Eye on the World: Orlando

written by | Posted on August 6th, 2014

Last week Recommend’s Associate Editor, Michelle Marie Arean, spent a few days at the Orlando World Center Marriott. The 4-day trip showed her a different side of Orlando, including activities families can experience on a theme park-free getaway. From soaring the skies on a sunrise hot air balloon ride to splashing around in the resort’s ginormous pool, savoring delicious cuisine at the resort’s restaurants and experiencing a private golf lesson at the Bill Madonna Golf Academy at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, these photos should give you an idea of what your clients can experience at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

Hot air balloons filling up to take off for a  sunrise tour.

Hot air balloons filling up to take off for a sunrise tour.

Hot air balloon rising to the sky.

Hot air balloon rising to the sky.

Sunrise views from hot air balloon.

Sunrise views from hot air balloon.

Hot air balloon reflections as we floated above.

Hot air balloon reflections as we floated above.

Hot air balloon sunrise tour.

Hot air balloon sunrise tour.

Orlando World Center Marriott view from pool.

Orlando World Center Marriott view from pool.

Orlando World Center Marriott pool.

Orlando World Center Marriott pool.

There are three slides for adults and kids to enjoy.

There are three slides for adults and kids to enjoy.

Children's splash zone area.

Children's splash zone area.

Children's splash zone.

Children's splash zone.

View of hotel from children's splash zone area.

View of hotel from children's splash zone area.

Mini water slide in the kids area.

Mini water slide in the kids area.

Directions by the pool to splash zone.

Directions by the pool to splash zone.

Balcony view of pool area, slides, golf course, and kids zone.

Balcony view of pool area, slides, golf course, and kids zone.

Kids lego play area near the pool and kids splash zone.

Kids lego play area near the pool and kids splash zone.

Balcony view of kids splash zone.

Balcony view of kids splash zone.

Two winding slides and a straight fall slide near the pool.

Two winding slides and a straight fall slide near the pool.

Bill Madonna getting us ready for some lessons. He's one of 15 PGA-certified instructors in the U.S. who teaches golf instructors.

Bill Madonna getting us ready for some lessons. He's one of 15 PGA-certified instructors in the U.S. who teaches golf instructors.

Two-Bay Vista Suite living area.

Two-Bay Vista Suite living area.

Two-Bay Vista Suite living area has ample room.

Two-Bay Vista Suite living area has ample room.

Two-Bay Vista Suite bedrooom is off the dining area in the suite.

Two-Bay Vista Suite bedrooom is off the dining area in the suite.

Bedroom view through the bathroom of the Two-Bay Vista Suite.

Bedroom view through the bathroom of the Two-Bay Vista Suite.

Immense terrace at the International Suite- a 4-bedroom, penthouse suite.

Immense terrace at the International Suite- a 4-bedroom, penthouse suite.

Immense terrace at the International Suite- a 4-bedroom, penthouse suite.

Dining set up at the International Suite.

Dining set up at the International Suite.

One of the master bathrooms in the International Suite.

One of the master bathrooms in the International Suite.

Living area, including two dining room tables, in the International Suite. Rates range about $8,000 per night.

Living area, including two dining room tables, in the International Suite. Rates range about $8,000 per night.

Around the World spa treatment set up at the on-property spa.

Around the World spa treatment set up at the on-property spa.

The G.R.I.D. (The Gaming Recreational Interactive Destination) for kids (and adults too) includes Wii, Xbox, and Play Station.

The G.R.I.D. (The Gaming Recreational Interactive Destination) for kids (and adults too) includes Wii, Xbox, and Play Station.

Kids enjoying the video game lounge, The G.R.I.D.

Kids enjoying the video game lounge, The G.R.I.D.

Farm-to-table dining at Siro, the newest restaurant on property.

Farm-to-table dining at Siro, the newest restaurant on property.

Anipasto selections at Siro.

Anipasto selections at Siro.

Gourmet pizza at Siro, just a sample of the many choices.

Gourmet pizza at Siro, just a sample of the many choices.

Hibachi dining at Mikado Japanese Steakhouse.

Hibachi dining at Mikado Japanese Steakhouse.

Dessert selections from the in-house pastry chef.

Dessert selections from the in-house pastry chef.

A garden outside the kitchen provides fresh herbs and edible flowers to incorporate in meals and treats.

A garden outside the kitchen provides fresh herbs and edible flowers to incorporate in meals and treats.

The pastry chef's kitchen turned into a version of Willie Wonka's Chocolate Facotry.

The pastry chef's kitchen turned into a version of Willie Wonka's Chocolate Facotry.

Delicious meal prepared by senior banquet chef, James Routhier.

Delicious meal prepared by senior banquet chef, James Routhier.

Dessert set-up by the pool patio.

Dessert set-up by the pool patio.

Firework display, which occur on special holidays, plus an additional four times throughout the year.

Firework display, which occur on special holidays, plus an additional four times throughout the year.

Hot air balloons filling up to take off for a  sunrise tour.Hot air balloon rising to the sky.Sunrise views from hot air balloon.Hot air balloon reflections as we floated above.Hot air balloon sunrise tour.Orlando World Center Marriott view from pool.Orlando World Center Marriott pool.There are three slides for adults and kids to enjoy.Children's splash zone area.Children's splash zone.View of hotel from children's splash zone area.Mini water slide in the kids area.Directions by the pool to splash zone.Balcony view of pool area, slides, golf course, and kids zone.Kids lego play area near the pool and kids splash zone.Balcony view of kids splash zone.Two winding slides and a straight fall slide near the pool.Bill Madonna getting us ready for some lessons. He's one of 15 PGA-certified instructors in the U.S. who teaches golf instructors.Two-Bay Vista Suite living area.Two-Bay Vista Suite living area has ample room.Two-Bay Vista Suite bedrooom is off the dining area in the suite.Bedroom view through the bathroom of the Two-Bay Vista Suite.Immense terrace at the International Suite- a 4-bedroom, penthouse suite.Dining set up at the International Suite.One of the master bathrooms in the International Suite.Living area, including two dining room tables, in the International Suite. Rates range about $8,000 per night.Around the World spa treatment set up at the on-property spa.The G.R.I.D. (The Gaming Recreational Interactive Destination) for kids (and adults too) includes Wii, Xbox, and Play Station.Kids enjoying the video game lounge, The G.R.I.D.Farm-to-table dining at Siro, the newest restaurant on property.Anipasto selections at Siro.Gourmet pizza at Siro, just a sample of the many choices.Hibachi dining at Mikado Japanese Steakhouse.Dessert selections from the in-house pastry chef.A garden outside the kitchen provides fresh herbs and edible flowers to incorporate in meals and treats.The pastry chef's kitchen turned into a version of Willie Wonka's Chocolate Facotry.Delicious meal prepared by senior banquet chef, James Routhier.Dessert set-up by the pool patio.Firework display, which occur on special holidays, plus an additional four times throughout the year.