Four Seasons Resort Orlando’s New “Daycation Experience” Is The Ultimate Weekday Spa Getaway

Contributing Writer:  Tiffany M. Nguyen

I am so excited to announce that the first and only AAA Five Diamond rated resort in Central Florida has a new spa package called the “Daycation Experience” and it’s what magical spa day dreams are made of.  Are you looking for the best place to feel luxurious, pampered, relaxed, and rejuvenated on your day off?  Well look no further, I am going to introduce to you ‘The Spa’ at Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort and I will guide you on what you can expect on the day of your appointment.

The Daycation package includes:

  • Choice of 80-minute Classic Massage ($245 value), 80-minute La Floridian body treatment ($250 value), or 80-minute Signature Radiance Facial ($260 value) at The Spa at Four Seasons
  • $35 credit toward lunch at PB&G, the Resort’s lakeside Southern-inspired restaurant, featuring many healthy salads, rotisserie chicken, fresh Florida seafood and more
  • Access to the expansive Spa amenities, complete with his-and-hers separate facilities each including a steam room, outdoor whirlpool, experience shower, ice fountain, spacious locker rooms and vanity area
  • Access to the Spa relaxation areas, including indoor and outdoor co-ed tranquility lounges, plus co-ed solarium with zero gravity wave lounger chairs, perfect for post-treatment relaxation
  • Access to the state-of-the-art Fitness Center and admission to any fitness classes offered on day of visit
  • Four Seasons guest service at the pools, with ample seating including loungers and daybeds, plus complimentary umbrellas for shade, complimentary poolside amenities, and poolside cocktail service available
  • Valet parking ($20 value)
  • A 20% savings at The Spa or Salon on additional treatments experienced the same day

This package is available at $285/per person and is available exclusively Monday through Friday.* For reservations, call The Spa at 407-313-6970.

*This package does not include taxes or gratuities for the lunch credit.  Package does not include Kids For All Seasons childcare and does not include access for additional guests.  Reservations are required; blackout dates apply.

More info: http://bit.ly/FSDaycation
(Source: Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort)


As soon as you arrive at the front gate, the magic begins.  This breathtaking property has 26.5 acres of landscape that includes 114 different plant species, including 49 live oaks, 927 palm trees and approximately 72,000 shrubs and groundcovers.  The aesthetics is Lakeside Spanish Revival architecture reflecting Florida’s golden age.

When you pull up to the front entrance, the valet service is friendly and approachable.  They are wanting to help, awaiting for your arrival to your spa appointment.

The beautiful interior design as soon as you step into the resort.  The mosaic titles, swirl rails, and majestic fireworks chandeliers that overlooks the landscape sets the tone for this five-star resort and they work together beautifully to make a great first impression.  This area is so photogenic and great for guests to take pictures with.

Create your own Arnold Palmer station at the front entrance to help you stay hydrated throughout the day.

The waiting room in The Spa is fully stocked with merchandise from beauty products to women’s and men’s clothing.  

The spa receptionists are very professional and friendly.  After you check in at the front desk, you are given a tour of the spa facility. 

The locker rooms are separated to his-and-hers facilities.  Each locker comes with a electronic keypad to store your personal belongings in and to retrieve your robe, towel, and slippers.  At your own convenience, you set your own personal code every time you open/close your locker.

The women’s restroom is decorated with a lovely floral mosaic wall and ring light mirrors mounted to the ceiling.  These ring light mirrors are the perfect mirrors to look into and make you feel beautiful every time. 

The locker room is fully stocked with personal care items such as: mouthwash, soap, hand towels, Q-tips, hair gel, lotion, hair spray, hair brushes, cotton pads, makeup remover wipes, shave cream, razors, and blow dryers to set you up for success.

Zero gravity chairs that are great for sitting and reading.  The luxury experience shower has built in LED lights that alternate with calming colors (color therapy), speakers that play rainforest sounds to make you comfortable (music therapy), and multiple misters and body sprays including a 24” shower head with various flow settings (touch therapy) to excite all your senses.  These custom showers are perfect for rinsing the body after a spa treatment.

