I love to travel! For me traveling is about getting the full experience at a hotel or destination without having to endure stress. I recently had the opportunity to visit the The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. From the moment my stay was confirmed I instantly knew I would be in for a relaxing treat. The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando Florida is nestled on 500 acres at the headwaters of the Everglades. The luxurious resort offers world class amenities, a beautiful location and first class service that a guest will never forget.
My family & I visited The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes the day before a major holiday (4th of July) & stayed for 5 nights. Planning my stay was easy because both the JW Mariott & The Ritz -Carlton Grande Lakes had a full line up of festivities that were offered to registered guests. Personally, I LOVE when a hotel offers holiday activities and amenities to keep a family busy! It can make any vacation so much easier to plan.
When we arrived (and everyday after) we were always greeted with respect and kindness by the staff at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. Every staff member that we came in contact with during our stay, looked us in the eye and greeted us with a true, genuine smile. In addition, whether it was our valet attendants to the concierge, we were offered a bottle of water several times a day. For me, it is the small things that make me aware of the scope of service a hotel or destination has to offer.
We had a spacious room during our stay at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. When traveling with children, space is very important! Our room gave us a sense of luxury & relaxation without being stuffy & stiff that some luxury hotels offers their guest. My favorite part of the hotel room: The Bathroom. I love the separate shower/bathtub stall!! The bathroom was quite large for a hotel room & always fully stocked during our stay.
Pool, Spa services & incredible restaurants are only a small reason why guest return to The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes regularly. In addition to their fabulous pool, The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes offers a fantastic kid’s program called: Ritz Kidz. The Ritz Kids program allows parents to play while children stay with our trained and certified counselors. Each counselor is certified in infant, child and adult CPR, basic first aid and water safety (per their website). Luxury Travel isn’t just for adults! My kids enjoyed their stay at the Ritz. My almost 9 year old told me he “wanted to live at the Ritz”! I can’t blame the little guy!!
The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando Florida offers guests a full array of amenities for their registered guests. Whether you are a golf lover, ready to indulge yourself to a spa or looking for outdoor fun like kayaking, eco-tours or fishing, The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando Florida can offer something for everyone. My family took part in a Bird Habitat activity offered at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. Our activity guide took us by golf cart to Shingle Creek (headwaters to the Everglades) where we sat on a picnic bench under a beautiful Cypress tree, overlooking a beautiful lake. It was a perfect backdrop to reconnect during our trip and focus on our family & task on hand.
We spent the afternoon painting & personalizing birdhouses which we hung ourselves. Not only did we create something that nature will appreciate, but we can come back on our next stay and see what species of birds inhabited our creation while we were away. Our unique birdhouses will leave a lasting impression on our family as well as at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes.
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando offers:
582 guest rooms including, 60 Executive Suites, 56 Ritz-Carlton Club® level rooms, two Presidential Suites, and one Royal Suite
Zero-entry outdoor heated pool
18-hole Greg Norman Signature Golf Course, featuring The Ritz-Carlton Golf Caddie Program
40,000-square-foot rejuvenating spa
Three ballrooms, with 36,000 total square feet
14 break-out rooms, all on one level
64,000 square feet of outdoor function space
Dining options ranging from award-winning cuisine to poolside bar
Complimentary transportation to and from Walt Disney World© Resort, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld (for registered guests only)
Stay tune for part 2 of my The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando Florida Series where I focus on Spa Services!
Have you ever had a luxury vacation memory that still stands out?