Put Some Glamour in Your Next Vacation
Splurge on the Luxurious Side of International Drive!
We all need some well-deserved pampering and slurging on a few luxurious treats on vacation and the International Drive Resort Area has it all: World class accommodations, soothing spas, elegant dining, great shopping, golfing and special tours fit for a VIP: YOU!!! Check out these suggestions to treat yourself to the best of the best in the world’s most famous vacation destination!
Wake up in luxury!!!
For visitors who want to feel indulged, pampered, spoiled, there are great choices of upscale properties that are pulling out all the stops in preparation for your arrival. With so many amenities to pamper you during your visit, you may never want to leave your hotel!
Accessible to all of the area's top attractions, Hyatt Regency Orlando warmly welcomes guests with luxurious accommodations and attentive customer service. Guests enjoy the zero-entry Grotto Pool with a slide and interactive water feature or an Olympic-size terrace pool, each with a children’s pool and a Jacuzzi hot tub. With amenities that include Along with The Spa, a 22,000-square-foot, full-service spa, salon and fitness center and status as a national landmark hotel in the meetings and conventions industry, the property offers 1,641 elegantly appointed guestrooms, including 193 sophisticated suites and available pet-friendly rooms. www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com. 407-284-1234.
A grand hotel in the tradition of Florida’s turn-of-the-century resorts, the conservation-minded property encompasses the historic Shingle Creek, headwaters of the Florida Everglades. One of the area’s most elegant properties, the hotel is situated on 230 acres of lush landscape. The resort offers lavish choices in accommodations, enticing restaurants, rejuvenating spa. The championship golf course, an 18-hole, par 72 course was named one of Central Florida's Top 10 Toughest Courses and the Brad Brewer Golf Academy, offering lessons from Golf Channel favorite and Top 100 instructor Brad Brewer. The day spa and elite salon offer an impressivelist of personalized body treatments, while the hotel's 12 dining/lounging options include the classic AAA Four-Diamond steakhouse, A Land Remembered. Hotel owner, Harris Rosen, is well known for his philanthropic passions and green lodging practices. rosenshinglecreek.com 407-996-9939.
The elegant Hilton Orlando, adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center, opened in fall 2009 and features two pools, a lazy river; steak and chop house, spa and 9-hole putting course. www.hilton.com 407-313-4300.
Offering the style and personal service of a boutique hotel, along with the amenities of a resort. Located near the Orange County Convention Center and just minutes away from Orlando-area attractions, the property offers a luxurious stay for both leisure and business travelers. www.westinimagine.com 407-233-2200.
Dive in and discover this stunning resort hotel that boasts a prime location across from SeaWorld Orlando and near Aquatica, Discovery Cove and Universal Studios. This Four-Diamond property offers 778 large, beautifully appointed rooms and suites. Adjacent to SeaWorld and Discovery Cove, it boasts a gilded Venetian aviary, fine-dining restaurant, Atlantis; Olympic-size swimming pool, and four tennis courts. The resort also offers guests the opportunity to golf at the nearby Marriott's Grande Pines Golf Club. www.renaissanceseaworld.com 407-351-5555.
The three hotels at Universal Orlando Resort are all four-diamond recipients. The 650-room Hard Rock Hotel, guarantees rock star treatment in laid-back luxury. The 1,000-room Royal Pacific Resort, A Loews Hotel, offers a taste of the enchanted isles of the South Pacific with swaying palm trees, lush landscaping and a lagoon pool. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel recreates the Italian Riviera as guests experience European-style luxury of 750 elegant guest rooms, to the harmonies of Musica Della Notte's three tenors singing from a balcony over the harbor piazza, to the amazing treatments and services at Mandara Spa, this resort is certain to provide the ultimate "Italian-American" vacation. All Universal Orlando hotel guests enjoy a variety of theme park benefits including access to their favorite rides and attractions. Guests show their hotel room key card at the express entrance at each ride and may bypass the regular lines. loewshotels.com/en/Portofino-Bay-Hotel
Unplug and escape to the spa!
The Spa at the Hyatt Regency Orlando offers guests a stress-melting indoor or outdoor massage; a European facial or body wrap for full-sensory rejuvenation and a visit to a full-service salon so you can look and feel your personal best. Visit website for signature services. www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com 407-284-1234
The classic and elegant Spa at Shingle Creek Orlando is part of the luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel. Guests relax and rejuvenate in style with treatments that include mud wraps, soothing massages, signature facials and more. A sleek fitness studio overlooks scenic views. A swim in the invigorating pool or an afternoon of total mind and body relaxation are available at this day spa and salon. www.spaatshinglecreek.com 407-996-9SPA.