WOMEN's WHIRLPOOL

WOMEN's WHIRLPOOL

The Daycation Experience package comes with access to the fitness center and fitness classes offered the day of your appointment.  The girls and I took Barefoot Body Sculpt class taught by our wonderful and patient instructor Vicki who also doubled as our photographer.  Vicki played calming music and lit an aromatic incense before our class started and it really set the mood of our class to a judge-free zone to reconnect, de-stress, and focus on becoming a healthier person.  I highly recommend everyone to take Vicki’s amazing classes! 

Our fitness class was taught in a shaded region of the resort so we felt the wind breeze while we were exercising and it felt amazing!  Our class was an hour long, but we were having so much fun it did not feel like we were working out at all!  Those types of workouts are the best - the ones when you can have fun while toning up at the same time!

Doin’ my thing on the resort lawn!

The Daycation Experience package includes $35 credit to PB&G - the resort’s lakeside Southern-inspired restaurant.  At this relaxing, outdoor, poolside restaurant you get a scenic view of the gorgeous resort property while you are dining at PB&G.  The food was delicious with plenty of fish options for my pescatarians out there.  Check out their menu here: http://www.fourseasons.com/orlando/dining/restaurants/pbg/  

SOFT BAKED PRETZELS

SOFT BAKED PRETZELS

AHI TUNA POKE

AHI TUNA POKE

GRILLED FLORIDA FISH TACOS

GRILLED FLORIDA FISH TACOS

SPECIAL OF THE DAY: FISH AND CHIPS

SPECIAL OF THE DAY: FISH AND CHIPS

SALMON BURGER w/ WAFFLE FRIES

SALMON BURGER w/ WAFFLE FRIES

CHOCOLATE WHOOPIE PIE

CHOCOLATE WHOOPIE PIE

RED VELVET & VANILLA SWIRL SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM

RED VELVET & VANILLA SWIRL SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM

Oasis Pool adult-only (21+) with underwater audio, loungers, day beds, and cabanas.

Complimentary umbrellas to keep you cool under the sun.

Cabanas available for use.  The guest service at the entire resort is top notch.

Sunscreen, after sun gel, eyeglasses spray, & cloth wipes.

Hanging pods at the family pool.

Scenic walkway that is very photogenic to take pictures at.

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The “Sparrow” room.  All 18 spa treatment rooms are named after Florida birds.  There are plenty of rooms at The Spa so booking for a large party is no problem.  My esthetician Jessica did an amazing job with my 80 minute facial.  I got compliments on how rejuvenated and smooth my face looked after my treatment.

Post-treatment goodies.  Yana Daily Collagen Shot & Norman Love’s Hot Dark Chocolate - intense dark chocolate infused with jalapeño pepper for a delightfully spicy sweet combination. 

Co-ed tranquility lounge has it all - light snacks, drinks, chimneys, and sofas.

Prior to leaving, be sure to validate your valet parking ticket at The Spa's front desk.  You will leave feeling relaxed and renewed.

I hope you enjoyed my post about the Daycation Experience at Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort!  Let us know below what you think about it!

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Diner en Blanc // Secret Pop-Up Picnic Coming to Orlando in Fall 2016

Orlando to host its first ever Diner en Blanc in Fall 2016 and the waiting list is now open for registration.

The popular Parisian-style pop-up picnic characterized by its famous all-white dress code will take place in Orlando for the first time ever this Fall 2016. The exact date will be announced later on. If you want to be part of this inaugural event, register now on the waiting list at orlando.dinerenblanc.info/register.

Le Dîner en Blanc ("Dinner in White") began in Paris in 1988 when François Pasquier, returning from a long stay abroad, had the idea to gather friends for a picnic. As the number of guests grew, he decided to hold the dinner in a public space and ask everyone to dress in all white to easily recognize one another. Le Diner en Blanc is now held in over 60 cities all over the world with over 100,000 annual guests.

Diner en Blanc - Paris

Diner en Blanc - Paris

To uphold Le Diner en Blanc’s tradition, guests of around the world must dress head-to-toe in white and are requested to bring their own portable tables, white chairs, white table linens, tableware, and a gourmet meal.

A large part of the excitement surrounding Le Dîner en Blanc is the secrecy surrounding the event location which is kept secret until the very last moment. Guests are given rendezvous to a departure point when they purchase their tickets.

