Project: Time-Off at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

U.S. Travel Association and Project: Time Off
Photo Courtesy: U.S. Travel Association and Project: Time Off

Do you have a few vacation days left? Why not use them to take a Staycation at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World as part of Project: Time-Off Week!

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer are both proclaiming May 25-29 as Project: Time-Off Week, inspired by the global travel industry’s “Super Bowl” – IPW 2015 – the largest generator of international travel to the U.S. and in turn, a very high-profile showcase for its host city, which this year is Orlando.

During IPW, held May 30 – June 3, thousands of travel industry executives, journalists, and influencers from more than 70 countries will coming to Orlando generating nearly $2 billion in future travel to Orlando and Central Florida.

And if we are talking Ultimate Staycations, you have to consider staying at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

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Located inside of the Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Community, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers a breathtaking lakeside location, spacious and luxurious rooms, and activities the entire family will enjoy.

Boasting the largest standard guest rooms on property, the Four Season Resort Orlando feature a welcoming décor, luxurious bathroom, amazing touches of technology, and beautiful views.

Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World Park view guest room project: Time-Off Week
Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World – Park View Guest Room

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will enjoy a wide variety of activities and amenities without a Resort Fee:

  • Complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Access to the 5 acre “Explorer Island” water park, including a winding lazy river complete with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons, climbing wall, and much more.
  • Poolside ‘Dive In’ movies on select nights
  • Complimentary Kids For All Seasons program offers organized activities for children ages 4 to 12 from 10 am to 6 pm daily.
  • 24-hour Fitness Centre
  • Adult-Only Oasis Pool
  • Access to The Spa at Four Seasons

If you are looking to step up your experience there is an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Club and The Spa at Four Seasons to explore.

Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World Spa
Inside The Spa at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

And if shopping is more your speed, you will definitely want to visit Wardrobe, open daily from 8 am – 9pm, for exclusive merchandise that is inspired by Walt Disney World.

Anya Hindmarch Handbag exclusive to Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Anya Hindmarch Handbag exclusive to Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World also has four restaurants and three lounges with delicious menus and stunning settings.

Ravello Restaurant Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Ravello Restaurant Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

For an extra special treat The Lobby Bar and Capa Bar each offer Happy Hour drink and food specials.

Capa Lounge at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Capa Lounge at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

And if you are looking for a quick bite, something sweet, or a coffee fix you will want to stop by Lickety Split. Their gelato is made in house, and if you are looking for a delicious mix try the PB&J and chocolate!

Lickety Split at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Lickety Split at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

As Central Florida’s only AAA Five Diamond Award rated property, a staycation at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is now even more enticing with as they have introduced an amazing Florida Resident Rate offer.

The Resort is offering Florida Resident rates starting from $295 USD per night for a Four Seasons guest room that includes the amazing amenities and resort activities, as well as valet parking for one vehicle and basic WiFi.

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The Florida resident rate is offered over select dates beginning April 23 through June 11, 2015 and also from August 17, 2015 through October 4, 2015.

To check availability and to make reservations, you can contact the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World by contacting them online or by calling  1-407-313-7777

I have to give a huge Thank you to Desiree Miller from Stress-Free Baby for letting me join her on her stay at the Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World!

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#SunshineOnSale This Summer At Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

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Soak Up the Florida Sun this Summer at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

