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The hotel pools in Orlando are as over-the-top as its theme parks, featuring lazy rivers with winding lanes where you can cruise on a floatie, water parks where you can hop out and plunge down water slides, and swim-up bars to order a cocktail. These luxury havens are the perfect place to beat the heat in Florida, offering an array of other enticing amenities that will appeal to the entire family, such as on-site restaurants, pampering day spas, and golf courses. Read on to see our picks for the best hotels with a lazy river in Orlando.
Hop into an inner tube take a ride down the 850-foot lazy river at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, where you can feel like a kid again as you float past tunnels, shooting water cannons and waterfalls. Nestled up next to 36 holes championship Orlando golf, here you’ll find spacious guestrooms and suites in addition to a zero-entry family pool, 125-foot corkscrew water slide and water tower. In addition to being a top Florida resort with a lazy river, you’ll also be able to enjoy Orlando’s only resort wave pool.
Nestled right in the gates of Disney World, Four Seasons Resort Orlando is a lakeside haven that features tropical gardens, sparkling pools and is surrounded by towering pillars of palms and cypress. A popular Orlando resort, you can catch the nightly fireworks show at Disney in the hotel’s Park View Room from a private balcony and also enjoy a deep-soaking tub, king-size bed and fluffy bathrobes. In the center of the hotel sits the 200-acre Explorer Island, where you can spend your days exploring the splash zones, interactive fountains, water slides, and lazy river.
Sitting right next to Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Cabana Bay Beach Resort boasts retro-style Guest Rooms with flat-screen TVs and pool views. The Family Suite at this top Universal resort boasts a spacious living area, two queen beds, and a kitchenette with a mini-fridge. In addition to the 10-lane bowling alley and family-friendly game room, you can make a splash at the dive tower waterslide or head to the Lazy River Courtyard to find a sandy beach and waterfalls highlighting its lazy river.
Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes is a tranquil spa resort that lures visitors in with its 18-hole golf course, and while the hotel has its own on-site pool, you’ll also have complimentary access to the lazy river at JW Marriott Orlando next door. You can marvel at the beautiful Florida sunrise views from the Lake Front room, which also comes with a king-size bed, flat-screen TV, 24-hour in-room dining, oversized desks and feather duvets. After you’ve spent a few hours floating in the lazy river, grab delicious food at the on-site Highball & Harvest, where dishes are made from ingredients grown in the resort’s garden. You can also dine on Latin, Caribbean and Asian cuisine from an award-winning James Beard chef at Norman’s.
At Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, you’ll have plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained. Perfect for Florida’s hot temperatures, take a dip in the three-acre lazy river pool with a water slide, where you can soak up the sunshine and relax in a private cabana. You’ll also have access to 12 dining options, an 18-hole golf course and an award-winning spa. When you’re ready for the theme park action you’ll also find complimentary transportation to Walt Disney World and Disney Springs.
A great place to treat yourself, JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes in Orlando is nestled on 500 acres of lush landscapes. You’ll have free shuttle service to Walt Disney World, Sea World and Universal Orlando, while the seven world-renowned restaurants cater to a variety of palates with diverse menus that include anything from sushi to upscale Italian and farm-to-table cuisine. The scenic landscape offers plenty of fun at adventure at the on-site lazy river, and you’ll also have access to The Ritz-Carlton Pool in addition to an 18-hole course and three-story spa.
Hilton Orlando most popular amenity is its temperature-controlled swimming pools, lazy river and winding water slide that both kids and kids at heart find impossible to resist. Enjoy tropical drinks at the hotel’s collection of poolside cabanas or pamper yourself with a relaxing massage at the on-site Eforea Spa. Fuel up with comfort food at David’s Club Bar & Grill or enjoy the variety of late-night snacks available at the 24-hour Marketplace. Rooms come equipped with a king-size bed, while Executive Rooms and suites also include a separate living area, continental breakfast, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges and lounge chairs.
The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando offers residential-style accommodations, but kids will be more thrilled with its exciting Surfari Water Park with water slides, a zero-entry pool and lazy river. Families can enjoy the one, two and three-bedroom suites, which include flat-screen TVs, full-size washers and dryers, sleeper sofas and separate living and dining areas. Pick up a variety of snacks and drinks at the Alfresco Market or dine on greasy slices of Three Cheese Margherita pizzas at Antonio’s Pizza.
Head to Reunion Resort to enjoy its luxury accommodations, where you can pick from one, two and three-bedroom villas. You can’t beat its huge water park with twisting water slides and a lazy river on a warm summer day. The spacious villas feature separate living and dining areas, full kitchens and balconies. Sharpen your skills at the on-site golf course designed by Arnold Palmer or treat yourself to a Citrus Melon Mojito mani-pedi at the spa.