The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Unveils $30 Million Renovation

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes has unveiled its newly renovated guestrooms, pool, cabanas and Club Lounge as part of a $30 million update.

Due to be complete February 2021, the 582 guestrooms will offer added technology touchpoints, including higher-quality internet speed and more user-friendly outlet placements. Guests can expect upholstered wall panels, bedside lighting and globe-shaped cut-glass pendants dangling from the ceiling. The layered stone countertop minibar will have a cabinet design resembling a fishing basket and the room's custom furniture will comprise upholstered and wooden chairs, a stuffed couch and chaise lounge. Guest bathrooms will have a double vanity sink, marble flooring, a roomy tub with a shower and separate water closet.

Following the completion of the guest rooms, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes will also be renovating its pool and cabanas and the luxe Ritz-Carton Club Lounge, allowing guests to get together, relax and dine in a new modern space. The pool and lounge will be completed by March 2021.

Guests visiting the property later this month can experience the new weekend-long “Curated Experiences” at Grande Lakes. Designed for friends, families, couples and small groups, this series of experiences includes master classes, guided workshops, immersive demonstrations and more—all led by an array of chefs, winemakers, jewelers, artists and wellness experts.

About Grande Lakes Orlando: The 500-acre Grande Lakes Orlando estate includes the 582-room Ritz-Carlton and 1,000-room JW Marriott hotel located at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Guests at both hotels can enjoy all the facilities and services at Grande Lakes Orlando, including an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course and the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa, as well as three pools, including the lazy river at JW Marriott and new AquaCourse 360 interactive water feature.

There are 12 dining outlets to choose from, with a highlight being a new steak and seafood restaurant, Knife & Spoon, led by chef John Tesar. Other options include southern-inspired cuisine at Highball & Harvest and Mediterranean Italian at PRIMO led by multiple-time James Beard award-winning chef Melissa Kelly, a leader in the city's farm-to-fork movement. The resort sources ingredients from its on-site apiaries and 18,000-square-foot Whisper Creek Farm.

Additional on-property activities include Grande Lakes Sports Experiences, which offers kayaking, eco-tours on Shingle Creek, falconry, mountain biking and fishing school. Conference and meeting attendees have their pick of a selection of meeting space options located across 150,000 square feet that connects the two properties, plus more than 100,000 square feet of outdoor space.

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