Why Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort Is The City’s Best Hotel

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Seventy-five million visitors flocked to Orlando last year in 2018 – once again, cementing its status as the most visited city in the States. (It’s held the title for almost 50 years.)

For starters: the climate is subtropical, resulting in warm, sun-filled days for much of the year. (Meaning: you’ll be spending most of your time here outdoors.) And lately, the Magic City has caught the attention of epicureans everywhere, with a diverse crop of hip, chef-driven restaurants. (The Mills 50 district, in particular, is a must for first-time visitors, showcasing everything from eclectic Vietnamese eateries to plush cocktail lounges.)

But really, the biggest reason to come to Orlando is the Walt Disney World Resort. Opened in 1971, and spanning a whopping 25,000 acres, the resort has remained a beloved, nostalgic destination for fans of all ages. And with the recent, highly anticipated opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, there’s yet another reason to visit. 

Given the popularity of Orlando, it should come as no surprise that there’s an abundance of hotels: 450, to be exact. While staying at one the older, more classic properties might seem like an obvious choice, I recommend bypassing them in favor of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Opened in 2014 and nestled within the private Golden Oak community, the Four Seasons offers a refreshingly different way to experience Disney. While lots of visitors come to Orlando and hit the ground running with jam-packed, nonstop days, this resort encourages guests to enlist a more leisurely approach. (The Stay Longer, Fourth Night Free package certainly helps.) 

And despite not being the newest property in town, it’s still nothing short of a showstopper: visually spotless, and service wise, polished and seamless. From the moment you step foot into the light-flooded, marble-clad lobby accented with dazzling chandeliers, artful floral arrangements, and arched windows opening up to a sleek onyx fountain, you can’t help but feel washed over with a sense of calm. 

The 433 guest rooms and suites are Orlando’s most spacious, and sport furnished balconies. My Park View Suite was cloaked in a crisp aqua and beige palette, and featured a second room with a queen sleep sofa, along with two full marble bathrooms – one even had a meticulously hand-tiled panel behind a deep soaking tub – with luxe, Orange Sanguine-scented Atelier Cologne toiletries.

Food wise, there’s plenty to tuck into. PB&G and Plancha are ideal for a casual, al fresco bite (think salads and sandwiches), while the cheerful nook Lickety Split whips up exceptional espresso beverages, and scoops out delectable gelato. Downstairs at Ravello, the kitchen specializes in exceptional Italian fare – Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi hails from Italy – and makes the dough for all the pastas and pizzas in-house with imported flour. And save room for a whimsical dessert by Rabii Saber, who was a 2019 James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef. (Also: you won’t find a better character breakfast than the one here.) On the rooftop is Capa, the hotel’s swanky steakhouse turning out tapas (like tortilla, pan con tomate, and croquetas) alongside perfectly-grilled chops. (It also offers unobstructed views of the nightly Magic Kingdom fireworks show.) Cap the night with a well-crafted libation from the Lobby Bar. 

Fitness and wellness fans also have plenty to flip for. Want to break a sweat? Tee up at the Tranquilo Golf Course, brush up on your groundstrokes on one of the three Har-Tru courts – request a lesson with tennis pro Alain Labrecque – or take your workout indoors at the expansive fitness center, which just got in a couple Peloton bikes. Feel like taking a more leisurely approach to fitness? Then check out the resort’s five-acre Explorer Island, which features a sand volleyball court, rock climbing wall, and bocce ball. Afterwards, unwind at the renown 13,000 square-foot spa, a sparkling oasis focused on renewal and healing with an extensive menu of holistic treatments. Earlier this month, the acclaimed French skincare line Biologique Recherche and cryotherapy made their debut. The former is being incorporated into a series of facials and body treatments that plump and revitalize slack, dull skin, while the latter technology helps tone the body.  

In short? Four Seasons is the understated, yet sophisticated antidote to Disney’s usual hustle and bustle. And its amenities are so exemplary, that its proximity to Disney attractions (via a cushy, regularly-scheduled shuttle, no less) is simply a perk – not a primary reason to book the hotel. So whether you’re a dedicated Disney fan for life, or seeking a more discreet (and refined way) to enjoy Orlando, consider the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort your home base.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Seventy-five million visitors flocked to Orlando last year in 2018 – once again, cementing its status as the most visited city in the States. (It’s held the title for almost 50 years.)

