I had high expectations staying at the Omni Orlando as I’ve had exceptional stays at both the Omni in Boston and the Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Upon check in, our room was equipped with two comfortable queen size beds, a mini fridge stocked with wine, snacks, water and a wonderful view of the adult pool. My four year old was greeted by a man who gave my son a small backpack with plenty of kids activities. This was an excellent gift as we used the backpack to bring to the pool during the day.

Omni Orlando Championsgate is six miles from Disney World and offers a shuttle to all parks. We opted to rent a car as we were so close in proximity and wanted the option to visit additional shopping and activities in Orlando.

The resort overlooks three  golf courses or thirty six holes of pristine greenery two of which are Greg Norman designed. During our stay, there were multiple weddings, corporate conferences and multiple families visiting on spring break. I was surprised to learn most of the families were Florida natives, staying for a quick weekend getaway before their children return to school. We loved the mix of guests as we weren’t bombarded with thousands of Disney World vacationers.

I can see the local draw as the resort offers more than most: a lazy river with tubes to float your way through the day, a wave pool (the Omni boasts this is the only one in Orlando), a family pool with a water slide, an adults only pool with cabanas and a separate kids pool with plenty of seating. We spent most of our time in the kiddie pool as my son could stand in the pool and enjoyed the water slides.

Dining options on site include ten restaurants which provide options for all. We mainly ate at the garden terrace area near the swimming pools which offers plenty of choices including burgers, wings and light bites. You can opt to sit near the bar at a table or near one of the two fire pits, perfect for warming up after a swim. Traveling with a child didn’t allow us to try the other restaurants on site, however, options include Zen, a Chinese restaurant that includes a sushi and sake bar, Trevi’s (Italian), an upscale steak and sports bar named David’s Club and a deli which we did love for late night gelato and sundaes. The deli also provides snacks, waters, drinks as well as to go breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Lastly, Morsel’s is the on site coffee bar close to the lobby which provides Peet’s Coffee & Tea as well as pastries, yogurts and more.

Our favorite evening activity was enjoying the mini golf course which features eighteen  holes and overlooks one of the larger beautifully designed courses. Pick up for the mini golf clubs is located in the towel hut and if you’re playing on a weekend evening you might catch a wedding at sunset.

A basketball court, tennis course, arcade and full service spa are also located on site providing additional activities for the entire family.

Visiting Disney World is an extremely exhausting experience for families whether you’re traveling with one or many children. The Omni Orlando at Championsgate alleviates stress and turns it into a relaxing experience which I don’t think would be possible if staying inside park. The service is top notch and the amenities are endless. Once we arrived back at the end of the day, we barely left as everything we needed was on site including dining and activities.

I say this is one of the locals best kept secrets as you’re not overrun with a loud Disney crowd, you’re surrounded by families seeking a relaxing stay, corporate employees and wonderful couples. I would rate this as a five star experience, a resort that goes above and beyond to give guests a superior stay whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure.

Rates vary from $167-$209 USD and up a night into June. For more information and to book click here.