Three of our favorite tropical resorts
Occasionally we run into resorts and hotels that leave such an impression we like to pass them along. These are not paid posts by any means (though if these resorts would like to thank us we would accept gladly). When we visit a resort or hotel and then consider passing them along we look at a number of things. But the most important are the following;
– Is it tropical themed or give a tropical vibe?
– Is it a good value?
– Did we have a good time or have we gotten word from someone this is a can’t miss resort?
With that in mind we have three resorts to mention in this installment. We will start in Orlando since two of the resorts are located there. The first is;
The Lowe’s Royal Pacific Resort (http://www.loewshotels.com/Royal-Pacific-Resort/) near Universal Studios – I know what you are thinking right away. That it can’t be good if it is a theme park hotel. But this is one of those few resorts that will amaze you. While the rooms could use some updating, the lobby and vibe of the hotel over all will make you forget you are at Universal Studios. Also the resort offers one of the best Asian fusion restaurants for a theme park we have visited. Emeril’s Tchoup Chop has awesome Asian fusion food for you to enjoy while on site and you never have to leave the resort. Reservations are suggested though as it does tend to be over booked most nights.If you want to leave though make sure to go to City Walk and visit Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and later stop by Bob Marley’s freedom experience. Both will transport you to the islands from the moment you walk in.
The second resort is The Gaylord Palms Resort (http://www.gaylordhotels.com/palms-home.html) in Orlando. This resort brings together the best of all of Florida’s charm in one lobby. With a Key West, St. Augustine and Everglades area you can wander the inside of the hotel and visit all three areas of Florida without ever walking outside. The rooms are spacious and amazing whether you have a view of Orlando or of the Atrium. You will pay a premium for the atrium view but it is well worth it. Check out the many shops, the pool and the grounds for a full day experience.
The third resort is in Palm Coast, Florida. Hammock Beach Resort (http://www.hammockbeach.com/) is a premium resort in a number of ways. This is the type of place you go for multiple days and spend the whole time in one place. They offer golfing on two Signature PGA courses, A water park that boasts a lazy river, plenty of beach to explore and more. The rooms are huge yet seem surprisingly affordable for the size and way they are decorated. We plan to go here soon and stay and enjoy the water park and beaches. But for now we will enjoy it vicariously through friends who are there.
So here are three excellent choices for the tropical vibe while staying in Florida where you can Relax or explore and make it a long weekend life.