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Aulani and Laniwai Make the Conde Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’ for 2012

If you picked up the May issue of Conde Nast Traveler, you may already know that Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, is one of 12 U.S. hotels included on the “Hot List” for 2012. Also on the list, in the spa category, is Laniwai, a Disney Spa at Aulani.

Conde Nast Traveler’s annual May Hot List is the ultimate insider’s guide to the hottest new hotels, spas and restaurants of the year. Editors traveled to 49 countries and evaluated 172 new hotels to discover the best in the world, and Aulani was included among the best.

Aulani and Laniwai Make the Conde Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’ for 2012

In their evaluation, Conde Nast editors particularly cited “the resort’s main attraction…the pool area” (aka Waikolohe Valley) and noted, “Apart from meet-and-greets with Mickey and Minnie and themed activities like ‘Surf’s Up’ time with Chip and Dale, the property feels more like a five-star family-focused resort than a Disney showcase. And it lives up to its promise to educate kids about Hawaiian culture…”

The Waikolohe Valley at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

The “Hot Spas” citation noted the six outdoor rain showers and the “tranquil, wood-paneled” interior, and observed “excellent technicians choose just the right massage pressure and products.” Of course the Aulani and Laniwai teams always strive to provide Disney levels of quality and service, so it’s nice to be recognized by veteran travelers.


  • Congrats to Aulani and Laniwai!! A deserving accolade for a really incredible destination!

  • I could not believe what a fabulous place I was immersed in. From the Beach Body Boot Camp each morning to the out door spa pools of sea weed and eucalyptus. I didn’t want to leave. Everyone at the resort wants your time spent there to be fabulous…they don’t disappoint.

  • Spent a glorious 2 weeks here. The location is perfect for traveling the island and it is out of the Honolulu/Waikiki chaos. The spa is fabulous. Can’t way to go back!

  • Beautiful resort. Loved Ama Ama Restaurant. The staff were knowledgable about the Island and were very professional.

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