Universal Studios. Walt Disney World. SeaWorld. That’s right, you guessed it: we’re talking about Orlando, Florida. If you’re searching for a place to go for your vacation, Orlando has it all. Located in Orange County, Florida, Orlando is best known for being a tourist destination. It is considered the theme park capital of the world, and for good reason! With the parks bringing in millions every year, this makes Orlando one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations.
If you’re the type looking for endless fun, surrounded by the exciting hustle and bustle of the big city, accompanied by never-ending attractions to keep you and your family entertained, Orlando is the exact place for you. With its location, Orlando’s climate is warm and humid with hot summers and mild winters, rarely getting below 50 degrees during the winter months, with highs closer to 70 degrees. It’s the perfect place for both a summer and a winter vacation.
With Orlando being such a hot destination vacation spot, you’ll want to be prepared when you buy your ticket and start looking for a hotel or resort. Make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for. While Orlando is perfect for family vacations, it’s also a nice place for a couple to get away and spend time having fun together, or to get together a group of friends for summer vacation or spring break. Let’s have a look at the best resorts in Orlando:
1. The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton is exactly the extravagant experience that it sounds like. This resort is a luxury resort and boasts 582 guest rooms and suites. It is located just out of the way of the main attractions of Orlando to give guests a sense of peace and privacy, while still being close enough that guests are free to explore the attractions within an easy traveling distance.
The Ritz-Carlton has seven gourmet dining venues for guests to choose from. You can choose world-famous fusion Latin-Caribbean-Asian cuisine or stay traditional with American classics. The Ritz-Carlton has a beautiful, sprawling golf course for guests to explore, as well as a kids’ club for when parents need a little break. As well, the hotel is located within 10 miles of Walt Disney Land for all-day fun.
2. JW Marriott Grande Lakes
This resort is sat on 500 beautiful acres of green grass and gardens located at Grande Lakes. The JW Marriott is surrounded by beautiful trees and water. Each guest room and suite is luxurious and extravagant, with views of both the resort and the lakefront. Guests are also welcome to stream their favorite shows and movies right to the guestroom with Netflix and Hulu.
This hotel has 3 different dining venues, with tastes from American to Italian. Guests can also choose between buffet, continental, and full American breakfast. On-site at the resort is the RItz-Carlton Golf Club where guests can spend the afternoon on the greens. There is also an on-site spa with rejuvenating treatments to help you get the spring back in your step.
3. Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
If you’re looking to stay somewhere that will give you the island paradise vacation without having to travel to an island, the Loews Royal Pacific Resort is exactly where you’d like to be. This resort is set up with a south-pacific ambiance and is located right in the middle of all of Orlando’s excitement. This resort is huge, with 1,000 guest rooms and 51 suites to choose from.
Loews Royal Pacific has a variety of dining venues to choose from. There are kid-friendly character buffets and restaurants where Mickey can come and greet you during breakfast. There are also a number of buffets and restaurants with cuisine from Polynesian to American. This resort is located right in Universal Orlando, and there are plenty of places to go within walking distance to get your fill of Orlando excitement.
4. Grand Bohemian Hotel
This resort is another perfect gem for those who want to be in the center of all the happenings around Orlando and are looking for a luxurious resort as well. The Grand Bohemian Hotel is a work of art in and of itself, and also allows guests to stay surrounded by art as well. Stay in one of the standard rooms, or enjoy a suite if you’re ready to travel in style.
The Boheme Restaurant located on-site at the Grand Bohemian Hotel is bound to satisfy the hunger of every guest. The restaurant also features jazz musicians local to Orlando, to give guests a unique dining experience. Not only does the Grand Bohemian Hotel have a luxury spa, it also features an art gallery with over 150 fantastic works of art.
5. Luxury Four Seasons at Walt Disney World Resort
Coming to Orlando to visit Walt Disney Land? You can stay right in the center of all the magic at the Luxury Four Seasons. This resort is lakeside, and has 443 guestrooms and suites for you to choose from, all of them with beautiful views and private balconies. This resort is perfect for families and couples alike, with a room for everyone.
The Luxury Four Seasons has 6 different gourmet restaurants for guests to dine at. If you’re in the mood for steak or if you’re craving something Italian, or maybe you’re just looking for international dishes- you’ll be able to find it here. Along with being right next to all the action at Walt Disney Land, the Luxury Four Seasons offers a spa, nearby golf, and both an adult-only pool and a family water playground.
6. Waldorf Astoria
Waldorf Astoria is another resort that is surrounded by Walt Disney World Resort. Guests who stay here can be surrounded by the magic of Disney, while staying in decadent accommodations that allow for both serenity and privacy. Guests are able to choose between a deluxe room or a suite, both of which are astounding and luxurious, with stunning views.
Get a taste of classical fine dining if you’re a couple looking for a romantic meal together, or take your pick of several casual dining venues if you’re trying to corral the whole family into picking a single restaurant. Waldorf Astoria has a supervised kid’s club so that parents can relax at the spa or play a round of golf before gathering everyone up and heading over to Walt Disney World nearby.
7. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Here is another resort on our list that’s perfect for those of you who are ready to get the whole family together and hit all the hot attractions Orlando has to offer. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is next door to Walt Disney Land, and offers 815 different guest rooms and suites to fit whatever size family you’re bringing with you. Couples, don’t feel left out! The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has intimate luxury rooms for you, too.