with a Free Night

#SunshineOnSale Through August 23

 
Plan you summer fun vacation at Orlando’s original upscale resort and save with the Sunshine on Sale package at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.
Now through August 23, 2015, stay a minimum of four consecutive nights and receive the fifth night free.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress #LastSplashOfSummer Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Rates start at $189.00 for deluxe accommodations, based on availability. Use promo code: SOS5NT at www.GrandCypress.Hyatt.com for reservations.
The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress resort offers guests an upscale travel experience just minutes from Walt Disney World®, Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando including…
Room to Relax
Guests seeking an hour or full day of pampering can enjoy the new 5,200 square-foot, full-service Marilyn Monroe Spa. Featuring a vibrant, playful and relaxing retreat designed in the style of Marilyn’s California home, the Spa offers an indulgent menu with more than 100 treatment options including massage, body wraps, facials, and nail services, as well as hair and makeup styling.
Marilyn Monroe Spa Coming to Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress December 2014
Countless Activities
The resort’s signature lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated zones, two whirlpools, a rope bridge, walking paths and wrap-around sundecks that feature the new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, Water Jet Splash Zone and Rock Climbing stations which complement resort classics including the nightly S’mores pit; beach volleyball; tether ball; marked jogging, walking, and biking trails and the 2,500 square-foot Hyatt StayFit™ fitness center.
 #LastSplashOfSummer Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Outdoor Entertainment
Guests are also welcome to paddle Lake Windsong in a kayak, canoe, sailboat, hydro bike, aqua cycle, or paddleboat or hop on a Florida Keys-style flats boat captained by a professional fishing guide and Florida Master Naturalist to fish for largemouth bass and bluegill. And kids can make a splash at the Mermaid Academy or create souvenir sand art while participating in exciting activities at Camp Hyatt.
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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress also features 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club.
Gourmet Dining
The Grand Cypress features a variety of dining options inspired by Florida’s rich history. Guests can savor island-inspired Cuban cuisine atHemingway’s, find classic American cuisine at Cascade American Bistro, sip poolside cocktails at On the Rocks or enjoy small plates and specialty drinks at the new  Trellises Lounge.
 Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
About Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Walt Disney World® and close to Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando with a host of amenities and activities including the new 5,200 square-foot, full-service Marilyn Monroe Spa, 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club. Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, new interactive Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks.  New features complement the resort’s favorite activities including; S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in Lake Buena Vista. The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA 32836. For more information; call 407.239.1234; visitGrandCypress.Hyatt.com; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress on Facebook; follow on Instagram and follow on Twitter at @HRGrandCypress.
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Fall Getaway Offers From The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Escape to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Relax, Renew and Reconnect with an Orlando Fall Getaway
 
It’s time to get away – far away – from life’s daily demands and Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress offers ultimate escape packages.
Whether you’re planning an intimate couples retreat, girlfriends’ getaway or guys’ golf weekend, Orlando’s original luxury resort provides the perfect setting to unplug and unwind.
Featuring 1,500 acres of award-winning amenities surrounded by a tropical oasis, Grand Cypress boasts countless opportunities for guests to explore, play, and reconnect in “the city beautiful!”  
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
 
Rise and Relax with a gourmet breakfast at Cascade American Bistro followed by a morning cruise on Lake Windsong or leisurely stroll on the resort’s many jogging, walking and biking trails.
*Bed and Breakfast Package starts at 199*
Splash in Orlando’s Coolest Pool while enjoying classic American favorites poolside including chicken quesadillas, pressed Cuban sandwiches, and fish tacos. Then salute your Orlando getaway with a refreshing cocktail from On the Rocks pool lounge while you float in the quiet-zone pool, kick up your feet in a poolside hammock or catch a game on TV.
 
*Hyatt Romance Package starts at $225*
 
Enjoy Friendly Competition on one of the resort’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf courses or on an award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club court.
*Golf and Tennis Packages start at$254 and $298 respectively*
Experience Orlando with a quick ride on the resort’s complimentary shuttle to popular area attractions including Central Florida’s famous theme parks, museums, sports arenas, world-class shopping and nightly entertainment venues.
            * Orlando Theme Park Package starts at 279*
Celebrate Your Escape with an island-inspired gourmet dinner at Hemingway’s as local fireworks displays light the night sky. Then settle into your Hyatt Grand Bed™ to dream about another fabulous day in the sunshine state!
            *Food & Wine Package starts at $189*
  
About Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Walt Disney World® and close to Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando with a host of amenities and activities including 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club. Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, new interactive Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks. New features complement the resort’s favorite activities including; S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in Lake Buena Vista. The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA 32836. For more information; call 407.239.1234; visitGrandCypress.Hyatt.com; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress on Facebook; and follow on Twitter at @HRGrandCypress.
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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress To Debut Marilyn Monroe Spa

Marilyn Monroe Spa Coming to Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress December 2014

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is going iconic

with the addition of the Marilyn Monroe Spa set to debut December 2014 

Marilyn Monroe Spa unveils its successful resort spa concept in Florida, offering the full breadth of signature spa services in one resort location.
 
Known and awarded for its long-standing grandeur, pristine outdoor recreation, privacy, and uncompromising standard of service, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress elevates the guest experience with the addition of Marilyn Monroe Spa, a national company that transforms traditional spa and salon concepts under the iconic Marilyn Monroe brand.
Design and redevelopment, estimated to total $1.5 million, is now underway for the 5,200 square-foot, full-service spa to feature a variety of glamour services for nail, face, hair, and body, bringing all of the Marilyn Monroe Spa signature services to Orlando’s original luxury resort.  On the services menu, guests will discover more than 100 treatment options, including favorites such as Marilyn’s Signature Manicure/Pedicure, Marilyn’s Signature Fassage, Gemstone Massage, Steamy Wonderful, and many more.

