Orlando is home to some of the United States’ most exotic resorts, drawing on inspiration from nearby Walt Disney World and Paramount Studios. With the city’s famous beaches, the clear blue Atlantic and sun most days of the year, water plays a huge role in Orlando life as well. Many hotels have taken advantage of this to implement truly unique pools and water features designed especially for their properties.
WorldQuest Orlando Resort
The WorldQuest Orlando Resort is built for people looking to partake in the various attractions in the area, offering specials for Sea World, Gatorland, Universal Studios, Disney World and Wet ‘N’ Wild. The property itself offers plenty to do, and one of the highlights is the large, custom outdoor pool. The pool sprawls across the center of the property, coming up to the bounds of a natural marsh that feels almost like a continuation of the organically-shaped pool itself. The pool area is adorned with lush tropical vegetation as well as ample umbrellas and lounge chairs.
Grande Lakes Marriott
The Grande Lakes Marriott is a large-scale Orlando resort with multiple restaurants, bars and lounges, sports activities and special events. It is also very family friendly, with programs just for children and daycare options available. One of its most notable features is its extensive water complex. In addition to a more traditional hotel pool, the Grande Lakes Marriott includes an enormous lazy river with dozens of twists and turns, small lagoons and a myriad of small waterfalls. Guests can swim in any of the various lagoons or float along the lazy river on a slow-paced excursion that will take them from one end of the complex to the other.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
One of Disney World’s resorts, the Yacht Club is located on the actual grounds of Walt Disney World. The resort itself is perfect for families, with the small touches Disney World adds to all of its signature properties, like character-driven memorabilia, games for kids and discounts to many nearby attractions. The pool area at the Yacht Club is one of its major draws; covering more than three acres, it’s one of the largest in Orlando. There are three traditional pools and a larger, irregularly-shaped pool frequented by children and families. This pool sits under the shade of a large windmill and features a recreated shipwreck to explore as well as a massive water slide.
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
The Waldorf Astoria in Orlando is a luxury resort located on nearly 500 acres near Bonnet Creek, on the outskirts of Orlando. Everything about the property is built around the idea of solitude and pampering guests – from the spacious guest rooms to the six restaurants on site. The hotel pool itself is not as unique as some in Orlando – but the pool area is a very sophisticated, technologically-advanced lounge. Individual cabanas ring the pool, large enough for eight people, and come fully stocked with everything from nose plugs and sunscreen to wireless Internet and HD televisions. Two of the property’s restaurants service the pool area, with individual attendants serving up everything from fruit platters to cocktails to full meals.
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