Luxury Orlando Resorts
Planning a getaway to Orlando - without the kids this time? Luckily, the home of Disney World and Universal Studios is also home to a diverse range of upscale resorts and hotels sure to satisfy your taste for luxury. Check out Travel Channel and Oyster.com's top picks for Orlando luxury resorts.
Located about 15 minutes from both Disney and Universal Studios on the beautiful (and massive) Grande Lakes resort grounds, the Ritz-Carlton is one of the best luxury hotels in Orlando, with swanky rooms, great pools and a giant spa. It shares many of its amenities with the adjacent JW Marriott, so it's worth comparing rates.
The 1,057-room JW Marriott shares a gorgeous golf course and spa with the adjacent Ritz-Carlton. But it deserves luxury credibility on it's own merits: Its big rooms, lazy-river pool and acclaimed Italian restaurant are all among the best in Orlando. A great choice for business or family travel.
Modeled after the real Portofino Bay on the Italian Riviera, this 750-room Loews hotel has performers singing in the piazza nightly, 5 consistently good Italian restaurants and a waterslide that resembles a Roman aqueduct. It's the most expensive of Universal's 3 resorts, but that's because of its bigger, more beautiful rooms, gorgeous spa and 3 pools, including 2 reserved for adults.
Located next to the Orange County Convention Center, the Peabody has an impressive array of services, beautiful interiors and top-notch restaurants. New rooms, another pool, a larger gym and a better spa debuted in November 2010.
The Grand Floridian, Disney's crown jewel, is as elegant as it is expensive. Its prime location on the monorail and the Seven Seas Lagoon makes this deluxe resort one of the most conveniently located in Disney World, but its upscale restaurants, full-service spa and formal décor appeal more to adults than children.
Made to evoke Atlantic City in its 1940s heyday, the somewhat subdued Boardwalk Villas are located next to a glittering stretch of great restaurants, bars and carnival games on Crescent Lake and close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. In addition to its pools, waterslide and great gym, all of its large suites have washer-dryers and (in most units) full kitchens.
Just 15 minutes south of Disney, the sprawling 411-room Reunion Resort is one of Orlando's priciest condo properties. Its beautiful 1-bedroom villas have full kitchens (but older TVs). Ample recreational options include daily kids' activities, a huge water park and 54 holes of golf. Excellent restaurants and polished service round out the luxe experience.