Quick! What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think “Orlando Vacation”? Probably that adorable mouse and all of his friends, right? Well, not so fast – there is more to Florida’s most popular destination than the Magic Kingdom (though that place is pretty fun too).
Our Creative Director, Erin L. Hubbs recently visited the Orlando World Center Marriott and had a blast – which as you will see, is a major compliment coming from this seasoned travel critic. Take a look at her itinerary and consider this option the next time you’re in this beautiful city.
Departure & Arrival Thursday
I left Charlotte a seasoned traveler holding tight to preconceived notions of the prearranged schedule but with relief of not having concern for ground transportation. My flight was late and I knew I would be stuck in the airport looking for a car service, I was mistaken. I received a text message from the car service that they were waiting on me. I was greeted by this representative of Orlando World Center Marriott holding an iPad with my name on it. I must admit, I felt famous for a second but promptly fell back into my preconceived notions of resort life. The driver took my bag and off we went to the hotel. When I arrived at check-in again I held tight to my resort perception and watched every move of the desk clerks and again they tricked me into resort life with happy faces and perfect individual welcomes. I kept thinking you can’t trick me I have read all the sales books I know all the tricks to making customers happy. I declined having my luggage delivered thinking they must have a spill on the 9th floor they don’t want me to see. Again I was wrong, once I opened my room door and immediately said out loud “ I absolutely understand why people select resorts…. so far”. I am a hard sell.
My evening resort destination was cocktails and appetizers in The Lobby Bar with a short walk to the on property restaurant Mikado Japanese Steakhouse. The flow, decor and spacial definition of the Lobby Bar was fantastic. The ceiling to floor window views included the newly designed pool, upper level lounge with fire pit and the atrium lobby. I enjoyed seasonal cucumber cocktails including appetizers but my sites were on Mikados. Having spent many celebrations going to Mikados Japanese Steakhouses I was again skeptical with the decor, noise level and entertainment factor. Again, Orlando World Center Marriott made me believe in booking a resort for my next vacation. The upper level walkway to Mikados greeted me with the view of Japanese themed constructed installations and outdoor seating areas. When entering the restaurant I was greeted with additional stunning decor including private dinner spaces. These private dinner spaces are a must and interacting with the Chefs was encouraged. The menu offered was vast but I selected steak and shrimp stir fry. The chefs entertained us while the staff of Orlando World Center chatted about the property and our exciting adventures on and off property ahead. Later this evening we indulged in Decadent Desserts reception in the Pastry Kitchen. Entering the Pastry Kitchen just past the onsite herb garden I was excited to wonder off and to interview the culinary staff. I discovered Orlando World Center roasts its own blend of coffee, hand makes each item in house and one staff member when asked “Whats the most of one item your team has made for one event”, to my surprise it was 5000 Creme Brûlée.
When returning to my suite a lovely gift was inside of fresh lemon spirits, chocolates and my favorite a monogramed canvas tote bag with poolside lounging towel.
The following morning after breakfast of coffee and breakfast bar in Bright Beginnings restaurant we met in the lobby for a fun morning of Indoor Skydiving. I have always wanted to skydive so this was risk free and a perfect way to enjoy the experience of flight. With a short trip from the hotel my group left and discussed what an amazing evening we had while my concern was with ‘Will my blouse flutter properly in the photos to share later’. Entering IFly I promptly discovered my blouse fabric flow would never have a chance I was destined for a flight suit, goggles and helmet for safety and instructor control. After signing the necessary paperwork we climbed the tower and began the exciting process of learning how to fly. I did not want to leave and recommend IFly for everyone. To continue our entertainment we attended a culinary team building exercise in Hawks Landing Steakhouse on property. During this experience my culinary skills were boosted with my name monogramed on a new crisp chefs apron while secretly I knew everything I bake generally turns to scones. We broke into teams with chefs to make an entire menu provided by Hawks Landing. It was fantastic as each team member took to task laughing and enjoying each others company with the Chefs. I am proud and was slightly relieved to say I was selected to chop cucumbers for the salad as I joked and explained I call myself a Faux Chef while wiping as much cucumber juice on my new apron as possible to ensure a real chef look.
