Whether you want to wake up with views of zebra grazing on open plains or immerse yourself in the world of music, Florida has thought of it. With over 100 hotels to choose from, we’ve selected our favourite five within close proximity to all the major theme parks.
Coco Key Hotel and Waterpark
Located on Orlando’s iconic International Drive this family-friendly hotel is sure to be a hit with the kids. Boasting a one of a kind 54,000 square foot outdoor waterpark, hurtle down the hotel’s 14 waterslides across four tropical pools under a shaded canopy. When you’re not splashing around, the large arcade features plenty of entertainment for the little ones, while the buffet-style restaurant provides plenty of options for even the fussiest of eaters.
Free shuttle services will transport you to Universal Orlando Resort and Seaworld in minutes and the hop-on I-Ride Trolley provides quick access to Central Florida’s best shopping malls and theme parks.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Just five minutes from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, this superb family resort is themed around the Great American Northwest, offering a welcome natural retreat after a day exploring Orlando’s theme parks.
Hire a bike and explore the surrounding hiking trails, stopping for a picnic by the lake. You can also head through the pine-tree forest and relax on the manmade sandy beach. The Silver Creek Springs themed swimming pool acts as a central point to the hotel and features an erupting geyser, waterfalls and two hot tubs. The Native American design continues inside with a towering atrium held up by bundles of tree trunk, totem poles, roaring fireplaces and bedrooms dressed in tribal patterns.
Step back in time at the Universal Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Full of Americana from the 50s and 60s, this enormous resort will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into a time-machine. From vintage style bathroom amenities to TV shows and music from the era, Cabana Bay Beach Resort comes with all the trimmings.
Tuck into juicy burgers, pizza and thick shakes at the retro food court before trying your luck at a game of 10-pin bowling. You can end the afternoon relaxing on sunloungers around the two heated pools. All rooms are decked out in retro clashing blues and oranges, featuring flat-screen cable TV, while the spacious family suites also come with fully-equipped kitchenettes.
A taste of Africa at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge
The enormous 762 room Animal Kingdom Lodge is like a scene straight out of The Lion King, with herds of gazelle and giraffes roaming freely around the East-African style hotel’s 43 acre savannah.
Dark carved woods and African art work adorn the interior, from the three-store lobby right through to your thoughtfully designed room with views over the grassy plains. Kids will enjoy making crafts and playing games at Simba’s Clubhouse. They can spend evenings roasting marshmallows by a cracking campfire as the sun sets while adults take advantage of indulgent treatments at the Zahanati Massage & Fitness Centre.
Rock out at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal
From the underwater audio system in the pool to the Fender guitar lending library, honorary rockstars are invited to turn the volume up and immerse themselves in the party at this contemporary, rock-and-roll themed hotel.
Kids will have hours of fun at the kids’ club while those concerned about overdoing the pancakes at breakfast can work up a sweat at the extensive fitness centre. As honorary rockstars, guests will enjoy priority and unlimited access to the Universal theme parks meaning you can skip the queues all day before relaxing under your 100% cotton sheets in your stylish suite.
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