Book It: Four hotels where American dreams do come true

From Disney drenched magic to the rugged Californian coast, welcome the to the land where dreams actually do come true…


The Four Seasons Resort, Orlando

Best for… family luxury

The low-down: There is no better way to experience Orlando than from this sprawling resort within the Disney park. With a lazy river, three swimming pools, waterslides and a brilliantly-equipped kids’ hangout, it’s the perfect post-park retreat. Little ones can splash about in the fabulous paddling pool fountains, while big kids swish down slides and even bigger ones unwind on sun loungers. Cold flannel? Tropical fruit? Delectable cocktail? It’s all coming your way. Disney movies are also played on the huge poolside screen while the audience bob about in the water or kick back under an umbrella.

If it’s serenity you’re after, the adult-only pool might be more your vibe — and of course the magnificent spa. There’s a sprinkling of Disney magic on-site too, with regular visits from Mickey and co at breakfast and views of the nightly fireworks, best enjoyed from your own balcony (if it’s in the right direction) or the fabulous top-floor restaurant, Capa. With an open kitchen serving Spanish-inspired dishes and dramatic interiors, it’s a special night out. In the lobby, Lickety Split serves deli food in quick, slick style while Revello pairs Italian fare with a buzzy vibe. As the resort is officially part of the Disney World complex, guests also have access to the parks in ‘magic hours’ — before the gates open to the public.

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