The Marilyn Monroe Spa will be easily accessible from the main hotel lobby or dedicated portico entrance in front of the hotel and will feature:

    • Seven spa treatment rooms
    • A couples’ suite
    • Relaxation room
    • Full service men’s and women’s locker rooms with full height lockers, wet and dry grooming area, rain showers, and a full amenity offering
    • Glamour Room with three luxury “Nap and Nails” mani/pedi lounges, six pedicure stations,
    • Five blow dry bar / styling stations, a three-seat manicure bar, makeup bar, and brow wax bar
    • Exclusive Marilyn Monroe™ Spa retail products
“The partnership with Marilyn Monroe Spas elevates the resort experience once again for our loyal guests in search of a full array of pampering amenities.  Our company missions and leadership styles are both grounded by the rich tradition of exceptional service in a seamless and approachable manner,” said Pat Engfer, area vice president and general manager of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. “Together, our dedicated teams will continue to offer leisure and business travelers the highest quality resort and spa experience in one of the nation’s most popular destinations.”
Led by Orlando hospitality industry veterans, Niki T. Bryan, founder and CEO and Allen “Al” R. Weiss, executive chairman, Marilyn Monroe is both a national and global icon, synonymous with timeless glamour and style.
“Marilyn continues to have a massive fan base that identify heavily with her beauty and star power.  We believe we are honoring her glamorous legacy and engaging personality by infusing them into every guest experience,” said Weiss.  “We have reenergized the spa model to be one of engagement, luxury, approachability and fun, which is aligned with Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress – it’s the right spa, the right size, the right location and the right synergy.”
Marilyn Monroe Spas also operates two other spa concepts in the Orlando area, including a Glamour Room in Windermere, Fla. and a Nail Lounge at Mills Park.  A Glamour Room will be opening in Winter Park, Fla. this coming winter.
“Guests of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress will find that the fun, flirty, fabulous experience offered at Marilyn Monroe™ Spa lavish, yet an affordable luxury,” shared Bryan.  In true Marilyn Monroe fashion, the brand sets itself apart with its appealing aesthetics. “We are offering a fresh approach to spas.  The decor is sleek and chic and decidedly social.”
Updates will be available online. Guests may also visit www.marilynmonroespas.com for a full menu of services, online reservations, and event announcements for the December 2014 grand opening.

 

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Four Seasons Orlando Overview

Four Seasons OrlandoThis past week, Cheryl and I had the opportunity to tour the new Four Seasons Orlando that just opened up a couple of weeks ago. We met with the resort’s social media manager, Sally, and she showed us around this beautiful new resort. While we were there, we had a chance to tour some rooms, see the restaurants, pools, recreation areas, spa and more. I thought I’d take a bit of time to share an overview with pictures of the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World.

Upon first stepping in to the Four Seasons lobby, you can tell this is not like any other resort you’ve seen at Walt Disney World. It features gorgeous marble and tile floors and a custom chandelier made in the Czech Republic specifically for the resort to mimic the look of fireworks. One of the first things I noticed was the attentiveness of the staff. From valets to doormen, front desk to concierge, everyone was willing and ready to help and welcome you to the resort. The service level throughout our three hour visit (including lunch) was fantastic.

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Restaurants

We started our Four Seasons tour at Lickety-Split, the grab and go counter service establishment located just adjacent to the lobby that’s open from 6am til 5pm. Here their specialties include pastries made fresh daily, coffee from a special drip machine that brews for 8 hours, pre-made salads and sandwiches, and gelato. They have seating areas in the coffee shop and you can also get your food to go of course to sit in one of the resort’s many beautiful outdoor seating areas.

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Next to Lickety-Split is the Ravello Bar which is open from 5pm to midnight. This extension of the Ravello restaurant downstairs offers a full service bar and full dining menu as well for dinner. The indoor seating is very comfortable and welcoming, but still upscale without feeling pretentious, which is how I’d describe the whole Four Seasons Resort. Outdoor seating is extended from the inside and to me felt like an Italian villa overlooking the lake and pool areas below.

