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The Best Family Resorts On Oahu

Are you thinking about taking an Oahu family vacation? Hawaii is amazing! Are you looking for the best family resorts on Oahu? 

Awesome! You are in the right spot! In this post, we are going to make it super easy to know what the best places to stay in Oahu for families are.  There are so many great options. 

We recently took our four kids to Oahu and loved the places we stayed.  I’m excited to share with you all the best Oahu resorts for families. 

We will break this down into three options:

  • Family Resorts on Oahu
  • Family Hotels in Oahu
  • Oahu Family Vacation Home Rentals

Let’s start by exploring the best family resorts on Oahu! 

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One Week Oahu Itinerary

There are a few things to consider when booking a family resort on Oahu.  Let’s break these down first so you know where to begin. 

Location

Location is key!  The most popular Oahu destinations include:

  • Honolulu – Waikiki Beach
  • North Shore
  • Ko Olina

Each of these locations offers some amazing and unique experiences.  They are all great! You really can’t go wrong with location choices on Oahu.  Honestly, I wanted to stay at all of the locations so we did.  You do not have to choose just one family resort on Oahu (Although it might be easier.)  This is your Oahu family vacation, so design it how you would like.  

Room Size

Now, if you are a standard family with two adults and two kids picking a family hotel in Oahu is going to be easy and less expensive.  If your family is bigger, your choices become limited.  There are only a handful of Oahu resorts and hotels that cater to bigger families.  

Don’t worry we are going to mention all of the best family resorts on Oahu that allow bigger families to stay together.  

Our Experience

Because we have six people in our family a standard room would not be an option. However, we brought grandma and grandpa with us which allowed us to stay in some amazing hotels that are great for kids and families.  We also stayed in larger suites designed for families.  

Amenities

One of the most important amenities to include on your Oahu family vacation is access to the beach and the pool.  These are both important.  You want to make sure the resort offers great access to both. 

Many of the best family resorts on Oahu offer activities for both adults and children.  At most resorts, you will find offers such as:

  • Surf Lessons
  • Lei Making
  • Tours
  • Yoga
  • Ukulele Lessons

There will also be other activities at most resorts that may have an additional cost such as golfing or guided local excursions. 

Oahu All-Inclusive Family Resort?

One thing to note, there are no Oahu all-inclusive family resorts.  Mexico has this down, but the US does not have many options for an all-inclusive resort experience.   

Oahu Family Resorts, Hotels, and Vacation Homes

Okay, now I feel like we have covered the basics.  Hopefully, you have a better idea of the options you would like to look for as you decide what you think the best Oahu family resort is for your family.  I am only going to share my favorites on this list. So let’s get started! 

1. Oahu Family Resort - Disney's Aulani

Best Family resort in Oahu - Disney Aulani Resort

I wrote an extensive post on Disney Aulani Resort on my Disney Blog Planningaway2magic.com.  

Location: Ko Olina

Price: High

Luau: Yes

Disney’s Aulani Resort is hands down the best family resort on Oahu.  There is an amazing pool, kids scavenger hunts, crafts, games, and kids club all available on-site.  Some of the activities are free and others are an additional charge.

One thing we liked about Aulani is the option for a bigger room.  We got a 2 bedroom villa that slept 9.  We booked this through David’s Vacation Rentals and saved so much money (over $1000 for one night).  

Beach Access

Coves at Ko Olina Family resorts on Oahu

There are some really nice resorts in Ko Olina.  Along the shoreline are small coves.  These provide beach access to all the resorts in this area.  The water is smooth and calm.  It is great for paddleboarding and swimming.  

These coves also have beach chairs and plenty of areas to build sandcastles.

Pool

Pool at Disney's Aulani Resort Hawaii

The pool is absolutely amazing at Disney’s Aulani Resort.  The pool is why this gets the vote of the best Oahu resorts for families.  There are two water slides, a lazy river, a play zone, a splash pad, multiple hot tubs, and three big pools to swim in.  

It is hands down the most Oahu kid-friendly resort!

What We loved

Honestly, we loved almost everything about Aulani.  The pool was amazing, especially the hot tubs.  We loved having a kitchen in our room.  We have kids ages ranging from 6-14 and all of them loved the amenities and thought this was the best Oahu resort for kids. 

