Stay & Play: Central Florida’s Top Staycation Destinations

If you’re looking for an amazing summer staycation, you don’t have to look too far. Stay and play locally at Orlando’s attractions, golf courses and savor the flavors of a variety of dining options nearby. Explore some of our favorites for a fun summer escape.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Set inside the Walt Disney World Resort, Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers many amenities that appeal to guests of all ages. While you’re there, tee off on the golf course, splash around with the kids at Explorer Island Water Park (or relax at the adults-only pool), treat yourself to a massage at The Spa and much more.

The resort recognizes that the expectations and needs of the hotel experience have changed, and the safety and comfort of guests, employees and residents remains of highest priority. Through its new Lead with Care program, the resort receives ongoing, real-time guidance, leveraging world-class medical expertise to focus on enhancing cleanliness, guest comfort and safety, and employee training. In addition to this careful approach to safety, high-touch surfaces throughout the resort, including all guest rooms, are being treated on an intensified cleaning and sanitizing schedule, including the use of electrostatic sprayers to apply disinfectants.

This summer, the resort is offering its new Experience More package, which includes a $200 nightly credit for stays in a guest room or a $500 nightly credit for stays in a one- or two-bedroom suite. Other offers include special Florida resident rates (with parking included) through Sept. 30.

Summer Bay Orlando Resort

From the moment you check in to Summer Bay Orlando Resort, you can begin to relax and indulge in your vacation. Once you settle into your room, unwind with an adult beverage at one of three pool bars, swim in one of six heated swimming pools, play a game of miniature golf and more.

While the proximity to local attractions makes this an ideal staycation location, so, too, do the on-site dining options. From poolside treats to dine-in restaurants, you can plan a meal out without going too far. The resort’s one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodations include a fully equipped kitchen so you can prepare meals as a family in the comfort of your room. There is even a grocery delivery concierge service so you don’t have to leave the resort to shop.

Exploria Resorts and Summer Bay Orlando are committed to maintaining high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. In response to the coronavirus, Exploria Resorts has taken additional measures developed in consultation with global and local public health authorities, including the WHO and CDC. Additionally, upon arrival, We Care Kits complete with face masks and hand sanitizer are distributed to families to use at their discretion.

Through the Hug Your Family promotion, guests can save 25% on a two-night minimum stay at Summer Bay Orlando when booked by Aug. 31 with arrival dates between June 1, 2020 and Sept. 20, 2020. This allows for a full summer of fun with the whole family.

The Alfond Inn at Rollins

Get ready for a YAY!cation Getaway in the heart of Winter Park. The Alfond Inn at Rollins, a 112-room boutique hotel, is offering a package that includes a one-night stay in a classic room with complimentary parking, a $50 hotel credit per stay and rates starting at $219 per night. Florida residents receive an additional 10% off.

While you’re there, enjoy the many amenities, including a conservatory, a courtyard, an elevated pool and a fitness center. On-site dining includes Hamilton’s Kitchen, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner both indoors and on its spacious patio. Also, Park Avenue is nearby for an additional selection of restaurants that covers all cuisines.

Winter Park has long been a haven for art lovers. The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens has a lakeside sculpture garden and gallery that has just reopened to visitors. The Alfond Inn at Rollins itself was designed to exhibit rotating installations of works from The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, which is part of the collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, making it the only hotel in the United States that serves as an actual extension of an art museum.

Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek

Just a short drive to the Walt Disney World Resort, Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek offers a luxurious staycation experience. Pamper yourself with a treatment at the Blue Harmony Spa, which is open Wednesday through Sunday; relax in the pool; play miniature golf or shuffleboard; stroll along the walking path along the lake; and have a special meal at one of the on-site restaurants. Call ahead for availability.

The resort is following guidelines and safety information provided by WHO, CDC as well as the State of Florida and Orange County Health Services. Through its Count on Us initiative, they have partnered with Ecolab and other suppliers to provide the hotel with the highest industry-standard cleaning and disinfecting supplies and developed cleaning protocols for all guestrooms and public spaces.

With its Ultimate Staycation Package, guests at Wyndham Bonnet Creek will enjoy a waived resort fee, late check-out, reserved pool lounge chairs, welcome drinks, a family game and movie night, and a goodie bag with popcorn, candy, wine and sodas. Additional specials include an Everyday Heroes rate for first responders, healthcare and public service professionals as well as a Florida resident rate that offers 20% off the best available rates.