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On the first level of the Four Seasons is where you will find Ravello, a breakfast buffet or a la carte restaurant in the morning from 6:30 to 11, and an Italian restaurant at night from 5:30 – 10pm. We were touring during breakfast and the buffet looked great. They are also home to a character breakfast with “Goofy & Pals” on Thursdays and Saturdays. Additionally some Tuesdays may offer the character meal during more popular times of the year. I can’t wait to try this for the character meal as well as for dinner.

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In addition to Ravello and Lickety-Split, the Four Seasons currently offers 24 hour room service and lunch and afternoon dining at PB+G, their pool bar and grill. Cheryl and I had a great lunch at PB+G after our tour. The food and service were very good and we both decided we would both order what we had gotten again. Cheryl started with the Crimson Red Corn Popcorn with Guajillo Chili, Smoke and Lime. She liked it a lot, but it does have a bit of a kick. I opted for the Hushpuppies with Huitlacoche Caramel and Habanero Salt. These were fantastic and I’d definitely get them again! For our entrees we got the Smoked Tofu with Carrot and Kale and the Flew the Coop – Smoked Chicken, Celery, Pecan, Grape and Housemade Alabama White BBQ Sauce. I’d never had chicken salad with a barbecued chicken before so it was an interesting twist. I liked it, and would order it again, but I think next time I’ll try one of the BBQ specialties. Cheryl really liked her tofu and said she’d definitely get it again.

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The resort also has two other restaurants that will be opening next month. Plancha will be opening in September in the Golf Clubhouse and focuses on Cuban cuisine with sandwiches, burgers, mojitos, daiquiris and more. This restaurant will be open from 10am – 6pm daily. The restaurant I am most looking forward to trying is Capa, the rooftop Spanish steakhouse on the 17th floor of the Four Seasons. I can only imagine how gorgeous the view for fireworks will be from here and I can’t wait to try the tapas and hopefully paella here. They will be open from 6 – 10pm nightly. Good news for locals or guests not staying at the Four Seasons is that you can get your parking validated if you are eating in one of the resort’s restaurants so valet is only $5 since there is no self parking as opposed to the nightly rate of $26.

Pools and Recreation

There are several individual pool areas at the Four Seasons Orlando. The first one you encounter when you exit the building is the Adult Pool in the Oasis, which is for guests 21 and up only. This quiet infinity pool overlooks the lake and features tons of great seating areas, lounge chairs and cabanas for rent. The staff here was quite attentive and had towels, ice water and sunscreen available for guests to use with their last name and room number at no additional cost. In addition to the infinity pool, there is a nice Jacuzzi overlooking the lake. All of the pool areas are open from sunrise to sunset.

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The Family Pool is zero entry with tons of great seating for families all around the pool area in part of the resort called Explorer Island. There are cabanas for the family with different themes that come with different amenities and decor based on the theme. A small kiddie slide is in the middle of the Four Seasons family pool meant for toddlers.

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As you head up the steps from the Family Pool, you come to the middle of Explorer Island. This is where you find the ruined mansion that houses outdoor recreation like bean bag toss, pool tables, climbing wall and the Kids for All Seasons children’s activity center. Kids for All Seasons is a complimentary kid’s play area with supervision for children ages 4 – 12. Also nearby are the two water slides, Splash Zone water play area, the lazy river (watch out for the water cannons), beach volleyball court, basketball courts, and the Hideout which will open in September as a video game and hangout area.

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The Tranquilo Golf Club at the Four Seasons is not open yet, but will be starting in September. This Tom Fazio designed 18 hole golf course is about a two minute drive by golf cart from the resort. The club will feature a driving range, pro shop, pros on site, club rentals, lessons available and a putting green.

On the opposite side of the Four Seasons from the pool are the three Har-Tru tennis courts. Lessons are available, tournaments can be arranged and a ball machine is available as well. Housed on the first level of the resort, guests will find the state of the art spa with 18 treatment rooms. Just next door to the spa is the aerobics studio with spin cycles and yoga mats available to guests. Across the lawn from the aerobics studio is the 24 hour fitness center. There is also a steam room, sauna and whirlpool for guest use.

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Four Seasons Room and Suites

The first thing you will notice about the rooms and suites at the Four Seasons is their size. The standard room size is 500 square feet, which is the largest of any resort in Orlando. Suites start at 825 square feet then go all the way up to 3300. The Royal Suite can actually connect to other rooms on the 16th floor to make it a 9 bedroom, 3 living room suite with a view of the Magic Kingdom. You can even buy out the entire 16th floor if you so desire. The Four Seasons features 375 standard rooms in addition to the 68 suites.

