Orlando World Center Marriott Resort

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The Pavilion Pool Bar, the Lobby Bar & Veranda and a full-service food court, offering brick-oven pizzas, burgers, fresh salads, subs, beverages and Haagen-Dazs ice cream, round out the dining venues. Let clients know that the restaurant bill is going to make a nice dent on their wallets—two drinks at the Lobby Bar, for example, can easily cost $50; with that in mind, it doesn’t take a math whiz to calculate what dinner for four will cost, even at the more casual venues.

around the resort The resort’s central feature is the lagoon pool complex, with waterfalls, a 106-ft. curvy waterslide, secluded grottos, a kids’ sand play area, and an ample number of lounge chairs. Poolside activities are plentiful, of course, with DJs playing music throughout the day, hula-hoop contests, scavenger hunts, even face painting, and come evening, seasonal dive-in movies. For a more sedate ambiance, the spa pool is located around the corner from the lagoon pool with cabanas and the shade of palm trees—it’s very casual, though, and children are welcome, so snooty behavior is not what it’s about here.

Speaking of sedate, the spa pool is located directly across from the spa. A rose garden outside the spa sets the tone for this nice facility that’s not too over the top, although the treatments offered within are a nice complement to the hustle and bustle of a leisure vacation in Orlando (think foot massage after a long day at the theme parks). The spa offers “world”-themed treatments, including the Around the World in Eighty Minutes signature massage ($160), the 50-minute The World at Your Feet reflexology treatment ($125), the 80-minute World Center Aromatherapy Escape and Wrap treatment ($160), and the 80-minute World of Beauty signature facial ($150). And for those who can’t stay away from the treadmill, adjacent to the spa is a 4,000-sq.-ft. fitness center with 21 cardiovascular machines.

For those who prefer to play in Florida’s great outdoors, the Hawk’s Landing golf course is a par 71, 6,600+ yard course designed by Robert E. Cupp Jr. As part of the golf program, there are extensive practice facilities, the Bill Madonna Golf Academy, and a golf pro shop.

Currently, the resort has a 2-room package deal that includes resort-view accommodations with one king bed and a guaranteed connecting room with two double beds from $245 per night through Jan. 2, 2011. But be sure to check online as the hotel offers a variety of on-going packages, including ones for spa, romance, shopping, stay & play—you name it, this resort has it.