Disadvantages

Aulani is located on the east side of the island.  It is far away from the tourist attractions both on the north shore and the ones located near Waikiki.  If you are staying at Aulani you will want to plan just to be there. (It isn’t a bad thing, there are plenty of activities) 

The other thing to consider is the prices are extremely high at the Aulani gift shops and restaurants.  I recommend going to Costco before you arrive and stocking up on water and snacks.  

2. Oahu Family Resort - Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay Family resorts on Oahu

Location: North Shore

Price: Moderate-High

Luau: No, Polynesian Cultural Center is the closest Luau. 

Turtle Bay is located on the North Shore. This is a family resort in Oahu you do not want to miss.  The pool is amazing, the rooms are big, and it is close to all the fun activities for kids on the North Shore such as the Polynesian Cultural Center, Dole Plantation, Best Hikes on Oahu, Shark Cages, and the Oahu Jurassic Park adventure

Oahu Accommodations for Families

Turtle Bay has a main lobby with standard hotel rooms. But they also have many vacation home rentals for larger families that you can book on VRBO. (We will talk about this more later.) 

Beach Access

Oahu Kid Friendly Resorts Turtle bay

The waves on the North Shore can get very large. At Turtle Bay, there is a public beach that is located right next to the property.  It is a cove that is protected from the large waves.  This area is my favorite place to snorkel on OahuThere are lots of fish.  

Pool Access

Turtle Bay Resort North Shore

There is a water slide, hot tubs, and large pools to swim at.  This pool is what makes Turtle Bay one of the best family resorts on Oahu.  The view from the pool is amazing as well.  

Advantages

Turtle Bay is one of the only resorts on the North Shore.  It is very nice and close to so many fun things to do on the North ShoreThe location is fabulous!  If you love golfing this is a great choice as well.  

Disadvantages 

If you want to stay at Turtle Bay you have to book very far in advance.  Especially if you want a larger room that will fit an entire family.  

3 -4.Best Hotels in Waikiki for Families - Royal Hawaiian and Sheraton Waikiki

Kid Friendly Hotel Oahu - Royal Hawaiian

Location: Waikiki

Price: Moderate

Luau: Yes, on Mondays and Thursdays

Both the Royal Hawaiian and the Sheraton Waikiki share amenities. We loved staying at the Royal Hawaiian.  It is located right on Waikiki beach.  You can easily walk out of your room and be on the beach.  It is beautiful.  They offered the kids lei’s when we arrived.  (Our kids loved that!)  

There are lots of free classes, lessons, and activities that are included in your stay.

Beach Access

Oahu Family Vacation resorts and hotels Waikiki Beach

The Royal Hawaiian has better beach access than the Sheraton.  Waikiki is one of the best beaches in Oahu and to have direct access to it from the hotel room is incredible.  We woke up early every morning and hit the beach before all the crowds came.  It was fabulous.  You can take surf lessons, build sandcastles, or have easy access to all of the excursions on Waikiki (parasailing, whale watching…)  

Pool

Pool at Sheraton Waikiki family Oahu resort

The Royal Hawaiian’s pool is nothing to write home about but the Sheraton Waikiki has an amazing pool.  There is a fun waterslide your kids will love to go on over and over again.  My kids loved swimming and using the slide.  

What We Loved

We loved that the amenities were shared between both the Royal Hawaiian and the Sheraton.  It was nice to have access to that pool.  Our most favorite part of staying here was the beach access to Waikiki.  It was phenomenal. The rooms were really nice. It is a great choice for an Oahu hotel for families.  

Disadvantages

The one huge disadvantage of both of these resorts is that unless you are a family of 4 you will have to book two rooms.  We were lucky to have grandma and grandpa with us.  Other than that, there wasn’t anything we didn’t like. 

5. Best Hotels in Waikiki for Families - Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Hilton Hawaiian Village - FAmily resorts on Oahu

Location: Waikiki 

Price – Moderate

Luau: Yes, Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays

When it comes to family resorts on Oahu the Hilton Hawaiian Village is a great option.  There are family suites available that can accommodate a family of six. The pool is fantastic and it offers great beach access.   There are also hula lessons and lei-making classes available to take. 

Beach Access

Waikiki Beach Hilton Hawaiian Village
Photo Credit: Hilton Hawaiian Village
 
The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort has direct access to Waikiki Beach.  It also has access to a private lagoon.  This is a great place to paddleboard!
 

