Hurray! Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is Now Open
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 4, 2014 /CNW/ -- Next to a pristine lake in the Florida
woodlands, the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
combines signature Four Seasons service, exceptional amenities and
one-of-a-kind experiences in a truly incredible resort setting. Everything is
here - luxurious guest rooms, world class dining, a sumptuous spa, extensive
event space, and a multitude of options for recreation, fitness and fun - and
it's all surrounded by the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort, just minutes
from Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and
Disney's Hollywood Studios, and close to all of Orlando's shopping and
The ribbon cutting to officially mark the opening of Four Seasons Resort
Orlando took place on August 1. Joining Regional Vice President and General
Manager Thomas Steinhauer were Chris Hunsberger, President Hotel Operations,
Americas, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts; Tom Wolber, Senior Vice President
Walt Disney World Resort Operations; and special guest Mickey Mouse.
Steinhauer, whose team will soon grow to 1,000 carefully chosen staff
dedicated to creating the best possible experience for each individual guest,
confesses: "Honestly we've been like children looking forward to their first
trip to Walt Disney World, dreaming of the possibilities and counting the
days. Now at last we're open, and we can't wait for you to join us."
"I won't say it will be a once in a lifetime holiday, because we hope to
welcome you back again and again at Four Seasons Resort Orlando," he says.
Start planning: Four Seasons Resort Orlando is accepting reservations online
or by calling +1 800 267 3046. There are several packages to choose from
including the introductory 2014 offer, Stay Longer - Third Night Free.
Memories to Last a Lifetime
With its ideal location within the residential community of Golden Oak at Walt
Disney World Resort, Four Seasons Resort Orlando is just minutes from all the
attractions via complimentary Four Seasons motor coaches or private luxury
sedans. The onsite Disney Planning Center located on the lobby level is the
starting point as Four Seasons guests enjoy myriad benefits and connectivity
thanks to the Resort's special relationship with Disney.
"We are excited to be able to offer our guests access to unforgettable
experiences to suit all types of interests, throughout the Walt Disney World
Resort area and beyond," notes Chef Concierge Sandra Ferrarese.
All the Details: Accommodations
Guests can choose from 443 modern, airy rooms, including 68 suites, with
configuration options tailored for couples and individuals, and families and
friends travelling together.
"For the first time, Four Seasons is presenting a nine - yes, nine! - bedroom
option with our top floor Royal Suite," says Resort Manager Ben Shank. "And
in addition, we can seamlessly expand our Presidential Suite to four bedrooms,
or for those who want complete privacy and plenty of room to spread out, the
entire 16th floor can be booked exclusively."
The Resort's rooms are the largest in Orlando, and each has a wide, furnished
terrace to enjoy the Florida sunshine and views across 26.5 acres (11
hectares) of lushly landscaped grounds, including gardens, lake and golf
course. Many rooms also offer unobstructed views of the nightly fireworks at
Magic Kingdom Park, a wonderful opportunity for a family picnic or romantic
dinner on the private terrace.
A Destination within a Resort: Explorer Island
Five acres (two hectares) of fun are packed onto the Resort's own Explorer
Island. There's something for everyone, starting with the massive 7,590
square foot (705 square metre) family pool, beach volleyball, outdoor movie
nights on the Starstruck screen and smokehouse barbecue at PB+G, the pool bar
and grill. There's also a lazy river winding around a "ruined" mansion, an
expansive Splash Zone with dozens of choreographed water jets, a climbing wall
and waterslides, and a video gaming centre. The fully-supervised Kids for All
Seasons program is a complimentary camp for younger guests ages 4 to 12 that
is a standout added value in the Orlando area.
"It's the kind of place kids will never want to leave, and grown-ups will love
for the chance to join in the excitement and indulge their inner child,"
predicts Director of Public Relations Dana Berry. "Explorer Island offers fun
for all ages!"
More recreation, fitness and adults-only diversions: Four Seasons Resort
Orlando also boasts three on-site Har-Tru tennis courts in partnership with
Peter Burwash International, an adults-only pool surrounded by private cabanas
and reserved for guests 21 and older, and a 24-hour fitness centre.
More to come: Next month, Four Seasons will unveil the completely refurbished
Tom Fazio-designed golf course, Tranquilo Golf Club. A Certified Audubon
Cooperative Sanctuary, the course's par-71 18 holes unfold through rolling
hills dotted with southern live oaks and Spanish moss.
"We look forward to welcoming Resort guests and day guests to our expansive
clubhouse facilities, including the Cuban-American Plancha restaurant,"
invites Director of Golf Charlie Kent. "And if you've never had the luxury of
playing a Four Seasons-managed golf course, you are in for a treat - as well
as a great game of golf."
