A tranquil oasis in the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, this Italianate resort’s serene setting almost belies its proximity to Orlando’s world class attractions; yet Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld are all a short shuttle ride away. Set in 500 acres of gardens and lakes it is easy to combine theme park thrills with natural explorations. Go fishing, join a kayaking tour along cypress-lined waterways in search of lazy alligators or join a guided fishing excursion aboard a Hyde Drift Boat. Natural discoveries are also made at the children’s club which organises eco-themed crafts and fish feeding sessions. Younger guests are extremely well looked after at Ritz-Carlton Orlando with a dedicated check-in, children’s menus, movie nights and expansive pool complex with lazy river to enjoy. There is also the option of ‘in room camping’ where their bed is transformed into a tent complete with lantern and campfire snacks whilst teenagers are not forgotten with bespoke spa treatments, Nintendo Wii games and complimentary golf at the championship course.