While driving the winding entrance to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes you automatically get a sense of the sophistication and elegance this property has to offer. One often thinks theme parks and cartoons when they think of Disney, but the Grande Lakes property, which include the Ritz Carlton Orlando and the JW Marriott, will prove that theory wrong.
From the moment I arrived at the front door, I was greeted with the personal touches that the Ritz-Carlton brand is known for. Megan greeted me at the reception desk with a bottle of water and escorted me to the elevators. I opened the door into my Club Level room to find a fruit basket, welcome letter and assortment of goodies to enjoy during my stay. Best of all, I had an amazing view of the golf course and lakes that make Grande Lakes so special.
We started our festivities with a Garden Party at Primo Garden. Here Chef Juan grows many of the herbs and spices used in his restaurant. The hotel is very dedicated to using locally-grown produce and meats, which only enhance the freshness and taste of their cuisine. In the garden we found tomatoes, herbs, spices, lettuce, potatoes, okra and edible flowers.
During our dinner at Primo, we sat at the Chef’s Table and faced the active kitchen area. I fully enjoyed my Pan Roasted Atlantic Mahi w/crab risotto & fava beans (no chianti), and the desserts were as delicious as they were artistic. They make all of their own bread at Primo, so bread could honestly be your dessert as the sweet aroma fills the air as soon as they place it on the table. A great way to end a great first day.
PHOTO: Garden Reception in Primo Garden at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.