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The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

written by | Posted on January 5th, 2012

At the Ritz-Carlton, Chef Norman Van Aken brings “New World” cuisine with a Floribbean flare to Norman’s with dishes that include rhum and pepper painted grouper served with mango mojo and Cuban sweet potato mash.

The third pillar for the resort is golf, and once again the Ritz-Carlton does not disappoint. In addition to its onsite Greg Norman course—which also happens to be a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” which preserves and enhances wildlife and natural resources—the resort is home to Golf Digest Schools’ golf instruction. One-on-one and group lessons are available. Groups are divided by skill and even beginners will have ample opportunity to learn, while also having fun. Kicking up the signature Ritz-Carlton level of service, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Caddie Concierge Program provides a professional, knowledgeable attendant during golf play. This person handles all needs and requests from providing course details, to food and beverage orders and any other guests’ needs.

natural attractions

Unlike the many man-made attractions that fill Orlando, Ritz-Carlton has one of Florida’s natural wonders literally in its own backyard and it takes full advantage of it. Eco-tours are offered in which guests canoe or kayak through Shingle Creek, the headwaters to the Florida Everglades. A guide points out native species along the way and it is not unusual for guests to spot bald eagles, ospreys and maybe even a baby alligator. The eco-tours are a good fit for families, as kids get to paddle along with mom and dad and see a side of Florida they may not know about. The G. Loomis fly fishing school is also located on site and guests can take private, full-day or 2-day instruction.

Once it is time to retire to the guestroom after so much activity, the classically designed rooms decorated in soothing colors boast five-foot step out balconies with views of the pool, lawns, lakes and golf course. The oversized marble bathrooms feature double-sinks and separate bathtub, shower and toilet with door.

Encourage clients to upgrade to The Ritz-Carlton Club Level for even more luxury and service. Enhanced features include packing and unpacking services, butler services, “Spa Fresh” amenities, in-room DVD/VCR/CD player, complimentary morning newspaper and complimentary shoeshine. The private Club Level Lounge has a dedicated concierge, and guests can enjoy five complimentary food presentations throughout the day, and any time drinks and snacks. The Club Lounge is a wonderful “outside living room” during one’s stay. It has a balcony which features views of the golf course, lakes and Shingle Creek and is also the place to see Orlando neighbor Walt Disney World’s evening fireworks, reminding guests that there is a world beyond the Ritz-Carlton if they for some reason decide to venture beyond its environs.

In fact, this expansive resort is only minutes to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and other Orlando theme park favorites, as well as 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport