*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
When you visit Orlando but don’t want to feel like a tourist, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress would be a fabulous choice for hotels in the area. The entire property makes you feel like you are in a lush tropical setting, which is exactly the purpose since it is modeled after a Hawaiian Hyatt property. There are waterfalls, gardens, lakes and more to put your mind at ease so that you can relax and enjoy the vacation you have been waiting for. But don’t worry, it isn’t all about relaxation at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando, there are also tons of activities. If you want to go to the theme parks they are just around the corner, I mean literally around the corner. Disney is in the backyard of this hotel, you just wouldn’t know it.
When you first arrive at the hotel you are greeted by Merlot, a gorgeous parrot that perches near the glass elevator and check in desk. If you talk to him he’ll say “Say Hi Merlot” which is really funny. I guess because so many people say “Say Hi Merlot” to him all day. Once you check in you’ll take an elevator to your room and hopefully you will get to see the view. 18 floors above the ground you can see all over the city. If you are situated in certain rooms you can even see the Disney fireworks, be sure to request those rooms when you make a reservation.
The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress rooms themselves are quite mod. They have all been updated recently and the new style is deep woods and cool blue art and cream fabric. There are sleek vases and extras to add character. One of the most interesting things about the room is the shower. The shower door only covers half the shower. I’d love to hear your opinion on this when you make your reservation. It was definitely a different experience for me, but my Mom who watches all the HGTV shows says it is the new “In” thing. I actually had to call Tim into the bathroom to ask him how to use the shower door. Seriously not a question I would ever expect to have to ask someone. The funniest part was that he didn’t know either. After my shower the floor was really wet, so I thought I did it wrong. I’m still not sure.
The best part of the hotel though is the Hyatt Grand Cypress Hotel outdoor activities which are included in the price of your stay. Outside is where you can disconnect from real life. Here are some of the activities my family enjoyed:
* The pool, known as the free flowing lagoon pool was basically our squat spot. Everyday of our trip we found 4 (if we could, it gets crowded out there) lounge chairs and got Spencer a life jacket and we swam in the numerous pools. We enjoyed all the beautiful waterfalls and at night we’d warm up a bit in the different whirlpools. You always meet people in the whirlpools and strike up great conversation. You’d be surprised how many locals come out and just get away from it all at this outstanding hotel. Spencer enjoyed running around in the Water Jet Splash Zone a few times, it being the water that jumps out of the ground, but it was a little young for him. It is tons of fun for the tots however and it always had kids swarming but was never overcrowded. The piece de resistance however was certainly the Water Slide Tower Pavilion. Oh what a fight this was for our family. Jason was tall enough, but not Spencer. It looked like so much fun but as the mommy I had to sit out and calm the crying child.
* The Rock Climbing Walls were the absolute first thing all the boys in the Allport family wanted to try. And by first thing I mean the moment we arrived we checked our luggage and walked out to the walls. All three of them got buckled into the harnesses and put their foot into the first rock and then they basically stayed just like that. Apparently rock climbing is really hard because not one of them could go any higher. I laughed until I cried which Tim did not appreciate at all. Finally the boys asked if they could try the children’s wall and even that was hard. I want to challenge you to fair better than the Allport family.
* Lake Windsong offers up water activities galore. For the first time in my entire life I kayaked. This was a big deal for me as I usually loathe nature. I did have my paddle in alligator killing form at all times though. It’s Florida people, Never. Let. Your. Guard. Down. I also thought kayaking would be really hard but I found it relaxing and could have done it over and over. Tim was in charge of steering and said it was a bit harder for him but I think he was just being whiny. The 1,000 feet of sandy white beaches and surrounding areas you see while kayaking had so much to offer. They also offer paddleboats, canoes, something called a hydrobike that I was eager to try but did not get a chance and so much more. You could probably spend half a day on the lake alone. And keep in mind this is all included in the price of your stay.
* Do you like biking? I sure don’t, I once bought a bike because I thought I’d lose weight and get in shape, then I rode about 3 blocks and my boyfriend had to come and get me in his truck. True story. However I know tons of people enjoy it as a regular past time. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando has many different bikes to choose from (even family sized canopy bikes) and 1500 luxury acres of which to enjoy while riding. If you more enjoy long walks or jogs there are 3 trails to choose from for different lengths of endurance.
* Who doesn’t love S’mores, and at The Grand Cypress you can purchase S’mores kits and sit out by the fire pit at night and enjoy making your own dessert. The fire pit is quite large so you don’t have to worry about crowds and stays lit for a long period of time so you can go at your own leisure. Kids can make their own because the sticks are quite long as well. My only complaint was that in the heat of the summer it was simply too hot for me to stand there next to a fire, but of course my children didn’t notice. I let the husband stand there helping them while I stood back a bit.
I’ve shared so many activities both action packed and relaxing that you and your family can take part in while visiting the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel Orlando and that doesn’t even cover half of it. There is so much more to take part in including spa services, tennis, golf and more. You’ll have to check it out for yourself. Click on the words Florida Resident Rates to find great offers for the locals coming up in October. But don’t worry out of towners, there are always great rates and those rates include everything I’ve mentioned above and more*.
Keep an eye out for my review of some of the restaurants and food served in this delicious hotel which will be coming soon!
*I received a two night media stay. All opinions are my own. There are some events like full courses of golf and golf lessons that are not included in the price of your stay. See website for details.