While the thought of whisking away on a much needed holiday sounds blissful, you may not always have room in the budget for a getaway. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some time away from home in a vacation setting. We've gathered a list of Orlando resort dates for your next date night to get you in that vacation state of mind, no overnight stay required. Couldn’t we all use that about now?
Wet your whistle while whetting your appetite at one of these stylish resort bars.
The Lounge, The Alfond Inn
Nothing says lavish quite like a boutique hotel. The Alfond Inn in Winter Park is nothing short of upscale. Stroll into the Inn’s lounge anytime Tuesday – Saturday between 5pm and 9pm for a welcoming and posh experience. Wine and dine from the delectable menu of Hamilton’s Kitchen, the on-site restaurant filled with southern charm.
The Bösendorfer Lounge, Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
Steal away to the majestic atmosphere of The Bösendorfer Lounge for classic cocktails with a twist. The Boheme Restaurant’s all day menu is offered in the lounge for guests to nosh and nibble. While seating at the circular bar is not currently available, guests are welcome to relax at one of the many other seating options offered. The lounge opens daily from 12pm – 2pm and again at 5pm. Stick around for live jazz.
Peacock Alley, Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Amid the hustle and bustle of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando main lobby lies the centrally located lobby bar, Peacock Alley. Elevate your conversation and your cocktails among the menu of New York traditions. Bar service begins at 5pm and lingers well into the evening allowing you time to try the crafted libations including the classic Peacock Egg. This signature drink contains fresh lemonade, lavender tea, blue curacao, and Bombay Sapphire gin mixed inside of a hollowed ice egg. Pair with small bites from the food menu.
Jake’s American Bar, Loews Royal Pacific Hotel
Captain Jake McNally invites adventurous travelers to delight in a recess at Jake’s American Bar inside Loews Royal Pacific Hotel. Sip on island spirits of the South Pacific while chowing down on hearty plates. Open daily until midnight, fly in for some fun with your co-pilot. And don’t forget to stop by the seaplane in the lagoon for an Insta-worthy photo op.
Refer to our guide to Hotel Happy Hours for more ideas.
Resort Pool Day Passes
Splash the day away in these watery oases perfect for any season.
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
Set your getaway sights on this Four Diamond resort known for leisure and fun. Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate has an abundance of activities to offer for day guests. Plunge into the resort pool with fountains, a water tower and slide or relax by the adults-only pool. Of course, you can’t skip the 850 feet of R&R along the lazy river. Golfers will delight in knowing they can practice their putting on the mini-golf course for an extra fee. Stick around for dinner at Zen or David's Club, two of the on-site restaurants. Day passes start at $40/person.
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
Nothing says vacation like salty air and crashing waves. And seasonal Daycation Pool Passes are available certain months of the year at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach! Take in the scenic ocean views and live music (on the weekends) while lounging poolside. Weekday passes range from $10-$25 per person and weekend passes range from $20-$50 per person and include self parking.
If you’ve grabbed a weekend pass, be sure you bring your appetite to indulge in the weekend Brunch Remix. Offered from 11am-3pm every Saturday and Sunday, there is a dish for every palate to enjoy. Other perks include a live DJ on Saturday and live duo entertainment on Sundays.
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Pretend you’re in a far away resort without leaving Orlando at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Day pass perks include access to the resort-style pool (it’s heated), lazy river, water slide and hot tubs. You’ll also enjoy poolside service from the resort’s Beech Bar & Grille. Day passes start at $25 and cabanas begin at $250. FYI: a parking fee of $25 applies.
Read our guide to Day Passes to Central Florida Resorts from ResortPass for a full list of our favorite local resorts and hotels offering day use access for non-overnight guests with passes.
Spa Day Passes
Retreat, relax and rejuvenate at one of these spa respites.
The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Schedule an appointment at The Ritz-Carlton’s spa for 40,000-square feet of bliss. The featured Grande Citrus Escape treatment uses the benefits of sweet oranges during an exfoliation, bath, wrap and scalp treatment and massage. Guests of the spa are invited to enjoy the fitness center, outdoor lap pool and Vitale spa café. The spa is currently open Thursday – Sunday from 9am-5pm.
The Spa, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Exfoliate, regenerate and radiate after an excursion at Four Seasons Resort Orlando’s spa. Indoor and outdoor tranquility lounges are available to decompress after your treatment. The sauna is currently closed but clients can still utilize the chic showers and whirlpool. Just in time for fall, all of you pumpkin spice lovers will want to try the Spiced Pumpkin Purifying Body Polish. Close your eyes and breathe in deep to experience the joy of falling autumn leaves and warm scents during this 80-minute treatment.
Rock Spa, Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
Make relaxation a staple in your routine all year long with a Rock Spa membership at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach. The Gold Record Membership ($99/month) allows for one 50-minute massage or facial per month and a resort day pass for all recreation areas the day of your appointment. The Platinum Record Membership ($149/month) gives you one 80-minute massage or facial per month, a resort day pass for all recreation areas on the day of your treatment and unlimited use of the gym all month long.
