulani%20Villa%20881/ViewRightDown.jpg

dreamlinda
11-11-2012, 10:49 AM
[QUOTE=LisaT91403;46678521]Hi all,

We just returned yesterday (and I'm going through withdrawals!)

I am a terrible photographer, but I am going to post our views anyway because it might help someone else choosing a villa location.

We were in the newly opened Ewa building, and we overlooked the new location of the Starlight Hui. We went to the show on Monday night, but watched from the comfort of our balcony on Thursday night when our son wasn't feeling so well.

Wecome back, we know the feeling, re-entry is a challenge. A question, in your first picture, the building to the left ~ is that the short wing tower? Ewa wasn't open when we were there, but it looked like the short wing was ocean facing (although set back behind the lawn area). Is that correct? Mahalo :beach:

LisaT91403
11-11-2012, 01:08 PM
Wecome back, we know the feeling, re-entry is a challenge. A question, in your first picture, the building to the left ~ is that the short wing tower? Ewa wasn't open when we were there, but it looked like the short wing was ocean facing (although set back behind the lawn area). Is that correct? Mahalo :beach:

The building in the first picture is still part of Phase 3 that just opened. If you look at the very first post in this thread, you will see a map. The building in my picture is the "short wing" in Purple (Phase 3). Maybe you are thinking of the Phase 1 short wing that's in Yellow?

dreamlinda
11-11-2012, 02:16 PM
The building in the first picture is still part of Phase 3 that just opened. If you look at the very first post in this thread, you will see a map. The building in my picture is the "short wing" in Purple (Phase 3). Maybe you are thinking of the Phase 1 short wing that's in Yellow?

No, the short wing I am referrencing was not open when we were there in Feb. They pointed out the yet to be opened "short wing" when we were there and said based on our preferences we would probably really like the rooms.

wdrl
11-11-2012, 05:36 PM
Thanks, LisaT91403. Those are really good photos. I have to admit that I'm surprised Disney classified your room as Island View instead of Ocean View.

By the Way: The Aulani wing that can be seen in LisaT91403's first photo is the Ewa-Short Wing that was part of Aulani's newly opened Phase 3. The villas have room numbers ranging from xx60 to xx68. Those in Lisa's photo are the even numbered villas.

wdrl
11-11-2012, 05:50 PM
I need help. Next week I will be calling MS to hopefully reserve a Grand Villa for a week in June (7 month window). Would love to hear a recommendation for which building and floor. We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary with our children and grandchildren. We'll be 10 in our group.

I would recommend a high floor, but I'm not sure if there is much difference between having a Grand Villa in the Waianae Building versus having one in the Ewa Building. If you are in the Waianae Building, then you'd be closer to the Wailana Leisure Pool, the Laniwai Spa, and the new kids' splash zone and new infinity pool that are currently under construction. If you are in the Ewa Building, you'd be a bit closer to Auntie's Beach House, Off the Hook, and Ama Ama. But Aulani's layout is so compact that the "advantages" of one building over another is marginal at best.

Keep in mind that the Waianae Building has Ocean View GVs on floors 2 thru 11. The Ewa Building has Standard View GVs on floors 2 and 3, and Ocean View GVs on 4 thru 11. The ground floor GV (#101) in the Waianae Building is being converted to a cafe as part of the Aulani enhancement project.

Sorry for not responding sooner. My wife and I are in WDW right now and I haven't been keeping up with the disboards much the last couple of days.

LisaT91403
11-11-2012, 06:03 PM
Thanks, LisaT91403. Those are really good photos. I have to admit that I'm surprised Disney classified your room as Island View instead of Ocean View.

With the help from this thread, I requested Villa xx81 as our first choice. I had asked for 10th floor or higher, and ended up on the 8th floor in 881. I had no complaints whatsoever with my "Island/Garden" view. True, it was an Island view if I looked straight ahead...but my view to the right was an "Ocean View" in my opinion. And my 4 year old loved watching the Starlit Hui from our balcony, so that was a plus as well. I really liked the location, so thank you for putting this thread together!

dianeschlicht
11-16-2012, 09:37 AM
Has anyone stayed in the Ewa building 3rd edition Ocean View rooms in the xx60's? I couldn't find any photos from there, but it looks like they might be good west ocean views. Is that true?

