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Completed 28 Million Dollar Redesign Project Unveiled at
Grande Lakes Orlando in Florida

Upgrades to the 582-room Ritz-Carlton and the 1,000 Room JW Marriott Revealed

Orlando, FL – October 2011 – Guests at two of Orlando’s most luxurious hotels will now find an even more luxurious experience at Grande Lakes Orlando. Comprised of a 582-room Ritz-Carlton and a 1,000-room JW Marriott, an investment of more than 28 million dollars has revealed the resort’s most comprehensive redesign project since opening in July 2003.

Contemporary design influences, combined with elegant yet modern details, compliment a soothing color palate that’s rich in aqua and yellow hues with neutral tones. Not merely a soft goods refurbishment, the rooms now feature tiled-floor entryways and state-of-the-art technology, including plasma televisions outfitted with jack packs that allow guests to view input from their MP3 players, laptops, and CD/DVD players on the TV display panel.

The natural, organic aesthetic reflects the resort’s location at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades and continued commitment to eco-friendly practices in everything from the Primo organic garden to the resort’s brand-new, on-site apiary producing honey used in restaurant dishes and in treatments at the award-winning Ritz-Carlton Spa.

“We’re very pleased to unveil this new, refreshed look in all of the resort’s rooms and suites,” Jim Burns, Vice President and Managing Director of Grande Lakes Orlando. “Grande Lakes continues to innovate and raise the standard even higher amid an increasingly competitive luxury hotel market, welcoming new guests and those who return to the resort year after year.”

The design palette, which inspired the room redesign, also embodies the rich textural elements and hints of color found throughout the Royal Suite. The Royal Suite was unveiled in early 2011 as the largest Ritz-Carlton suite of its kind in the entire United States. The 4,293-square-foot suite features four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, a media room, a dining room seating 10 people with a fully outfitted pantry, and numerous traditional and technological amenities.

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About Grande Lakes Orlando
Grande Lakes Orlando is a unique 500-acre resort with a luxury 582-room Ritz-Carlton and deluxe 1,000-room JW Marriott Hotel. In particular, the Grande Lakes Outfitters program, which includes kayak and canoe eco-tours and a fly-fishing school, reflects the resort’s natural surroundings. Grande Lakes also offers the culinary mastery of award-winning Chefs Norman Van Aken and Melissa Kelly, new total-wellness inspired treatment programs at The Ritz-Carlton Spa and Golf Digest Schools’ golf instruction. The estate is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from the major theme parks.

Guests at both hotels can enjoy all the facilities and services at Grande Lakes Orlando, including the 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Greg Norman, the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa offering a new rooftop eco-space, a wide selection of natural treatments, baths and hydrotherapies, and advice from the world’s first Citrus Consultant. Membership offerings are also available through The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Members Club.

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Grande Lakes Orlando


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Steve Contos Promoted to VP and Managing Director of Grande Lakes Orlando and Peter Kacheris Named General Manager of the JW Marriott Orlando / August 2006

Mark Ferland Appointed General Manager of the 584-room Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes / August 2006

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Thayer Lodging Group Set to Open the $600 million Grande Lakes Orlando; Largest Non-gaming Hotel Project to Open in the US this Year / July 2003

Thayer Lodging Group's $600 million Grande Lakes Orlando Project Set to Open in 2003; Includes a 584-room Ritz-Carlton and a 1,000-room JW Marriott / July 2002

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