“Le Diner en Blanc is about coming together, celebrating life, movement, creativity, friendship, dining, elegance, etiquette, wine, wine, and wine” states Fabie Reid, Managing Partner of J.A.G.A. Productions. “Simply a magical night not to miss."

Date: Fall 2016
Venue: Secret location - Orlando, FL
Price: To be confirmed

[ CLICK to Register FOr Diner En Blanc Orlando ]

About Diner en Blanc International
Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over 60 cities in more than 25 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair.

About the Hosts
J.A.G.A. Productions, also known as Just Another Grand Affair is an event management and consulting company that focuses on the production of large scale grandeur functions in the Central Florida region. Thanks to local hosts Tashima “Tash” Johnson, Fabie Reid, Lisa Greenwood, and Christopher Abrahams of J.A.G.A. Productions.

Facebook: Diner en Blanc - Orlando
Twitter: @DinerEnBlancORL
Instagram: @DinerEnBlancORL
Website: dinerenblanc.info

Market Monday // Audubon Park Community Market

In one of Orlando's vibrant bungalow neighborhoods, the Audubon Park Garden District is filled with boutiques, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, bars, and other services. Also home to The Audubon Park Community Market, a weekly gathering of growers, ranchers, fishermen, chefs, artists, handcrafters, musicians and neighbors. Every Monday, the market is set up in the Stardust parking lot with a wide selection of local food, art, and live music.

Audubon Park Community Market // http://audubonmarket.com/
Location: 1842 E Winter Park Road
Date: Every Monday (rain or shine)
Time: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
**Note** Be prepared for neighborhood/after work traffic and search for parking along the street.

The Daily City + Hunger Street Tacos // Some of my favorite things at the Audubon Park Community Market. #ORLANDOISWONDERFUL

The Daily City + Hunger Street Tacos // Some of my favorite things at the Audubon Park Community Market. #ORLANDOISWONDERFUL

Hunger Street Tacos // TACO de Suadero:  braised brisket with chorizo, onion, cilantro, lime, and house avocado salsa verde served on two freshly made soft corn tortillas.

Hunger Street Tacos // TACO de Suadero: braised brisket with chorizo, onion, cilantro, lime, and house avocado salsa verde served on two freshly made soft corn tortillas.

Full Vendor Lineup for 2/29/2016

Authentic Empanadas
Traditional empanadas made from scratch.  Vegan options available! (Facebook)

Buttermilk Bakery
Expertly-made sweet and savory treats, including homemade pop tarts, croissants and more. (Instagram)

Dixie Dharma
Southern-inspired vegan vittles from the Market on South. (Facebook/Instagram.)

Earth Movers Farm
This small Leesburg farm specializes pastured eggs, poultry and pork. (Facebook)

Enamored with Nature
No-nonsense, allergy-friendly foods and personal care items made with whole ingredients. (Facebook/Instagram)

Fleet Farming
A hyper-local, bike-powered urban farming program + A small-scale distributed agriculture system. (Facebook/Instagram)

Flour Life
Beautiful confections, cakes, French Macarons, and other baked goods made from scratch with love. (Facebook/Instagram)

Heart of Christmas Farms
Hydroponic veggies, raw milk and raw milk cheeses, local honey, and more. (Facebook)

JJ Juice
Locally- and Freshly-made aloe vitality drink, aloe plants, and more.  

Keely Farms Dairy
Raw Milk, Yogurt, and Cheeses; heritage pork, and farmstead goods from a pristine 100 acre farm in New Smyrna. (Facebook)

Living Vitalitea
A locally owned company specializing in raw, full flavored Kombucha. Each bottle is handcrafted from beginning to end. (Facebook/Instagram)

Masa
Handmade, GMO-free, Central American Tortillas and Pupas. (Facebook)

My Yard Farm
Locally grown goodies, featuring microgreen blends, local citrus, and Lake Meadow Naturals Eggs. (Facebook/Instagram)

Orlando Fresh Bread
Savory goods, including baguettes, Italian loaves, pizza crusts, and real NY-style Bagels. (website)

Orlando Meats
Grass-fed beef, pastured poultry and pork, and other humanely-raised meats from Florida. (Facebook/Instagram)

Ozark Dreams
Preservative free, locally grown and sourced ingredients, canned for use on their own or in your favorite recipes. (Facebook)

The Farm at Rockledge Gardens
Fresh-Pocked veggies from a small, sustainable hydroponic farm. (Facebook/Instagram)

Stardust Video & Coffee
Carrot Dogs, Brats, Chili, and craft beer out in the market.    