We are looking for something to request for upper floors of ocean view that would have a sunset view.

dianeschlicht
11-19-2012, 09:16 AM
Okay, l made my requests over the weekend. I requested XX82 or XX76 for upper floors hoping I can snag a sunset view that way. Did I request the right thing?

wdrl
11-19-2012, 01:07 PM
Okay, l made my requests over the weekend. I requested XX82 or XX76 for upper floors hoping I can snag a sunset view that way. Did I request the right thing?

XX76 and XX82 will definitely give you a view of sunset. Plus, you'll have a great view of Waikolohe Valley. You'll have shade in the morning on your balcony and it won't be until mid afternoon before the sun will swing around to your side of the Ewa Building. By the way, those villas have the angled balconies facing toward the ocean. You'll also be close to the Ewa Building elevators that are located between villas xx68 and xx70.

Ocean views start on the 6th floor. Remember, even if you get assigned a villa as low as the 6th floor, you'll still be three floors above the highest floor at OKW.

I really hope you have a great time at Aulani!

dianeschlicht
11-19-2012, 09:14 PM
XX76 and XX82 will definitely give you a view of sunset. Plus, you'll have a great view of Waikolohe Valley. You'll have shade in the morning on your balcony and it won't be until mid afternoon before the sun will swing around to your side of the Ewa Building. By the way, those villas have the angled balconies facing toward the ocean. You'll also be close to the Ewa Building elevators that are located between villas xx68 and xx70.

Ocean views start on the 6th floor. Remember, even if you get assigned a villa as low as the 6th floor, you'll still be three floors above the highest floor at OKW.

I really hope you have a great time at Aulani!

Thanks! I plan to. I was able to figure out the sunset views from reading this thread. Thank you for doing it!

KAT4DISNEY
11-20-2012, 12:29 AM
This thread has been very helpful in planning our unexpected last minute trip to Aulani! The low airfares were too nice to ignore and after an Oct trip to WDW and a conference being switched from Hawaii to FL in this upcoming Feb DH and I decided we'd switch from WDW to Hawaii for Dec. :santa:

1BR Ocean view for 6 nights is booked following the first night in a standard view studio as someplace to rest our heads after our late arrival. We're ready to take off on Dec 5th!

ACDSNY
11-20-2012, 12:38 AM
KAT4DISNEY - I think you'll enjoy the change of pace for Dec, you'll beat me there by 3 days. Love Aulani! :cloud9:

KAT4DISNEY
11-20-2012, 01:13 AM
KAT4DISNEY - I think you'll enjoy the change of pace for Dec, you'll beat me there by 3 days. Love Aulani! :cloud9:

It definitely will be a different pace!!!

I see you're doing Maui, Kauai, Aulani - what a great trip!!

eandesmom
11-20-2012, 12:23 PM
We are booked for an island view studio (1 night) and and ocean view studio (6 nights). View is a HUGE deal for us as we are verandah junkies. I've seen the photo's for the ocean view studios shown in the larger list but am wondering a couple of things.

Is there a map of layout by tower as with some of the WDW resorts/ for example at Vero you can see which floors have 1B, Studio, 2B and the configuration, same thing by building at OKW and Boardwalk has the view categories called out by section. It would be super helpful to know which floors/areas of which tower are classified as certain views. What I really want to avoid is this
http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/49801/2022872250041821303S500x500Q85.jpg

This is from the Aulani owners thread and is classified as an ocean view. Not what we are looking for at all! I know that most of the construction should be done by our trip (May) but want to put in the best possible request. Which is of course, just a request lol. All the ones shown in the thread here are good but this picture has me incredibly nervous.

dianeschlicht
11-20-2012, 04:14 PM
We are booked for an island view studio (1 night) and and ocean view studio (6 nights). View is a HUGE deal for us as we are verandah junkies. I've seen the photo's for the ocean view studios shown in the larger list but am wondering a couple of things.