Pool

Hilton Hawaiian Village pool
Photo Credit: Hilton Hawaiian Village

 

The pool at Hilton Hawaiian Village has been voted the best pool in Waikiki. This pool is kid-friendly!  There are waterslides and waterfalls!  It is amazing! 

Advantages 

Honestly, if you want to stay on Waikiki Beach at a resort.  This was one of my top picks.  It was one of the only Oahu family resorts that offered a room big enough for a family at a decent price that still had direct access to Waikiki. 

Disadvantages

We didn’t stay at this location on our last trip so I am not sure if there are any disadvantages.   I have read lots of reviews and all of them are pretty positive.  

6. Oahu Family Vacation Home Rentals

Hawaii vacation home rental

Location: All Over

Price: Low: High

Vacation home rental in Oahu is a great option.  There are lots of choices on VRBO.  Some of these homes are in popular tourist areas while other locations are off the beaten path.  There really is something for everyone.

Advantages

More space is probably the number one reason to book a VRBO.  You will most likely have access to a washer and dryer which is nice!  Some VRBO’s are attached to resorts and access to those amenities is included. (Turtle Bay)

Disadvantages

One of the biggest disadvantages of renting a vacation home is hoping the host follows though.  We have heard horror stories of people getting to their vacation rentals and it wasn’t what they expected.  Another disadvantage would be the fact that you have a cleaning fee attached to your bill.  This is probably fine if you plan to stay in the unit the entire trip however, if you want to hop around to different areas it might not make sense.  

Other Family Resorts on Oahu to Consider

Hanuma Bay Beach in Oahu

The resorts listed above are the best family resorts on Oahu. The following family resorts on Oahu are runners-up. 

7. Courtyard Marriott North Shore

Marriott North Shore Family friendly resort Oahu
Photo Credit: Marriott Courtyard North Shore

Location: North Shore

Price: Low – Moderate

Luau:  No, Polynesian Cultural Center Next Door 

This is a fantastic place to stay if you are visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center, the hotel is in the same parking lot.  The pool is fantastic! There are games and bike rentals available.  It is a more affordable option on the North Shore.  

8. Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club

Oahu Family Vacation - Ko Olina
Photo Credit: Marriott Ko Olina

Location: Ko Olina 

Price: High

Luau: Yes, Tuesday Nights

This is a great option if you are a Marriott Vacation Club member.  The rooms are large and accommodate more people.  This is a really nice resort.  Personally, if I am going to stay in Ko Olina with kids, I am going to choose Disney’s Aulani because the price is very similar but Disney is geared towards kids.  

Are you Ready to Book a Family Resort on Oahu?

OAHU FAMILY RESORTS

These are the best resorts on Oahu!!  I am excited about your Oahu family vacation and I hope that my top choices for the best family resorts on Oahu help you decide where you want to stay.

My family loved visiting Hawaii!  It is a great place to make memories! 

One Last Piece of Advice for Family Hotels On Oahu

There are so many hotels in the Waikiki area. You want to make sure you have direct beach access when booking in this area. We have stayed at several hotels near Waikiki Beach (trying to save money)  It was not worth it.  Some of these hotels are run down (furniture from 1950) and still charge a resort fee.  

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30 Comments

  1. Wow, there are a lot of choices on Oahu to stay with my family. I personally love when the hotel has a great pool as well as great beach access so that’s for highlighting this feature.

  2. Great info! Aulani is on my dream list, but it’s good to realize that it may not be convenient to other areas. When we go someday, I imagine us doing some resort hopping to see all the things we want to see. Great tip about making sure you have beach access. That makes a lot of sense. I’ll tuck this info into the back of my mind for when we finally get to go!

  3. Wow! These are some of the best family resorts on Oahu I’ve ever seen! Aulani is on our bucket list as we hope to get there in the next year. Fingers crossed, 2022!! 😉

  4. Some day we will make it to Hawaii… apparently not this year… but can’t wait until I can finally set foot on one of those gorgeous beaches!

  5. These all look so beautiful. A big, spacious pool is so enticing, but pair that up with the ocean in Hawaii and I am sold!

  6. What a great list of the best family resorts on Oahu. I would literally stay at any of these gorgeous properties! Excellent picks!

  7. This is a great, comprehensive list of accommodations. I like how you listed the advantages and disadvantages of the properties.

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