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Standard rooms come in several view types including Four Seasons, Golden Oak, Lake and Park View. The rooms have either a king bed and a queen pull out sofa or two double beds and can accommodate either 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. We were fortunate enough to tour a park view room and deluxe suite and they were beautiful. I loved the decor, amenities and the views of the parks were stunning. From the rooms we toured on the 11th floor, we could see Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom. I understand from some rooms you can see Epcot as well and some guests have been able to see fireworks from Epcot, DHS and MK all in one evening.

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The amenities in the rooms are again refined, but still very comfortable. Mini refrigerators are at adult eye level, which is convenient not having to bend down to access it. Guests can request fridges be stocked for an additional fee prior to their arrival. Each room also comes with a personal Nespresso machine with individual cup brewing with an assortment of coffees and teas. Free wifi is available throughout the resort, but if you wish to stream, you can pay an additional fee for a higher speed internet connection. There are multiple HMDI hookups and stereo jacks in the back of each tv for guest convenience if they wish to hook up their electronic devices to the tv. Each room also features a mini ipad to order room service from as well as some other features. For those Disney fans staying at the Four Seasons, we saw for ourselves that they do have Stacey and the Disney Must Dos on the tv along with a pretty good variety of stations. I also liked the button on the wall next to the bed indicating do not disturb or requesting housekeeping service in case you don’t want to get out of bed to put up the do not disturb sign.

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The rooms are quite spacious with nice sized balconies off of each room at the Four Seasons. The closet area is open between the bedroom and bathroom off the entry hall. The bathroom has a nice setup with a separate toilet room, shower, tub and a vanity area with a tv in the mirror like the Villas at Grand Floridian. There are no onsite self service laundry facilities for guests, but there is dry cleaning available for an additional cost. DVD players and cribs are available upon request at no additional cost. Rooms come with the typical room amenities like hairdryers, bathrobes, etc., but also have umbrellas for guests to use. If the adults need a night out alone, babysitting services for children from six weeks to 12 years old can be arranged for in the room.

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Overall Impressions

I was very happy with everything that I saw of the Four Seasons. I know that the resort is not fully open yet with some of the restaurants, shops and amenities not quite finished. I hope to come back and stay at the resort next month or in October with the Florida Resident special that is being offered. The service and attention from the staff was one of the things that most stood out to me on this visit. My background is in hotel management, so I know good service when I see it. I’ve been in the hospitality business for 20 years now and this was one of the best demonstrations of great service I’ve seen. One of the coolest things I saw that I wish more resorts would embrace is the Late Departure Lounge for guests to relax if they have a later flight. There is a nice lounge with sofas and seating areas with tables and chairs, tvs, books to read, and a mini kitchen to store food.

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The resort does have a Disney planning center desk right in the lobby that can do most things that the ticket windows at the parks can. Their services include selling tickets, annual passes, magicbands, assisting with fast pass plus scheduling, recreation and dining reservations, and basic park information. Complimentary buses run to the Magic Kingdom via the TTC every half hour on the hour and half hour. The bus to the Animal Kingdom runs every hour on the hour, and buses go to Epcot and Hollywood Studios each every hour on the half hour. If guests need transportation to the water parks, Downtown Disney, or most other Disney locations, for a flat fee of $18-20 the Four Seasons can arrange a private car. Valet parking is $26 per night and self parking is not available. The Four Seasons does not participate in Disney’s Extra Magic Hours or charging to the resort from the theme parks. Mears ground transportation is available at an additional cost to and from the airport and cabs are readily available as well. There are no resort fees at the Four Seasons.

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Currently, the resort is about 95% open and I hope to see it soon at 100%. The gift shop, Fable, and boutique, Wardrobe, should be opening in September along with most of the other amenities that aren’t open yet. If a guest needs anything though, the Four Seasons will do what they can to acquire it for the guest. The Four Seasons also allows guests to have their packages sent back from the Walt Disney World theme parks to be picked up next day for convenience. I seriously cannot wait to get back to this resort to stay at the Four Seasons Orlando as a guest. I look forward to seeing the resort fully opened on my next visit and want to see what a relaxing weekend I can have with all the amazing activities and services this phenomenal resort has to offer.

