- Orlando Luxury holidays
Orlando has much more to offer than just theme parks, and its nickname as The City Beautiful provides a hint as to the scenic nature of Florida's largest inland city. Its airport ranks among the 15 busiest in the US, and among the 30 busiest in the world, while more than two million people make their homes in its metropolitan area. It consistently ranks among the most visited cities in the US, not only by tourists, but also by business representatives attending one of its many conventions and conferences.
The mystery of Orlando's origins
How did Orlando get its name? Some say it was named after a soldier, Orlando Reeves, who was killed by Native Americans in 1835. But no records of any such soldier exist. An alternative etymology has it that Orlando Reeves was a landowner from South Carolina, who left a trail marker in the area in 1835, marked with his name - this was mistaken for a grave, perhaps explaining the legend of Reeves the fallen soldier. But a more recent explanation is that the city was named after Orlando from Shakespeare's As You Like It, and the presence of the main street of Rosalind Avenue seems to support this. In this explanation, Orlando was given its name in 1857 in recognition of its picturesque landscape - said to resemble the Forest of Arden, the setting for Shakespeare's play.
Join the club in Orlando
Aside from the theme parks - including Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort - the city and its surrounding area are famed for their world-class golf courses. Bay Hill Club and Lodge is probably the best known on the world stage, and each March it plays host to the prestigious Arnold Palmer Invitational.
When should I visit Orlando?
Orlando's temperatures range from 10-20°C in the winter months up to 23-33°C in the peak summer months of July and August, although its maximum rainfall totals also occur during the midsummer. Much of this rain falls during the regular afternoon storms, and for many people these are an attraction in themselves. If you want to visit during a drier period, April and May have substantially lower rainfall, but still with temperatures around 20-30°C on average. Late September into October also sees the summer rain begin to drop, while temperatures remain relatively high for the time of year.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays aren’t just about island escapes and beach paradise; you can enjoy a touch of luxury wherever you go. If you want to wind down in a luxury spa bath, after a busy day at the parks, treat yourself to top-class accommodation in Orlando. If you want to be just minutes from all the action, you can at a luxury resort hotel. When it comes to luxury holidays, it’s you that decides on the special touches you need to create the perfect getaway. Luxury holidays in Orlando can suit all kinds of budgets too. Orlando promises pure indulgence for kids, parents, and older couples alike. With great nightlife, shopping, theme parks, and dining, Orlando offers everything the luxury traveller needs to create the perfect holiday in the sun.