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Paradise gets even better when you walk amid the cut-glass windows and sky-high ceilings of the gorgeous lobby at Aulani, the new Disney resort and spa in West Oahu. Big and beautiful, this is a place where you can chill out while your offspring go bananas. At the centerpiece pool complex, kids ride water slides and splash around the snorkeling tank when they’re not catching movies or playing games or donning costumes (you’ve never seen so many “princess-pirates”) in the clubhouse. The 23,000-square-foot Laniwai spa offers traditional lomilomi heated stone massage, but nothing may relax you like watching the sky redden over your lilikoi mojito at the Aulani’s Off the Hook, the open-air bar that overlooks the beachfront lagoon. When you actually step off the property, make tracks for the Old Hawaii of the North Shore.