Have you stayed at the Four Seasons yet? I will definitely be back there in the next couple of months to stay and I’m sure after that for meals as well. Let me know if you’ve been or if you have any other questions about this great resort.

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#LastSplashOfSummer At Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Enjoy a #LASTSPLASHOFSUMMER 

at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

#LastSplashOfSummer Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Book Now to Save on a Labor Day Getaway Starting at $129 for Florida Residents
  
Join the #LastSplashOfSummer fun and make a splash in Orlando’s coolest pool while celebrating the final days of summer with a Labor Day weekend getaway at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
 
Enjoy a fun-filled, entertainment-packed schedule that features activities the entire family will love including nightly beachside movies, crafts, games, contests, and more. Additionally, guests will enjoy themed, poolside dinners featuring seasonal favorites 5 to 8 p.m. FridaySaturday, and Sunday evenings for $29.95 per adults and $14.95 per child. Highlights will include:
 
Friday, August 29:
Resort Activities
11:15 a.m. – Corn Hole Contest
12:15 p.m. – Wheel Barrow Competition
1:15 p.m. – Family Water Balloon Toss
2:15 p.m.– Sack Race
3:15 p. m. – Cool Craft-Make a Bucket Hat
4:15 p.m. – Watermelon Eating Contest
Dusk- Beachside Movie: “Angels in the Outfield” 
 
Beach BBQ 5-8 p.m.
Carved New York Sirloin, Barbequed Chicken, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Baked Potato Salad, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Fudge Cake, and the Grand Day at the Beach specialty cocktail
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Saturday, August 30:
Resort Activities
11:15 a.m. – Fish Feeding Frenzy
12:15 p.m. – Token Treasure Hunt
1:15 p.m. – Board Walk Relay
2:15 p.m. – Cool Craft-Paint a Cedar Key Clam Shell
3:15 p.m. – Putt Off
4:15 p.m.-.Belly Flops
5:00 p.m. – Limbo Contest
Dusk-Beachside Movie: “The Lego Movie” 
 
Summer Clam Bake 5-8 p.m.
Clam Paella with Chicken & Sausage, Fried Clam Strips, Peel & Eat Shrimp, Iceberg Wedge Salad, Pina Colada Cake with Coconut Ice Cream, and the Poolside Pucker Up Peach Punch specialty cocktail
 
Sunday, August 31
Resort Activities
11:15 a.m. – Family Scavenger Hunt
12:15 p.m. – Horseshoe Toss
1:15 p.m. – Rockin’ Tubin Relay
2:15 p.m. – Cola Chug
3:15 p.m. – Cool Craft-Wooden Snakes and Geckos
4:15 p.m. – Sand Sculpting Contest
Dusk-Beachside Movie: “Ratatouille” 
 
Down Home Country Cookin’ 5-8 p.m.
Country Fried Chicken, Carved Cherry Glazed Pork Loin, Baked Corn & Cheddar Soufflé, Cornmeal Fried Green Tomatoes, Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, and the Southern Kicked Iced Tea specialty cocktail
 #LastSplashOfSummer Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Monday, September 1
Resort Activities
11:15 a.m.– 3-Legged Race
12:15 p.m..- Cannonball Craziness
1:15 p.m. – Hula Hoop Contest
2:15 p.m. – Penalty Kicks
3:15 p.m. – Cool Craft-Make a Rocket 
 
“Our annual Labor Day weekend celebration is perfect to wind down summer and kick-off for the back to school season,” says Area Vice President and Grand Cypress General Manager Pat Engfer. “Featuring activities for all ages, including island entertainment, delicious poolside cocktails and meals, beach bonfires, and movie nights on Lake Windsong – there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy.”
Florida residents save 15% off the Hyatt Daily Rates with room rates starting at $129.  Online reservations may be made at www.GrandCypress.Hyatt.com.
Located just one mile from Walt Disney World® and minutes from Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando, the 1,500 acre Grand Cypress resort offers guests limitless access to world-class recreation amenities including the recently renovated lagoon pool and new On the Rocks pool bar. Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the 800,000 gallon, half- acre, free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, and two whirlpools.
 
