Orlando and theme parks are basically synonymous, but there’s so much more to do than hit up the typical tourist destinations during your stay. While fast rides and bubbly Disney characters are sure to beckon your offspring, there’s no reason for you to miss out on an equally fun grown-up vacation.
Take the expansive Orlando World Center Marriott, for instance. The resort promises an action-packed getaway — you don’t even have to wander out into the land of Mickey if you don’t want to! Set on 200 acres in central Florida, the Orlando World Center Marriott contains over 2,000 guestrooms, 10 different styles of suites, and all the modern amenities and luxurious comforts one has come to expect from the Marriott brand. Most guestrooms and all suites offer patios and outdoor balconies, giving guests stunning views of the glorious resort and surrounding attractions.
Dining Like a Diva
On the premises there are endless options to satiate even the most discriminating
eaters, with nine different restaurants, plus room service. Mikado Japanese Steakhouse turns up the level of fun, cooking hibachi right at your table. Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen is a must-try during your stay, with fresh farm-to-fork dining and impressive “garden-to-glass” cocktails, to boot. Heartier fare can be found at Hawk’s Landing Steakhouse, which conveniently overlooks the 18th hole of Hawk’s Landing Golf Course.
Fun in the Sun
There is no shortage of outdoor activities for all while vacationing here. The lush Hawk’s Landing Golf Course covers 200 acres of the hotel’s property, and those seeking lessons can up their game at the Bill Madonna Golf Academy on premises. If you need a break from the tee, try your hand — er, foot — at foot golf, in which participants follow golf rules while using a soccer ball on the golf course. If you want a more rigorous workout, Orlando World Center Marriott boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center that many believe is one of the better hotel gyms. However, if leisure is more your speed, head to the Falls Pool Oasis, featuring multiple pools, a grotto-like hot tub, and three extreme waterslides, one of which is among the tallest and fastest resort slides in the state.
No trip is complete without a trip to the spa, and the Orlando World Center Marriott’s retreat is nothing to overlook! Don’t miss out on their “Around the World in Eighty Minutes” signature massage that includes a variety of different massage techniques and relaxation tricks to de-stress the body. Other treatments are also available, including aromatherapy, manicures, and pedicures, facials, and more. End your evening at “Light Up the Night,” an awesomely insane nightly show at the Falls Pool Oasis that combines music and lights for a visually stunning 13-minute show with state-of-the-art digital graphics. You can view the show from the comfort of your balcony, poolside, or even in the pool for a night swim. Forget what you think you know about Orlando being just an oasis for children. The Orlando World Center Marriott is one of the many spots that prove there’s more to discover beyond Cinderella’s castle.
Soaring to New Heights
Take a road less traveled when you make your way off property and discover what it’s like to skydive at iFly Orlando. Here, you can experience indoor skydiving, made possible by a giant wind tunnel, while your instructor guides you through your ride. This adventure is fun for both children and adults, and you’ll leave with tons of photos and videos from your ride, plus a giant smile. Not to mention a hankering to do it again!