Staycation? These Orlando Resorts May Make You Forget the Theme Parks

Headed to Orlando? Let's examine the difference between "hotel" and "resort." While it may seem as though they're one in the same, resorts are more immersive. Guests at resorts often enjoy the amenities in multiple form: several pools and dining options, a spa, perhaps golf, sporting activities and more. The 10 listed here offer guests a multiple-choice test they can't wait to take. In fact, some are in close proximity to neighboring luxury properties – the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, for example. shares amenities with the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. In these cases, guests can enjoy the spoils of both, an undeniable bonus. Over at the Most Magical Place on Earth, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort offers incredible benefits, not the least of which include over-water bungalows, and the rum-infused spoils of Trader Sam's Grog Grotto. Its location on the Monorail line makes not only the parks convenient, but other Disney properties, as well. No need to take the car or a bus to enjoy a character breakfast at the Contemporary or world-class dining at the Grand Floridian. Similarly, Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando Resort holds its own in South Seas charm while offering easy access to the other on-site properties, the parks and the dining, shopping and entertainment spoils of CityWalk. Pencils down. 



With its over-water bungalows in place, Trader Sam's Grog Grotto serving up the tiki drinks and a gorgeous volcano pool nearly completed, the upgrades at this classic Disney deluxe resort are everywhere ��" inside and out. Why this...  Read More



This resort oasis, located in the heart of Disney territory, isn't just convenient to the most magical place on earth, it exudes a magic all its own. Those with families in tow won't worry about what they're up to, the property's stunning Falls...  Read More



Want fabulous fine dining? BAM! The Loews Royal Pacific Resort offers up the glamorous digs of Emeril's Tchoup Chop along with its South Seas charm. But sophistication easily gives way to family fun at the property's character breakfast. In...  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



It may be convention convenient, but its draws hardly end there. Families and couples enjoy luxuriating in this resort's beautiful lazy river and pools ��" and its on-site restaurants include one of the most exemplary steakhouses in...  Read More

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Families rejoice in the Orlando heat! You can take in the sun or join your kids in the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek's magnificent zero-entry lagoon-style pool. In fact, we'll bet you'll opt for the latter. Fear not, though. The property's cheery...  Read More



Take advantage of the endless selection of on-site activities including 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf, tennis, a 21 acre lake with water sports, a 1/2-acre lagoon swimming pool with 12 waterfalls, water slides ��" and...  Read More



This property's spacious villas and prime resort location near the parks make it a favorite for families. Lush, manicured grounds and a private bay inspire relaxation and its amenities include three outdoor pools, a whirlpool spa, a sauna and...  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...  Read More



The Forbes Four-Star rated Villas at Grand Cypress is home to 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus-designed golf, top instruction at the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf and myriad dining options and recreation opportunities. With complimentary shuttle...  Read More


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Amy Drew has logged close to 30 years as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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