by Amanda Geronikos Norcross
The Grove Resort & Spa features hundreds of suites; three swimming pools (one with a kids’ play area); a water park; several dining options, including a grab-and-go market; fitness center; and full-service spa. The resort is the area’s second hotel by BENCHMARK, a Global Hospitality Company; the other is the Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando.
The hotel is located on 106 acres of land in Winter Garden — 18 of which are Lake Austin, where guests can enjoy kayaking, paddleboating and fishing. Just outside of Orlando, the hotel’s location is secluded and quiet. Many families may find the location especially nice after a not-so-secluded and loud day at the theme parks; other families (like us) may feel too far removed from the action. It’s all a matter of preference.
When it’s time to go to the theme parks, the resort provides a shuttle (included in a resort fee) to a Disney World Transportation Center, where you can then catch a bus to the parks. If you’re driving on your own, expect a 20-minute commute.
The resort’s suites are especially convenient for families, ranging from one to three bedrooms and offering fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers and patios or balconies.
Our Editor Loves
- Residential-style suites
- Pools and natural adventures
- Quiet location
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
The resort's residential-style suites are luxuriously spacious, ranging from 1,200 to 1,600 square feet in size. Each unit features a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, washer and dryer and patio or balcony with a table and chairs. Bathrooms offer shower/tub combinations and toiletries by Tommy Bahama.
Most suites overlook the hotel's pools and Lake Austin.
Pack 'N Plays are available upon request for those traveling with infants; there is no charge.
Note: As an environmentally conscious organization, The Grove Resort & Spa provides housekeeping services every other day. Guests can receive a $10 resort credit for every cleaning they opt out of. Ask for details at check-in.
One-bedroom suites offer a private bedroom with a king bed, plus a sleeper sofa in the living room; these units can sleep up to four guests. They have one bathroom.
There is one king bed in the master and one queen bed in the second room. There's also a sleeper sofa in the living room, so six people can comfortably fit in the two-bedroom suite. There are two bathrooms.
Two-Bedroom Family Suite
There is one king bed in the master and two full beds in the second room. There's also a sleeper sofa in the living room, so eight people can comfortably fit in the two-bedroom family suite. There are two bathrooms.
There is one king bed in the master and one queen bed in the second and third rooms with the addition of a sleeper sofa in the living area. This three-bedroom suite can accommodate up to eight guests. These units have two or three bathrooms.
If like me you are trying to work out the best place to stay for a trip to Disney you will not go wrong with the Grove resort. I was looking at the Disney hotels and the four seasons and for the price this is incredible. We got a 2 bedroom suite for nearly a third of the price of the FS or Disney resorts. The place itself is nearly new and the rooms are really well done and there is so much to do here for adults and kids (pool, slides, crazy golf, arcade...). Not to mention it is also a 20 min drive to Disney, even at rush hour! Also from what I saw online and when we were at Disney the Disney hotels looked a bit dated.
The rooms themselves are really well appointed and ours had a full kitchen which was really handy. The room cleaners also did a great job and took the care to tidy my little boys toys and make the place welcoming for our return. The breakfast was also really good and would highly recommend getting included in your package if it is available and not too much more.
Special shout out to Angela who served us most days at breakfast and was really friendly. Also to Philip who was also at breakfast and round the pool. My little boy always wanted watermelon for breakfast and Philip noticed and brought us a watermelon smoothie when we were round the pool completely unprompted. It are small touches like that which make all the difference and make you want to return and recommend to others.
If in Orlando for seeing the theme parks I would highly recommend this place.
by Amanda S
Loved every minute of our stay! The heated pools, lazy river, pretty views, comfortable beds, clean rooms, craft room for the kids, movie night by the pool, Santa meet and greet, just so many activities you never even have to leave the resort!
The resort has three lagoon-like swimming pools grouped in one area and known as The Springs. One pool features zero-entry access, a play area designed for kids. Covered cabanas are available to rent; costs vary by day of the week/time of the year, but typically start around $50 per day.
Families can (and should) take advantage of the hotel's location on Lake Austin. You can rent a paddleboat or kayak, or go fishing (either on a boat or on the dock); additional fees apply.
Surfari Water Park
Opened in March, 2018, Surfari Water Park features a FlowRider Double surf simulator, a relaxing lazy river, two dueling water slides, a kids' activities pool, BBQ and free entry!
Flip Flop's features arcade games the whole family will love -- Skee ball, the Fun Zone Crane, and more!
The first dining option to open at The Grove Resort & Spa, the Alfresco Market offers grab-and-go items -- coffee drinks, snacks, pastries, you name it.
A three-meal-a-day, full service restaurant featuring a combination of Southern European Cuisine (Spanish, French, Italian) with traditional continental standards. Breakfast includes a full buffet served daily, and lunch and dinner are a la carte. Kids' menus are available.
Springs Bar & Grill
The pool bar, Springs Bar & Grill, serves burgers, sandwiches, salads and the like -- plus cocktails, of course!
Longboard Bar & Grill
Located inside Surfari Water Park, Longboard Bar & Grill serves casual fare by the pools. Expect burgers, sandwiches, salads and the like, plus cocktails and mocktails.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The resort charges a daily resort fee of $30; this covers Wi-Fi, in-room coffee services, access to Surfari Water Park and use of the lazy river tubes and towels; access to the fitness center; unlimited in-room local and toll-free calls; use of the business center including printing; scheduled calendar of resort activities for the family; and shuttle services to the closest Disney Transportation Center.
Wi-Fi is included in the resort fee and works well throughout the resort.
The resort has a small fitness center with cardio machines, free weights, yoga mats/balls and the like. The fitness center is available to guests all day; room key cards are required for access.
Self-parking in a private car garage is available for $15 per day.
The resort offers dive-in movies (free of charge) and other events weekly. Events/offerings vary, so ask about upcoming events during your stay.
The resort has a partnership with the nearby Orange County National Golf Center, which means golf fans can take advantage of packages that combine nightly accommodations with greens fees. Orange County National has the largest driving range in the U.S.!
The Art of Smart Timing
Late-summer through September (excluding Labor Day weekend) is the best time to visit The Grove Resort & Spa in terms of lowest rates.
The Grove Resort & Spa is about 30 minutes from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
The resort provides shuttle services (included in the resort fee) to the closest Disney Transportation Center, where you can then hop on a bus to the parks. It's about a 20-minute drive to Disney World if you decide to go the parks on your own.
For Mom and Dad
The resort's spa has four treatment rooms where you can indulge in a facial, wrap or massage. Manis and pedis are also an option (for kids, too!) and you can opt to have those done by the pools for a special treat. Reservations are recommended.
Element is the bar to visit, serving handcrafted cocktails with a player piano in a chic space. Visit for a nightcap after a day with Mickey!