FantasyWorld Resort

Located in Kissimmee, FantasyWorld Resort offers vacation villas at an affordable rate. Each two-bed, two-bath villa is equipped with a kitchen, washer and dryer, separate bedrooms, and wireless internet. Each villa comfortably sleeps six guests. The resort offers packages to Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld as well as scheduled transportation to each theme park. If you would prefer to enjoy resort activities, there are two heated pools, three hot tubs, a heated lazy river, two water slides, a kid’s splash pad, playground and mini golf.

The health and safety of the resort’s owners, guests and team members is and always has been the top priority. The staff is committed to creating a cleaner, safer and healthier environment that ensures hospital-grade protection for you and your family. Its HealthyStay#1 program includes rigorous staff training, new disinfecting protocols and more. Florida resident rates are available with online booking.

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

With a close proximity to the parks, DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld offers free shuttle service to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Universal Studios. The hotel is also just a 10-minute drive to Walt Disney World. If you’re looking for a relaxing staycation, make plans to enjoy the property’s two pools, on-site restaurants, fitness center, and, of course, a warm chocolate chip welcome cookie upon arrival.

As a Hilton property, this hotel is dedicated to offering a cleaner stay from check in to check out with the creation of the Hilton CleanStay program. Rooms are vigorously cleaned between each stay with Lysol brand materials, focusing on high touch point areas. Guests are able to tailor their housekeeping experience by scheduling housekeeping services during their stay.

Disinfecting stations with wipes and hand sanitizer are available throughout the property offering. Both public and team member areas are cleaned regularly with high-touch areas cleaned hourly. Contactless check-in is also available with distanced check-in options for guests without access to digital technology.

Meliã Orlando Celebration

Meliã Orlando Celebration is located just a short distance from the many attractions that Orlando has to offer. This luxury hotel has suites equipped with a kitchen and private balcony.

While you’re there, enjoy several restaurant options specializing in Spanish cuisine, as well as an outdoor swimming pool. You can book your vacation worry-free with up to 30% off and free cancellation. For a limited time, Meliã Orlando Celebration is offering up to two free kid’s meals daily with the purchase of one adult entrée. Free transfer service is offered to all theme parks – SeaWorld, Disney World and Universal Studios.

Meliã Hotels International has launched the Stay Safe with Meliã operations guide in compliance with the most demanding standards of health and hygiene while still offering exceptional guest service. High-traffic areas are sanitized every two hours, floors are marked for social distancing, capacity reduction is being implemented in elevators, and hand sanitizer is available for both guests and staff members. Rooms are vacant for 72 hours between stays for additional sanitation. Staff members are required to wear masks, undergo daily temperature checks and are required to stay home if they’re experiencing symptoms.

Marriott Golf Academy

Marriott Golf Academy at Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort is fully open with some additional safety procedures in place. All flagsticks must be left in the hole at all times, both on the course and in practice areas, and must not be handled for any reason. All bunker rakes, water coolers and ball washers have been removed from the facility. Heightened disinfecting procedures are in place for all shared items which include golf carts, range balls, rental clubs and range baskets.

The resort sits on 160 acres and features many pools, The Spa at Grande Vista and a variety of recreational activities for both kids and adults. This includes a 9-hole, 2,300-yard, par-32 golf course.

Holiday Inn Resort – Daytona Beach

Pack up the family for a quick getaway to Daytona Beach, where Florida residents can stay and save at the Holiday Inn Resort on South Atlantic Avenue. This oceanfront resort offers private balconies, outdoor pools, kid’s splash areas, a hot tub, full service restaurants as well as live entertainment. All facilities are currently open and adhere to state guidelines.

In order to ensure guest and employee safety, shields have been installed at the front desk, hand sanitizer has been placed throughout the building and there are visible signs encouraging social distancing of 6 feet. Mask and gloves are a requirement for staff members and staff members undergo a daily temperature check. Guest areas are constantly disinfected and special levels of cleaning have been put in place for all guest rooms.

Enjoy 20% off of the regular rate from Sunday through Thursday and 10% off of the regular rate on Friday and Saturday.


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Written by Lyndsay Fogarty

Lyndsay Fogarty has had many roles at Central Florida Lifestyle, working her way from intern to contributing writer to managing editor. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication where she earned her degree in journalism. Along the way, she has learned that teamwork and dedication to your craft will get you far, and a positive outlook on the present will get you even farther.

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