The Mandara Spa at the Portofino Bay Hotel, an 8,000-square-foot relaxation center at Universal Orlando Resort, offers guests an exotic spa experience rooted in Balinese healing traditions passed from generation to generation. The world-class spa provides exotic therapies that reflect the beauty, spirit and traditions of both Eastern and Western cultures. Here the highly skilled therapists prepare beauty therapies fresh each day using actual spices, fruits, vegetables, honey, yogurt, seaweed, salt, minerals and other real ingredients and creating the treatments just as they have been done in Asia for centuries. www.mandaraspa.com 407-503-1244.
Golfers: Check out two of Orlando’s championship courses!
The Dave Harman-designed the award-winning Shingle Creek Golf Club, a par 72, 7,213-yard course, located east of Orlando's Orange County Convention Center at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel. A course layout that is challenging and flexible enough to test your skills will not frustrate the less experienced player! This is a beautiful course not to be missed! www.shinglecreekgolf.com 1-866-996-9933.
Nearby on International Drive, Grande Pines Golf Club at Marriott was designed by golf course architect Steve Smyers and is one of Central Florida's most dynamic new golf courses. In partnership with six-time major champion Nick Faldo, Smyers created each hole of Grande Pines Golf Club to be a strategic challenge that will bring out the best in each player's game. Named one of Golfweek's Top 100 "America's Best Resort Courses," it is adjacent to Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort. www.marriott-vacations.com. 407-239-6909.
Luxury shopping at a savings!
If names like Coach, Barney's, Burberry, Giorgio Armani and Fendi, make you search for your purse and head out the door, you'll appreciate the savings you'll find at nearby outlets. Along with Neiman Marcus LAST CALL and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, the International Drive location features 180 well-known brands, including Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Stuart Weitzman, Juicy Couture, BCBG and more. It's Vineland Avenue location includes Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Barneys New York, Burberry, Carolina Herrera and Tory Burch Outlet Stores. Check out Orlando Premium Outlets (www.premiumoutlets.com).
At Pointe Orlando, with specialty shops (Victoria Secret, Brighton, Tommy Bahama and more) and restaurants you can have lunch, shop, see a movie, shop some more! Enjoy an evening at B.B. Kings Blues Club. Dine at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar or Oceanaire Seafood Room. www.pointeorlando.com 407-248-2838.
Basking in luxury? You still have to eat! Try these!
Napa at the Hyatt Regency Orlando draws on inspiration from wine country, with some of Northern California's most tantalizing tastes. Napa's private room can accommodate 20 people or less and is available for all three meal periods.
The dining menu is comprised of organic, sustainable farm-to-fork selections complemented by wall-to-wall wine selections from Napa Valley and around the world. With its dark wood furnishings and modern décor, Napa offers diners a quiet, understated elegance highlighted by picturesque views of the Grotto Pool. Cioppino, a dish designed by Chef Jared Gross, brings Florida’s local seafood flavors to this famous California entrée. 407-284-1234 or www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com
The Capital Grille Indulges diners in dry aged steaks and choices from more than 5,000 bottles of wine in an atmosphere of Floridian ease and elegance. Those seeking a more secluded dining experience should ask for a table on the outdoor patio. www.thecapitalgrille.com 407-370-4392.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room provides the perfect setting to enjoy seafood, flown in daily from around the world. Located at Pointe Orlando. www.theoceanaire.com 407-363-4801.
Located at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld, Atlantis features a variety of ocean delicacies all served beneath beautiful, hand-painted ceiling murals. This classy, comfortable restaurant offers a selection of creative entrees. www.renaissanceseaworld.com 407-248-7335.
Be a VIP at the theme parks!
This is the ultimate for animal lovers! SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove offers an all-inclusive package that allows lucky visitors to be an animal trainer for a day. Package includes enhanced deep-water dolphin interaction and training encounter as well as behind-the-scenes feeding, training and playtime opportunities with other animals and birds. www.discoverycove.com 407-370-1280.
Be a star at Universal Orlando, with a VIP Tour allows you and/or your party to be personally escorted on a guided walking tour around one or both of the two theme parks. In addition to the tour guide, you will receive priority entry into the rides and attractions, so you won’t have to wait in the regular lines! Private tours may be arranged that are tailored to the interests of your group. www.universalorlando.com 407-283-0888.
Only the brave should try this but think of the stories you can tell! At SeaWorld, Sharks Deep Dive, a two-hour, awe inspiring, encounter immerses participants within the protection of a shark cage, the habitat of more than 50 sharks and thousands of schooling fish. www.seaworld.com 407-363-2830.
Fly in to Orlando's Tourist Destination
Orlando Executive Airport is a private and corporate aircraft facility with a host of top-flight services and a central location that ensures convenient door-to-door ground transportation to International Drive and the Orange County Convention Center. OrlandoExecutiveAirport.com
For more information on planning a luxury escape to Orlando’s International Drive Resort Area, visit www.InternationalDriveOrlando.com