Having time and remembering I was skeptical of Resorts I toured the property alone to discover why I would never stay in a resort. I walked the outdoor exercise path it was tropical nature at it best. I explored the convention center as it has the largest ball room in the United States and I certainly need to see this. I also explored a setup for a convention in progress. I visited the shopping plaza, additional pools, fitness & spa pavilions to review the products and menus available. Again, I understood why selecting a resort was a great getaway choice.
Later this evening on property we dined “Farm to Fork” style in Siro Urban Italian Restaurant private dining room. I was presented with seasonal creations such as 100 Layer Lasagna, Broiled Squab & Roasted Lamb Belly pared with custom cocktails tailored to enhance each coarse. As each season changes the regional foods also change and this is a perfect way to understand how Italians dine in Italy. Everything is fresh in season and selected daily. Returning to my room I was spoiled again with gifts made onsite of Roasted Coffee, Cold Brew Coffee, Pastry treats and a fun golf visor for the following days activities.
Saturday we met in the private dining room of Bright Beginnings and dined on fresh breakfast items including Bloody Marys. Keep in mind I do not like tomato juice but they looked delicious and I enjoyed watching everyone create them as I sipped on my fresh roasted coffee and orange juice.
We promptly left for Hawks Landing and our on property Bill Madonna Golf Academy lesson. I listened to every tip, formula and even took to the task of swinging a club and hitting the balls. I must admit my hand to eye coordination is trained to sight as a photographer and the Bill Madonna formula I learned actually broke this and I hit a ball pretty far. I was please to hit a ball or two but once my charm bracelet got in the way I knew I need to refocus my thoughts of being resort skeptic. I watch each player enjoy the tips and lessons and even was encouraged to continue my lesson by the instructor as they see & encourage potential in everyone. Again blowing my resort myth. Upon returning to the main pavilion at Hawks Landing I decided to investigate products available and in truth whats fashionable. What are the brands, colors, and fabrics. I asked this question and discovered the staff knew everything about the latest in golf technology and fashion. We even joked about how branding changes rapidly. Again, I was disappointed with these happy knowledgable golf professionals and full stocked golf store.
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For lunch I joined the media team to enjoy pool side activities including a lunch of roasted pork, fresh coconuts & great conversation with staff and the media.
Later this evening I had Cocktails & Dinner in The International Suite on the 28th Floor. Prior to my arrival I was a convert to resorts and this secured my new desire to book resorts for my personal travel. Understand the flow of the evening I had to bring this experience to the Style viewers via social media. This Suite has hosted royalty and I understand why. With multiple bedrooms, marble bathrooms with dressing areas including a living lounge and outdoor wrap balcony with sweeping views of Orlando it was a must. Our menu included shrimp and oysters, fresh garden salad, cauliflower soup with fraugra, veal on a bed of creamed spinach topped with lobster. We took a break from this amazing suite to Light Up the Night with the nightly poolside lazer light show. The evening pool activities are a must for everyone. When we returned we were greeted with fresh pastries and chocolates for the culinary kitchen. We topped this evening off with enjoyable conversations and music in suite.
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My final morning at Orlando World Center Marriott I woke up with my head on my monogrammed pillow and realized it was over. My new found love for resorts was secure and now I had to leave. For breakfast I visited Bright Beginnings restaurant and maybe I looked sad because my waitress chatted me up. I took a final look at the brilliant design of the main pool and drug my feet to the elevator because I needed to close my suitcase with all my new gifted items. When it was time concierge contacted me as my car service was available and again I was greeted by my driver with an iPad with my name on it. Orlando World Center Marriott resort from the time I touched down to the moment I departed converted me to the understanding everyone can feel famous if only for a brief moment
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Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821