Orlando is a city in central Florida and is home to dozens of theme parks, including Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Many families head to Orlando for all things Disney, and unlike others, I go to Orlando to relax at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes. This family-friendly luxury resort is surrounded by natural beauty near theme parks and attractions.
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At the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, you can test your skills on our championship-level golf course or relax in our spa with herbal treatments. In addition, the resort offers extraordinary culinary experiences, including farm-to-table cuisine. Or, spend the day relaxing by the lazy river. Families, the Ritz Kids® program provides a variety of supervised activities for children ages 4-12.
Marriott’s Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes is a Category 6 property, requiring about 60,000 points per night. Cash room rates can easily approach $1,000 per night. Depending on the time of your stay, you can get a room for as low as $800 a night.
I recommend planning and using the flexible date option on the Marriott website to get the best deal. However, if you have enough points to cover your stay, this is a perfect place to redeem your points.
There is a $40 daily resort fee, and I’ll go more in-depth below.
WHAT I LOVED
Everything. Honestly, there is so much to love about this property. I visit this hotel to stay here throughout my vacation, except for leaving to go out to dinner. Otherwise, I feel like I am out of the country. In addition to feeling like I was in paradise, I enjoyed:
- The friendly service. From the moment you step out of your vehicle, you immediately feel welcomed! The staff went above and beyond.
- All rooms have a balcony- a significant plus for me!
- Lounging out at the poolside cabana. Keep in mind that there are three pools: the resort pool, the private spa lap pool, and the lazy river pool neighboring the JW Marriott.
- The Ritz Kids program is outstanding. There are a variety of supervised activities that my son loved. It’s complimentary for families (up to 3 kids per family, age 4-12)
- Food! The food is fantastic
- I loved that the resort fee included so many things (see more about the amenities HERE)
There is a total of 582 luxury guest rooms and suites. The room sizes start at 470 square feet, and suites are 750 square feet. I always opt for a lakefront view when I have stayed at this property. A lakefront gives you beautiful views of the resort, pool, lake, and golf course. Plus, you get to see the Disney fireworks at a distance.
The Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes went under renovations, so their rooms are updated and extremely spacious. Keep in mind that my son and I traveled here, and it was more than enough room for him to play with his toys in the room without us feeling like we were on top of each other. Suites are also available, as well as residential suites.
FOOD & DRINKS
Highball & Harvest offers a variety of creative Southern dishes and handcrafted cocktails featuring seasonal fruits. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Highball and Harvest is one of my favorite restraints here.
Bleu is their poolside bar and restaurant. Enjoy fresh seafood, salads, and frozen drinks.
At the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes, there are plenty of restraints to select from; hence when I mentioned earlier, I come to this property with the intention of not leaving until it’s time to check out. Looking for a snack or cup of coffee, check out First Drop. This cafe has fresh juices, handcrafted milkshakes, and small bites. Perfect for breakfast or lunch. Their fresh baked cookies and chocolate croissants are delicious!
There is a 40,000 square foot spa with a salon, 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, 18 hole Greg Normal designed golf course, Grande Lakes Sports experiences, family attractions, and more!
As mentioned, there is a $40 daily resort fee, and you will be shocked to learn all that’s included: