Hyatt Grand Cypress, Lake Buena Vista
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The resorts in Orlando are like resorts in Hawaii! You can feel blissfully happy soaking up the tropical atmosphere. It's worth it to stay at a resort rather than just an ordinary hotel because it will add so much to your trip, and sometimes the cost is almost the same. Compare being in a plain-old hotel room looking at four walls with being at a resort lazing by the pool while waterfalls splash down over caves and your kids happily slide down the waterslide. Which would you rather be doing?!
One of my favorite resorts in Orlando is Hyatt Grand Cypress. What makes it unique is that there is so much nature around. The rooms are small but the outdoor area is astounding! You are charged a resort fee of $28 a night but it is well worth it. There are a ton of activities to do, but the best of all is the bike riding. There are many bikes to choose from, including comfy beach cruisers, and bikes with toddler seats attached, and they supply the helmets for young kids. Kids of around five or six who can't ride easily up and down little hills alone don't really have an option because the toddler seats are too small for them. You can bike around the property beside a forest with Spanish moss, past beautiful open spaces and the lake. It's wonderful and the whole family is in a good mood by the end! It's impossible to be unhappy at their gorgeous pool. Here, waterfalls splash over deep caves evoking an exotic feel. Sit on the comfiest chairs ever under swishing palm trees and have a meal from the bar. It's B-L-I-S-S!! My only complaint is that they don't heat the cave part of the pool so you can't swim inside the caves unless you don't mind 68 degree water. This is a real disappointment. Only a small section of the pool is heated. At night the pool looks absolutely gorgeous lit up and it's so romantic to sit on the comfy red chairs listening to the splash of the waterfalls and to talk in the sight. Magical for kids is the splash pad (near the hammocks on the lake) which is lit up at night in changing colors. It looks incredible, like hot lava volcano eruptions and then cool green shooting water, then pink, then blue, then purple...Kids gets so inspired as they dance around the colorful shooting water for an hour. There is a ropebridge over the pool that is fun to walk across, and beautiful tropical gardens with sculptures and colorful flowers. A fine white sand beach with hammocks is beside the lake, which has alligators! This is a fun place for kids to play in the sand (alligators aren't a worry as long as you stay close to your kids and don't go near the water- alligators like small prey so adults don't interest them). The lobby is modern and it's super fun for kids to ride the glass elevator to the top. It's very fast and looks like you are going to crash when you are coming down toward the ground. Kids want to do this over and over again! And older kids like it just as much!
Don't book a room on the pool side on weekend nights if you want to get good sleep because last time we were there they had a band playing loudly until 11pm at night (not so good when you are bringing kids to Disney World at 8am the next day).
It's wonderful to sit beside the pool and order dinner or drinks right there on the chairs at night when everything is lit up.
If you have time one night, leave the hotel and eat at Bahama Breeze on Vineland Ave, a Caribbean restaurant with a giant outdoor patio where you can sit in a tropical setting and listen to a reggae musician playing a steel drum and singing. The West Indies chicken curry and tropical chicken salad are incredible! We eat here every time we go to Orlando because it's so good! See link to Fort Myers branch for photos of what this restaurant looks like.
When you run out of things to do at the resort, spend a day at Magic Kingdom!
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The hotel is located at 1 Grand Cypress Blvd, Lake Buena Vista 32836.
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