Why you should spend a daycation at the Ritz Carlton

Orlando can become extremely hot and humid during the summer. A pool day is always a great idea. Some friends called us on a hot Sunday morning to ask if we wanted to spend the day with them at the pool. They had called the Ritz Carlton and made a reservation to rent a cabana for the day. 

Without hesitation we packed our swimsuits and head out to the Ritz Carlton. We probably packed too fast because Kevin (my other half) forgot his swim shorts. Too bad when you are planning a pool day.

The resort was beautiful as you can imagine. My friend Johanna (you can visit her website here) and I took a couple of pictures before we entered the water. 

Everyone who has a reservation can go to the resort for the day. You can rent a cabana like we did. It is nice and quiet. It was a very relaxing Sunday. We got to enjoy the beautiful pool. It felt like a little gateway but we were still in Orlando. 

The cabana is located in the spa area. There were no kids in this part of the hotel; it is an adult pool only. It is not in the main pool area of the hotel. 

The cabana was comfortable, and our server was the nicest. She was making sure we were doing good, and we had everything we needed. 

Renting the cabana was a little pricy but since we were two couples we were able to split the cost. There are different cabanas available for you to rent out. The one we had was very spacious; we had 2 lounge chairs, a sofa and a fridge full of fresh water and sodas. 

We tried different salads and a wrap. We had the ahi tuna salad with goat cheese and cherry tomatoes; it was wonderful. The ahi was perfectly cooked, Kevin had the turkey wrap which was great as well. Our friends tried the chicken caesar salad and the crab salad. The spa pool menu is limited, but you can order food of the inside restaurant as well which offers you more choices. We also had a delicious Pina Colada.

We had such a great time. I never thought about staying at a hotel just for the day and enjoy the pool. It was actually a great idea, and we will definitely do more Daycation in the resorts around town. There are a lot of hotels in Orlando, so we have a lot of places to try.


Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes | 4012 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32837 | (407)206-2400



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  • Reply Lauren

    Oh “Daycation” I love that! 😀 what a fantastic idea to beat the heat for a day!

    August 12, 2017 at 3:53 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      It was indeed a really good idea we had a blast and the Ritz Carlton is a great place to do so 🙂

      August 13, 2017 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Ufuoma

    A Daycation is the perfect description of this. This looks amazing and I just want to jump right into that water.

    August 12, 2017 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply Tasha Amy

    Ah that pool looks so amazing! The best way to spend a hot day

    August 13, 2017 at 9:13 am
    • Reply Salomé

      Yes the pool was amazing. It is definitely something I would recommend to anyone who want to stay cool on a very hot day 🙂

      August 13, 2017 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Fran Norero

    Sounds like a great getaway for the day! Nice idea

    August 13, 2017 at 11:40 am
    • Reply Salomé

      It really was. I am thrilled our friends thought about it 🙂

      August 13, 2017 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Natalie Anastasia

    This is such a great idea! This Ritz Carlton location looks absolutely gorgeous and you took some beautiful photos! You’re making me miss home 🙂 (I’m from Orlando)

    August 13, 2017 at 5:14 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Aww thank you Natalie it means a lot coming from you 🙂 The Ritz Carlton in Orlando is really a beautiful location. You can try it next time you come home and let me know what you think 😉

      August 13, 2017 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Benie

    I am generally not big resort person, but those pictures make me think. How did you manage pics with so less people :).

    August 16, 2017 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Haha Thank you. We didn’t go to the main pool area of the resort we went to the spa pool. It is adults only so it is definitely less crowded and very relaxing. 🙂

      August 31, 2017 at 11:24 pm
  • Reply Benie

    I am generally not big resort person, but those pictures make me think. How did you manage pics with so less people :).

    August 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Haha Thank you. We didn’t go to the main pool area of the resort we went to the spa pool. It is adults only so it is definitely less crowded and very relaxing. 🙂

      August 31, 2017 at 11:25 pm
  • Reply Rajlakshmi

    The place looks so awesome… Love all your pictures. It’s great that you were able to split the cost 😀

    August 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Thank you. Yes the place is gorgeous as well as the pool. It was a wonderful experience 🙂

      August 31, 2017 at 11:25 pm
  • Reply Raquel

    It seems that is the place to relax on a hot Sunday morning in Orlando! This swimming pool/cabana day pass is a great idea! I will check if other hotels have that in my city as it is especially good for hot summer weekends!

    August 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Yes it was so great! I didn’t know about it either until my friends said something about it. You should definitely check out some hotels in your area. I am sure some are doing it as well 🙂

      August 31, 2017 at 11:27 pm
  • Reply ispyprettyplaces

    Love the idea of a daycation. I know a lot expats do it in the Middle East, especially as hotels are the only bathing in bikini zones in the country. What a great spot to take respite from the heat.

    August 16, 2017 at 12:27 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Oh I didn’t know that the hotels were the only bathing in Bikini zone but it makes sense. It is a great way to relax and stay cool 😉

      August 31, 2017 at 11:29 pm
  • Reply Jasmin

    I should do daycations more often! 😀 Such a shame that I live in northern bits of the world so pool holidays really aren’t an option here.

    August 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      I am sure you can still do it during summer time or when you come to Florida 😉 Daycations are the best!

      August 31, 2017 at 11:30 pm
  • Reply Ada

    That sound like a perfect Sunday! I never though of renting cabanas before and it’s actually such a smart idea! Esspecily when you travel, your hotel doesn’t have pool and you do need a pool day! That pool in Ritz looks wonderful!

    August 16, 2017 at 6:05 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Yes it is such a great idea! We had such an amazing time. I can not recommend it enough. It was so relaxing and it allowed us to cool down since it gets pretty hot here during summer! 🙂

      August 31, 2017 at 11:32 pm
  • Reply Carrie

    This looks like such a nice alternative to massively overcrowded and not super clean public pools. And the pina colada looks amazing.

    August 17, 2017 at 2:03 am
    • Reply Salomé

      It really is. People come to Orlando to go to the theme parks. It is great sometimes to just relax and really enjoy your holidays. The pina cola not only looks amazing but it tasted amazing as well! Perfect summer cocktail 😉

      August 31, 2017 at 11:22 pm
  • Reply Siarra | Wander.Focus.Love

    I made it out to Orlando last year, but didn’t get to stay at the Ritz…it’s a wish list item of mine though!! Your photos are lovely…I feel like I was there with you.

    August 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      That’s awesome. I hope you enjoyed your time in The City Beautiful. We have a lot of lovely hotels. I am thrilled to hear that you enjoy the pictures and the article.

      August 31, 2017 at 11:18 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    I’m just getting into this idea of enjoying hotel facilities without actually staying there. Definitely worth paying for a private, luxurious experience!

    August 18, 2017 at 12:42 am
    • Reply Salomé

      Yes it is such a good idea. I will try to do that more often. It is wonderful to be able to relax by the amazing pools and just unplug!

      August 31, 2017 at 11:17 pm
  • Reply Yentl

    My hubby and I will definitely be doing more daycations in resorts in Orlando! The cabana area looks so relaxing!

    August 30, 2017 at 7:32 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      You should. It is such a great idea. Sometimes you don’t need to go to far to be able to have a wonderful relaxing day!

      August 31, 2017 at 10:47 pm

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