Is there a map of layout by tower as with some of the WDW resorts/ for example at Vero you can see which floors have 1B, Studio, 2B and the configuration, same thing by building at OKW and Boardwalk has the view categories called out by section. It would be super helpful to know which floors/areas of which tower are classified as certain views. What I really want to avoid is this
http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/49801/2022872250041821303S500x500Q85.jpg

This is from the Aulani owners thread and is classified as an ocean view. Not what we are looking for at all! I know that most of the construction should be done by our trip (May) but want to put in the best possible request. Which is of course, just a request lol. All the ones shown in the thread here are good but this picture has me incredibly nervous.
Yes, just look at the first page of this thread....All the information you will need is there, and you will be able to togle back and forth to the pictures people have posted here. I did that when deciding what I wanted to request. I knew to request XX -- and XX-- so they knew what area and that I was interested in upper floors.

YankeeFirecracker
11-20-2012, 04:30 PM
Delighted, was able to reserve a Grand Villa for June 2013. It was not easy. Started online at 8 am (EST) on 11/14. Showed availability, clicked exactly at 8 am and it was gone. Tried every morning at 8 am for the next 5 days, no luck. Out of frustration I called MS at 9 am on the 19th. My wonderful CM Zoie at MS could not find anything either (even tried for two 2 bedroom or anything available). Suddenly a GV popped up and she grabbed it. I must say this was stressful but lucky. The vacation is to celebrate our 50th anniversary with our two children, their spouses and our 4 grandchildren. Thanks to all for the recommendations for views, etc. Will have an ocean view and requested an upper floor. Would have been so disappointed if I could not have gotten the reservation. Had banked 2012 points and needed to borrow 2014 points.

eandesmom
11-20-2012, 04:45 PM
Yes, just look at the first page of this thread....All the information you will need is there, and you will be able to togle back and forth to the pictures people have posted here. I did that when deciding what I wanted to request. I knew to request XX -- and XX-- so they knew what area and that I was interested in upper floors.


Ok got it, it's just a lot more wordy and complicated than most! But is great info, sorry. It looks like that picture is from 913 so I'm guessing I want to avoid waianae facing the island. No pictures yet from Phase 3 though which should be open at least in some spots so hopefully some pictures will start to show up soon.

Now I just have to figure out where the grills are and the laundry (I know first floor on that one but not sure where).

wdrl
11-20-2012, 06:44 PM
Ok got it, it's just a lot more wordy and complicated than most! But is great info, sorry. It looks like that picture is from 913 so I'm guessing I want to avoid waianae facing the island. No pictures yet from Phase 3 though which should be open at least in some spots so hopefully some pictures will start to show up soon.

Now I just have to figure out where the grills are and the laundry (I know first floor on that one but not sure where).

The grills are located near the Island side of the Ewa Building Long Wing, just past Auntie's Beach House and One Paddle Two Paddle. If you look at JonLouisB's posting of his view from Aulani Villa #787, you can see the grills in the last photo. They are in the upper right hand of the photo, just above the outdoor play area for Auntie's Beach House. Click here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46496956&postcount=172) to see the photo.

There are two laundry rooms at Aulani, and both are located on the ground floor near the elevator alcoves. There is one in the Ewa Building near Villa #170, and the other laundry room is in the Waianae Building near Villa #112. DVC members staying on points can get free tokens from the front desk to operate the washers and dryers. For all other guests, it costs $3.00 per machine.

eandesmom
11-23-2012, 05:40 PM
The grills are located near the Island side of the Ewa Building Long Wing, just past Auntie's Beach House and One Paddle Two Paddle. If you look at JonLouisB's posting of his view from Aulani Villa #787, you can see the grills in the last photo. They are in the upper right hand of the photo, just above the outdoor play area for Auntie's Beach House. Click here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46496956&postcount=172) to see the photo.

There are two laundry rooms at Aulani, and both are located on the ground floor near the elevator alcoves. There is one in the Ewa Building near Villa #170, and the other laundry room is in the Waianae Building near Villa #112. DVC members staying on points can get free tokens from the front desk to operate the washers and dryers. For all other guests, it costs $3.00 per machine.

