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The Other Side of Orlando

A Deluxe Vacation at
The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

by Lyle Benjamin
Publisher, Locations, Etc. Inc.

Orlando has been a major city in Florida for decades; however, even long-time residents would agree that Disney World really put the city on the map. But Disney is by no means the only attraction in the area. Just three miles from Cinderella's castle is the site of one of the most captivating entertainment facilities created by man: The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando Florida

The recently renovated Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress resort stands on 1500a cres of incomparable beauty. From the tropical gardens of the hotel's magnificent atrium to the spectacular half-acre lagoon-like pool complete with caves, waterfalls and a rope bridge; from its water sports to the solicitous Five Diamond service, the resort offers a paradise both elegant and playful.


]Inspired landscape architects created a tiered terrain with flowers of every color nestling between rocks or around clear pools and splashing streams. The groves of palm trees offer cool relief from the hot Florida sun.

When you first arrive at the resort, you can't wait to stash your luggage in your room and go exploring. you are drawn to a magnificent grounds.

Lagoon Bridge at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Their restaurants have been honored with a Golden Spoon award. Enjoy a mind-blowing brunch at Hemingway's, casual fare at On the Rocks, poolside, or have a gourmet dinner at La Coquina. One night dine in the kitchen of La Coquina, at the Chef's Table, for an unparalleled dining experience.

At night, in the Hurricane Lounge, sample their signature "Papa Doble" drink which is rumored to have been Hemingway's favorite.


The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has no less than five restaurants that surely will suit everyone's desires. At the base of a 35-foot high mermaid sculpture that forms the centerpiece of a fountain is the lovely coral-pink Cascade restaurant featuring breakfast, lunch and Northern Italian dinner cuisine.

After savoring a meal, work off those calories by taking a relaxing stroll along one of the many exercise or jogging trails that wind through the resort. If this isn't strenuous enough, there's also bicycling, racquetball and tennis. Or a hearty workout at the Orlando Spa Resort and Salon health club, equipped with lifecycles, treadmills, stairmasters, universal weights, free weights and aerobic classes. You can even work off a few more calories in the sauna or steam room for good measure.

Courtesy Grand Hyatt

For those who would rather cool off, welcome to the wonderful world of water. Slip into the free-form tropical lagoon-like pool that flows through grottos and caves. The pool is large enough to accommodate water volleyball players, lap swimmers, exercise classes and other water activities all at once. And for added fun, check out the two dizzying water slides or relax in one of the large poolside jacuzzis.

Courtesy Liberty Travel

Still not tired? How about a round of golf at one of the 18--hole Jack Nicklaus golf courses? But if you just want to get away from it all for awhile, enjoy the beautiful nature trails by walking through native bird habitats.

Golf Deluxe

King Room

Courtesy Grand Hyatt

Now, are you tired? Well, here's something to get you back on your feet. Get a good night's sleep and then extend your visit for another 4 nights at this magical nirvana.

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