By Susie Reese
I visit Florida frequently. Sure, I might have family there (if you include a certain rodent), but I happen to enjoy the Orlando area. The warm temperatures in winter, the always exciting landscape, the truly relaxing scenery—and when I jump on a plane for a weekend getaway or a longer, week’s journey, I want everything to be perfect, down to the cabanas by the pool. And that’s why the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is always on my list of places to stay. At Grande Lakes, you’re never short of “exquisite sophistication” with farm-to-table dining, unparalleled golf experiences, and perfected elegance akin to the grand palazzos of Italy. But that’s not that the only aspects of this Ritz-Carlton that are “grande.”
The Grande Rooms
After exploring the surrounding nature preserve or returning from a grueling day at the parks, you just want to exhale and relax in the opulence of a Ritz-Carlton retreat. At Grande Lakes, you’ll receive special amenities and touches that only the luxury escape provides. In all 582 elegantly-appointed rooms, 56 Club Level rooms, 60 Executive Suites, and two Presidential Suites, you’ll find:
- A private balcony.
- A marble bath with two sinks.
- A separate bathtub and shower.
- A lighted makeup mirror, hair dryer, and scale.
- European toiletries.
- Plush terry robes and slippers.
- Computer and fax connections.
- Wireless Internet access and high-speed data port connection.
- Multiline telephones with voice mail.
- 37-inch HD LCD television.
- iPod Dock.
- In-room safe.
- Barrier-free access.
- Twice-daily maid service.
And that’s not even including the grand Royal Suite with a living room, media room, dining room, and three bedrooms.
If you’re looking for a place to relax, then you’ve come to the right resort. Grande Lakes boasts a world-class, 40,000 square foot spa. That means rejuvenating treatments await you in 40 treatment rooms. That means warm, soothing water welcomes you in a private 4,000-square-foot heated outdoor lap pool. That means healthy and tasty options are yours to savor at the onsite cafe, and because you’re looking for grand, you’d expect nothing less than fresh herbs grown in the resort’s organic garden, to be used in treatments. Even honey comes for the resident bees, and the citrus fruit comes from nearby orchards. With spa treatments for mothers-to-be, gentlemen, ladies, kids, and teens, everyone can find their bliss at this luxurious abode.
(Don’t miss the “zero gravity” massage, performed as you lie in a rocking hammock.)
If you’re looking for a place to explore, Grande Lakes, in conjunction with Adventure Experiences, offers private guided eco-tours of Shingle Creek, the Headwaters to the Florida Everglades, fishing excursions, and even a ropes course with zip lines! Discover a wonderful waterscape with a resort pool, a private, spa lap pool, and at the adjacent JW Marriot, a lazy river. And finally, challenge your skills to an 18-hole Greg Norman-signature golf course onsite!
If you’re looking for a place to savor, then you won’t find any resort more grand than Grande Lakes with its 11 fine dining options. From the resort staples like a made-to-order sushi bar and an American Brasserie to celebrity chefs and homegrown favorites, you’ll find it at Grande Lakes and the adjacent JW Marriot. At Highball & Harvest, a southern kitchen and bar, ingredients come from local farms as well as Grande Lake’s own onsite Whisper Creek Farm. Norman’s serves New World cuisine from celebrity Chef Norman Van Aken and blends Latin, Caribbean, and Asian flavors with European elegance. Primo welcomes contemporary Italian cuisine from Chef Melissa Kelly, incorporating fresh ingredients with homemade tastes.
And if you’re searching for world-class entertainment, you are only a hop, skip, and car-ride over to the Orlando theme parks—Walt Disney World®, Universal Orlando® Resort, SeaWorld®, and more!
So experience a grande escape unlike any other at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Contact your local travel agent and get a GOGO Vacations’ package now!
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