Thanks! Very helpful.

wdrl
11-26-2012, 07:49 PM
There are eight poolside cabanas at Aulani. As of October 2013, Aulani's cabanas are located in three areas, all on the Waianae side of the resort.

There are three cabanas in the recently opened Ka Maka Landing area.

There are two cabanas next to the Menehune Bridge Water Play area.

There are three cabanas next to the Wailana Pool. These three cabanas are for Aulani guests 18 years of age or older. Since October 2013, the Wailana Pool is designated as an adult pool for guests 18 years of age and older.

Thanks to BowlingAriel, there are photos of the Aulani cabanas in this article on the DVCNews: http://www.dvcnews.com/index.php/resorts/aulani-villas/news/2446-poolside-cabanas-at-aulani-disney-vacation-club-villas

sonogirl
12-04-2012, 01:12 PM
How are you requesting those rooms, are you calling Disney and requesting a certain room? I would like to avoid that "certain room" also!!
Lori

BlazerFan
12-04-2012, 05:14 PM
Returned from Aulani on Sunday and we stayed in rooms that are not listed. I have some photos but I don't know how to post them to DIS if someone could help me.

We were in a dedicated 2BR - 874 and our group also had 3 studios, 872, 884 and I think the last one was 880.

We could see the sunset from 874 and I have several pictures of the ocean and pool areas. I could check with the others in our group to see what pictures they have from other rooms.

I toured the Grand Villa on the 10th floor -- WOW!

wdrl
12-04-2012, 10:54 PM
Returned from Aulani on Sunday and we stayed in rooms that are not listed. I have some photos but I don't know how to post them to DIS if someone could help me.

We were in a dedicated 2BR - 874 and our group also had 3 studios, 872, 884 and I think the last one was 880.

We could see the sunset from 874 and I have several pictures of the ocean and pool areas. I could check with the others in our group to see what pictures they have from other rooms.

I toured the Grand Villa on the 10th floor -- WOW!

If you plan on posting some photos of your villas, I'll wait to add your villas to the list in Post #1.

Did you take any photos of the view from the Grand Villa? Specifically, the construction being in the area between the Wailana Pool Bar and the lagoon? We were at Aulani in mid-September and the construction had not yet started at that time.

BobNed
12-04-2012, 11:34 PM
We are at Aulani now. Here are some pictures from 1456 & 1458, a lock-off 2BR in Ewa. I will get some construction pictures tomorrow. So far the construction has been barely noticeable. There has been no construction noise at all, but there is a fair amount of fencing in place.

http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff434/BobNed/Aulani/P1000356.jpg

http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff434/BobNed/Aulani/P1000358.jpg

http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff434/BobNed/Aulani/P1000355.jpg

http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff434/BobNed/Aulani/P1000354.jpg

wdrl
12-05-2012, 08:38 AM
Thanks, BobNed, for posting your photos! I've added your villa to the list in Post #1.

I'm looking forward to seeing your construction photos when you get a chance to post them. But I can see the main construction area in your photos and it looks like Disney has removed all of the grass and landscaping from the area between the end cap of the Waianae Building and the lagoon area. Gone, too, is the Makai Sting Ray Encounter area.

Mahalo!!

BlazerFan
12-05-2012, 09:05 AM
If you plan on posting some photos of your villas, I'll wait to add your villas to the list in Post #1.

Did you take any photos of the view from the Grand Villa? Specifically, the construction being in the area between the Wailana Pool Bar and the lagoon? We were at Aulani in mid-September and the construction had not yet started at that time.

I've never posted pictures and I'm not sure how to do it.

I did take some pictures of the view from the Grand Villa. I can't remember if I got the construction area but I think it will show a little in my villa pictures.

You are correct in looking at BobNed's pictures though, the sting ray exhibit is gone and all the grass is gone in that fenced area.

They were framing and sheet rocking the beach area snack place last week. We used the cabanas near there for a few days and hear sporadic grinding and saw noise but it wasn't bad. Since we had several rooms and got a lot of points back it was worth it :-)

wdrl
12-05-2012, 09:47 AM
I've never posted pictures and I'm not sure how to do it.



