This luxury resort has spacious apartment-style suites; amenities include a water park, separate pools, mini-golf, restaurants, and bars
Hotel at a Glance: The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando
Opened in March 2017 on the banks of Lake Austin, The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando brings its brand of luxury island-style resort accommodations to The City Beautiful. Guests here eschew the typical hotel room for spacious apartment-style suites, whose amenities range from full kitchens and living rooms to screened balconies and in-suite laundry.
- Eat well at the resort’s many bars and restaurants. Options include the light bites of Alfresco Market, the poolside leisure of The Springs Bar & Grill, and BBQ options at Longboard Bar & Grill at the water park.
- Splash all day at Surfari Water Park, featuring a 695 lazy river, duel water slides, zero entry pool, kids’ activity pool, and the FlowRider Double surf simulator. For a more relaxing day taking a dip visit The Spring Pools, a complex that includes a kids’ splash zone, an adult-focused pool, and an oversized hot tub.
- Pamper yourself at Escape Spa, where technicians specialize in organic facials, restful massages, and colorful mani-pedis.
- Explore Lake Austin from the resort’s dock, where fishing, paddle boating, and other watersports await.
Orlando, Florida: World-Famous Theme Parks and Cultural Surprises
Located in the center of Florida, Orlando may be forever associated with the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks—the world’s most-visited entertainment resort. Spanning roughly 30,000 acres, it encompasses four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and the Disney Springs® Area. There’s no shortage of things to do here: begin your day by boarding a rocket-shaped three-seater that climbs to 180 feet before entering a deep black tunnel and racing past stars, satellites, and constellations. Walk across the park to sample Moroccan cuisine for lunch, or ride a dune buggy through a haunted mansion. Before heading back to the hotel, take in the nightly fireworks, laser, and water show. One of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is also home to Universal Orlando—which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—SeaWorld, and Gatorland.
Those hoping to shake up the typical theme-park-dominated itinerary can head into downtown Orlando’s vibrant arts district. The neighborhood boasts venues such as CityArts Factory, a multifaceted patchwork of gallery spaces, and SAK Comedy Lab, which hosts family-friendly improv shows five nights a week.