Orlando is generally not a place associated with rest and relaxation. Think again. The Grand Dame of a resort, The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is just that, and more. You know you have arrived as soon as you pull into the grand entrance.
The superbly trained staff greets you and whisks you off into another world of luxury, gentility and tranquility. Their slogan, “Live Unforgettable” is truly that. Each experience at the resort is better than the last. It is truly about the details. The interaction of the staff, all are obviously very well trained, pleasant and never obtrusive.
The suites are stunning, spacious and perfect for a family luxury getaway or even for couples. As you gaze out the window, overlooking the pools, the golf course, and beyond to the theme parks in the distance, you realize that this is a place quite special.
Evenings can be spent lounging in the sumptuous lobby bar, Peacock Alley, listening to the expert piano player’s wonderful repertoire from Classics to Disney to Jazz and more! The mixologist is superb and the atmosphere is Orlando meets NYC.
A must is the Bull and Bear- a classic haunt that is the grand dame of steakhouses. Named Diner’s Choice Top Restaurant by Hilton, the restaurant offers a menu featuring re-imagined steakhouse classics and trend-setting fare, including Fried Chicken, Escargot & Gnocchi, Pasta Explosion, Flaming Lobster on the Spit and its signature 32-Day Dry-Aged Tomahawk Rib Eye.
The super decadent creme brulee is flambe and truly sensational!
The spa was nothing short of divine nirvana. Offering luxurious therapies, soothing environments and unique client-centric approach to well-being all unify to create an elevated state of rejuvenation and renewal.
My treatment was a 50 minute Himalayan hot stone massage. The environment was so blissfully peaceful, it was hard to remember what the actual stress stood for. The massage therapist was just the perfect blend of host, therapist and relaxologist!
Spend a few hours in the tranquility room, an escape for the media storm that bombards our lives and be present in the moment, that is what true relaxation should be.
The sublime pool area is perfect for fun, relaxing and spending a resort day just enjoying the view. We were truly pampered with a luxurious cabana, with flat screen tv, fridge, lounge area, and private space. The only way to enjoy the pool. The staff relished us with fine service, chilled fruit plates on demand, water fresh and waiting to prevent our parched throats. The day was spent letting the world go by, watching the clouds in the sky in a state of pure relaxation.
The kids seemed to be having a great time as well- with iconic pool rafts in the shape of unicorns and giant rubber ducks!
Back at the suite, we were treated to a wonderful view of the sunset and towards the end of the evening, fireworks from the nearby theme parks. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Sadly, our excursion had to come to an end. The exceptional surroundings, views, amenities and service was truly memorable. The Waldorf Astoria brand is true to it’s roots; storied, elegant, timeless and beautiful.