The Best Resorts to Book in Orlando, Florida

Find a resort hotel with an expansive pool, such as Gaylord Palms, where you can kick back after a day of theme-park fun
Find a resort hotel with an expansive pool, such as Gaylord Palms, where you can kick back after a day of theme-park fun | Courtesy of Gaylord Palms Resort / Expedia
Nick Dauk

Orlando is not your average destination; your vacation warrants a stay in more than average accommodation. Resorts in Orlando are destinations in themselves, with most offering luxurious amenities like sprawling pools, fine dining, and exclusive perks for the theme parks. One of the best ways to experience the best hospitality the city has to offer is by staying at one of these world-class Orlando resorts.

1. Rosen Shingle Creek, for stellar customer service

Resort, Spa Hotel, Golf Hotel, Hotel

Outdoor pool and decorative fountain at Rosen Shingle Creek
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The staff at self-proclaimed “landmark of luxury” Rosen Shingle Creek have won awards for their amazing customer service. The Spanish revival architecture and elegant decor frame a stay with harmonious style. Avid golfers can schedule lessons with one of America’s Top 100 golf instructors, Brad Brewer, before hitting the links at the Shingle Creek Golf Course. The choice of 15 restaurants may present tough decisions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but thankfully, the Creek Ice Creamery is a no-brainer for dessert.

2. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, for endless ways to relax

Resort

Outdoor pool and artificial waterfalls at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
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Earning the top spot for Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is one Orlando resort you’ll never forget. Over 1,000 acres (404ha) of lush Florida land encompass a spa, golf course, private lake, and lagoon-style pool, offering unspoilt relaxation for you and your kids. Most importantly, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is close to all the major attractions and provides shuttle service to Disney Springs.

3. JW Marriott Grande Lakes, for family-friendly luxury

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel, Golf Hotel

Bedroom decorated in cream tones with two double beds at JW Marriott Orlando
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JW Marriott Grande Lakes – one of the most romantic hotels in Orlando – invites you to enjoy quiet luxury with its lavish suites, services, and scenery. The Ritz-Carlton Spa next door will relax your mind and body with services for adults, couples, and kids. Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen sets the table for your family to dine on fresh ingredients from nearby farms. A lakefront suite with an oversized tub and balcony offers the space you need to relax after a long day at the parks.

4. Hard Rock Hotel Orlando, for rockstar treatment

Hotel, Luxury

A music-themed bedroom at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando complete with sitting area and flat screen TV.
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Live your rock’n’roll fantasy at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando, one of the top luxury resorts in Orlando. Wander the halls slack-jawed at all of the priceless memorabilia from rockers past and present. Catch a classic act at the Hard Rock Live or play your own tunes on a baby grand piano in your specialty suite. Located on Universal property, your family can roll into Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure in show-stopping style after a visit to the hotel’s rock shop.

5. Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal, for retro cool

Resort

Many people play in an outdoor pool with a waterslide and artificial waterfall at Universals Cabana Bay Beach Resort
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Take a step back to the Florida of the ’50s and ‘60s at Cabana Bay Beach Resort. This retro Orlando resort is located on Universal property, offering your family direct walking access to Volcano Bay water park, free shuttle service to all Universal parks, and exclusive early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With multiple pools, a bowling alley, and an arcade on site, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort offers affordable family fun.

6. Gaylord Palms Resort, for theme park thrills

Resort, Spa Hotel

A boat on a small pond inside a greenhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
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The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is almost as enchanting as the Magic Kingdom. Walking into their glass-domed resort feels like entering a world-famous Orlando attraction. Dive into thrills at their Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park, pamper yourself at the Relâche Spa, or enjoy upscale Cuban-inspired cocktails at Socio. Your little ones can also learn how to surf in the Wake Zone FlowRider or feed baby alligators in the atrium if they’re feeling a little wild.

7. Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club, for birdies and eagles

Resort

Grounds and fountains at Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club
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Stay close to the theme parks yet enjoy the small-town vibes of Celebration when you stay at Mystic Dunes Resort. Its spacious condo-style villas with kitchens and laundry rooms make it easy to care for your family while away from home. Mystic Dunes is home to one of the best golf courses in Florida, and with an accompanying mini-golf course, your whole family can spend the afternoon working on their short game.

8. Reunion Resort & Golf Club, for big group holidays

Resort, Villa

A balcony with a small table, white pillars and panoramic views at Reunion Resort and Golf Club in Kissimmee, Florida
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Reunion Resort & Golf Club is one of the few resorts that offer private pools, game rooms, and more in your vacation rental home. These homes are perfect for groups as large as 32 people. Private gyms, home theaters, outdoor kitchens, golf simulators, and a bowling alley are just some of the luxurious amenities that you and your family can enjoy all to yourselves.

9. Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate, for an all-in-one package

Resort

Indoor staircase and view of outdoor pool at Omni Orlando Resort
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Does it get any better than world-class golf, a full-service spa, and an adults-only pool? At Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, you can quickly access the world’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment venues that have made Orlando a renowned vacation destination. Such fun is exhausting, which is why Omni’s comfortable suites include plush robes, NXTV with on-demand movies, and room service so you can kick back with no worries.

10. Encore Resort, for leaving it to the experts

Resort

Outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees and a blue tube water slide at Encore Resort at Reunion
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Encore Resort knows how important your vacation is, which is why they’ve created customized itineraries, so you can spend less time planning and more time making memories. Enjoy an Encore Resort chef experience, rent bikes, and enjoy the warm weather before cooling off at the water park. Mom and dad can hit the spa or lounge in a private cabana, while your children run around at the kids’ club or rack up points in the arcade.

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