In the Mood for Love? Resorts Made for Romance in Orlando

If the myriad couples who choose Walt Disney World as a destination for their weddings, honeymoons and anniversary vacations aren't enough to convince you that Orlando is a more-than-viable locale for romance travel, consider some of the luxury brands that have set up shop around town. For example, Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton are so sure that theme parks help kindle the fire, they've built their sumptuous resorts in the virtual shadow of Cinderella's castle. But don't think Universal Orlando Resort has left the romance game to Mickey. Their elegant, opulent Loews Portofino Bay Hotel gives guests an express pass to fun at their parks and an Italian Riviera-themed playground to explore when they're through riding the roller coasters. Downtown Orlando's grande dame, the magnificent Grand Bohemian, is a world away from the parks, of course, with its cosmopolitan locale and sensibility and not far away, the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne offers bed-and-breakfast aficionados a cozier, more personal stay amid its fragrant gardens. Over in Winter Park, the Park Avenue-ensconced Alfond Inn gives this tony suburb a large property from which guests can explore the Avenue's copious shops, galleries, museums and bistros with no need for a rental car. 

Bed-and-breakfasts are sadly scarce in metro-Orlando; this lovely inn is comprised for four separate historic homes in the shadow of the city's bustling downtown. Popular for weddings and other posh events, its older neighborhood is one...  Read More


Reunion Wyndham Grand Golf & Spa Resort sits just six miles from Walt Disney World, yet seems worlds away, tucked amid three golf courses, each designed by a legend of the game: Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer. In fact, women's...  Read More

Beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and a lovely lazy river are two features that will lower your blood pressure upon check-in at the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes where myriad dining options and access to the Ritz Carlton's spa and golf club...  Read More

The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel offers its guests an extravagant European(-style) vacation without the hassle of transatlantic flights. And with far more roller coasters than you'll find on the Italian Riviera. This Four Diamond hotel boasts the...  Read More

Kick back and relax in a verdant, tropical paradise, featuring lush vegetation, koi ponds and rich, exotic South Pacific architecture. Numerous dining options are scattered around the property but if you have the time sign up for the Spirit of...  Read More

There are hotels and resorts that capture the essence of the resort and theme park area, there are those that immerse guests in the cosmopolitan vibe of Orlando's downtown and then there's the Alfond Inn. Adjacent to beautiful historic Rollins...  Read More

The elegant and beautiful Grand Bohemian is doubtless one of Orlando's most memorable hotels and a grand dame of downtown. With a wealth of sophisticated amenities, rare artwork, elegant decor and top-tier dining and lounge options, guests are...  Read More

You know what you've come to expect from the Waldorf Astoria name – and that's precisely what you'll get at this contemporary luxury enclave surrounded by the spoils of the Walt Disney World Resort. The hotel is an oasis amid the theme parks,...  Read More

This breathtaking Ritz-Carlton property is less than four miles from the Orange County Convention Center, but worlds away from the fray of the trade show floor. Of course, that doesn't mean it isn't ideal for business, but closing deals is far...  Read More

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort may be a mouthful to say, but it's a pleasure to stay – whether you're traveling with family or not! Brand new and smack in the middle of Walt Disney World Resort's beautiful Golden...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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