Orlando is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. For kids, Disney World creates dreams of Mickey Mouse, pixies, roller coasters, princes and princesses. However, if you think Orlando is for kids only — think again!
The Four Seasons Resort Orlando, which opened in August 2014, presents a fresh take on the city. Acclaimed culinary and management teams set the tone for a service-centric experience. Luxurious accommodations and near Mouse-less design create a modern feel that is unique in an area where themes reign. I did see a few “hidden Mickey’s” throughout the hotel though. The clean, contemporary décor and renowned guest service is likely the reason that this resort is the first and only recipient in Central Florida of the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award.
Adults can experience the magic of Orlando without setting foot in a Disney park — unless one wants to, of course. At Four Seasons, guests enjoy the sanctuary of the adult-only pool, The Oasis, which is exclusively for guests 21 and older. It is an infinity-edge lakeside pool surrounded by cabanas and royal palms. Think hourly treats, from frozen grapes and iced mocha shots, to sunglass cleanings and Evian spritzes.
With several options to choose from, and chefs specializing in each cuisine, this is an Orlando for food-lovers. From Latin to Italian, burgers to branzino, with what’s happening in Orlando right now this hot city is quickly becoming a top culinary destination. Feasting my way through Four Seasons at their six hip and happening restaurants under one umbrella was supremely savory! Here’s the skinny:
This stunning rooftop signature steakhouse is helmed by chef Tim Dacey, a chef with strong city roots at acclaimed independent restaurants, having cooked at hot eateries such as The NoMad in NYC and Spiaggia in Chicago. Tapas and prime meats are the specialty at Capa and an open kitchen and sizzling wood fire create an alluring ambiance. Floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive terrace entice diners to step outside to view the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. In hues of black, grey, and crimson, this striking restaurant evokes “big city hot spot” among the plethora of chain eateries that Orlando is known for.