If you wish, you can email me the photos you want posted and I'll them to the thread. I'll PM you with my email address.

I use Photobucket.com to post photos to the internet. Its a free website and all you have to do is set up an account that is password protected. The albums you create are private unless you want to share with others. Photobucket is fairly easy to use, and once you have uploaded your photos its extremely easy to insert photos in a disboards thread. You merely copy the IMG link that appears with each photo in photobucket and paste it into your post on the disboards.

aclov
12-07-2012, 08:19 AM
Can u use Disney GC here?

LisaT91403
12-07-2012, 09:20 AM
Can u use Disney GC here?

Yes. I bought several hundred dollars worth of Disney Gift Cards at Target (5% off with Target card...yay!), and then used them at Aulani. The night before we checked out, we went to the front desk and had the CM apply all of the gift cards to our account. For us, this was easier than carrying the GC's around the resort and using them for individual purchases.

aclov
12-07-2012, 01:49 PM
Yes. I bought several hundred dollars worth of Disney Gift Cards at Target (5% off with Target card...yay!), and then used them at Aulani. The night before we checked out, we went to the front desk and had the CM apply all of the gift cards to our account. For us, this was easier than carrying the GC's around the resort and using them for individual purchases.

TY I wasn't sure where to ask! I'm buying them @ Target since I have the Red card

BobNed
12-21-2012, 09:56 AM
Better late than never, here are a few pictures of the construction as it was on December 6, 2012. There was no construction noise during our stay, and no impact to our enjoyment of the resort.

The main pool expansion area. You can see where the sting ray pool used to be:
http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff434/BobNed/Aulani/Aulani%20Construction/P1000663.jpg

Main pool expansion area. The small fenced area to the left is where I believe the new quick service food location will be:
http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff434/BobNed/Aulani/Aulani%20Construction/P1000672.jpg

Fence all along the "boardwalk" for the Ama-Ama addition:
http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff434/BobNed/Aulani/Aulani%20Construction/P1000747.jpg

The only walk-way down to the ocean:
http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff434/BobNed/Aulani/Aulani%20Construction/P1000757.jpg

Looking toward the J.W. Marriott property:
http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff434/BobNed/Aulani/Aulani%20Construction/P1000778.jpg

Main pool expansion and new quick service dining location:
http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff434/BobNed/Aulani/Aulani%20Construction/P1000765.jpg

lurkyloo
12-21-2012, 11:39 AM
Thanks for these nice big photos! :thumbsup2

wdrl
12-21-2012, 12:04 PM
The main pool expansion area. You can see where the sting ray pool used to be:
http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff434/BobNed/Aulani/Aulani%20Construction/P1000663.jpg



Thanks for sharing your photos, BobNed! In BobNed's first photo, you can see Cabanas #1 through #4 in the upper left hand side of the frame. The thatched roof building in the lower right is the Wailana Pool Bar, which will reopen once all the construction is completed in this area. The new kids' Splash zone water play area will be where the Makai Sting Ray Encounter use to be. The new infinity pool will be in the upper center part of BobNed's photo.

For reference, here is a photo I took of this area on September 17, 2012:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p30/wdrl/wdrl%20Travel/DVC/DVC%20Aulani%202012/file_zpsbfb2dfbe.jpg

kritter
12-24-2012, 06:31 AM
Just booked a one-bedroom ocean view and our friends booked an ocean-view studio...Need help with what room to request..Thank You!!

wdrl
12-24-2012, 09:00 AM
Just booked a one-bedroom ocean view and our friends booked an ocean-view studio...Née help itch ht o request or both of us,,,,Thank You!!

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kritter
12-24-2012, 09:53 AM
Just booked a one-bedroom ocean view and our friends booked an ocean-view studio...Need help with what room to request..Thank You!!

