PLAYcation: Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

May the PLAYcation Begin
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate just got better.

PLAYGROUND Magazine recently attended a media trip to the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate for a three-night, two-day V.I.P. experience. It did not disappoint!

Words by Heather Reneau

Here’s the real disclaimer: the Omni Orlando at ChampionsGate has always been my family’s favorite staycation resort. You can’t find a higher quality resort for the price. We’ve spent Mother’s Days, Father’s Days and birthdays at this posh, yet affordable, destination. So, I was thrilled to hear that they’re expanding its already fantastic amenities.

It’s all about the pool for my crew. There are two killer pools, but it’s the lazy river, corkscrew slide and the poolside bar and grille that put this resort at the No. 1 spot for my fam. When I heard they were expanding the pool area to include more kids’ slides and a wave pool, we started planning our next trip. Plus, there are now family-friendly cabanas located in the wave pool area. Sign me up! These will probably be heavily sought-after, so reserve them as soon as you check in (or before). The new slides and wave pool areas opened this past Memorial Day weekend.

There are plenty of dining experiences. David’s Club, an upscale sports bar–will probably be Dad’s favorite–with pool tables, a wall of TVs showing his favorite sports games, and comfy leather seating. Mom will love the comfort and quality of food and service at Trevi’s, which is open for all three meals, including a fantastic Florida-style brunch (think: local honey and grits bar) and an Italian lunch and dinner menu. Drop off the kids at Camp Omni Kids Escape on Friday or Saturday evening, and have a date night at Zen Sushi Bar. The kids will want to hit up the more casual eateries, such as Croc’s Pool Bar & Grille, Morsel’s for a quick snack on the go, and Piper’s Grille located at the clubhouse. Fun Fact: Guests in the spring and fall should hit Piper’s at sunset, where they’ll hear the bagpipes playing on the 10th tee.

The golfing is (for some people) the main event at Omni Orlando. This resort offers two golf courses and the Leadbetter Golf Academy for lessons, workshops and innovative training technology. They’ve turned your swing into a science. Check it out if you’re a golf enthusiast. The nine-hole Par 3 course is super fun and is ideal for families with young kids. You don’t even have to reserve a tee time; just check in to play at the pool towel hut. Rates are $16 per round for adults and $8.50 per round for children (includes the use of three Callaway clubs). It’s super casual and easy — great for the novice golfer. Crane’s Adventure (mini) Golf is also on-site.

A few other activities for your itinerary include the sunset s’mores at the fire pit, the Surrey bike rentals and — my personal favorite — the Mokara Spa. Make sure to go to your spa appointment early to take advantage of the hot tub and saunas. Ahhh…

Memorial Day weekend also kicked off 102 Days of Summer at Omni, which includes even more scheduled events and activities than usual — everything from Saturday night fireworks to dive‑in movies, poolside DJ dance parties and even cooking demos (like kid’s pizza-making)!

Omni Orlando Resort offers an unforgettable backdrop for your next family staycation. If your family is anything like mine, you’ll be hooked after your first visit. See you at the wave pool!

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