Orlando triggers visions of themed characters, roller coasters and funnel cakes but actually, not every Orlando Resort has a character-themed environment. When my family traveled to Orlando recently we stayed at and Orlando golf resort: Omni at ChampionsGate. This luxury resort presents a tropical ambiance and appeals to the entire family and is only a short drive away from the theme parks (six miles from Disney World).
We’ve always loved Omni for their terrific service and family-friendly features. Upon check-in the kids received backpacks which are part of the Omni Kids Program. The bags held surprises such as toys, a water canteen (which can be refilled around the hotel), a flashlight and other kids items to keep the kids entertained throughout the stay.
The resort itself is neighbored by 1,200 acres of orange groves and wetlands, making Omni Orlando the perfect setting for its two world-class golf courses and The David Leadbetter Golf Academy headquarters which is equipped with some of the latest golf swing analysis technology. Golfers appreciate the complimentary Callaway practice facility with both a putting green and short game area. The golf carts are equipped with GPS Industries Informer yardage systems which can assist with skill improvement, PGA-type scoring and overall play enhancement.
While I could go on and on about the resort’s attractive golf offerings, I also want to tell you about this gorgeous and elegant hotel. For one, it’s huge. There are five restaurants, a gym, spa and 720 guest rooms, suites and villas. The rooms are modern, comfortable and quiet. We were lucky and received a room with a balcony which I highly recommend. Our view overlooked the outdoor recreational area and once you see it you won’t want to spend your time indoors. The pool area consists of a lazy river, swimming pools, a water slide, sand volley ball court and private cabanas complete with fans and TVs (see photo above left). Since we visited over the winter we didn’t get to enjoy the pools as much as we wanted but I can tell you staying here is one spectacular way to spend a vacation.
Every morning we enjoyed the breakfast buffet at Trevi’s. The staff was helpful and friendly and made an effort to get to know us. Not to mention the food was fresh, delicious and healthy.
Our final morning we were surprised to see a number of hot air balloons lifting off in the distance. Before long they were heading our way. I was thrilled the kids were getting the opportunity to see so many balloons in flight but it got better. One balloon cruised right by our room at eye level. As we stood on our balcony the passengers waved and shouted out “good mornings” and we did the same. It was a great way to end our memorable stay in Orlando but we’ll be back.