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New York, NY
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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

Postcard from Oahu

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Postcard from Oahu

Henley Vazquez

A New York family with two young children (and another on the way) recently returned from a stay at two of Oahu's most kid-friendly resorts, the new Four Seasons Oahu and Aulani, a Disney resort. And lucky for us, they were willing to share their feedback with the entire Passported community! Read on to see what to love about Hawaii's newest Four Seasons, and maybe find some inspiration for your next family getaway.


The Four Seasons was really wonderful. They were kid-friendly in so many ways. There is a family pool that has a shallow area with rocks on the bottom for the kids to play in, and at the deepest point it's only around four feet deep, so it was perfect for us and the boys. Also, all of the restaurants offer kids' meals (and kids under age four eat for free) from a decent menu. My kids would prefer to live on hot dogs and peanut butter, but they had other options, too. They were really great about our family's allergies as well. The Kids for All Seasons kids' club is huge, with several rooms of games and toys plus a movie room and staff. The outdoor activity center had tons of free buckets, shovels and floaties for the kids to use. 

The adult food was also good at all of the restaurants. Our favorite was probably Fish House, and Noe served great Italian place in their beautiful garden. We were really, really happy there. The service was also fantastic—I don't think we lifted a finger! They set up towels for you on chairs at the pool or beach, come around with water for everyone (including the kids in children's cups) and offer food and drinks at the pool/beach if you want to order. In the hotel, we had two adjoining rooms with an ocean view. They were both quite large for hotel rooms (we easily could have slept 4 in one room), bright, well-equipped with large flat screen TVs, lots of outlets for charging devices, and just generally fairly luxurious feeling and modern. The Aulani was good in its own way, but I preferred the Four Seasons. 

Overall I'm glad we went to both, and they were literally next door and share the beach so the transition couldn't have been easier. Even the SUV from the airport to the Four Seasons was great—a nice, new SUV with a car seat and the driver had a massive iPad for the kids to watch movies on if they chose.