Orlando Luxury Hotels, Entertainment, Dining & Experiences
Vibrant and ever-evolving, Orlando has become a magnet for sun-seekers, high-end shoppers, tastemakers, tennis aficionados, golf enthusiasts and patrons of the arts. Here, you will encounter incredible hospitality with a refined level of service throughout the No. 1 tourism destination in the country.
You will also be delighted to discover there’s more to this congenial metropolis than meets the eye. Let us help you curate your own extraordinary luxury experience in Orlando!
Spanish Revival architecture combines opulence with serenity at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, the first and only AAA Five Diamond-rated resort in Central Florida. Delivering a subtle sophistication, an adults-only pool invites you to a soothing lakeside setting to unwind or enjoy a customized craft cocktail.
Your most difficult decision might be opting to schedule a round of golf at the award-winning, Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Club, or venturing to The Spa for a luxurious treatment. Indulgences extend to the younger set, with a 5-acre water park including a winding lazy river, interactive splash zones and two, 242-foot waterslides. Meanwhile, your children may never want to leave Kids For All Seasons, a complimentary and exclusive day-camp experience for overnight guests.
But make no mistake: Each Orlando luxury hotel and resort possesses its own storied charm. You will find the Waldorf Astoria Orlando embracing sophistication with a citrus palette-inspired design highlighting amenities that make it a unique stay. Uplifting balcony views enhance the elegance of The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, where you will feel as if you’re set apart in a relaxed, beautiful and lush chain of lakes.
At each Orlando luxury property, you can expect exceptional levels of service and quality along with some signature surprises to enhance your experience. And if you’re seeking a secluded tropical retreat near Magic Kingdom® Park, it’s now possible. The Bora Bora Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, accessible by boat, are modeled after the exclusive, over-the-water bungalows found at its namesake.
Mediterranean style and luxury don’t require a trans-Atlantic flight, though. Travelers will find the elegant Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando™ situated on a picturesque waterway offering lovely, Old World elegance for adults, with exclusive early access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure for the kids.
As one of the most popular shopping destinations in the U.S., Orlando is a shopper's nirvana. For starters, every aesthetic detail at The Mall at Millenia has been meticulously thought out, from the contemporary architectural design to its affluent assortment of offerings.
Furthermore, a well-appointed selection of designer goods and fashion continues to elevate this highly coveted shopping destination. Design houses such as Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Saint Laurent all share a presence in this sky-lit, stylish shopping mecca. Lofty ceilings streaming in natural light and modern, expansive spaces make for a relaxing shopping experience among more than 150 stores and restaurants, with delights such as Tory Burch, Sephora, Brooks Brothers and Apple. Special touches like valet parking, concierge and delivery services only enhance the already spectacular shopping encounter.
If sidewalk shopping is what you’re seeking, venture northeast about 20 minutes from Orlando and visit charming Winter Park. With more than 140 chic boutiques, specialty stores, sidewalk cafés and museums, this quaint community is a popular haunt for locals. Whether searching for an antiquarian book or the perfect resort-wear at one of the local shops, you can't escape Winter Park’s charms.
Step into tiny side alleys off of Winter Park's Park Avenue for hidden gems like Mediterranean tiled fountains and little jewel box-esque shops. Venture off Park Avenue and across Central Park to Hannibal Square, an equally lovely, yet less traversed, shopping spot.
Refined shoppers will also want to visit the unique boutiques at Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort, where more than 100 stores await you. The walkable, impeccably designed retail, dining and entertainment hub offers a shopping experience like no other, including everything from fashion apparel and jewelry to collectibles and artwork.
Disney Springs also boasts many exclusive retailers you won’t find anywhere else, such as Uniqlo, American Threads, the Coca-Cola Store, Trophy Room, Shores and Sugarboo & Co. And that’s only part of the shopping story! Fans of all things Disney can stock up on official merchandise at World of Disney and Marketplace Co-Op, while Uniqlo, Vera Bradley, Pandora, Alex & Ani and more also carry Disney-related products.
Imagine departing from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on a magnificent, 52-foot yacht with 18 friends to watch a fireworks extravaganza as if you were hosting your own private party under the stars. You can by chartering the Disney Grand 1 Yacht, which can be fully stocked through private dining services. It’s one of many splendid VIP offerings available at the resort.
Similarly, those accustomed to a certain level of service should know there’s no better way to navigate through theme parks than by upgrading to a VIP experience. You will gain exclusive ride access, behind-the-scenes experiences, special amenities and insider information with a privately guided tour.
Spend time up close and personal with a King or Rockhopper penguin at SeaWorld® Orlando, or join a private expedition on the Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, where you will encounter majestic African wildlife for a true safari experience. You will also find a private island oasis at Discovery Cove®, where your family can swim with bottlenose dolphins, snorkel through coral reefs or lounge about in your own private cabana with all-inclusive amenities.
Those seeking exclusive experiences should know that there’s even more waiting for them at Walt Disney World Resort courtesy of Crown Collection by Disney. Born of a desire to carry forward the tradition started by Walt Disney himself — offering unparalleled access to enchantment of the highest caliber — this suite of VIP experiences will make all your Disney dreams come true.
