Westworld Alberta

Winter 2014

Westworld Alberta

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30 % OFF* Lift tickets and regular room rates with our mid-week rewards Snow Days Mid-Week Ski & Board Package 98 Geikie Street, Jasper reservations@jasperinn.com Must be reserved in advance: 1.800.661.1933 *Valid Sunday through Thursday during the 2014/15 winter season. Not available on holidays, Friday or Saturday nights. Offer subject to room availability. w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 | w e s t w o r l d A l b e r t A 23 pool, hot tub and six diff erent "rain" showers – from gentle mist to plunging waterfall – with neither a Mickey nor Menehune in sight. It's hard to leave this private oasis, but the after- noon beckons. On my way out, I steal a peek inside the Painted Sky teen spa with its rip Swirl yogurt bar, comfy treatment chairs and computer stations. ough it's quiet this afternoon, the attendant tells me "it's like a nightclub in here sometimes." Back outside and deter- mined to keep my post-spa bliss going, I make tracks to the new adult-only area on the secluded west side of the valley. Dan joins me for a splash-free dip in the faux-conch-adorned pool, followed by burgers and drinks at the poolside bar – Maui Big Swell IPA for him, a mango mojito for me. We meet a 30-something , child-free couple who are on the island for a doctor's conference, and a retired couple, terry and Jerry Malloy from Philadelphia, who are vacationing with their adult son. later, Dan, omas and I forego the evening's out- door showing of A Bug's Life and head for more playtime in the deserted pools, giggling, screaming and splashing like so many Menehune. It's just us and the palm trees, silhouetted against a blue-grey sky. A fi nal soak in the Waikolohe Pool's hot tub, and we call it a night. We Feel nO neeD to leave Aulani during our stay, except to pick up supplies at a nearby market and occasionally stroll the grey-brown lava coastline. On one such outing, on our last day, we cool off at postcard- perfect Paradise Cove as sea turtles swim by in the shallow water. ough we're easy day trips away from Oahu's north Shore surfi ng mecca and such attractions as Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona Memorial, we'll just have to check them out on another trip. Boarding the elevator for the last time, we're greeted by the refrain of "It's a Small World" – in Hawaiian of course. We spot one fi nal wooden Menehune curled up high in a corner of the elevator. Mahalo, little ones, and behave . . . or not. W (top) The Ka Maka pool celebrates the legend of Maui, the demigod who brought the Hawaiian Islands to the ocean's surface with his giant fi shhook – spot his sparkling constellation in the overhanging grotto; (below) the author and family in the Waikolohe Valley.

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