Where Magic Meets Luxury: The Four Seasons Orlando

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Only a hop, skip, and chariot ride away from the most magical place on earth is the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. Awarded as Central Florida’s first and only AAA Five Diamond property, every room offers spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom, there are international fine dining experiences, and plenty of fun for the family or for adults looking to rediscover their inner child.

The Four Seasons Orlando is more than a specially curated 5-star hotel, the entire resort sits on 26-acres of land, five of which offer plenty of lakes and woodland to wander, while the rest include a private waterpark, an adult-only pool, an 18-room spa, a Tom Fazio golf course, three Har-Tru tennis courts, and six restaurants. The entire resort boasts a sprawling 443-rooms that are especially designed to be family friendly with the largest accommodation being the Royal Suite that comprises a 9-bedroom residence. Standard rooms come with a king sized bed and a memory foam sleeper sofa which is perfect for smaller families. There are also connecting room options that are perfect for larger families who desire their own spaces. Rooms are technically equipped with iPads for guests to easily order room service or communicate any and all needs to staff. A popular room feature is the in-mirror televisions within the bathrooms so guests can enjoy catching up on their favorite shows while indulging in a long, hot bath. As if the Four Seasons wasn’t already perfect, Park View rooms come specially equipped with Plum wine dispensers where wine-lovers can enjoy a glass of red or white at their fingertips.

 

As tempting as it may be to stay inside a room so luxurious, there is a whole world right outside your doorstep. There’s nothing better than catching some rays by the pool under the Orlando sun, or guests can venture out and enjoy Explorer Island, a 5-acre water park with plenty of family friendly activities. We suggest setting aside an entire day for Explorer Island as it’s buzzing with activity including: a lazy river, family pool, climbing walls, beach volleyball, basketball, and bocce courts, outdoor movie nights, oversize checkers, and so much more. Don’t forget to check out The Drop, a 200-foot water slide that is verified as a kid and adult favorite, and if adult-only time is needed visit The Oasis with its adult-only infinity pool lined with private cabanas.

While it is located near the magic kingdom, a stay at the Four Seasons Orlando can be as Disney themed as guests prefer. The resort offers private transportation to any of the famed theme parks with early entry advantages. Breakfast with a favorite character can be arranged as well as private meet and greets. For adults who want some magic but also want to avoid family activities there are a myriad of options to indulge in such as adults-only pool and bar areas, golfing, world-class dining, relaxing in one of the six couples treatment rooms at the Four Seasons’ spa, or taking in views from the balconies inside select rooms.

 

One of the most notable highlights of staying at the Four Seasons Orlando is the fine dining. Capa is a spanish-inspired rooftop steakhouse and bar located on the 17th floor of the hotel where diners can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Disney Fireworks show while toasting over a handcrafted gin and tonic. Featuring an open kitchen and contemporary luxe dining room, guests can watch the chefs craft every plate of seafood and woodfired prime cuts. Boasting a menu of both small and large plates diners should indulge in specialties like the porterhouse steak, pulpo which is a small plate of grilled octopus, or cerdo which is beer brined pork belly with apple butter and pistachio jazz. Chef Gabriel Massip has created an understated yet incredibly sophisticated menu at Capa. Capa is also named among the best 100 Wine Restaurants in the U.S. by Wine Enthusiast magazine. As a special treat, Capa hosts a live guitarist every Wednesday and Saturday night, instantly creating an intimate ambiance. 

Ravello is an Italian restaurant located on the ground floor of the Four Seasons. As soon as diners walk in they are transported to a quaint villa in the italian countryside where floor to ceiling arched windows, an open patio, and lush, arched trellises create a naturally relaxing environment. Ravello is a great place to stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The dinner menu consists of classic dishes like burrata, specialty pizza, roasted branzino, and braised short rib. However, the highlight of the menu is the veal ravioli. Stuffed with perfectly cooked, tender veal, ricotta, and spinach, topped with wild mushroom, truffle essence, and fresh parmesan, the perfectly al dente snap of the pasta and pillowy textures of veal and cheese come together and create the perfect bite. Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi and Sous Chef Riccardo Sala, both of whom hail from their native Italy, make sure to incorporate the flavors of their home and create a menu for everyone to enjoy. Ravollo also has a special demonstration kitchen where groups and families can reserve a cooking class and learn how to prepare delectable eats from one of Ravollo’s experienced chefs.

One of our favorite lunch spots on the property was definitely PB+G, which stands for pool, bar and grill. While taking in the enchanting views of a lake with its sparkling fountain, guests can enjoy a light lunch with fresh, light dishes like fresh tuna poke, fish tacos, and veggie burgers and an extensive list of refreshing cocktails and drinks. Also nearby, hungry guests can find Plancha, a Cuban-American restaurant that offers fusions of Floridian ingredients and traditional Cuban dishes to create meals like a classic Cuban sandwich, blackened fish sandwich, churrasco, or citrus glazed salmon. 

 

Diners with a sweet tooth should not miss out on any of the heavenly desserts and pastries that are prepared by Executive Pastry Chef, Rabii Saber. Saber oversees all of the sweets sold across the resort’s six restaurants, and is also a master chocolatier, and a tenured Four Seasons chef with over 10 years of experience creating hand-crafted desserts. While most of his desserts incorporate fresh fruit, Saber’s special skill is in creating chocolate sculptures that  are popular for weddings and parties hosted by the resort. Inspired by holidays in his native Morocco, Saber recalls helping his mother create special holiday sweets using ingredients like honey and almonds. Since 2000, Saber has bounced around taking on roles as executive pastry chef under other internationally renowned chefs like Top Chef Michael Voltaggio and master patissier Frederic Monti among others. 

The Four Seasons Orlando Resort is a massive property, with a whole world of its own to explore that is perfect for singles, couples, all-adult trips, family trips, parties, and weddings. The resort is created to allow guests to indulge in any aspect of resort life they prefer, whether its relaxation, adventure, dining, amusement, imagination, or whimsy, here you’ll find it all.

By Rosy Alvarez

A Brooklyn girl with big cups of coffee and even bigger dreams.

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