The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes: Stay for Free
Travelling with children can be a challenge; traveling with children at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes is like hitting the easy button. The staff here walk the delicate balance between accommodating children and becoming a play gym. With dignity intact, they provide experiences that thrill kids while maintaining a civilized atmosphere for the grown ups.
While many hotels offer a children’s program of sorts, few go to the effort that one finds here and Grande Lakes. The Kid’s Programs, designed for children 4-14 has not only a huge range of supervised activities, it has pets; and truly very few things in this world are more exciting to your average 5-year-old than a fat bunny they can pet. Keeping with an ecological theme activities are designed to not only amuse but to educate, with fish feeding, butterfly release program and art projects including lessons about environmental awareness and caretaking. And all families at the resort can drop their children off for 2 hours a day (additional cost for extra) so that the parents can enjoy some downtime to themselves.
A significant perk to staying at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is that the adjoining resorts, Marriott Grande Lakes and Marriott Reserve have reciprocal privileges, meaning guests have access to 3 times the facilities that one might expect. So while Ritz-Carlton has a lap pool, guests also have access to the lazy rivers, splash pad, and waterslides at the neighboring resorts. Similarly, while the Ritz-Carlton has three restaurants the options swell to 11 when you factor in the offers next door.
Another shared resource that the guest at Ritz-Carlton have access to is the Greg Norman designed golf club. Built to demonstrate that golf courses can be sound ecological stewards the club was won numerous awards for its environmental efforts. The wildlife is plentiful; it is likely that the golfer on this par 72 may catch sight of a heron or a deer. Wetlands, cypress and old oak trees are all protected here and lend their beauty to the surroundings.
For the non-golfers, Ritz-Carlton offers a 40,000 square foot spa with over 40 different treatment rooms. For those seeking more active pursuits the resort offers multiple types of eco-excursions; everything from from fly fishing to hiking. And of course the lounge chairs poolside and many and exceedingly comfortable.
Many Orlando trips are taken with the intention of visiting one of the many destination parks. The Ritz-Carlton offers a complimentary shuttle to the Disney parks, however they are not often so it is a good idea to find the schedule and plan accordingly. Self parking and valet parking are also available.
Members of the Marriott rewards program or Starwood Preferred Guest program can link accounts to transfer any points toward being used at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande resort. Points can also be accrued by using the Ritz-Carlton Visa credit card. And as Ritz-Carlton is a member of many airline reward programs remember to show your membership and gain points to be used towards your transportation.
Stay at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes for Free
The Marriott Rewards credit card currently has an 80,000 point signup bonus. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes cost 40,000 points per night so you’d have enough points for a FREE weekend getaway. They also have a cash + points option where you’re able to redeem fewer points and get a lower cash rate than the regular rack rate. The basic room would cost you about $825 for the 2 nights making the Marriott Credit Card an exceptional value if you redeemed your points for a free stay at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. In addition to the 80,000 points needed for a basic room, they also have upgrade options available.
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