Additionally, the new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, Water Jet Splash Zone, and children’s Rock Climbing Stations complement family favorite activities including beach volleyball, tether ball, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails. Guests may also enjoy 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club.
#LastSplashOfSummer Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
 
About Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Walt Disney World® and close to Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando with a host of amenities and activities including 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club. Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, new interactive Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks.  New features complement the resort’s favorite activities including; S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in Lake Buena Vista. The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA 32836. For more information; call 407.239.1234; visit GrandCypress.Hyatt.com; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress on Facebook; and follow on Twitter at @HRGrandCypress.
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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Park Ticket and Credit Offer

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

THEME PARKS BY DAY, LUXURY AT NIGHT AT HYATT REGENCY GRAND CYPRESS

Book Two Nights and Receive Two, One-Day Tickets to a World-Famous Orlando Theme Park
Experience the thrill of an Orlando theme park by day and the luxury of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress by night.  With the Orlando Theme Park Package, package rates start at $269 and includes two, one-day tickets to an Orlando theme park, and a $25 food and beverage credit to enjoy the resort’s restaurants featuring unique cocktails and culinary fare.
Enjoy a day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom or Epcot; Universal Orlando®; Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure; or SeaWorld now through Dec. 22, 2014.  The theme park package allows resort guests to take advantage of area special events (additional special event fees may apply) including:
  • Now – Aug. 10:            SeaWorld® Orlando Summer Nights
  • Sept. 1 – Oct. 31          Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
  • Sept. 19 – Nov. 10       EPCOT® International Food & Wine Festival
  • Sept. 19 – Nov. 1:        Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights® 24
Use offer code EXPLR. A limited number of rooms are allocated to this promotion; blackout periods may apply due to seasonal periods or special events.  Additional terms and conditions apply. Plus, Grand Cypress offers complimentary transportation to and from Walt Disney World®, Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld.
The 1,500 acre Grand Cypress resort offers guests an upscale travel experience with 815 well-appointed guest rooms and suites and a host of amenities including the resort’s signature half-acre, tropical lagoon pool. Nestled along 1,000 feet of white sandy beach on private Lake Windsong, the expansive, wrap-around sundecks also feature a new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, Water Jet Splash Zone, and children’s Rock Climbing Stations. Guests may also enjoy 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the property’s award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club. 
About Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Walt Disney World® and close to Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando with a host of amenities and activities including 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club. Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, new interactive Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks.  New features complement the resort’s favorite activities including; S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in Lake Buena Vista. The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA 32836. For more information; call 407.239.1234; visitwww.GrandCypress.Hyatt.com; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress on Facebook; and follow on Twitter at @HRGrandCypress.
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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Toast Mom With The Ultimate Weekend Getaway at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Hemingway’s Champagne Brunch

Make your mother’s day on Sunday, May 11 with Hemingway’s champagne brunch at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Featuring Hemingway’s signature island-inspired selections, the gourmet menu includes Blue Corn Strawberry Pancakes, Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Chilled Kobe Tenderloin, and Hibachi Style Sea Bass along with assorted salads, cheeses, hand-crafted desserts, and free-flowing champagne.
Brunch is $69 per adult and $34.50 per child age 4-12 and is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for resort guests, as well as area residents.  Reservations may be made online or by calling 407.239.3854.
Offering families more than 1,500 acres of activities surrounded by a private, tropical oasis, Grand Cypress provides the perfect setting to treat mom to a full weekend of pampering with soothing spa treatments and refreshing, poolside cocktails.  Enjoy Orlando’s original luxury resort for rates starting at $179 with the Florida resident savings.
“Give mom the gift of a weekend getaway with resort activities the whole family will enjoy,” said Area Vice President and General Manager Pat Engfer. “From world-class service, deluxe amenities and gourmet dining, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is the place for making memories.”
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress 
About Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Walt Disney World® and close to Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando with a host of amenities and activities including 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club. Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, new interactive Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks.  New features complement the resort’s favorite activities including; S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in Lake Buena Vista. The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA 32836. For more information; call 407.239.1234; visit GrandCypress.Hyatt.com; Tour on YouTube; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress onFacebook; and follow on Twitter at @HRGrandCypress.
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Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Now Accepting Reservations

Cabana Bay

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Now Accepting Reservations

Universal Announces Room Rates, New Features for New 1,800 Room On-Site Hotel

Guests can now book reservations for Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, the new, 1800-room hotel at Universal Orlando Resort that will feature value-priced guest rooms and moderately priced family suites.

The hotel is scheduled to open in early 2014 – with reservations now being accepted for stays beginning on March 31, 2014.

The new hotel is the fourth hotel within Universal Orlando Resort and will evoke the classic, retro-feel of iconic beach resorts from the 1950s and 60’s.  An area located around the North Courtyard will open first, followed later in 2014 by an area located around the South Courtyard.  Each area will have a unique look and feel.