In addition to the Grand 1 Yacht, services offered by Crown Collection by Disney include Private VIP Tours where you set the itinerary, as well as a full range of preset VIP itineraries that will bring Disney’s theme parks to life never before. Crown Collection by Disney also encompasses Disney Signature Services, a special resource for guests with Club-level reservations at official Disney Resort hotels and those who book Private VIP Tours. These include Disney’s Enchanting Extras, in-room celebrations, assistance with dining reservations, and even specialty cakes to enhance your Disney experience.
And there’s still more to love about Crown Collection by Disney. The program also features Senses — A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort & Spa and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts, rarified access to Club 33 and private residences at Golden Oak, unforgettable celebrations and events such as Disney Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, and Walt Disney World Resort’s finest dining, including chef-table experiences at Victoria & Albert’s and Citricos.
Tennis enthusiasts will want to note that Orlando is the Home of American Tennis with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus, which debuted in 2017 and is open to the public. Here, you can watch, learn and play at one of the largest tennis facilities in the world. Featuring more than 100 tennis courts, including hard and red-clay surfaces, the venue also offers private tennis lessons and clinics for players of all skill levels and ages.
Orlando is also a golfer’s paradise, with more than 150 golf courses and golf academies. But it’s the ability to play, and often with, the pros at some of the most prestigious golf courses that makes the destination memorable. Schedule a tee time at one of the following award-winning golf courses: Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando; Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge; Waldorf Astoria Golf Club; The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grand Lakes; Shingle Creek Golf Club; and more.
Fine Dining & Entertainment
Celebrity chef outposts continue to dot the Central Florida landscape from world-famous stars like José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Todd English, Wolfgang Puck, Iron Chef Masahura Morimoto, Melissa Kelly, Tony Mantuano, Guy Fieri and Art Smith. Accordingly, Orlando has evolved into a top restaurant haven.
We also boast a definitive sense of pride and an undercurrent of innovation. As of 2019, no less than 18 Central Florida chefs have been James Beard nominees, semi-finalists and winners. An influx of farm-to-table restaurants and a steady rise in Zagat-rated establishments has cultivated our gourmet scene to a heightened level. If you’re seeking five-star dining, reserve a table at posh Victoria & Albert’s in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Expect a traditional gueridon service as you experience a seven-course, prix-fixe menu at the only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Central Florida.
Don’t skip on the memorable meals at Disney Springs, either. With Orlando’s largest collection of celebrity chefs, including the aforementioned Andrés, Bayless, Morimoto, Puck, Mantuano, Fieri and Smith, it boasts a full range of unforgettable dining experiences.
Even without a celebrity attached, Disney Springs has several eateries that deserve discerning diners’ attention. These include Paddlefish, which dishes up fresh seafoods, steaks, Sunday brunch and a late-night menu aboard an elegant paddlewheeler reimagined as a modern yacht, and The Edison, where you can enjoy gourmet takes on American classics and handcrafted, speakeasy-style cocktails in an imaginative venue designed to look like a converted power plant. The latter also has a full slate of nightly entertainment, including burlesque on weekends.
For world-class entertainment for the whole family, there’s no place quite like Orlando, with more than 100 unique experiences to discover. Catch a Broadway production at the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater in downtown Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, or witness the captivating quirkiness of the Blue Man Group spectacle at Universal CityWalk.
You can also enjoy premium seating to see your favorite band, or cheer on NBA, MLS and NCAA champions at world-class sporting venues. Ask your concierge to locate the best seats for the ultimate viewing experience.
Arts & Culture
In 2014, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts was inaugurated right in the heart of Orlando’s downtown. Since then, the expressively illuminated structure has become an iconic downtown presence as a bright beacon that signals the city’s enduring commitment to the arts. Travel + Leisure magazine named it “World’s Coolest New Tourist Attraction 2015” while Southern Living magazine featured it in their “50 Best Places in the South Now.” It’s the best place to catch international, national or local artist performances.
Nearby in Loch Haven Park, you will discover the allure of the Orlando Museum of Art, where meaningful connections to art can be made in a light, airy, spacious setting that invites you to explore both traveling exhibits and permanent collections. This museum also features an $8.3 million J. Hyde Crawford collection of commercial drawings of luxury fashion, bequeathed in 2014. One of the single most important gifts in the museum’s history, the collection is featured in its own gallery, entitled Crawford.
Big-city cultural events and museums are commonplace within Winter Park’s historic, small-city elegance. First stop is the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, aka the Morse Museum, for viewing the largest collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. A large number of leaded-glass windows and a mosaic altar created from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago are uniquely displayed.
Tucked away at Rollins College and overlooking scenic Lake Virginia, Cornell Fine Arts Museum boasts a revered collection of over 5,500 pieces of art, including works from Bierstadt, Matisse and Picasso.
Cultural celebrations abound in the Orlando area, too, with the prestigious Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival featuring 225 artists from around the world. And since 1935, Winter Park’s annual Bach Festival has been drawing crowds with the choral and orchestral works of Bach and other composers. Finally, book-lovers and literary types can meet and attend lectures from beloved authors at Rollins College’s Winter With the Writers series.