egretsThe JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton Orlando at Grande Lakes offer a little bit of everything to keep you close to local attractions, yet feel worlds away.

I think if I lived in the area I’d be at the resorts for meals as often as possible, if for no other reason than the variety of delicious dining options.

The restaurants rely on their own gardens for produce and even have their own bee keeper for homemade honey.

You can’t miss the bacon at Citron’s breakfast buffet.


PRIMO offers Italian cuisine by Melissa Kelly.

Celebrity chef Norman Van Aken wows diners with his ‘New World Cuisine’ at Norman’s in the Ritz.

lime tree

And the Vineyard Grill offers steak…naturally, featuring selections of organic steaks and American wines.

I haven’t even mentioned the poolside options.

The resort also offers eco-tours and fly-fishing.

There’s a bonfire pit and bocce ball courts.

There’s even a butterfly garden.

There’s massive meeting space for conferences and several boutiques to make sure you have something to take home to the family (or a treat for yourself).

boat art

And I could have walked around looking at the artwork for hours.  I found several paintings I would have loved to have taken home with me, along with photographs of old Florida that took me back in time.

The only issue I had during my stay was loud music from a wedding taking place off the golf course.  I had a 3am pickup the next morning or I wouldn’t have complained.  To be honest, 8pm shouldn’t be anyone’s bedtime if they’re older than 8, so that’s not even fair to complain about.  If you have to be up early for an event on a Saturday or Sunday morning, you might want to request a room that is not lakeside.  But I have to warn you, you’ll miss out on a gorgeous view of the pool below and beyond.

(Note to Readers: I was hosted by the JW Marriott during my stay for Disney’s Princess 1/2 Marathon. My opinions remain my own.)