The Ultimate Luxury Experiences in Orlando

A recent article in the New York Times highlighting the world's top 2015 travel destinations said it best: "Beyond Mickey Mouse: a Disney destination matures." Over the past few years, Orlando has grown into a luxury travel destination known for its outstanding service, notable restaurants and extraordinary local culture. Sure, it's still a top place to take the kids, but why not get pampered after a day at the theme parks? Sophisticated travelers can have it all, thanks to a growing foodie scene, high-end shopping, the city's first five-star resort and a new $500-million performing arts center.


1. If you don't want to wait in line or deal with the crowds, both Universal and Walt Disney World offer private VIP tours that range from $300 a day to $600 per hour.

2. Walt Disney World's top restaurants book up to 180 days in advance, so plan ahead or talk to your hotel's concierge.

3. Staying on property at official Disney and Universal resorts will give you more perks, such as early admission and access to dining reservations. 

Alfond Inn

This beautiful boutique hotel has been recognized by Conde Nast and recently opened as a unique fund-raiser partner to Rollins College. The lobby is filled with contemporary art from notable artists, and Hamilton's Kitchen is a popular spot for lunch and dinner among visitors and locals. 

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Located in the heart of 482 natural acres in Bonnet Creek, the Waldorf is one of Orlando’s most luxurious hotels. Guests can expect exceptional service and amenities inside its sumptuous accommodations. This is the first Waldorf Astoria to be built outside the flagship property in New York.

Victoria & Albert's

This fine-dining mecca is the place to celebrate landmark occasions. At the city's only five-diamond restaurant, Chef Scott Hunnel prepares outstanding meals each night, inspired by his world travels to Asia, Spain, Italy and France.

Monsieur Paul

Renowned French chef Paul Bucose leaves his mark on this classical French menu with highlights such as the soupe aux truffles and Maine lobster with mollet quail egg and creamy black-truffle bouillon. Time dinner for the 9 pm fireworks. D (nightly).

Winter Park's Park Avenue

Stroll along Park Avenue, the main street of charming Winter Park, where you’ll find upscale stores offering fine jewelry, antiques, books, shoes, cosmetics and gifts as well as the latest fashions.

The Mall at Millenia

With 150 upscale stores and dining options, this luxury mall features anchor stores Bloomingdale's, Macy's and Neiman Marcus.

Corona Cigar Co.

A trendy hot spot, Corona’s bar and store locations are actually 4,600-square-foot-plus humidors. Select a cigar from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua or Spain and relax in the lounge area with a glass of port, wine or beer. Open daily.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Named by Travel + Leisure magazine as "World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions 2015" and among their “Best Places to Travel in 2015,” the two-block downtown destination includes the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr.

Morse Museum of American Art

Featuring the world’s most comprehensive collection of work by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including glass windows and lamps, blown glass, pottery, jewelry, his 1893 chapel interior and art and architectural elements from his celebrated Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall.