5 Best Oahu Resorts for Families

Jocelyn Murray September 7, 2011 No Comments

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The most visited of the Hawaiian islands, Oahu is a fantastic holiday destination with its historic Pearl Harbor, the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, Diamond Head Crater, Ala Moana Center – one of the largest open-air shopping centers in the world – and so much more. Listed alphabetically, the following five resorts are our top choices for families looking to visit the beautiful island of Oahu, and feature lovely beachfront locations with plenty of recreation for the whole family. Come explore the countless treasures of Oahu with your family, and take home memories to last a lifetime.

Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa

Disney Aulani Resort Hawaii

View of the hotel and shallow water cove perfect for families with young kids

With its recent grand opening in August 2011, Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa beautifully captures the tradition of Hawaii and the magic of Disney in a seamless sanctuary resting on Ko Olina’s pristine beaches. Fine dining, a spa with fitness center, gorgeous accommodations with private balconies, and a host of recreation make this resort an unforgettable experience for the whole family. The pool complex is an idyllic waterpark with its swimming pools, slides, interactive play features, lazy river and whirlpools. The resort also boasts a private snorkeling lagoon, water sports with equipment rentals, and exciting island excursions. Children will be enchanted with Auntie’s Beach House kids’ club with numerous entertaining activities including games, music, hula dance lessons, and arts and crafts.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Hilton Hawaiin Village lagoon view

The Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon looks like something out of a movie

For those who like to be close to the exciting action of beautiful Waikiki Beach yet still enjoy the allure of an exclusive beachfront refuge, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is for you. This 22 acre haven on the shores of Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki features a wildlife habitat amid tropical gardens, fantastic accommodations, luxurious spa, fitness center, shops, a myriad of dining options, and endless recreation opportunities for the whole family. There are five swimming pools, a water playground, slides, waterfalls, whirlpools, and the enchanting five acre salt-water Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. Children ages 5-12 can enjoy Camp Penguin with its engaging Hawaiian-themed activities including storytelling, games, music, arts and crafts, and off-site excursions.

Kahala Hotel & Resort

Kahala Hotel and Resort

Swim with the dolphins in their private lagoon, enjoy one of their many pools, or go snorkeling on this perfect beach

One of Oahu’s premier luxury resorts, the Kahala Hotel & Resort is just 10 minutes from Waikiki’s lively activities and shopping. This oceanfront sanctuary in the posh Kahala district of Honolulu features lush tropical gardens, fantastic accommodations, restaurants, hot tub, swimming pools including children’s pool, fitness center, and world-class spa. Guests will be charmed with the resident dolphins in the resort’s own private lagoon where they can experience a close encounter with these playful creatures. Children ages 5-12 can join the Keiki Club where they will be safely entertained with fun educational activities rich in Hawaiian culture. The resort has a wide array of recreational activities including water and beach sports, complementary bicycles, and cultural activities like hula dancing, lei making and playing the ukulele.

Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club

Marriott Ko Olina Pool View from Hotel Suite

Pool View from Hotel Suite

The Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club is a family favorite with good reason. Located on the secluded shores of Ko Olina, this resort offers spacious and elegant villas with kitchens, living and dining areas, and balconies with stunning views and breathtaking sunsets. Daily activities are featured for all ages including a children’s activity center, outdoor play area, game room, and fitness center. Lovely pools beckon with waterfalls, slide, whirlpools, children’s pool and lush landscaping. The beautiful coves of Ko Olina with their calm turquoise waters make this resort a haven for those seeking shelter from crowds. Sea turtles can often be seen swimming in the crystalline waters by the beach.

Read more about this great family resort from one of our writers: Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club Vacation

Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort beach

Turtle Bay Resort boasts fantastic snorkeling along its natural rock formations

Situated atop a peninsula overlooking the dazzling waters of Oahu’s North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort is a paradise the whole family will enjoy. The resort boasts beautifully appointed accommodations from cottages and villas, to rooms and suites that fit a variety of family needs, all with spectacular ocean views. There are three swimming pools including two children’s pools, a water slide, and two hot tubs. Some of the island’s celebrated surf spots are just a few miles away and include the Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and Waimea Bay. With fine dining, resort shops, spa, golf, tennis, fitness center, and a wide array of on and off site recreational activities, this oceanfront resort is an unforgettable retreat.

Read more about the Turtle Bay Resort and Oahu’s North Shore from one of our travel writers:  Oahu’s North Shore, Hawaii – Beyond Honolulu

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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