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Sorry,, just edited my post!!

shari2137
12-28-2012, 04:34 PM
We have four Island Garden View studios booked beginning January 8th, we can now do online check in. Any suggestions on what we should request. :confused3 Thank you for any assistance.

wdrl
12-28-2012, 06:41 PM
We have four Island Garden View studios booked beginning January 8th, we can now do online check in. Any suggestions on what we should request. :confused3 Thank you for any assistance.

If given a choice, I might try to get an Island View Studio that is on the Long Wing of the Ewa Building. These studios have villa numbers ending in xx73, xx79, and xx85. You might get a peek at the ocean, plus you'll be overlooking the lawn on which the Starlit Hui is performed.

Have fun in Hawaii and let us know what you think of Aulani!

paulh
12-29-2012, 04:59 AM
were going aug/sep, have booked our flights from uk($1175pp cheap from the uk)
Now have to wait untill the 7 month window for room
only looking for a studio think we will be ok getting in? 2 weeks stay(if your flight times travelling are 24 hours you have to stay 2 weeks)
Paul

shari2137
12-30-2012, 12:47 AM
We have four Island Garden View studios booked beginning January 8th, we can now do online check in. Any suggestions on what we should request. :confused3 Thank you for any assistance.

Thank you. We have modified our reservations and now have an ocean view 2-bedroom for part of our stay. Trying to figure out what to request for this room. Also wondering how do you know which 2-bedrooms have the long balconies?? Thanks again for the help.

wdrl
12-30-2012, 09:42 AM
Thank you. We have modified our reservations and now have an ocean view 2-bedroom for part of our stay. Trying to figure out what to request for this room. Also wondering how do you know which 2-bedrooms have the long balconies?? Thanks again for the help.

By "long balconies" do you mean the non-angled balconies? The villas with the non-angled balconies are in the Ewa Building/Phase 1 wing (villas #xx50-xx59) and the Ewa Building Short Wing/Phase 3 (villas #xx60-xx69). The villas with the balconies angled at 45 degrees are in the Waianae Building Phase 2 (villas #xx02-xx13) and the Ewa Building Long Wing/Phase 3 (villas #xx70-xx86).

parrotheadlois
12-30-2012, 08:40 PM
were going aug/sep, have booked our flights from uk($1175pp cheap from the uk)
Now have to wait untill the 7 month window for room
only looking for a studio think we will be ok getting in? 2 weeks stay(if your flight times travelling are 24 hours you have to stay 2 weeks)
Paul

We booked our studio exactly 7 months out with no problem, 8 nights, ocean view. Then we wanted to switch over to a 1BR for our last 3 nights and had no problem booking that either. :thumbsup2

Silly Little Pixie
12-30-2012, 11:38 PM
We are back from a fabulous week at Aulani. We booked a 2 bedroom lockoff pool view villa. I had requested 5 th floor and that is what we got!! We were in the new long wing of the Ewa building. I would definitely request this location again. 578 was the studio and 576 was the one bedroom portion. We were right above the water slide and got great video of family on the slide! Friends traveled with us and they got 876, a one bedroom OV just above us. We had linked our reservations and were pleased that our villas were so close.

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh203/s2wyld/EF197F99-CA53-47D2-9C8A-C5E2984A9662-1992-000000F48D507BD7.jpg

View from the living room balcony of 576.

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh203/s2wyld/79B2EA36-8BEC-46E3-9447-38B549692464-1992-000000F4BFE32DED.jpg

View from 876.

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh203/s2wyld/85E80259-C57F-468D-88ED-B7D2F539E5E1-1992-000000F52ED923AA.jpg

View from the edge of 578 (studio).
I'd be happy to answer any questions! We LOVED Aulani and can't wait to go back. Looks like our points aren't going back to WDW anytime soon!

wdrl
12-31-2012, 09:09 AM
I'd be happy to answer any questions! We LOVED Aulani and can't wait to go back. Looks like our points aren't going back to WDW anytime soon!

Thanks for sharing your photos! I've added both your villa and your friends' villa to the list in Post #1.

