Grande Lakes Orlando

by | Feb 9, 2024 | Where to Play

Grande Lakes Orlando, one of Central Florida’s top luxury resort destinations, is bringing a slate of new experiences for guests in 2024.  Through  new events and programming, curated partnerships, enhancements to amenities and sustainably-minded culinary offerings, Grande Lakes Orlando is an ideal destination for those wanting to combine luxury in a relaxed, family-friendly environment.

In addition, guests can take advantage of the resort’s popular overnight packages available all year,  including the “Grande Escape Package,” which provides a $50 daily resort credit and complimentary parking and the “Family Escape Package,” which includes connecting rooms for large families and complimentary parking.

Here’s a closer look:

New Dining Experiences

This year marks the 10th anniversary of one of my favorite Orlando eateries – the signature Southern-inspired Highball & Harvest. On Feb. 25,  the restaurant will host Brunch at Birdie’s, a special brunch where diners can enjoy unique cocktails, live entertainment and bring their dogs to socialize.


Highball & Harvest

The MICHELIN-recommended PRIMO will introduce new interactive classes exclusive to Grande Lakes Orlando, including an Art of Pizza Class, where guests will begin by touring the onsite garden to collect ingredients and then prepare their own fresh pizza. Additionally, PRIMO will offer a Primo Mixology Classwhere visitors can learn the tools of the trade and make cocktails with fresh ingredients.

Throughout 2024, Grande Lakes Orlando will continue to showcase its commitment to culinary excellence and sustainable cooking concepts across its 12 world-class and award-winning dining concepts, including with the recently introduced Green Menu at the One-MICHELIN-Star Knife & Spoon.

The resort prides itself on showcasing rotating seasonal menus and specials to showcase seasonal flavors, local Florida businesses and originative culinary experiences for guests and locals alike, utilizing fresh bounties from the on-property, organic Whisper Creek Farm.


Grande Lakes Orlando encourages guests to take advantage of its recently introduced partnerships across the sprawling property, including the Fifth Avenue Club at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue. The Ritz-Carlton is the only luxury Orlando resort with an exclusive Club Lounge featuring food and beverage presentations and access to special occasions, including opportunities to get a first look at Dior and Bottega Veneta’s latest lines during the Club Lounge’s “Thursdays with Saks” events.

Additionally, guests can receive a range of new experiences at the Ritz-Carlton Spa – regarded as one the top spas in Florida.

Grande Lakes Orlando also encourages guests to immerse themselves in aquatic adventures through its recently introduced partnership with Coastal Wake, the luxury wake-sport charter tour, which provides active water experiences including wakeboarding, wake surfing, tubing and more throughout the resort’s natural waterways.

Hidden in the heart of Orlando – but away from hustle and bustle of the theme park areas – Grande Lakes Orlando  features a 582-room Ritz-Carlton and 1,010-room JW Marriott. The resort includes The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Tennis Club, featuring  a Greg Noman-designed golf course that annually hosts PNC Championship.  The course is a terrific resort-style layout and an outstanding caddie program that makes it a fun walk

Grand Lakes Orlando restaurants source fresh ingredients from Whisper Creek Farm, an on-property 18,000-square-foot working farm, as well as on-site apiaries. The resort features a wide array of additional activities, such as kayaking, eco-tours on Shingle Creek, falconry, mountain biking and fishing school.

Conference and meeting attendees have their pick of meeting space options located across 150,000 square feet, plus more than 100,000 square feet of outdoor space.

Photos Courtesy of Grande Lakes Orlando


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Steve Pike

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World, and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the website for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa, and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California.