If you follow me on social media, you probably know that last week I was in Orlando/Disney World with my family for a long weekend. It was so nice to get away from the cold in PA! Other than one day at Magic Kingdom, we spent almost all of our time at the resort we stayed at, called Grande Lakes. I wanted to dedicate a post to what we did at the resort, because it was truly such an awesome experience. Hint: I’d recommend this place to anyone!
Ritz Carlton Spa
The resort features a J.W. Marriott (where we stayed) and The Ritz Carlton, so we were able to easily enjoy the amenities at both places. We loved using the fitness center and the spa. The two photo above are of the spa pool, which we were able to relax at for the rest of the day following our services! It was truly a relaxing experience!
The spa also had its own restaurant, which anyone on the resort could use. We had lunch twice here during our stay.
Marriott Pool/Quench Poolside Bar & Grill
With the exception of the day that we used the spa pool, the rest of the time we laid out at the Marriott pool. It has two bars, but only one was open, Quench. Quench was a great option for a casual lunch. Their guacamole and burger were both delicious.
Not pictured, but if you’re looking for a fine dining experience, Norman’s at The Ritz Carlton was an incredible experience. Delicious food and outstanding service.
A few additional notes if you’re thinking about staying here…
The Marriott had a couple of bars that we frequented before or after dinner. The atmosphere was great at both places, and it was nice to have somewhere to go that was just right downstairs. Personally, I really like it when a hotel has a lively bar with great food and cocktails! The hotel also had a couple of places to grab a quick breakfast, including a Starbucks.
The resort was about 20 minutes from the heart of Disney. We took an Uber to Magic Kingdom and the Disney Boardwalk where we went to dinner one night without any issues. Just close enough without feeling like you’re too caught up in Disney! Again, this was also a great resort for us since we only did one Disney park, and we just wanted to relax for the rest of our vacation. If you’re going to Orlando and want to dedicate more time to Disney, it may be more beneficial to choose a hotel that’s more convenient.
I can’t recommend this resort enough if you’re looking for a place where you can stay and never leave. Plenty of dining, activities (golf, biking, fishing), and other amenities to keep you occupied and relaxed at the same time!
Want more Disney/Orlando content? Check out this photo diary I put together a couple of years ago! And while I am by no means a Disney pro, if you have any additional questions, I’m always happy to answer them!