We stayed our last night in Hawaii at this gorgeous hotel and look forward to staying there again. We were warmly greeted as platinum members. Platinum and gold elite guests receive the following exclusive offers: complimentary internet, 25% food discount in the Naupaka Restaurant, $25 daily self-parking (although we didn't know about this until we had already given the valet the car which was $10 more), 20% discount on spa services, and nightly turn down. We had reserved a garden/mountain view room and were upgraded to a Deluxe Ocean View room. It was dark when we arrived after a 55-minute 17 mile drive from the airport, so it was exciting to anticipate the view.
Our room was gorgeous. The bathroom was huge with separate soaking tub/shower. The toilet was all alone in a separate room as big as some whole bathrooms we have experienced. We enjoyed having a ceiling fan in the room. The balcony has room for a table and two chairs as well as a couch. The room has screen doors if you want to leave the sliding glass doors open and avoid the bugs. Unfortunately, someone nearby was smoking on their balcony so we were unable to leave the doors open.
We ate dinner with the rays and sharks at the Naupaka Restaurant and enjoyed our meal. We also ate the breakfast buffet the next morning and were pleased with the choices. Check-out time is 11 A. M, but we were given a 12 o'clock check-out when we checked in and extended it to 1 P.M. I don't know what the area was like before the Disney property opened , but it did not seem overly crowded. School would have started on the mainland (after Thanksgiving) so I'm sure many families had gone home.
Our flight did not leave until 9:35 P.M., so we used the extra time to visit the North Shore (unfortunately no big waves), but we had a Hawaiian shaved ice at Matsumoto's and pineapple ice cream at the Dole Plantation. We also found a grocery store called Don Quijote's where we bought 7 Maui Gold pineapples to bring home. They were about 1/3 the price of the ones you could buy at the Dole Plantation or the airport. We carried them on the plane as one of our carry-ons. We've given several of them to friends and they just can't believe how good they are.