Quick Getaway: Omni Orland Resort

For most of us in the Tampa Bay area, the city of Orlando means tourism and attractions. And while that may appeal to many, those looking for a luxurious escape might overlook the area. Just south of the theme parks, tucked away in ChampionsGate is the Omni Orlando, a $175 million Mediterranean-style resort just close enough, but far enough away for the ideal weekend.

Over $3 million of artwork in the grand lobby welcomes guests, along with a floor-to-ceiling view of the 15- acre recreational area beyond the glass walls. Lining the main pool are eight private cabanas, which guests can “own” for the day. Ideal for relaxing, cabana amenities include luxurious chaise lounges, a flat-screen television, refrigerator, WiFi and service from the poolside bar.

Situated on 1,200 acres of natural wetlands, the property also features 36 holes of Greg Norman designed golf. The International is known for 18 of the most challenging holes in the state, and boasts the highest course rating in the state of Florida. And the Callaway practice facility is perfect for working on your putting and short game as well.

After a round of golf, what better way to unwind than some time at the spa? The full-service Mokara Spa will spoil you with plush robes, fresh fruit and herbal teas in the waiting lounge. Guests can relax in whirlpool and saunas, or enjoy signature treatments such as the Ocean Stone Massage or an Aspara Essential Oil Wrap.

At the end of the day, retire to one of the resort’s luxury suites. The Omni and Presidential Suites both feature 2,100 square feet of bliss, with balconies running the length of the suite overlooking the recreation area. For an added touch, The Villas at ChampionsGate feature upgraded services

such as a personal concierge.

With countless amenities at your fingertips, you can spend a luxurious weekend on property, or take the short drive to the attractions.

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