Four Seasons Orlando
So the best thing about having a Disney Bucket List (http://www.wdwfamilytips.com/disney-bucket-list/) is that when you cross one item off, you can add another. A stay at the Four Seasons Orlando was on both mine and my wife’s bucket list. We were able to cross that off our list in February 2017!
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, is located deep within Disney’s prime real estate called “Golden Oak”. Golden Oak is located just past Fort Wilderness surrounded by prime real estate and the Tranquilo Golf Course.
The one thing about the Four Seasons Orlando that both my wife and I noticed right away is the employees. Everyone we saw from the valet, pool workers, bartenders, servers, front desk, pretty much every employee we had contact with seemed happy to work there and were extremely friendly. Staff that we saw on the first day, greeted us by name the next day. It’s little things like this that can make a big difference in your stay.
There are a lot of hotels that call themselves “resorts”, I can honestly say, there is a lot to do at the Four Seasons. To start, they have an amazing lazy river. You can sit back, and let the river take you through about an 11,000 sq. ft. winding tour that includes bubbling rapids and takes you past a 9-foot waterfall. The lazy river is separate from the kids pool, the splash zone and the water slide. If you want to relax, there is an “adult only” pool which overlooks sparkling lake. The infinity pool features underwater sound and is 92 feet long. There are cabanas available for rent, and there is also a jacuzzi. If you want some time alone, send the kids to the complementary kid’s camp. After a visit there, you may not see them for the rest of your trip! There are plenty of activities to keep them busy all day long.
After we checked in and had a quick tour of the property, my wife and I had a couples massage in the spa! We arrived a little early and had some wind down time in their relaxation room. With spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms, we could have easily spent some time in the steam room as well. This is a full service spa featuring 18 treatment rooms, 4 couples’ suites, 2 waterside bungalows and 1 salon. They have services for men, women and even kids. I chose the deep muscle relaxation enhancement and my wife chose a sinus relief enhancement. These enhancements do not add time to your massage, however they give you that little extra you may need to help you relax. After our 50 minute massage, we were escorted to a relaxation room featuring zero gravity lounge chairs, where I instantly fell to sleep for a quick nap! Truth be told, I was so relaxed during my massage, there may have been some snoring in that room as well. For all the spa has to offer visit the spa page at http://www.fourseasons.com/orlando/spa/.
Our room was extremely spacious and being on the 7th floor, we had a view of all 4 Disney theme parks from our balcony (guest pay higher room rates for this view). This is key, specifically if you are in your room during fireworks. It is amazing to see the fireworks from all the parks. You can’t see details into the parks, however we had a view of Cinderella’s castle, Expedition Everest, Spaceship Earth and the Tower of Terror. I found myself time after time just hanging out on the balcony enjoying the amazing view. Perhaps on my next stay, I will stay on the opposite side of the hotel to see the incredible houses of Golden Oak. My wife and I have the same birthday, so we were celebrating an early birthday for each of us. One of us is celebrating a milestone birthday, but I won’t say which one because I enjoy being married. When we entered our room, there was a special desert waiting for us. It was a triple layered piece of chocolate cake that was delicious! It was also nice that this was noted in our file, and everywhere we went, we were greeted with, “Happy Birthday!”
We first visited the Four Seasons during our anniversary weekend in September 2016. We made a reservation at Capa. Capa is a rooftop Spanish steak house. The diner was delicious and after our meal we enjoyed a glass of wine while we watched the fireworks from Hollywood Studios from their rooftop lounge. Since we ate at Capa in September, we decided to try their Italian restaurant Ravello. Ravello features an open show kitchen and a menu inspired by their Chef Fabrizio Schenardi who was born in Italy. With a menu that features a variety of Italian, Seafood and even Pizza, there was plenty to choose from. After my meal (which included two appetizing desserts), I felt like I couldn’t take another bite. For me, that is huge as there is nothing worse than going to a restaurant and feeling like you didn’t get your money’s worth. The Four Seasons Orlando also has two other restaurants PB&G, that is poolside where we had a delicious lunch, and Plancha which is a lakeside restaurant at the golf club house, that we will have to visit the next time! There is also a fast, casual “grab and go” just off the lobby appropriately called Lickety Split, that offers smoothies, baked goods, sandwiches and more.
Now for some WDWFAMILYTIPS!:
- You do not have to be staying at the Four Seasons to enjoy the spa or any of their amazing restaurants. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, I would highly recommend Capa.
- Complimentary busses are available to all Disney Parks (not including water parks)
- Guests who reserve an 80 minute or longer spa treatment receive pool access for the day. With all the pool options on property, this is an amazing perk.
- The Four Seasons Orlando has the only complimentary kids club daily from 9am to 5pm for ages 4-12.
- Just a short walk from the hotel is Tranquilo Golf Club, an 18-hole Tom Fazio designed course! (I didn’t play because I just had foot surgery, but hope to play when I return to Disney in August)
- Twice weekly on site, there is a Disney Character breakfast with Goofy and Pals.
- The Four Seasons Orlando is a luxury resort. They feature the largest standard guest rooms in Orlando, which include a Bose surround sound system and in-mirror bathroom TV. Luxury does not come cheap, rooms range from $443 to $2,000 per night. It is Orlando’s first only AAA 5 star rated hotel. Suites can range from $1,050 to $15,000 per night.
My wife and I only stayed here one night, and only experienced a fraction of what the Four Seasons Orlando has to offer. If you are looking for a luxury stay within Disney, please visit their website http://www.fourseasons.com/orlando/