Orlando Luxury Travel for Adults: Resorts, Spa, Dining and Entertainment
Who says adults can’t have fun in Orlando? A city known to cater to the smaller versions of ourselves, Orlando also knows how to accommodate the luxury traveler – and how to do it well!
journeyPod recently visited the bustling city and was pleasantly surprised to see upscale boutique properties, restaurants, nightlife spots and all things entertainment.
Plan for a weekend of golf, spa, superior service, elite accommodations, spectacular shows and thrill rides. Leave the business suits at home and be prepared to meet the inner child in you!
What to pack: your golf game, swimsuit and an appetite for great food and adventure.
The joyride began at The Point Orlando Resort located at 6039 Carrier Drive. The hotel is an all-suite facility, boasting impressive amenities such as granite countertops and goose down-bedding (good luck trying to get out of that bed in the morning!) Check out our podcast with Marcus Lundt, Director of Sales and Marketing.
The next two nights were spent wining and dining Italia-style at the bellissimo Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Exuding true luxury and attention to every single detail, the hotel was modeled after the coastal city of Portofino, Italy. Interestingly, Steven Spielberg pitched Loews the idea for the fabulous resort. Take a trip to the historic country of Italy without digging deep into your piggy bank. Hotel amenities include the world-renowned Mandara spa, three Italian restaurants and three themed pools.
Conveniently located within the Universal property, guests have access to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Citywalk, Loews Pacific and the Hard Rock Hotel via watertaxi or walkway.
If you’ve ever traveled to Vegas you would know just how hard it is to get into hotel pools other than the one you’re staying at. At Loews Portofino Bay, “pool-hopping” is encouraged for hotel guests at the other two Loews properties. The garden pool at the Portofino Bay Hotel may easily become your favorite. Enjoy a game of bocci ball and marco polo and let those tired eyes cool off with chilled cucumbers. Check out our podcast with Jennifer Hodges, Director of Public Relations!
If seclusion, golf, fitness, spa and fine dining is what you are looking for make sure to reserve a room at the Ginn Reunion Resort. Since 2004 Ginn Reunion has attracted professional golfers like Tiger Woods to the golf course designed by golf gurus Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus . A cashless resort, gratuity is included in the final bill. As most of us travel with plastic, this idea seems to be extremely convenient. The rooms are all furnished with full kitchens, living room and plush bedding. Make sure to ask for a room with a breathtaking view of the golf course. Listen to our podcast with Nikki Lindgren, Marketing Public Relations Manager.
Now that you have checked into your hotel, its time to find out what Orlando can bring to the table:
The Oceanaire Seafood Room located at 9101 International Drive exceeds every expectation of fine dining. The term “fresh” almost comes as an understatement as Chef Garey Hiles flies in lobster, crab, shrimp, mussels and other underwater specialties every single day. The opening act belongs to the Chesapeake Bay Jumbo Lump Crab Cake – large enough to share (we guarantee you’ll want your own). Opt for the Alaskan King Ivory Salmon or the Sockeye Salmon with Goat Cheese Gnocchi and finish off with the Baked Alaskan – a decadent chocolate delight. Read our Chef’s Corner with Garey Hiles!
Morton’s Steakhouse: Continuously voted amongst the top 5 restaurants in central Florida, Morton’s Steakhouse Orlando is a favorite meeting place for the rich and famous and locals alike. Meet at bar 12.21 every Tuesday between 6-7pm for their complimentary Tuesday Tastings, featuring a select choice of wines or spirits. Explore a different selection of wines, champagnes, vodkas, bourbons, beers, scotch or tequilas each week and turn happy hour into an event. Now for the good stuff. The steaks are like nothing you have ever tasted, prime cut and very delicious, and the rest of the menu is certainly up to par. Speaking of ‘par’, Tiger Woods is a regular at Morton’s, frequently renting their private dining room for special events or just dropping by for a social dinner. Either way expect to see your friends, neighbors and some famous faces in the mix. It is the place to eat while in town!
Let ‘mama’ invite you into her home for some true authentic family-style Italian cuisine. At Mama Dellas at the Portofino Bay Hotel you will be serenaded by nightly opera singers and enjoy Tuscan vino and succulent seafood pasta.
South Beach has moved 4 hours north to the trendy tapas lounge Eleven. Sip on a mojito by the pool and let the “Austin Powers-dressed” waitresses make you feel like a celebrity. Offering a panoramic view of the Disney firework display, Eleven is one groovy spot! Make sure to taste the fresh mussels and Asian Kobe Sliders.
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