The Best Disney World Hotels for a Romantic & Magical Escape

Heading to Disney for a staycation isn’t just for families… despite the kid-centric stigma. There are more activities offered for adults than you may think. Try out a DIY Disney Monorail Pub Crawl for starters. While many may not consider Disney to be a romantic getaway, isn’t Disney actually all about romance?! Think of every classic princess and you’ll find her gallant prince. Or just take a look at the long-lasting love of Mickey and Minnie. And where else can you travel to one place and experience the world (ahem, Epcot… where no international tickets are required).

Even if theme parks aren’t your thing as a couple, there’s plenty of experiences at the resorts for a lovesome affair. We’ve gathered a list of the best Walt Disney World (WDW) hotels with amenities geared toward adults so you can make your Orlando getaway a magical one.

DISNEY RESORTS FOR ROMANCE

There are so many romantic activities for the two of you to explore on Disney property. For example: Rent canoes or kayaks from the resorts and explore Bay Lake. Arrange a surprise in-room celebration. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride for two at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds or Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. Take a romantic stroll down the vibrant BoardWalk in the evening. Yes, you may pay a higher price tag with these deluxe resorts, but the added magic bestowed by the cast members and the fact that most families book the value resorts are sure to be worth your while.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

This is one of the most sought-after – and expensive – resorts to stay at within the WDW Resort. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is saturated with lavish elegance from the Victorian era. Let your ears relish the live orchestral concerts playing in the lobby as you dance with your partner. Who cares if people are watching! This respite is about the two of you, right? You can also listen to live jazz nightly at Mizner’s Lounge. Meander the beautiful grounds as you hold hands and engage in chatter.

Indulge in fine dining at the well-known Victoria and Albert’s. Make the getaway even more special by booking the private Chef’s Table in the kitchen area. The Senses Spa offers massages for two in a couple’s treatment room. The Courtyard Pool is designed for leisurely relaxation with a whirlpool spa just steps away.

After dinner or a day in the parks, hop on the monorail and head to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort where Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto becomes 21+ after 8 pm. Lounge for a while or take your drinks to go and grab one of the hammocks scattered along the beach to watch the nightly fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle. That’s a fairytale ending!

Disney’s Yacht Club

Escape to New England in your own backyard! Disney’s Yacht Club Resort sits lakeside with a classy nautical atmosphere. There’s a three-acre recreation area for outdoor enthusiasts to discover and stately accommodations to snuggle close. The formal elegance of The Mouse is worth every penny.

This resort includes three quiet pools with steaming whirlpool spas to soak in as you relax next to your love. The Ship Shape Health Club allows you to workout together or experience the complete indulgence of a reasonably priced massage for two. For dinner, splurge on steaks and seafood at the mature Yachtsman Steakhouse.

Need one more incentive to book this luxurious dream? Your furry companion, Fido, is welcome to join you on your hideaway.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

If you desire to be in the middle of magical happenings with touches of fairytale romance, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is the place to escape. This ritzy retreat boasts more amenities than you could count along with personalized service from the staff. Let them know you’re on a special romantic getaway and they will deliver an unforgettable time.

Take advantage of Extra Magic Hours at the parks, complimentary transportation, advance tee times on all four Disney golf courses and complimentary parking at the parks, just to name a few. Celebrate each other while leisurely floating in the swan paddle boats or lazing around the pool area. The five heated pools are arranged to include private places for rest while other areas are lively with excitement.

The Couples Spa Package is meant to be a secluded refuge for you and your significant other. Both of you will receive a Mandara Customized Massage (50 mins) with the Hydrotherapy Experience for Two. Ooo la la!

Mandara Spa at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Image credit: Mandara Spa

NON-DISNEY ACCOMMODATIONS

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

This AAA Five Diamond Award recipient is full of luxury within the Walt Disney World Resort and offers access to all things Disney. Take it easy at The Oasis, an adults-only pool speckled with loungers, umbrellas, private cabanas and underwater audio. Get cozy with your love in the nearby jacuzzi. You’ll also score relaxing views of the lake from this chill hangout.

Start your Disney day before the crowds arrive or after the masses have departed with the resort’s Extra Magic Hours benefit. All of that walking and excitement is sure to put you in need of rejuvenation, so book a couples suite or private bungalow at the spa to indulge in treatments fit for a king and queen.

Reserve the Bed and Breakfast Package to chow on a daily breakfast for two in-room or at one of the on-site restaurants.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Book your room at this upscale hotel and spend a day of pleasure with your main squeeze in a magnificent sanctum. Rent one of the sundeck cabanas for some tranquility as you partake in the poolside lounge service. Since the pool is open 24 hours, sneak away after dark to one of the 12 waterfalls around the lagoon-shaped pool.

