Four Seasons Orlando: A friendly resort for the whole family

Four Seasons Orlando

One of the main reasons why people come to Orlando is to pay a visit to the incredible world of Disney. With several theme parks and resorts, there are plenty of options for you and the family. Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World® sets out to offer you the best of both worlds, you still get all the luxuries of a Four Seasons property with the added magic of Disney sprinkled around the grounds and other entertainment for all ages. Once you step foot inside Four Seasons Orlando, you may even want to skip a day at Disney to maximize it all at @FSOrlando! As they say, this is where luxury meets magic. If you fancy a few nights stay here, check out Four Seasons availabilities on their website or compare prices on Agoda.

Four Seasons Orlando

 

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How to get around from the property

The Four Seasons Orlando is located straight in the middle of Walt Disney World and isolated in a secluded and quiet area on the Walt Dinner property. All the Disney parks (Magical Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot) can be seen from the property and you are at the ideal position to watch any fireworks show, but that’s another story.

Looking over the sunset from the room balcony
Fireworks captured from our balcony

The best way to get around from the Four Seasons has to be either Uber or you can use the complimentary transportation to all the theme parks provided by Four Seasons. The Disney theme parks are great at providing transportation in between their theme parks and associated resorts so it will never be a problem to get around. Note that if you want to go to the outlets, it is actually not that far but you will have to arrange your private transportation.

The Disney experience

If you are a big fan of Disney, you can benefit from the unique magical Disney experience that can only be found exclusively at the Four Seasons Orlando. We are speaking here of the character breakfast during which you can meet Goofy and some special guests but also in-room celebrations that can be arranged upon arrival to the room to surprise your kids. This can be from princesses to pirates, the Four Seasons team can arrange any special Disney theme for your loved one. The Disney Planning Center at reception is also available to organize your entire Disney experience to be a seemless journey. Consult this page for more details.

Dining at Four Seasons Orlando

We were treated to some culinary delights on our first night by eating at Ravello. The candlelit mood had us ready to dine and we were treated to a range of the best chef’s recommendations. We had the following meals at our dinner and they are all definitely to recommend you to take if you ever end up here:

  • Sea Scallops with Roasted Zucchini, onion jam and tomato.
  • Pomodoro e Burrata
  • Heirloom tomatoes, delicious burrata cheese and balsamic drizzle
  • Mini Pizza Alla Salsiccia with homemade Italian sausage, pepperoni, cured ham, mozzarella and basil oil
  • Pasta/ Strozzapreti lunghi Gali spinach
  • Shrimp, Pinot grigio sauce, crispy guanciale, roasted tomatoes and Sicilian oregano
  • Manzo, a dry aged rib eye containing fabrizos rub, grilled asparagus, roasted potatoes and Chianti sauce
Four Seasons Orlando, Open Kitchen Concept at Ravello
Open Kitchen Concept at Ravello

Like all the facilities in the Four Seasons, the attention to detail by the staff was exceptional in their knowledge of the menu and the service was top notch. We enjoyed a lunch at PB&G, an international cuisine restaurant right in the middle of the property and overlooks the serene lake. It is a peaceful spot to have a feed with a great view. If you’re looking for a snack, then make sure you try the pretzels with beer cheese, it went down a treat!

Four Seasons Orlando

The Lobby bar is a great place to have a strong drink and if you like, enjoy the firework display in the evening from here. The choice of liquor here is the 25-year-old Macallan Whisky or the Fireball. Lickety Split is the sweet tooth coffee shop located on the second level right beside the lobby. They have a great range of coffee and gelato, try the birthday cake and cookies and cream.

Four Seasons Orlando

The Ravello breakfast was one of the many highlights of our stay at the Four Seasons. Every Thursday and Saturday everyone who eats there gets the opportunity to meet Goofy and his pals – Mickey and Minnie! Make sure you book the Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals in advance as it is high in demand! They bring happiness not only to the kids dressed up as Disney characters but also to the adults enjoying breakfast. You can get photos with them all if you also like.

On our last night, to celebrate valentines day, we booked into the Capa Restaurant, the Spanish/ Steakhouse up on the 17th floor overlooking the property and all the Disney fireworks. After sampling some local beers we got straight into the tapas and small plates. The octopus and the dates were our personal favourites on the menu. Who doesn’t love dates wrapped in bacon? We shared a 16oz Ribeye as our main and it was cooked to perfection. Sometimes it is hard to get the right temperature for a steak but the team at Capa perfected it. To top it all off, we were sat down in time to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks as we ate our starters. There is a balcony out the front so everyone can walk out and enjoy the spectacle.