I'll take you up on your offer to answer some questions. Were either of your villas handicapped accessible? I remember you had some questions about HA villas before your stay. Next time you visit Aulani, do you think you'll request the same Pool view category? When we were at Aulani in September, the CMs mentioned that Aulani will be expanding the General Store and will be moving the Hoho Excursions desk to be closer to the front desk. Have they started any remodeling in those areas?

shari2137
12-31-2012, 09:55 AM
By "long balconies" do you mean the non-angled balconies? The villas with the non-angled balconies are in the Ewa Building/Phase 1 wing (villas #xx50-xx59) and the Ewa Building Short Wing/Phase 3 (villas #xx60-xx69). The villas with the balconies angled at 45 degrees are in the Waianae Building Phase 2 (villas #xx02-xx13) and the Ewa Building Long Wing/Phase 3 (villas #xx70-xx86).

In some pictures I see the angled balconies. It looks to me with the angled balconies that you have 2 separate balconies. Is this correct or does it just appear this way from the pictures I have seen. We will have 7 family members and am hoping to be able to relax on the balcony together after dinner one night in the dedicated 2-bedroom OV room. Thank you again so much for all your help with the questions.

wdrl
12-31-2012, 12:01 PM
In some pictures I see the angled balconies. It looks to me with the angled balconies that you have 2 separate balconies. Is this correct or does it just appear this way from the pictures I have seen. We will have 7 family members and am hoping to be able to relax on the balcony together after dinner one night in the dedicated 2-bedroom OV room. Thank you again so much for all your help with the questions.

I have not been in a dedicated two-bedroom villa, so there is a chance I might be wrong. However, I've looked at several of my photos and it appears that the angled walls extend all the way to the balcony railing, causing the balconies to be separated even for the dedicated two-bedrooms. Therefore, I'm almost certain that all villas with the angled balconies have separate balconies.

I suggest you look through this thread and PM a guest who has stayed in a dedicated two-bedroom with villa #xx02-xx13 or #xx70-xx86. They could tell you for sure. If you find out, can you post back?

shari2137
12-31-2012, 12:56 PM
I have not been in a dedicated two-bedroom villa, so there is a chance I might be wrong. However, I've looked at several of my photos and it appears that the angled walls extend all the way to the balcony railing, causing the balconies to be separated even for the dedicated two-bedrooms. Therefore, I'm almost certain that all villas with the angled balconies have separate balconies.

I suggest you look through this thread and PM a guest who has stayed in a dedicated two-bedroom with villa #xx02-xx13 or #xx70-xx86. They could tell you for sure. If you find out, can you post back?

Thank you again. During our upcoming stay there will be 4 studios, 1 2-bedroom dedicated and 1 1-bedroom. Will try to get pictures of views from all rooms. Appreciate all the help reading through the thread. :)

Silly Little Pixie
12-31-2012, 04:32 PM
Thanks for sharing your photos! I've added both your villa and your friends' villa to the list in Post #1.

I'll take you up on your offer to answer some questions. Were either of your villas handicapped accessible? I remember you had some questions about HA villas before your stay. Next time you visit Aulani, do you think you'll request the same Pool view category? When we were at Aulani in September, the CMs mentioned that Aulani will be expanding the General Store and will be moving the Hoho Excursions desk to be closer to the front desk. Have they started any remodeling in those areas?

I absolutely would get the same pool view category, if not OV. I would not get Island View at all. I had fantastic sunset views thanks to the angled balcony right from my bed!

We originally had booked an HA 2 bedroom L/O. However, about 2 months ago I called the resort to see the location of the HA villas. They wouldn't give the exact location- they are 4th floor. BUT in talking to the CM he said that the HA villas don't have the trundle under the TV! Even when it's a regular 1 bedroom attached to the HA studio. Apparently it would block access to the balcony and a wheelchair's use of it when the bed is down? I wish someone could confirm this. Anyway- our kids are girl and boy, 15/12... Who definitely don't want to share a bed! The extra bed in 1 bedrooms is why we own at AKV/VGC! So, long story short- we decided peace for 7 nights trumped my FIL not being able to step into a tub- he could use the master shower if needed. When we originally booked we thought he'd need a scooter perhaps, but he did just fine without one. :goodvibes

The general store was kind of 2 parts- more kiddie stuff and Disney stuff on one side, and the more upscale stuff/art on the other side. There was a register on each side and plenty of CMs to help. I don't know if that was any different than what you saw. The Holoholo excursion desk was on the lobby level, Ewa long building just past the store.