Both memberships include complimentary child care for up to two hours (ages 5-15), unlimited access to the Spa Lounge and Steam Room, 20% off additional services, 10% off retail spa products, VIP backstage passes to Rock Sparties and exclusive offers on all Hard Rock Hotel has to offer.
Poseidon Spa, Grand Bohemian Hotel
Break from the hullabaloo of downtown and embark on a journey of bodily healing at Grand Bohemian Hotel’s Poseidon Spa. The only services currently offered during a phased reopening are massages and facials. The relaxation lounge is included to utilize with every treatment. Massages start at $155 and facials begin at $170.
Mandara Spa, WDW Swan and Dolphin Resort
Mandara Spa at Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resort will transport you to the Indonesian island of Bali with its lavishly dark wood and ornamental arch displays. Remnants of a cultural temple surround the Spa to evoke a soothing and peaceful temperament. The interior Tea Garden and Meditation Garden allows you time to unwind in total tranquility. Delight in (almost) all the spa has to offer with any treatment service. The hydrotherapy and steam room are temporarily unavailable for sanitation purposes.
Spend a few hours traveling from one locale to another during a Universal Resort crawl; socially-distanced style.
I suggest you start your sipping tryst at Universal Resort’s CityWalk since it closes before the resort bars. Most of the restaurants are open but hours vary widely. A list of open venues and hours can be found here. One of my favorite spots at CityWalk has always been Pat O’Briens. I can order a favorite beer while tuning in to the dueling pianos. Sing along! I also like the cozy feel as if you were hanging at a friend’s place. Pat O’Briens is currently open Friday – Sunday from 8pm-10pm.
Board the water taxi and take the short ride to Hard Rock Hotel where you will head straight to the Velvet Bar. Party like a rock star at this plush and fashionable lobby bar. Velvet Bar is open daily from 5pm-midnight.
Feel free to walk to the next stop at Loews Royal Pacific or take the water taxi again. Upon arrival, seek out the Orchid Court Lounge and Sushi Bar for sweeping tropical paradise views of a South Pacific lagoon. Here you have generous options of sushi, sashimi and appetizers that will pair nicely with a Japanese whisky, sake or beer. The Lounge is open daily from 5pm-midnight.
The last stop is Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s Swizzle Lounge. Use the stroll from Loews Royal Pacific Resort to enjoy free-flowing conversation. When you’ve arrived at the retro Swizzle Lounge, find a comfy seat and pour over the drink menu filled with nods to vintage concoctions. The hard part will be deciding which one to try first. Swizzle Lounge is open Friday and Saturday only from 4pm-midnight.
Water taxis typically run until 2am and are cleaned frequently which could affect wait times. If you choose to forego transportation, each stop is easily walkable. Remember to drink responsibly and utilize a ride share service when necessary.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls and Aventura Hotel are currently closed.
Here are some other resort crawls to try. Be sure to confirm operating hours as some locations may be temporarily closed.
- Swan and Dolphin Resort Crawl
- Gaylord Palms Resort Walking Food Crawl
- Margaritaville Resort Sunset Walk Crawl
- Disney Skyliner Gondola Crawl
- Monorail Pub Crawl
Food and Wine Weekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek/Waldorf Astoria
Coinciding with Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando are once again hosting their Food and Wine Weekends. Running through November 22, 2020, this event offers a taste of La Luce and Bull & Bear restaurants. Diners can also opt to indulge in a wine tasting before a pleasing plate of culinary art. The food menu is offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-10pm which includes vegan options. The wine tasting is Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30pm-7pm outside of La Luce.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic
The esteemed Food and Wine Classic at Swan and Dolphin is back by popular demand on Friday, October 30, 2020. This epicurean display of creative artistry for the palate is a more intimate, VIP style for foodies. Limited tickets are available. Event only tickets are $110 per person or you could make an evening of it and book a one-night package starting at $395 with 2 event tickets included. While this event is typically a weekend fete on the resorts sprawling outdoor promenade, it has been adapted this year to ensure social distancing and safety.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms
Is it ever too early to start thinking about your Christmas plans? I think not! We could use a little cheer and Gaylord Palms is ready to deliver. Starting November 13, 2020 and running through Jan 3, 2021, Christmas at Gaylord Palms will be in full swing with an abundance of lights, decorations and activities.
I Love Christmas Movies includes 13 immersive movie scenes to make you feel a part of the set. Cirque Dreams Unwrapped delivers 25-minutes of jaw-dropping acts bursting with vibrant colors. Race your heartthrob down one of six real ice slides on Snow Flow Mountain. The Snowball Build and Blast will have you working against time to build snowballs and blast them at the power switches as fast as you can. Of course, no visit would be complete without a stop to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Packages and pre-sale tickets are available now.
Harbor Nights at Loews Portofino Bay Resort Piazza
*Harbor Nights has been temporarily canceled, but keep an eye out for reopening of this unforgettable outdoor event.*
Nothing says romance like an evening in Italy. We may not be able to travel to Italy just yet but we can travel to an Italian paradise at Universal Loews Portofino Bay Resort. Held four times a year, Harbor Nights takes place on the Harbor Piazza. Opera concerts, low lights and wafts of Italian flavors infiltrate the harbor atmosphere.
