Family Fun in Oahu: Two Recently Upgraded Luxury Hotels

From spa treatments for children to a hydrotherapy garden for parents, Travel Agent breaks down the latest amenities for families from two notable - and recently upgraded - luxury hotels on Oahu.

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa on Oahu welcomes families to explore a new expansion of its popular Waikolohe Valley water play area: Ka Maka Landing.

The new enhancement features an infinity pool with a realistic grotto, a dynamic fun splash zone for smaller children and a new location for poolside and beachside dining.

Waikolohe Valley is the recreational center of the resort. Located between Aulani’s two towers and flowing from the lobby down to the beachfront, it is home to pools, whirlpool spas and interactive water play areas. 

Laniwai, the Spa at Aulani offers spa experiences for children, newborns and older. The spa has more than 150 treatments, including the only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on the island of Oahu. The area includes a 2,000-square-foot Lift Fitness Cardiovascular Center, 15 treatment rooms and a full-service salon.

Parents can relax in Oahu’s only outdoor hydrotherapy garden - Kula Wai at Laniwai. Kula Wai features herbal pools, reflexology path, six rain showers, cold and hot whirlpools, as well as "Nature's Soaks," 25-minute vitality baths infused with flowers, fruits, herbs and oils.

Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore recently rolled out $45 million in resort-wide renovations and launch of its lineup of new experiences and activities that are sure to please families heading to Oahu.

All guestrooms and hallways in the main building have been upgraded with a redesign of fixtures, furnishings, bedding and decor, as well as completely remodeled bathrooms with touches like new tile, vanities and walk-in showers. Every room offers ocean views – and with Turtle Bay’s location at the northernmost point on Oahu, both sunrise and sunset are visible. 

The full-service Nalu Kinetic Spa was doubled in size about a year ago and is now 11,000 square feet and features a movement studio; a fitness center with ocean views; an array of innovative and traditional treatments and organic products. 

Turtle Bay is continuing to make improvements throughout the resort. The former Hang Ten Bar & Grill has undergone a $1.5 million renovation and rebranding to The Point, Sunset & Pool Bar. 

This fall, Turtle Bay will refresh the experience and feel of the Cultural Gallery and tell the unique story of Oahu’s Fabled North Shore. This will include the installation of seven light boxes with photos and descriptions along the walkway. A legends walk will include permanent artwork, and an additional area will host rotating displays from local artists.

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