The Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes • Orlando

Simply hearing the words “Ritz-Carlton” sets the tone for a luxurious and pampered  experience. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes will surely not disappoint. Set among 500 acres of tropical gardens and bordered by scenic Shingle Creek, this distinctive property boasts 582 superbly appointed guest rooms, suites and Club Level accommodations.

There’s an impressive dozen dining options: Highball and Harvest featuring southern inspired cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails; NORMAN’S by Chef Norman Van Aken serves the James Beard winning Maestro’s “New World” cuisine; and Primo highlights ingredients from the own hotel’s organic garden and local farms.

Try the 18-hole Greg Norman-signature golf course; or 40,000-square-foot spa with 40 treatment rooms, fitness center, outdoor lap pool, spa café and full salon; or take an Eco-Tour of nearby fishing and bird habitats. Naturally, there are always plenty of supervised activities inside and out for the young ones.

Visit: 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando; 407-206-2400;