One of Orlando’s best seafood restaurants, a Rees Jones designed championship golf course and a lobby bar that serves a to-die-for Mojito are just a few of the many enticements at the amenity-loaded Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek.
Stretching 14 stories high, the hotel has Mediterranean inspired architecture and 400 guest rooms.
You enter a spacious lobby accented with fashionable furnishings and carpets. On my visit, the front desk person was helpful and friendly, which put me in a great frame of mind to enjoy my three day visit.
My room had numerous appealing amenities such as a 40-inch flat screen, alarm clock with iPod dock, European style bedding and TrueBlue bath products.
High-profile entertainment and recreation at the resort includes a lagoon-style, zero entry, outdoor pool with cabanas and spas, fitness center, full-service spa, billiards room, arcade room and several dining options (three signature restaurants, two lounges and a coffee bar).
Location, Location, Location
The hotel is situated in the Bonnet Creek Resorts area, a 70-acre development that also includes the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek resorts. What makes this area special is that it’s the closet thing to staying on Disney property without actually staying at a Disney owned hotel.
Here’s why: Bonnet Creek Resorts is bordered on three sides by Disney-owned land and surrounded by the Bonnet Creek nature preserve. While you enjoy easy, minutes away access to all of Disney’s theme parks, restaurants and entertainment offerings, you’re not deluged with the Disney marketing machine while staying in the Bonnet Creek Resorts area. According to rumors and legend, the foreign owners of the land refused to sell the parcel for many years before relenting about five years ago.
The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek is located about a 20 minute drive from Orlando International and downtown Orlando.
The Jones course, which opened in 2009, snakes through a large wetland preserve and bunkers are carved to be reminiscent of the hazards designed on courses a century ago. Tall pines and cypress trees line the fairways on the 7,108 yard layout (slope 139 and 74.6 rating from the back tees).
It’s very impressive visually with its high impact features and Jones’ creative ways to use water and sand as hazards, either in play or perceived to be in play.
I’ve played it several times and it’s an enjoyable resort layout, especially if you don’t spray the ball too much. It’s not target golf, but pretty close to it.
On the lobby level, deep blu Seafood Grille has instantly become a hit on Orlando’s dining scene. It was voted the Best New Restaurant for 2012 by Orlando Magazine and it’s chef, Cory York, was voted Best Chef in Orlando.
While I was extremely busy and did not dine at deep blu on my visit, I was told by numerous reliable sources that it’s a dining experience not to be missed. Among the popular menu selections are entrees like Grilled Swordfish and the 22 oz. Black Angus T-Bone and side dishes such as Tempura Broccolini with Thai pepper sauce and blu Crab Mac N’ Cheese.
The deep blu dining room has an open kitchen, a sushi bar and an excellent wine selection with a “Sommelier’s Pick of the Week”. A quick perusal of the wine list reveals a wide variety of California, Chilean and New Zealand wines as well as many others.
You’ll feel comfortable and at ease with an ambiance dominated by furnishings in soft beige and cream tones and solid wood tables.
Overlooking a lake, the Back Bay Pool Bar and Grill is a great place to unwind after a round of golf or a sojourn to the spa. The cocktail menu is a good one with selections like the Back Bay Blueberry Lemonade (Blueberry infused Bacardi Superior Rum, fresh lemon Sour and simple Syrup) and Oakheart Pina Colada (Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum, Pina Colada and banana puree).