Four Seasons Orlando Capa
Capa restaurant

Four Seasons Orlando Capa

Four Seasons Orlando Capa
The meat and dates are our top two

Facilities at the Four Seasons Orlando

This property is the biggest Four Seasons in the portfolio in terms of the number of rooms. It is no doubt the Four Seasons property with the most things to do to keep yourself entertained. From a pool view room, you can secure yourself the opportunity to watch the fireworks from the comfort of the balcony. We made sure to spend some time at the Explorer Island which is like a kids paradise, even big kids like us too! The Explorer Island has a swimming pool in the middle which looks more like a castle than a waterpark. The Splash Zone area has two water slides at the top of the castle which kept Thuymi and I entertained several times over. There is a full sized Basketball court and Volleyball court to keep everyone active for a good dose of vitamin D. There is another pool with a Basketball set up and a billiard table that is accessible. There is an immense family pool that also plays dive in movies according to the activities schedule. They rotate these movies a few times a week and play a range of favourite Disney movies for adults and kids alike.

Winding around the outdoor area is the gentle Lazy river. A 10-minute circuit, the lazy river takes you on a gentle ride (with an inflatable to lie down on) and you can hop off any time you want.

All you adults worrying about kids being around, no stress, there is an adults only pool that is a great place to get away from it all. The attendants at the pool instantly greet you with towels, cold drinks and beds to relax the day away. At this Oasis pool, you can order food, drinks and anything else you need and there are also cabanas to escape the sun. You do not even need suncream anywhere on the property as they provide it along with wipes for your sunglasses. Our tip is to make sure you are at the pool for sunset as the adjoining lake has an incredible reflection and the colours in the sky are some of the most brilliant we have seen.

Four Seasons Orlando
Relaxing at the adults-only pool, overlooking the calm mini lake

The Hideout area is a place full of games and is specially designed to keep the kids entertained. But like all things here at Four Seasons, you feel like a big kid and end up playing some games as well. From four-player Pac-Man to the original Sega Mega-drive, Mario Cart, Battleships, Uno and Connect 4, there are dozens of different games to keep you occupied as long as you want.

Health & Wellness at Four Seasons Orlando

We always look at the quality of the gym when we visit hotels as fitness is something that we are passionate about. The fitness facilities and aerobics room are decked out with every bit of equipment you will need to do a workout and they also have complimentary fitness classes. These classes happen every morning as the sun is rising so if you are an early riser, then hum down to take part in the sessions with qualified instructors. I was able to complete my complicated workouts with rowing machines, stairs and heavy dumbbells.

 

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To celebrate our Valentines Day, we booked in a Couple Massage at the Spa on the Lower level. They told us to get there a bit earlier to enjoy the facilities but we had no idea what we were coming to. We walked in and were blown away by every single corner of the spa facilities. There were big couches to relax, plenty of snacks, chocolate, fireplaces and natural light to sit down and relax before your massage. If the waiting room is not your thing, you can head straight into the lockers where you will find a steam room, rainforest shower, hot-tub, toilets, showers and ice wash. We had a peaceful 50-minute massage with relaxing lavender oils and expert masseuses. They asked plenty of questions to focus on sore and tight spots.

Four Seasons Orlando Spa
Men and women section are separate for the spa which is connected to the change room and spa facilities
Four Seasons Orlando Spa
The waiting area is splendid. After your massage, you will be escorted here for chocolate and tea!

The resort also has an 18-hole Golf course wrapped around it and guests are welcome to play on the course whenever they decide to book it. The Tranquilo course also hosts an LPGA event this year so you know the course is quality. If you do not want to have a full round and just enjoy a hit, there is a practice facility that you are welcome to book.

Rooms at Four Seasons Orlando

There are 443 rooms in the property and we took a room facing the golf course and Oasis Adults pool. The room is a Park View Suite and is split into 2 sections. A living area with a full couch, outdoor and indoor seating with a coffee machine and wine on tap. Yes, that’s right, the room has a wine machine where you can buy a glass of wine and it just pours out for you, luckily for us, we are not big drinkers so we were not too tempted. There are two massive TV screens in the room and two bathrooms as well. In the main bathroom, there is a TV embedded within the mirror. One of the best features of the room is that we have a large balcony. From there we had our own view of the fireworks of all Disney parks. Make sure you spend a bit more to get a west facing room to see the property and fireworks.

Four Seasons Orlando

Four Seasons Orlando
The room has 2 bathrooms with their own showers

Four Seasons Orlando

Sustainability

Four seasons have several systems in place to increase environmental awareness and within the room, there are reusable cups and you can change linen whenever you wish. However, there was still the use of plastic bottles in the rooms and around the pool which is part of a plan by the Four Seasons group to change within the future. Many of the straws that were there were non-plastic which is a positive step in the right direction. Like most things sustainable, it all comes down to the consumer!

Our experience at the Four Seasons Orlando

We love staying at Four Seasons and the Orlando property was no exception. With perfect weather nearly every day and a massive variety of activities to keep us busy, we really felt like we did not want to leave. Even the day that it rained, there was a magical sunset to keep us happy. We did not go and visit Disney once while we stayed at the property but there was so much magic around the property that gave the feeling like we were at Disney anyway. If you have kids, they will be entertained for days here. Even if you do not have any kids, like us, we found ourselves discovering and doing something new around the property each day we spent there.

 

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