My family and I just returned from a 5 night stay at Omni Resorts Orlando location – the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate. This place is a paradise just outside of the immediate Orlando vicinity. I’m practically crying typing this as I wish I could be back there right now!
About 25 minutes south of the Orlando airport, the hotel is easy to find off the main highway. It’s a golf resort so if you’re a golfer this is apparently a hot spot to check out. We’re not golfers but found plenty to do and love at the hotel.
For starters, I think the main point to get across is that this is so much more than just a hotel. It’s a resort with activities and something for everyone. There are daily activities for your kids that are engaging and fun. In fact, when we got back on the plane to come home, I asked the kids what their favorite day of the trip was (keep in mind we went to many of the parks) and they responded, “hanging at the hotel!” It’s that much fun here.
There are several great pools, including a big 850-foot lazy river pool where you can float in a tube. There’s also a big waterslide and plenty of little zero entry areas as well as a small fountain area for toddlers to play.
We happened to visit over Easter Sunday so it was crowded but also allowed for some additional activities during our stay.
Some highlights from our time at the resort included:
- An hour long show from Gatorland. This guy brought all sorts of creepy, crawly creatures and my boys just loved it! (The finale was an alligator!)
- An Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. Man was this fun. The Omni put out 5,500 eggs filled with candy on one of the golf holes! There were kids everywhere. Little guys (under 5) went first, and then my boys got to run in the second wave of kids, the 6-10 year olds. There’s also a nice paved path around this portion of the golf course that’s about a half mile long. I was able to catch a quick run on Sunday morning before the hunt so that was nice too!
Crafts inside of Camp Omni. Camp Omni is the Omni’s day care. It opens after 5 pm for parents to drop their kids off for a couple of hours at $12/child. You can 50% off if you dine on the resort property so it’s a good deal if you have more than one child! And during the day, Camp Omni is often open for you to go in and play Wii, Xbox or do crafts. Twice during our trip we went in and participated in some Easter crafts (at a small cost).
It was nice to have that little break from the sun and it’s fun inside! (Note – there’s also an arcade next door to Camp Omni that’s open 24 hours a day. My boys loved that too!)
- Dinner at Zen. One of several restaurants on-property, Zen was one of our favorite dinners. It’s Pan-Asian so you get a mix of sushi and asian food on the menu here. Hubby and I opted for mostly sushi although we got a side of Singapore Noodles that were to die for! And also great to note – every restaurant on property has the same kids menu with options for the kids at really affordable prices. So while my 6 year old dined with us on sushi, my picky 9 year old eater was able to get a $4 grilled cheese and able to eat along with us happily.
- The place we probably went the most for food and drinks was Crocs. This restaurant’s poolside and I have to say that hubby and I became a big fan of their cocktails. They also have an informal menu for lunch and dinner where you can get things like chicken fingers, quesadillas and tuna salad. We ate here a number of times and the kids loved the grilled cheeses! Servers also come around to your chairs during the day poolside to take orders too so you don’t even have to get up for your Mojito!
- We also went to David’s Club one night – an upscale sports bar that has pool tables in the back. Hubby wanted to catch some of the NCAA playoff games and the kids were happy to play pool while we watched.
Our room was pretty standard. Two queen beds, view of the golf course. But if you are looking for something more – there was another tower with 2 and 3-bedroom villas for bigger parties!
I could go on and on but I’ll leave you with the website for the Omni Resort at Champions Gate and a collage of pictures below. We will definitely be back. It was a good mix of tourists, business people and locals. We personally liked that it was off the beaten path and not in the middle of the whole theme park world. If you’re looking to visit Orlando and only do Disney, this may not be the spot for you because it’s a 15 minute drive to the parks. (They do offer a complimentary shuttle to the Disney resorts – you can book it with the concierge as long as you give them 24-hours notice.)
If you’re looking to go to Orlando and do a mix of parks, pool relaxation and more then definitely look no further than the Omni.
Gallery of photos of other highlights of the Omni:
Disclaimer: Omni provided my family with several nights at this resort free, plus additional nights at a discounted rate. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.