For starters: the climate is subtropical, resulting in warm, sun-filled days for much of the year. (Meaning: you’ll be spending most of your time here outdoors.) And lately, the Magic City has caught the attention of epicureans everywhere, with a diverse crop of hip, chef-driven restaurants. (The Mills 50 district, in particular, is a must for first-time visitors, showcasing everything from eclectic Vietnamese eateries to plush cocktail lounges.)

But really, the biggest reason to come to Orlando is the Walt Disney World Resort. Opened in 1971, and spanning a whopping 25,000 acres, the resort has remained a beloved, nostalgic destination for fans of all ages. And with the recent, highly anticipated opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, there’s yet another reason to visit. 

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Given the popularity of Orlando, it should come as no surprise that there’s an abundance of hotels: 450, to be exact. While staying at one the older, more classic properties might seem like an obvious choice, I recommend bypassing them in favor of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Opened in 2014 and nestled within the private Golden Oak community, the Four Seasons offers a refreshingly different way to experience Disney. While lots of visitors come to Orlando and hit the ground running with jam-packed, nonstop days, this resort encourages guests to enlist a more leisurely approach. (The Stay Longer, Fourth Night Free package certainly helps.) 

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

And despite not being the newest property in town, it’s still nothing short of a showstopper: visually spotless, and service wise, polished and seamless. From the moment you step foot into the light-flooded, marble-clad lobby accented with dazzling chandeliers, artful floral arrangements, and arched windows opening up to a sleek onyx fountain, you can’t help but feel washed over with a sense of calm. 

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

The 433 guest rooms and suites are Orlando’s most spacious, and sport furnished balconies. My Park View Suite was cloaked in a crisp aqua and beige palette, and featured a second room with a queen sleep sofa, along with two full marble bathrooms – one even had a meticulously hand-tiled panel behind a deep soaking tub – with luxe, Orange Sanguine-scented Atelier Cologne toiletries.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Food wise, there’s plenty to tuck into. PB&G and Plancha are ideal for a casual, al fresco bite (think salads and sandwiches), while the cheerful nook Lickety Split whips up exceptional espresso beverages, and scoops out delectable gelato. Downstairs at Ravello, the kitchen specializes in exceptional Italian fare – Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi hails from Italy – and makes the dough for all the pastas and pizzas in-house with imported flour. And save room for a whimsical dessert by Rabii Saber, who was a 2019 James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef. (Also: you won’t find a better character breakfast than the one here.) On the rooftop is Capa, the hotel’s swanky steakhouse turning out tapas (like tortilla, pan con tomate, and croquetas) alongside perfectly-grilled chops. (It also offers unobstructed views of the nightly Magic Kingdom fireworks show.) Cap the night with a well-crafted libation from the Lobby Bar. 

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Fitness and wellness fans also have plenty to flip for. Want to break a sweat? Tee up at the Tranquilo Golf Course, brush up on your groundstrokes on one of the three Har-Tru courts – request a lesson with tennis pro Alain Labrecque – or take your workout indoors at the expansive fitness center, which just got in a couple Peloton bikes. Feel like taking a more leisurely approach to fitness? Then check out the resort’s five-acre Explorer Island, which features a sand volleyball court, rock climbing wall, and bocce ball. Afterwards, unwind at the renown 13,000 square-foot spa, a sparkling oasis focused on renewal and healing with an extensive menu of holistic treatments. Earlier this month, the acclaimed French skincare line Biologique Recherche and cryotherapy made their debut. The former is being incorporated into a series of facials and body treatments that plump and revitalize slack, dull skin, while the latter technology helps tone the body.  

In short? Four Seasons is the understated, yet sophisticated antidote to Disney’s usual hustle and bustle. And its amenities are so exemplary, that its proximity to Disney attractions (via a cushy, regularly-scheduled shuttle, no less) is simply a perk – not a primary reason to book the hotel. So whether you’re a dedicated Disney fan for life, or seeking a more discreet (and refined way) to enjoy Orlando, consider the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort your home base.

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