Sometimes a group of good friends, a glass of wine and a new view is the perfect prescription for a fresh start. With a plethora of dining, scenic views, an abundance of shopping and endless nightlife, Kissimmee is the perfect destination for the ultimate girls getaway.
First on the agenda? Check-in and check-out at the luxurious Reunion Resort, a 2,300-acre destination resort conveniently located 30 miles from the Orlando International Airport. This luxurious resort offers beautifully appointed one- to three-bedroom villas or three- to six-bedroom private homes perfect for groups of all sizes. The open accommodations are perfect for kicking back and chatting until the wee hours of the night. The resorts exclusive amenities include a five-acre water park with a rooftop pool, full-service spa, tennis court, fitness center and six exceptional dining venues
Immediately after settling in, grab flip flops, a bathing suit and reading materials and head up to the 11th floor Rooftop Pool. With its South Florida feel, spectacular views of the resort grounds and surrounding area, it's a great place to kick back with a cocktail and soak up the beautiful Florida sun.
Stay atop the roof for dinner and stargazing. Eleven is a modern steak house with nouvelle feel. Farm-to-table elements showcase Eleven's creative menu offerings coupled with premium steak cuts and signature entrees. Chic and progressive in ambiance and décor, the open air veranda and nightly fireworks accent the sights and sounds of the open kitchen. The dynamic wine list and signature cocktail menu are sure to delight every palate.
An evening of soaking up the stars entails an evening with Cirque du Soleil La Nouba. La NoubaTM transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary, engaging the imagination from beginning to end with opulent sets, brilliant choreography, theatrical lighting, and live music. Featuring mesmerizing high wire and flying trapeze, stunning acro-gymnastic performances and other dynamic displays of coordination and strength, La NoubaTM promises to surprise, excite and mystify.
Get a head start on the day with Celebration Bike Tours. The perfect way to experience the Town of Celebration, famous for its nostalgic hometown flavor and elegance. Discover picturesque neighborhoods with world-class architecture, native wildlife and a vibrant downtown area while pedaling along quiet streets, scenic winding trails, and waterfront pathways.
While exploring Celebration, lunch at Columbia. Known for delicious Cuban & Spanish cuisine and tableside sangria, diners can choose to eat at the sidewalk café, courtyard, or in one of the Old-World-Style dining rooms.
What girls' trip would be complete without a kingdom of chocolate? The Chocolate Kingdom, the Factory Adventure Tour, is an interactive journey that uncovers how chocolate transforms from the bean into the creamy, dreamy chocolate bar. Personal Chocolate Tour Guides joins forces with a handsome Prince and his Dragon sidekick to take guests through a Cacao Tree Greenhouse, a one-of-a-kind Chocolate Museum, a Mystical River of Chocolate and a Bean-to-the-Bar Factory utilizing old world machinery.
Round out the day with dinner and dancing at Universal Citywalk®, a dazzling complex, conveniently located right between the entrances to both Universal Orlando ResortTM theme parks. This unique venue is home to the best of the best in live music, casual and fine dining, dancing, shopping, cinemas, and more. The eclectic restaurant options include cuisine from Italy, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Big Easy. From the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls to the sizzle of a perfectly prepared steak, from All-American burgers 'n' fries to kung pao shrimp, there is something for every taste and appetite.
By day three, spa treatments are in order. The Reunion Spa offers the pinnacle in serenity and ultimate luxury with massage therapy, skin and body treatments and nail services, all with the warmth of home. Services are available in treatment rooms, outdoors on the second story veranda or in the privacy of a suite, it's the ultimate escape. And with the personal attention of the Spa Concierge, guests can customize experiences down to the minute.
What better way to top off a spa appointment than with a little lunching and shopping with besties. Disney Springs is the ultimate outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment complex. The curated boutiques and booths at Disney Springs are flush with on-trend fashion statements-shoes, apparel, and accessories while the Town Center is chock full of name brands and luxury shops. After working up an appetite, feast on everything from inventive dishes crafted by five James Beard- Award-winning chefs to food truck eats. Finish the afternoon with Dockside Margaritas or a cocktail at Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar.
After experiencing the luxurious side of Kissimmee, explore the natural side. Shingle Creek is a 14-mile tributary of Lake Toho that feeds in the wild Florida Everglades, capturing Old Florida in all its glory.
Choose from three paddling platforms for hourly, half day and full day rentals! Single-handed kayak, canoe, and paddle board and guided paddling tours and electric boat (non-paddling) tours are also available.
Experience the ultimate local lunch at Savion's Place in Downtown Kissimmee. Choose from eclectic, chef inspired cuisine in a cozy atmosphere.
After lunch, take the time to explore the intricacies of historic Downtown Kissimmee's local shops and points of interest or return to Reunion Resort to enjoy the abundance of pools and relaxation.
For the last night together, dine at 3 Sisters Speakeasy where delectable drinks and hors d'oeuvres are served in the zestful spirit of prohibition. The perfect destination to enjoy many tempting appetizers, entrées, desserts and sushi! If this isn't enough, there is a dedicated wine room with an extensive list of fine wines to choose from.
Top off the evening with a champagne toast inside of a helicopter flying above Disney World fireworks with Max Flight Helicopter Tours.
Although all things must come to an end, it's best to make sure they end with mimosas. Villa de Flora offers the ultimate brunch buffet. Located inside the Gaylord Palms, a 1416 room hotel enclosed in a 4.5-acre glass atrium, Villa de Flora has been voted best brunch in Central Florida for the past five years.
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