At the Ritz-Carlton Orlando is the award-winning chef-led knife and spoon John Tesara quadruple James Beard Award candidate. A new American steak and seafood restaurant, Knife & Spoon offers an exceptional dining experience. The restaurant’s 2020 debut has been recognized as one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year by The daily meal and vogue.

Last fall, two-time James Beard Award-winning chef Melissa Kelly reopened her redesigned second outpost of the highly acclaimed, Mediterranean-Italian-focused Primo Restaurant at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes. Primo’s Orlando location reflects Chef Kelly’s philosophy embraced in Rockland, Maine, nothing is wasted – everything has its place and across the Grand Lakes Orlando on a 7,000 square foot farm, Chef Kelly has access to the resort’s local fruit, vegetable and herb garden.

For the spa lover
The Ritz-Carlton Spa is both a haven of serenity and a rejuvenating stopover for resort-style wellness programs and treatments. Spanning over 40,000 square feet, the spa promotes rest and restoration with premium holistic treatments such as facials, pedicures, and massages. Here, guests can unite body and soul by taking advantage of the 4,000 square foot outdoor heated pool, Vitale Spa Café, featuring healthy cuisine, energy drinks and smoothies, and a co-ed relaxation veranda.

For the wellness guru
Grande Lakes Orlando recently unveiled a new partnership with Divine Retreats, the nation’s most exclusive 7-night wellness retreat designed to enhance all aspects of wellness. In 2022, approximately 35 guests will have the chance to experience this week-long all-inclusive wellness retreat.

The Signature Retreat, at the price of $1,799 per night per guest, will include 8 days of curated programming to help guests achieve their wellness goals. With scientific lectures from medical experts, morning fitness classes and digestive walks, guests will have days before unwinding at 9 p.m.. Select days will offer personalized experiences where guests can choose from over 20 possible opportunities, including nutrition education, falconry, organic farming and eco-tours. Additional events include a formal dinner upon arrival and a blood draw from a licensed phlebotomist to monitor progress. At the end of the retreat, medical experts will review guests’ progress and offer resources to continue their wellness journey after the retreat ends.

For the adventurous family
Part spa, part golf retreat, and part outdoor recreation destination, Grande Lakes Orlando offers plenty to see, do, and experience without ever leaving the incredible 500-acre property. Activities include canoe trips led by a master Florida naturalist, sunrise game drives designed to observe and encounter wildlife from Big lakes, featuring white-tailed deer, bobcats, alligators, and owls, plus falconry lessons where guests can “walk with a hawk.” Mountain biking, fishing, golf and tennis are great activities for the whole family, as are the three on-site pools which include a heated family pool and lazy river at the JW Marriott, an adults-only pool and a hot tub at The Spa, and a beautiful heated pool and cabanas at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando.

In October 2022, Grande Lakes Orlando will bring its coveted “Fall on the Farm” weekends back to hotel guests, residents and visitors. Taking place at Whisper Creek Farm, which is open to visitors year-round for tours and culinary programs, Fall on the Farm is a wonderful way for multi-generic families to spend the weekend and partake in a festive seasonal experience. .

For someone who deserves a special getaway
Twice a year, Grande Lakes Orlando unveils a new curated experience, while guests will enjoy a perfectly planned all-inclusive weekend that includes the ultimate blend of relaxation and inspiration. Incorporating master classes, guided workshops, immersive demonstrations and more led by an array of award-winning chefs, winemakers, jewelers, artists, athletes and wellness experts, the curated experiences are an ideal getaway. Learn more about organized experiences here.

The Ritz Carlton, Orlando Great Lakes elevated its luxury customer experience by launching an exclusive partnership with Corsa HQ. Guests have the option of renting premium vehicles during their stay, choosing from Corsa HQ inventory of sought-after brands including Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley and more. The Corsa HQ experience is perfect for an array of occasions from date nights, gift giving, wedding or engagement photography, or simply as a one-of-a-kind experience.

The next chapter for Grande Lakes Orlando
There’s a lot to look forward to in 2022 in Grande Lakes Orlando. In addition to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando makeovers, JW Marriott Orlando will unveil a new look and refreshed cabanas in the new year. Stay tuned for more updates on renovation, transformative retreats and experiences, extraordinary culinary moments, and unique programs and amenities.

About Grande Lakes Orlando
The 500-acre Grande Lakes Orlando estate includes a 582-room Ritz-Carlton hotel and a 1,000-room JW Marriott hotel located at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Guests at both hotels can enjoy all the facilities and services at Grande Lakes Orlando, including an 18-hole golf course Greg Norman– a championship designed golf course and the 40,000 square foot Ritz-Carlton spa plus three swimming pools including the meandering lazy river at the JW Marriott. Discover a wealth of dining options across Grande Lakes Orlando, where the cuisine is as varied as the resort.

Twelve outlets to choose from with an all-new steak and seafood restaurant, Knife & Spoon, led by an award-winning chef John TesarSouthern-inspired cuisine at Highball & Harvest and Italian Mediterranean cuisine at PRIMO run by several times James Beard award-winning cook Melissa Kelly, a leader in the city’s farm-to-fork movement. The resort sources ingredients from its on-site apiaries and the 18,000 square foot Whisper Creek Farm. On-site activities include Grande Lakes Sport Experiences offering kayaking, eco-tours on Shingle Creek, falconry, mountain biking, and a fishing school. Conference and meeting attendees can choose from a selection of meeting space options located on 150,000 square feet that connect the two properties and over 100,000 square feet of outdoor space.

Big lakes is located 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from major theme parks. Follow Grande Lakes Orlando on Twitter (@RC_Orlando and @JW_Orlando), Instagram (@ritzcarltonorlando and @jwmorlando) and Facebook. For more information on Grande Lakes Orlando, visit

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