Orlando has long been known as the theme-park capital of the free world, but its accommodations have often matched its youth-oriented demographic. However, there are some very nice hotels in the Orlando area that feature grown-up luxury and the opportunity to enjoy accommodations with lavish touches like private pools and patios.
Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center Orlando
The Villas at Caribe Orlando provides another level of luxury and privacy with its guestrooms and suites, which are already something of a treat for couples and families touring the attractions of Orlando. Each features a large separate master suite with full bath and large whirlpool, living room with sofa-bed, full kitchen, dining room, lanai or balcony with screen, daily maid service, three large flat-screen SAT TVs, phone line, safe, dishwasher, washer, dryer, stereo, cookware and dishes. In addition. each villa comes with access to the villa guest-only private pool with waterfalls and slide. The hotel also features a 250,000-gallon pool for all guests, pool deck area and chairs, modern and well-equipped fitness center, massage treatments at the spa, lighted tennis courts, lighted full-size basketball court, and nine restaurants and bars.
Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center 8101 World Center Dr. Orlando, FL 32821 800-823-8300 thecaribeorlando.com
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes is an oasis in the desert of mediocre hotels that for the most part fill the Orlando area. Luxurious amenities and a large array of activity choices make the hotel something special amongst its peers. Well-situated near the airport, the city center and the theme parks, the Ritz-Carlton provides its guests with 11 unique dining options, a huge 40,000-square-foot full-service spa with wellness center, 40 treatment rooms, spa face and wade pool; a series of Adventure Experiences, which include a fly-fishing school and private guided tours of the Everglades headwaters. and poolside cabanas with personal service. The 584 guestrooms feature private balconies, marble bathrooms, designer toiletries, Wi-Fi Internet, 32-inch flat-screen SAT TV and maid service twice daily. Some suites also feature private pools and views over the Greg Norman-designed golf course or the lake. If adult luxury with a sophisticated style is what you are looking for this is it.
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes 4012 Central Florida Parkway Orlando, FL 32837 407-206-2400 ritzcarlton.com
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Sea World International Center
While set directly on the Sea World International Center property, the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Sea World also offers easy access to Disney and the other major theme parks in and around Orlando. The resort is situated on 33 acres of Bermuda-style estate with walking track, business center, children's center, playground, basketball, fitness room, tennis courts, pool tables, large swimming pool, and sundeck. With the Coral Reef Bar & Grill, the provisions market and deli, and an on-site Pizza Hut Express, the dining options are covered. Suites at the hotel feature one or two bedrooms with Hilton Suite Dreams beds, a full kitchen with microwave, fridge, oven and dishwasher; living room and dining room, two flat-screen cable TVs, hi-speed Internet, washer and dryer, and of course a private whirlpool in the granite master suite bathroom. The hotel provides a nice mix of luxury and fun for the family as it lacks the formality of other hotels in the area without lacking the amenities that make it a step above.
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Sea World International Center 6924 Grand Vacations Way Orlando, FL 32821 407-239-0100 hilton.com