by Whitney Rife
Shades of Green is an Armed Forces Recreation Center, meaning only military and Department of Defense civilians can stay here. The property has a woodsy setting with waterfalls and tropical gardens. Over 550 oversized guest rooms feature patios and balconies and seating areas. Family suites that sleep up to eight contain expansive living room areas, separate bedrooms and an additional full bathroom. A handful of snack places and cafes are at the resort. Garden Gallery Restaurant is the best bet for a family-friendly dining experience. Mangino’s Bistro is the most popular restaurant, serving delicious pasta dishes. The resort has professional photographers onsite to document family reunions and vacations. Golf players will appreciate that the resort is surrounded by two PGA Championship courses. Also, parents may want to visit the Magnolia Spa (they cater to children, too).
Our Editor Loves
- Family Suites
- Onsite restaurants
- Onsite Dining
We stayed for seven nights with my daughter and family. They give great rates on the hotel, food and merchandise. They have their own bus, so depending where you are going, you May have to transfer to another bus or monorail. One morning, a bus driver said out of respect for our military, he sang the Star Spangled Banner! Would definitely stay again. Lots of things to do on the property and lots of food!
This resort is owned and operated by the U.S. Army. My husband is a disabled veteran. We went for a week in January. This place is great and we definitely want to go back again. I read lots of reviews that mentioned "cleanliness" and they weren't kidding. This is one of the cleanest hotels/resorts I have ever stayed in and my husband and I have traveled extensively. The employees were wonderful. I had a massage and Vivian was amazing as was our housekeeper, Thibi. Our server in Mangino's was Ruben and he was also great. We loved the Bistro To Go and did it several times. I tried to purchase a hard cider in the exchange, but found out only active military can buy those. That seems really strange as my husband and I are well (and I mean well) over the age to purchase alcohol. The only problem we had was the infrequency of the buses to transport you around, but I think the next time we will know more and I will be ready with more information on them. Overall, we absolutely loved it. As I said above, there is an exchange on the property, which is really convenient and a Starbucks in the lobby.