Just returned home to Seattle after 9 days at this property and was absolutely impressed. Traveled with 4 adults and 3 children (twin 6 year olds and a 2 year old) and we had a fantastic trip and we're extremely happy on our decision to stay at the beach villas property vs. the marriott or Disney properties. The place was vey spacious, modern, clean, with state of the art appliances. This was our 6th trip to Hawaii, and we have stayed at both 5 star hotels and several VRBO properties, and this stay was as good if not better than the rest, and is very reasonably priced for what you get. For families that like to mix up the beach/pool (both of which are very kid friendly, even for a 2 year old, plus Denice has the place stocked with all the beach gear a family could need), and who like to mix cooking their own food (costco and Safeway 10 min away) as well as eating out, than this is the place for you.
The beaches are great unless you like big waves (in which case the north shore is 35 minute drive away), and I even snorkeled every day which was a surprising bonus. There's a good walkway for some exercise to the other hotels, a large fitness center, several good restaurants nearby (both inexpensive and high quality) and even a small pool bar on site (loved the bartenders).
For spa lovers, there are 3 great options (we chose Disney property, which was fantastic). We were however much happier to stay at the beach villas which gave us much more space, was much brighter (Aulani was quite dark and a lot more expensive and a lot less space for a family). Finally, the pictures don't do the view justice. One of the highlight of the day was to put the 2 year old down for a nap and just relax on the balcony with that amazing view.
There is no doubt, we will be going back!
Thanks Denice for making our stay so great.