This resort offers hungry guests a taste of both island cuisine, sushi, and classic American. There are two restaurants and three bars, as well as a grab-n-go snack market located in the lobby. If you’re interested in staying at the resort, Camp Hyatt is a place for kids to go and have fun. You can also go paddle boating on the lake, or go rock climbing or biking through the resort trails. After you’ve exhausted all the fun at the resort, you can visit the nearby attractions.
8. Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek
This resort is surrounded by the natural wetlands of Bonnet Creek, with lush green gardens and Walt Disney Land just around the corner. This resort is in the center of 500 verdant, natural woodland acres with a 10-acre lake. Wyndham Grand has 400 suites ready for every guest’s needs, with views of the resort and the water of the lake.
Seafood, American burgers, and delicious cocktails abound. The dining venues at Wyndham Grand and perfect for everyone’s specific cravings. For those of you looking to relax and rejuvenate, this resort offers spa services at their Blue Harmony Spa. You can also explore the nearly endless resort grounds, or visit a nearby golf course.
9. Vista Cay Resort
Vista Cay is located on the famous International drive. That puts you in the center of all the excitement, minutes away from everything that Orlando has to offer. The rooms that Vista Cay offers are all luxurious condo suites, from two-bedroom suites to 3 bedroom townhouses. This is the exact place to stay if you’re bringing the whole family.
Each suite and townhouse comes with fully equipped kitchens, and the resort has several luxury bars on-site. If you’re looking for Orlando cuisine, you won’t have to look far with several restaurants within walking distance of the resort. There are so many things to do for fun right at the resort: pools, movie theatres, and games rooms just to name a few.
10. Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Surrounded by the magic of Walt Disney World Resort, guests will be able to stay in an upscale, luxurious resort just minutes away from the magic, while being surrounded by the nearly 500 acres of the Bonnet Creek Nature Reserve. Choose between a guest room for two or a suite fit for a family reunion.
Guests are welcome to dine at a poolside grill or sit down for some Italian cuisine at one of the on-site restaurants. Or, if you prefer, you can always get 24-hour room service. Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek has an on-site spa if you’d like to relax away from your daily life before you take the family to all the nearby Orlando theme parks. You can also take advantage of the adjacent Waldorf Astoria Golf Club if you feel like hitting the greens.
11. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Inspired by the seaside town of Portofino, Italy, the Loews Portofino Bay hotel is located at Universal Orlando and is nestled along the waterside just like its namesake, with brought colorful buildings and an Italian ambiance. Loews Portofino Bay has 750 guest rooms and 45 luxury suites for guests to choose from.
Italian cuisine is what the dining venues at Loews Portofino Bay specialize in – for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you’re not in the mood for that, though, there’s always a bar and grill as well as 24-hour room services. The best part of staying at this resort is the free unlimited rides access at Universal Orlando, where you can skip the lines and go straight to the rides.
12. Rosen Shingle Creek
This resort is surrounded by lush, beautiful gardens as well as the picturesque Shingle Creek. Rosen Shingle Creek is the perfect resort for guests who want to get a taste of the beautiful, natural Florida wildlife while still being surrounded by all that Orlando has to offer. Guests are invited to take their pick of guest rooms and suites, as this resort is perfect for a quiet couples’ retreat as well as a family vacation.
Rosen Shingle Creek offers two different restaurants for guests to choose from when it comes time to decide on dinner. There are also several bars and lounges for all of your beverage and drink needs. Aside from nearby Orlando attractions, Rosen Shingle Creek offers a golf club as well as a luxury spa.
13. The Point Resort
Located on Universal Blvd, The Point Resort is nearby Universal Studios, which will certainly entice those of you who are looking to stay as close to the action of Orlando as possible. Guests are offered accommodations from a luxury studio to a two-bedroom family suite, with views overlooking the resort.
Start your day off with breakfast from Barista before you head out into your Orlando adventure. Lunch and dinner are served at Cabana Bar and Grill with casual American dishes the whole family will love. Other than its pool and fitness center, the Point Resort also offers shuttle services to the attractions only a few miles away: Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios.
14. Villas of Grand Cypress
The Villas of Grand Cypress is a golf resort for the discerning traveler who longs to stay in a grandiose resort for their perfect vacation. Located on 1,500 acres of manicured lawns and gardens, the Villas of Grand Cypress offers both suites and villas that have up to four bedrooms so you’ll have enough room for everyone who’s staying along with you.
Guests of the Villas of Grand Cypress are offered an array of dishes from seafood and sushi to delicious American, all offered at the Club. You can also indulge in pool-side meals, or 24-hour room service. If you’re looking to travel here for spring break, this resort is a spring break calendar of activities just for you. There are also golf packages for those who want to spend their time out on the greens.
15. Marriott Lakeshore Reserve
Escape to the beautifully decadent, 500-acre resort of Marriott Lakeshore Reserve, surrounded by verdant gardens and tropical landscapes. This is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to a serene place to come back to after your exciting day surrounded by all of the best of Orlando’s attractions. Marriott Lakeshore Reserve offers guests 1, 2 or 3-bedroom villas and 2 or 3-bedroom townhouses.
While this resort only offers two dining options of a delicious Bar and Grill and a grab-n-go Marketplace, there are nearby restaurants that will satisfy any type of cuisine-craving you have. Guests of the Marriott Lakeshore Reserve who want to golf are free to reserve tee time at the nearby Ritz-Carlton. Or, explore the surrounding area of Orlando and all of the nearby theme parks.