Take a swing at friendly competition on one of the four Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf courses. After you’ve freshened up from your day of sport, explore dining for two at the classy Hemingway’s. This steak and seafood restaurant with an island vibe will have something to delight both of your palates. All of this is located within a mile of the WDW Resort for easy access to every park.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is surrounded by the WDW Resort and features five pools to splash in, jacuzzis to melt away stress and a lazy river for floating with your hottie. According to the hotel website, the resort pool was chosen #1 among TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Fantastic Pools. To enjoy some exclusivity, rent one of the private cabanas for the day. You’ll be greeted with refreshments, poolside service and wireless internet. Not that you’ll need technology with your mate by your side.

Gaze at your honey as you both enjoy a couples massage at the neighboring Waldorf Astoria Orlando Spa for some added romance and relaxation. When you both are rested, grab your theme park tickets and head to one of the complimentary shuttles to the Disney parks.

Check out the Leisure Escapes Package to enjoy a $50 resort credit per night along with a stay in one of the comfortable guest rooms. The credit can be used for golf, spa services or dining at one of the commended restaurants such as La Luce.

Hilton Orlando pool cabana
Hilton Orlando cabana. Image c/o Visit Orlando

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

The scenery, service and accommodations are what make this resort one of Orlando’s top luxury hotels. Couples will enjoy the many activities available for unwinding and playing together. The spa will allow you to renew your body and mind. For $20 per day, you’ll be granted access to the tranquil tea lounge and steam room.

By day, loaf around hand-in-hand throughout the pools and amenities at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. The hotel has even taken the extra step to plan an itinerary for a romantic weekend getaway so you can stress less about your activities. You’ll find it here. Phew, that was easy!

Reserve the Suite Life Package for your escapade to reignite the flame of love. Aside from personal concierge service and a sprawling suite, a $100 resort credit per night is gifted. Splurge on dinner at the acclaimed Bull & Bear for steakhouse fare. Be sure to book your table in advance to feast your eyes on the Epcot fireworks.

Suite Life at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

Imagine a Mediterranean retreat nestled on 500 acres with a nearby 10-acre lake. Wyndham Grand Resort Bonnet Creek is a WDW Good Neighbor Hotel that aspires to be a tucked away retreat for you and your honey. So go on and take a respite from the stresses of the daily grind. You’ll never have to leave the resort grounds to find romance, unless you are looking to double date with the infamous couple Mickey and Minnie, of course.

The Blue Harmony Spa features a couple’s suite with massage tables and soak tubs sitting next to each other for an intimate experience. Once the two of you have de-stressed, venture to the Relaxation Lounge for tea service before dipping into the outdoor hot tub. End your day of relaxation with dinner at deep blu seafood grille.

The Bed and Breakfast Package includes breakfast at the Tesoro Cove restaurant.

Caribe Royale Orlando

You won’t lack luxury or space when staying on this sprawling resort that is not only a WDW Good Neighbor Hotel but also independently owned. Caribe Royale Orlando has two restaurants, two lounges, a pool bar and grille, 24-hour cafe and coffee cafe onsite. For the couple who enjoys staying active, you’ll find a 1.5-mile trail (with bikes available for rent), tennis and basketball courts, catch and release fishing, and an expansive pool area. There is a separate children’s water play area which helps keep the atmosphere at the resort pools a little more adult-friendly. You’ll find many services at The Island Spa for quiet and calm.

For an extended staycation, Caribe Royale Orlando offers a 4-night package that includes Walt Disney World tickets. Theme park transportation is included with your stay. For elegant romance, check out the Romance Package. This package includes two nights in a deluxe king suite, a full buffet breakfast, welcome wine and tuxedo strawberries, guaranteed late check-out and a $75 dining credit at The Venetian Chop House.

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

While Gaylord Palms Resort is not part of the Walt Disney World Resort, it sure does feel like it when you walk into the astounding glass atrium. You’ll experience various Florida habitats (the Everglades, St. Augustine and Key West) as you stroll with your love through the rambling indoor gardens.

There are a total of nine restaurants to discover on property and plenty of adult offerings to enjoy during your stay. Throw back draft beer while watching sports with your biggest fan on the two-story, 37-foot sports screen in Wreckers Sports Bar. Or, revel in a couple’s massage at Relache Spa before lounging by the adults-only South Beach pool.

The Remember Romance Package allows you to snuggle with your sweetie in comfortable accommodations. You’ll have champagne or non-alcoholic beverages with a special treat waiting on you after you’ve checked in. Breakfast for two at select restaurants is included. You’ll also enjoy 20% off select spa services.

Adults-Only South Beach Pool at Gaylord Palms

 

Feature image credit: Walt Disney World Resort / Kent Phillips, photographer

 

Erica Thomas is a freelance writer regularly contributing to Date Night Guide and Orlando Date Night Guide, while also managing her roles as a wife and homeschooling mom of two small children. She is a romantic at heart who flourishes with adventurous activities and travel (and, of course, date night).


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