Orlando Resort Date Restaurants
Dive into one of these dining establishments for tasteful morsels of gastronomical fare. Bon Appetit!
Highball & Harvest and Knife & Spoon, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando
It’s hard to beat the freshness and comfort of farm-to-table dining. Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, delivers Southern flavors using seasonal fresh fruits and herbs. The menu dovetails with the rustic décor creating an elegantly laid back vibe. Highball & Harvest is open daily for dinner from 5:30pm-10pm.
You'll also want to check out the newly opened Knife & Spoon. This steak and seafood concept is helmed by award-winning Chef John Tesar (also a two-time contestant on Top Chef) and Chef de Cuisine Gerald Sombright (also a Top Chef contestant). This is no ordinary steakhouse; the menu is comprised of a selection of mouthwatering seafood dishes and premium cuts of steak, each dry aged in house. Knife & Spoon is currently open for dinner Wednesday – Saturday 5:30-10pm.
Capa, Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Ascend seventeen floors of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort to the upscale Capa restaurant. Capa features two outdoor terraces ideal for enjoying the cooler evenings of a Florida fall. Seafood and mouthwatering wood-grilled offerings seasoned with Spanish flare fill the menu. Take a stab at the signature 32 oz Prime Porterhouse or Blackened Chilean Seabass for the main dish. The restaurant is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm-10pm. Make reservations at sunset for added charm.
Bull & Bear, Waldorf Astoria Orlando
The stately Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria Orlando is an excellent pick for a special evening out. Table side preparations, carefully curated cocktails and innovative vittles are what come together to make Bull & Bear one of OpenTable’s top 100 restaurants in the U.S. Diners can expect impeccable service to compliment the lamb or chateaubriand. Order a traditional beverage to sip as you drink in dialogue with your love. Bull & Bear is open Tuesday – Saturday from 6pm-10pm.
Estefan Kitchen Orlando, Margaritaville Resort Orlando
Calling SunsetWalk on Margaritaville Resort Orlando home, Estefan Kitchen Orlando is a sure fire way to liven up date night. From the food to the music, all five senses will be invigorated with Latin notes at this Cuban cultural hub of atmospheric flavors. The menu is full of classic dishes, gluten free and vegetarian options. Leave time to take a hand-in-hand stroll down SunsetWalk after dinner.
- 7593 Chophouse, Reunion Resort
- California Grill, Disney's Contemporary Resort
- Hamilton's Kitchen, The Alfond Inn
You and your love can swing your way into fun at one of these golf courses. No membership required!
Jack Nicklaus. Arnold Palmer. Tom Watson. Three legends in the golf world and Reunion Resort happens to have a course designed by each one. It’s no surprise that each course comes with its own set of awards and acclamations. Public play is permitted until November 1, 2020 when the course will be reserved for guests only. Tee times are based on availability at a rate of $130/person before 1pm and $90/person after 1pm. Don’t wait too long to see if you can score a birdie!
Walt Disney World Golf Courses
The beloved Mickey Mouse welcomes golfers from all skill levels to tee off at one of four courses. Three courses are a full 18 holes; Palm, Magnolia and Lake Buena Vista. Oak Trail is a 9-hole walking course. Magnolia is the longest while Lake Buena Vista is a favorite among avid golfers I know. Players are urged to book a tee time online. Golf carts are thoroughly sanitized between guests. Prices vary depending on course.
Looking for something a little different? Try footgolf! It is played either before or after a 9-hole booking on Disney’s Oak Trail. Players will play traditional golf on the blue pins and footgolf along the orange pins. Footgolf follows the same rules as the traditional golf game. Bookings can be reserved after 2:30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Advanced reservations are required.
Omni Orlando Resort ChampionsGate
Omni Orlando Resort ChampionsGate is home to two championship courses designed by Greg Norman, golfer and architect. The International Course is a link-style fairway and the National Course is a traditional American-style green. The blend of styles will certainly make it challenging to keep your ball out of the watery grave. Each course is $90 per player and that includes your cart. If you’re looking to up your game, the Resort is also the world headquarters for the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. They will be happy to take you from duffer to pro.
Grab your sticks and make a tee time at Streamsong Resort. This top golf club offers three Scottish link-style courses for golf enthusiasts to drive and putt their way through an outdoor date. Streamsong Red, Streamsong Blue and Streamsong Black each come with their own challenges through tall dunes, sunken ponds and native grasses. Public play prices vary depending on the season but range from $125 to $285 per player. Caddies are available for an additional charge.
Mission Inn Resort and Club
It’s not every day you have the opportunity to play a piece of history. Take a short drive to Howey-in-the-Hills where you can read the green on a course that’s been standing for over 100 years. George O’Neil created the El Campeon course at Mission Inn Resort and Club in 1917 and incorporated 85-foot elevation changes, something unusual for the Florida landscape. The Resort offers a second newer course that is much different from its counterpart. Las Colinas was built in 1992 and received “Best New Course” title by Golf Digest the same year. El Campeon is $59 plus tax per player with cart. Las Colinas is $49 plus tax per player with cart. Fore!
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