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Hyatt Grand Cypress, Lake Buena Vista

Orlando, FL
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Hyatt Grand Cypress, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando FL

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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 have large windows and the outdoor area is astounding! You are charged a resort fee of $40 a night but it is 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. There are also surrey bikes (too hard to pedal) and bikes with attachments on the back for bigger kids to ride with you. Families can bike around the property beside a forest with Spanish moss, past beautiful open spaces and the lake. You have a huge, wide road all to yourself, mostly! It's wonderful and the whole family is in a good mood by the end! After your bike ride, have a turn at the rock-climbing wall! There are four different routes and they are quite difficult!
It's impossible to be unhappy at the gorgeous pool. Here, waterfalls splash over deep caves evoking an exotic feel. Kids, and adults, love to take the water slide over and over again! Sit on the pool chairs 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 pool chairs listening to the splash of the waterfalls. 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 pedestrian rope bridge over the pool that is fun to walk across, and beautiful tropical gardens with sculptures and colorful flowers. Some of the huge trees have lanterns in them which look lovely at night. A fine white sand beach with hammocks is beside the lake, which has alligators! Stay close to your kids because of alligators, and don't let them wade in the water or sit too close to shore. 
The lobby is modern with a ceiling 18 floors high 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). I like the Buena Vista side with its expansive view of Orlando and all its forested areas.
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. We eat here every time we go to Orlando because it's so fun! See link to Fort Myers branch for photos of what this restaurant looks like. 
For a counter-service breakfast place eight minutes drive from the hotel, with fresh healthy ingredients and nice big windows looking out on greenery, check out Panera Bread. Nearby, you can pick up supplies at the Publix supermarket.
When you run out of things to do at the resort, spend a day at Magic Kingdom!

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Pool with caves, and lake with bike path.
Pool with caves, and lake with bike path.
The blissful pool.
The blissful pool.
Caves by the pool.
Caves by the pool.
Palms by the pool- where the pool is not heated.
Palms by the pool- where the pool is not heated.
Inside the caves.
Inside the caves.
Gorgeous landscaping everywhere!
Gorgeous landscaping everywhere!
The pool is so much fun. Here's the small waterslide.
The pool is so much fun. Here's the small waterslide.
Pink plants and waterfalls.
Pink plants and waterfalls.
The water is cold inside the caves- but it's wonderful nonetheless!
The water is cold inside the caves- but it's wonderful nonetheless!
View as you come down in the glass elevator- incredible lobby at Christmastime!
View as you come down in the glass elevator- incredible lobby at Christmastime!
Christmastime in the magical lobby of the Hyatt Grand Cypress- I love this place!
Christmastime in the magical lobby of the Hyatt Grand Cypress- I love this place!
Christmas tree in the lobby.
Christmas tree in the lobby.
Hyatt Grand Cypress grounds at night.
Hyatt Grand Cypress grounds at night.
Nighttime swimming pool- magic!
Nighttime swimming pool- magic!
Sit on the deck chairs and watch the water sparkle at night.
Sit on the deck chairs and watch the water sparkle at night.
Cave at night.
Cave at night.
Kids splash pad- incredible at night!
Kids splash pad- incredible at night!
Amazing lights at the kids splash pad at night.
Amazing lights at the kids splash pad at night.
Waterfall, and awesome waterslide in the distance!!
Waterfall, and awesome waterslide in the distance!!
The pool is so glorious!
The pool is so glorious!
I love the color of the pool inside the cave.
I love the color of the pool inside the cave.
Waterfall and caves.
Waterfall and caves.
Looking toward the pool from the hotel lobby.
Looking toward the pool from the hotel lobby.
The Buena Vista view is a peaceful view of forest for miles.
The Buena Vista view is a peaceful view of forest for miles.
The lobby is a serene spot.
The lobby is a serene spot.
The glass elevator is fun to ride.
The glass elevator is fun to ride.
The lobby ceiling is 18 floors high!
The lobby ceiling is 18 floors high!
Looking down at the lobby from the 16th floor.
Looking down at the lobby from the 16th floor.
The ceiling of the lobby.
The ceiling of the lobby.
Litup buildings, as seen from the Buena Vista side of the hotel.
Litup buildings, as seen from the Buena Vista side of the hotel.
Lanterns in a tree at night.
Lanterns in a tree at night.
Magical colors at the splash pad at night.
Magical colors at the splash pad at night.
Swimming at night in the middle of winter! I love you, Orlando!
Swimming at night in the middle of winter! I love you, Orlando!
Horse sculpture and flowers.
Horse sculpture and flowers.
Sunrise in Orlando...you know a good day is coming!
Sunrise in Orlando...you know a good day is coming!
Statue in the garden.
Statue in the garden.
Sweet little statue in the garden.
Sweet little statue in the garden.
Alligators near the real gators.
Alligators near the real gators.
Purple flowers by the pool.
Purple flowers by the pool.
Playing in the sand.
Playing in the sand.
The lake.
The lake.
Bridge over the pool.
Bridge over the pool.
The bridge over the pool, and palm trees.
The bridge over the pool, and palm trees.
Bridge over the pool!
Bridge over the pool!
Sandy beach by the alligator lake.
Sandy beach by the alligator lake.
Red hibiscus.
Red hibiscus.
Pink hibiscus.
Pink hibiscus.
White and red hibiscus...like Hawaii!
White and red hibiscus...like Hawaii!
Lanterns at night.
Lanterns at night.
Lanterns above you...magic!
Lanterns above you...magic!
Hanging out by the lake at sunset.
Hanging out by the lake at sunset.
View of a rainbow from a city-view room.
View of a rainbow from a city-view room.
   

Directions

The hotel is located at 1 Grand Cypress Blvd, Lake Buena Vista FL 32836.
Panera Bread, 8600 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821.

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Meredith
12/14/2016 05:18
Will be there in a few days!!!

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