Any other questions? I'll be happy to help any DVC members!

eva
12-31-2012, 04:44 PM
We are back from a fabulous week at Aulani. We booked a 2 bedroom lockoff pool view villa. I had requested 5 th floor and that is what we got!! We were in the new long wing of the Ewa building. I would definitely request this location again. 578 was the studio and 576 was the one bedroom portion. We were right above the water slide and got great video of family on the slide! Friends traveled with us and they got 876, a one bedroom OV just above us. We had linked our reservations and were pleased that our villas were so close.

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh203/s2wyld/EF197F99-CA53-47D2-9C8A-C5E2984A9662-1992-000000F48D507BD7.jpg

View from the living room balcony of 576.

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh203/s2wyld/79B2EA36-8BEC-46E3-9447-38B549692464-1992-000000F4BFE32DED.jpg

View from 876.

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh203/s2wyld/85E80259-C57F-468D-88ED-B7D2F539E5E1-1992-000000F52ED923AA.jpg

View from the edge of 578 (studio).
I'd be happy to answer any questions! We LOVED Aulani and can't wait to go back. Looks like our points aren't going back to WDW anytime soon!

This post gives a great idea of the difference between a 5th floor pool view and a lower floor ocean view. Thanks so much. I just emailed MS to request 5th floor for our pool view 1 bedroom. Sure wouldn't mind the one you had. Love that you still get a bit of ocean view too.

wdrl
12-31-2012, 08:19 PM
BUT in talking to the CM he said that the HA villas don't have the trundle under the TV! Even when it's a regular 1 bedroom attached to the HA studio. Apparently it would block access to the balcony and a wheelchair's use of it when the bed is down? I wish someone could confirm this.



I looked through our trip report from our September visit to Aulani and here is what I learned while taking a tour of the Aulani villas:

The Guide escorted us to the 10th floor and first showed us the lock off two-bedroom. I didn't realize the pull out murphy bed that is built into the living room's TV armoire is only in the lock off villas. The dedicated two-bedroom villas have the sleeper chair similar to BLT and AKV-Kidani instead of the murphy bed. In addition, there are some differences in the dedicated two-bedroom's master bathroom compared to the one-bedroom (lock off villa) master bedroom.





The general store was kind of 2 parts- more kiddie stuff and Disney stuff on one side, and the more upscale stuff/art on the other side. There was a register on each side and plenty of CMs to help. I don't know if that was any different than what you saw. The Holoholo excursion desk was on the lobby level, Ewa long building just past the store.



It sounds just like it was when we were there in September. A General Store CM told us there are plans to expand the size of the store. According to the CM, the wall where the drink dispenser is now located will be pushed back a few feet, giving the General Store more space to carry more food items. The General Store is suppose to take over the space currently occupied by the Holoholo excursion desk, and the excursion services are suppose to move to the alcove directly across from the front desk.

Anal Annie
01-01-2013, 09:29 AM
It's getting closer! :cool1: Just booked the VGC portion of our trip yesterday and will be going online in a few days to book our Aulani portion. DH does not want a "standard" view of anything & would prefer as nice a view as what we can "afford". If we book an OV studio we have points to spare but if we book a 1 bedroom of any sort we'd have to borrow....so will likely just book an OV studio.

Looking at the map in the first post it looks like any of the villas in the short building that directly faces the ocean would be pretty far away from the ocean so I was thinking maybe I should request the "Long wing of the Ewa building, higher floor, facing the pool" so we'd have a little bit of everything to look at. Would you say that's about right? (And would that also get us a sunset view?!) If you're not facing the pool what do you see on the other side of that long building? Is that the Marriott side? Do you have more of an "island" view rather than a "pool" view to go along with the ocean? TIA for your thoughts...I just want to ask DH what he'd rather see along with the ocean (pool & sunset or island / other properties).