Food, Glorious Food
In addition to PB+G on Explorer Island and Plancha at the golf clubhouse, Four
Seasons Resort Orlando includes three additional on-site dining and drinking
venues, and a few surprises too.
Ravello is both a modern Italian restaurant and a vibrant bar on the hotel's
main floor and garden level, making it a great place for Resort guests, locals
and visitors to the Orlando area to gather for fine cuisine, wine and good
times. It's here where Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi's love of food
shines - the Italian-born and trained chef has taken full advantage of
Ravello's pizza oven and Florida's bounty of produce and fresh seafood to
craft seasonally changing menus and bespoke events in two private dining
rooms. There's also a show kitchen for private cooking demonstrations and
Director of Food and Beverage Stephen Wancha is also excited about
Lickety-Split, the Resort's gourmet coffee shop. "Given how much we
anticipate guests wanting to get up and head into the Parks, we wanted to have
a grab-and-go venue, but instead of the usual paper cup-coffee and ordinary
pastries, we're pulling out all the stops to present gourmet goodies to enjoy
on the spot or on the run."
Chef Fabrizio's influence is evident here too as Lickety-Split offers his
personal recipes for addictive sweet and savoury bombolinis, and daily
flavours of housemade gelato. "And if you have a craving but don't want to
leave the pool, our gelato cart will be making its rounds!"
More to come: Crowning the culinary choices at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
will be Capa, a contemporary Spanish steakhouse set to open in September. The
17th floor restaurant and outdoor dining terrace will afford premier views of
the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks as a backdrop for exquisite meals in
a romantic setting.
"We're also bringing the dining experience outside the Resort as we
participate in the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this fall, and our
own Four Seasons Taste Truck rolls through in late October," notes Wancha,
referring to the branded food truck's planned east coast tour.
Time to Indulge
Fresh from his stint at the acclaimed Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at
Beverly Hills, Derek Hofmann is adding glamour and star power to the sumptuous
Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando.
"Everything has been designed for ultimate relaxation, whether attending to
muscles weary from walking the Parks or playing golf and tennis, getting ready
to be photographed on your wedding day, or simply indulging in a few precious
hours of bliss, we'll take care of you," says the Spa Director, who has also
put Hollywood's best kept secret, the exclusive Fire & Ice facial, and other
anti-ageing treatments on the Spa menu.
Not to be missed: 18 luxuriant treatment rooms, including the ultra private
couples' bungalows; the Experience Showers - a journey through water, scent
and light effects like no other; the Aroma Design Bar for custom fragrances
for treatments or to take home; and a hair, nail and beauty salon led by
Master Stylist Alejandra Bell.
"And no one is left out as younger guests take part in Magical Moment
makeovers and Shining Knight packages designed just for them," says Hofmann.
A Dream Wedding, and the Best Honeymoon Ever
Four Seasons Resort Orlando has everything a couple could want in a getaway
that balances an active vacation with romantic adult time - especially for
those getting married or beginning their life together on honeymoon.
"There are so many special settings for the ceremony, pictures and reception
here," says Director of Catering Laurie Hitzig. "My personal favourites are
the two Lakeside pavilions: they're perfect for parties of up to 20, with
arched windows opening onto a waterside terrace with an intimate outdoor
Top of the to-do list for couples planning a destination wedding is contacting
a Four Seasons Wedding Specialist, and the Resort is also suggesting an array
of packages as starting points for creating a fully customized event,
including the trendsetting intimate, opulent wedding.
The Best Meetings and Group Events Have It All
Meeting planners know that the key to success is a seamless agenda that
maximizes productivity, and allows for the all-important networking and
downtime. With 37,750 square feet (3,500 square metres) of event space - much
of it naturally lit - and the expert planning and attention to detail of Four
Seasons event specialists, putting it all together is a snap.
"Our event facilities are truly extraordinary," says Director of Marketing
Alan Reichbart, referring to the 14,000 square foot (1,300 square metres)
Grand Ballroom with natural light and two outdoor terraces. There is also the
elegant Palm Ballroom, and an array of smaller spaces and outdoor lawns that
can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. "We can host everything from an intimate
board of directors meeting to a memorable conference, as well as dynamic
events for sales meetings and incentive-oriented groups."
Comprehensive facility and program details are available online in and
downloadable brochures. And for a limited time only, the Great Group Values
offer includes savings on golf, spa and more with a minimum of 10 rooms booked
Four Seasons in the Sunshine State
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort joins sister hotels
Four Seasons Hotel Miami and Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach as the third
property in the brand's Florida collection. A fourth project, Four Seasons
Hotel at The Surf Club, is now in development in the Atlantic Ocean community
Contact: Laura Zanzal 1-212-299-8955 Laura.Zanzal@zenogroup.com
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