One thing I do know is my bestie, Meghan, is a rockstar. Her life and blog have brought her (and thankfully sometimes me) to some awesome places. Recent we had the pleasure of staying at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.
The one upside for travelers is, it’s one mile from Disney World and four miles from Sea World. The downside of this? Traffic. I thought I would never arrive, but I was thankfully rewarded with a very serene and fun staycation in the heart of Orlando, FL.
The huge upside to staying at the Hyatt Regency is that it sits on over 21 acres and offers a very long list of amenities and activities. Meghan and I tried to enjoy just a small share of them, including biking, swimming, water slide, spa massage and an impressive dinner on property. This place is perfect for couples, friends and families.
We started out by checking out the well appointed and comfortable room, then made our way down for a “quick” bike along their running/biking trail. While the bike checkout was easy, the trail was NOT. The attendant made out that it was a smooth 20 minute jaunt, but it was most certainly not. The trail is perfect for running with it mostly made up of wood mulch, this makes it half impossible to enjoy the sprawling acres along the way. We survived, and my TrackMyRide app proves it!
Next was a stop off to the spa on property, the Marilyn Monroe Spa for a 25 minute “Marilyn’s Signature Fassage.” The check-in was great, you then receive a locker with a very comfortable robe (and I’m a robe nerd) and optional sandals. My massage technician was calming and did an amazing job. I am a great candidate for a face massage since I’ve been an every day allergy sufferer since I can remember. While the prices a *little* high for me, it was a wonderful treat and would be great for special events like birthdays or weddings.
After lounging at the spa and enjoying their post-massage treats like tea, water, hot chocolate, coffee and trail mix, we headed back to our room to change for dinner and a stroll around the hotel. It’s impressive that you can stay at a hotel for a weekend and never much realize that you haven’t left!
Next was dinner at The Lakehouse, which has been recently redone and it is impressive. Again, you do not feel like you are 1 mile from Disney, or at a hotel. The staff was professional, friendly and very attentive. The food? Oh, the food. As the joke goes, I felt like I needed a smoke afterwards. The house made cocktails were amazing as well. We began with the french onion fondue, then the shrimp tempura makimono rolled sushi. Meghan had the shrimp and grits, which smelled and tasted amazing. I had the filet mignon, with a side of the steak fries. You could tell everything was made from scratch and none of it was ordinary. I did not have a least favorite thing!
We then got in our suits and headed to the hot tubs and warmed pool for some late night relaxing post-meal.
The dinner, some swimming along with the comfy bed made for some great sleep.
What’s better than waking up, packing up and leaving? Waking up, going down to the pool, THEN packing up!
We hit the pool, the slide and some laying by the pool before we packed up to leave. The valet parking was helpful, friendly and prompt.