Families will have two options for experiencing the hotel – a value-priced standard guest room or a moderately priced, 430-square-foot family suite that sleeps six.  From the moment they arrive, they will be surrounded by the hotel’s bold design, period colors, neon and retro feel.  When complete, there will be two pool complexes with sand beach and interactive features, a themed lazy river experience and 10-lane bowling alley.  Family suite rates will begin at $174 per-night; standard room rates will begin at $119 per-night.  Package rates are available with savings based on length-of-stay; a family of four can stay for seven nights for $47 per person, per-day – including accommodations and tickets to both Universal Orlando theme parks.

Cabana Bay

“We believe Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will offer an experience unlike any other in Central Florida,” said Alice Norsworthy, executive vice president of marketing and sales at Universal Orlando Resort.  “And at the same time, it will create an entirely new, value-driven option for families that want to stay within the Universal Orlando Resort.”

As with all Resort hotels, guests at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be just a brief walk from Universal Orlando’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk.  They will enjoy benefits that include Early Theme Park Admission, complimentary shuttle bus transportation to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk, complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to their hotel and resort-wide charging privileges with their room key.  Guests can upgrade to one of Universal Orlando’s three deluxe hotels for additional benefits – including complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access.  Those hotels are Loews Portofino Bay, the Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

Each of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s Courtyards will have a unique design and atmosphere.  They will share a highly themed, two-story arrival building that will also be home to a food court serving traditional American classics along with an ever-changing selection of international cuisine, a 10-lane “retro” bowling alley, a game room and a fitness center.

 

FAST FACTS
Book now. 

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is accepting reservations.

Opening Dates: early 2014; reservations being accepted for stays beginning on March 31, 2014.
Style: Inspired by the iconic beach resorts of the 1950s and 60s, when the pool was the place to relax after the day’s road trip.
Rooms: 900 Guest Rooms and 900 Family Suites, each with colorful “retro” décor.
Pricing: Starting at $119 per night for guest rooms and $174 per night for family suites.  Guests who stay longer will save more with discounts up to 25 percent off per night.  Packages are available.
Unique Amenities: Highlights include a 10-lane, “retro” bowling alley; two main pools; and Universal Orlando’s first lazy river.
Dining: Food court serving American classics and international fare. The resort also offers light bites in the bowling alley and in the South Courtyard.
How to Book: Visit universalorlando.com or call             888-273-1311      .

 

North Courtyard (Reservations Being Accepted for Stays Beginning March 31, 2014)

Cabana Bay

First to open, the North Courtyard and its 600 family suites will be inspired by the sweeping motor courts of the 1950s and 60s.  It will feature four-story buildings with open corridors and direct access to guest rooms.  Each of the 600, 430-square-foot suites will sleep up to six and include a fold-out foam bed, kitchenette, a sliding partition for privacy, two flat-screen TVs, and an extra-large bathroom with preparation spaces for three people at once.

The suite buildings will surround a more than 10,000-square-foot, zero-entry pool with a 100-foot water slide, waterfall features and 4,000-square-foot interactive play area.  Cabanas will be available to guests for rent, and lounge chairs will ring the deck, backed by zones for sunning, game playing, picnicking and relaxing on the grass.

 

South Courtyard (Opening Later in 2014)

Cabana Bay
Cabana Bay Beach Resort Pool

The South Courtyard will also be inspired by the 50s and 60s, but with an entirely different feel.  The South Courtyard will feature a colorful, tropical resort design with serpentine, seven-story towers flowing like waves around a massive pool and lazy-river complex.

A more than 8,000-square-foot, zero-entry pool with a 6,000-square-foot sand beach will offer plenty of entertainment options, including the first lazy river at Universal Orlando Resort, a 700-foot-long feature offering multiple interactive zones.  In addition to 300 suites, the towers will feature 900 guest rooms that are each 300-square-feet and that sleep four and include two queen beds and mini-fridge.

Rates begin at $119 per night for guest rooms and $174 per night for Family Suites (guests who stay longer will save more, with discounts up to 25 percent off per night.  Package rates are available with savings based on length-of-stay; a family of four can stay for seven nights for $47 per person, per-day – including accommodations and tickets to both Universal Orlando theme parks.

To book, visit universalorlando.com or call 1-888-273-1311      .

 

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