Today we’re taking you on a little trip for a domestic destination wedding. Florida is the most popular place to travel for stateside “I do’s,” pair that with the Ritz Carlton and you’ve got a perfect nuptial blend. The Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is set a bit outside the city for that getaway feeling and sense of relaxation, but still close enough in proximity for it to be a convenient locale for travelers (and of course a big plus for those with kids taking time for a theme park filled vacation).
A sprawling property, this place has it all for that big family, ballroom wedding but away from home nonetheless. Eleven exquisite restaurants, 500+ hotel rooms and suites, a mega spa with incredible indulgences (think citrus-inspired treatments) for your bridal party, and of course, a Greg Norman-signature golf course for the guys.
The resort certainly feels like a fortress, one with the finest amenities, lavish suites, and great service in my stay experience. It’s the perfect place for a family who wants a bit more formal affair but the couple wants to get out of town and hit the road too. An ideal marriage of the two without breaking the bank of your guests to get there.
Whether permitting, we love the outdoor spaces of this resort, though there are three main level ballrooms too should you opt to go inside. Either way, be sure to schedule some sun time poolside with your personal pool concierge.
Flowers girls and ring bearers? Don’t forget out the Ritz Kids program which in this locale can mean fly fishing, lady bug release and kayaking. Can I be a kid?
Into an eco-adventure? They’ve got that too! Brush up on your skills at the Ritz Carlton’s fly fishing school, get out into the wilderness in a private eco-tour on Shingle Creek and the Everglades, or enjoy an afternoon hike with a crew or just for two.
And don’t forget, if you’re jetting off to the sunshine state, you’re not too far from the Caribbean for that intimate tropical honeymoon after your grand “I do’s” at Grande Lakes!
When to Go: High season is March to April, mid-June to mid-August, mid-December to early January – we suggest avoiding those kid-friendly vacation times if you can (better rates in the shoulder season and fewer crowds if you do venture to the parks).