Orlando World Center Marriott
By Ronda M. Parag
There are plenty of exciting things to do in Orlando, besides all the theme parks. Be in the center of all the action at the Four-Diamond Orlando World Center Marriott. With a recent multimillion dollar renovation including 120 of the guest rooms, meeting spaces, pool area and a new restaurant, Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen, the property serves as a great stay for a weekend escape. With more than 2,000 rooms, the hotel thrives on the convention business, but also caters to leisure guests with all its extra amenities. Families of all ages will find plenty to do.
The Falls Pool Oasis and the Kid’s Activity Zone offer fun and thrills for everyone. As part of the new enhancements, the 104-step Icon Slide Tower features two 200-ft winding water slides and one 90-ft speed slide. Forbes ranked the pool as one of the “world’s coolest hotel pools.” For the toddler set, the Splash Zone offers a zero-entry pool, playground and Kid’s Activity Zone. There are plenty of tiered sunning decks and chairs to relax and recharge, with The Poolside Bar and Grill offering a delicious option for lunch.
Ideal for families are the ever-changing activities and events at the Kids Activity Center. From LEGOLAND® themed events and Gatorland animal appearances to arts and crafts, there are plenty activities to entertain the youngsters. For gamers, the video arcade offers both old-school games and the latest Xbox, PlayStation, Wii and iPads.
For those seeking a bit of fitness and sport during the trip, the Orlando World Center Marriott offers a 24 hour a day fitness center, four tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts and a basketball court. A great way to spend the morning is on the Robert E. Culp III 18 hole golf course. If your game needs a bit of improvement, a lesson at the Bill Madonna Golf Academy is guaranteed to improve your game, regardless of your skill level. Instructor Bill Madonna is a patient teacher and has proven techniques to improve your game. Madonna is consistently ranked by Golf Magazine as one of the “Top 100 teachers in America.”
Be sure to schedule some “me” time at the Spa. From body treatments, manicures and pedicures to signature massages, be transformed into a state of bliss. Spa goers can also enjoy a private spa pool, whirlpool and a steam room. While there is really no need to leave the resort to find fun, two romantic and exhilarating options are a balloon ride with Orlando Balloon Adventures, or the Richard Petty Driving Experience. It certainly makes for an early morning, but watching a glorious sunrise from a floating balloon basket is not to be missed. A need for speed can be satisfied with a drive or ride in a NASCAR Race Car.
Foodies can rejoice with the numerous on-site restaurants and dining options created by the talented chefs at Orlando World Center Marriott. Hawk’s Landing Steakhouse delivers prime, dry-aged beef, local seafood and a great wine selection. The teppan-yaki chefs at Mikado Japanese Steakhouse offer an interactive table side preparation of delicious entrees of steak, seafood, chicken and vegetables. The newest dining from Executive Chef Anthony Burdo is Siro, a farm-to-fork concept featuring dishes inspired by locally sourced ingredients. The bar offers an extensive list of hand-crafted cocktails by the creative mixologists. M
For hotel reservations and special packages, visit
www.worldcentermarriott.com or call 1.800.380-7931.
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July 31, 2017