Tamale Co. *NEW
Handmade, frozen, gluten-free tamales made with fresh ingredients, along with signature salsas & sauces. (Facebook)

Wandering Wonton
Handmade wontons and other goods inspired by the chef's extensive travels and Cambodian, French and Thai heritage. (Facebook/Instagram)

Wild Ocean Seafood
Wild-caught seafood, fresh from Florida's waters. Pre-orders only this week.

{ Click Here to View the Vendor Lineup / Updated Weekly }

12 Valentine's Day Adventures in Orlando

Celebrate the month of February with some Valentine's day adventures. Here are romantic and fun local ideas that won't hurt the bank.

{ 2/5/16 } Leu Gardens Movie Date Night featuring “What If”
Enjoy an outdoor movie in a beautiful garden. Blankets or chairs are recommended. Picnic basket dinner and alcohol are permitted. Curbies and Peak Season Pops will be selling grilled items, desserts and drinks.
Admission: $6 adult / $3 child (K-12th grade) / Free for Leu members
Website: http://www.leugardens.org/date-night-movie-february-5-730-p-m/

{ 2/5/16 - 2/7/16 } Orlando Ballet: The Firebird & To Familiar Spaces In Dream
Enchantment, romance and the mysterious Firebird herself are the inspiration for Igor Stravinsky’s classic and masterful score based on Russian legend of an exotic bird’s magical protective feathers.
Tickets: $44 and up
Website: http://www.drphillipscenter.org/shows-and-events/Shows-Events/Orlando-Ballet/20920-orlando-ballet-the-firebird-and-to-familiar-spaces.stml

{ 2/6/16 - 2/7/16 } Mount Dora Arts Festival
Fine arts festival in Downtown Mount Dora with oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, clay, sculpture and photography. The festival features local and regional musical entertainment at a main stage in Donnelly Park.
Admission: Free
Website: http://mountdoracenterforthearts.org/arts-festival/ 

{ 2/6/16 - 2/13/16 } Truffles & Bubbles: Valentine's Chocolate Tasting
Learn to hand dip and package an 8-piece gift box of specialty limited edition truffles with Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park. Choose from: Dark Chocolate Black Cherry Balsamic Dark Chocolate Popping Sriracha (made with popping crystals) Milk Chocolate Mü Coco Cappuccino Milk Chocolate Classic Truffle.
Ticket: $35
Website: https://squareup.com/store/PeterbrookeWP

{ 2/7/16 } Bach Festival Valentine Concert
Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra play an intimate concert in Winter Park’s Central Park. Bring a picnic basket, spread out a blanket and spend the afternoon on Park Avenue.
Admission: Free
Website: http://bachfestivalflorida.org/event/valentine/

{ 2/7/16 } Vintage Valentine
An afternoon of swapping and shopping with food trucks, vinyl, clothing, jewelry, household items, accessories, pop culture items and more.
Admission: Free
Website: http://audubonparkgardens.com/2016/01/29/vintage-valentine/

{ 2/9/16 } Orlando City Open Practice
Orlando City’s Open Practice provide supporters with an up close look at Head Coach Adrian Heath and the team’s preparation for their second season in the nation’s top-flight, as they begin working toward their mission of advancing into the playoffs in the 2016 MLS campaign.
Admission: Free
Website: http://www.orlandocitysc.com/openpractice

{ 2/11/16 } Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk
An evening of sights, sounds, food, shopping, and tastings with over 25 participating businesses.
Ticket: $15 cash only
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/146202299090497/ 

{ 2/12/16 } Retro Game Night
Play treasured games from the past, including Parcheesi, Pictionary, Chinese checkers, Clue, Battleship, Candy Land, Mystery Date, Scrabble, Twister, and classic video games. New additions to Retro Game Night include GIANT games, and karaoke! Pizza, retro snacks, and a bar will be available. 
Admission: $5 advance / $7 non-members / Free for members
Website: http://www.thehistorycenter.org/event/retro-game-night/?event_date=2016-02-12

{ 2/13/16 } Paws in the Park
Orlando's largest dog walk to raise awareness and money to benefit homeless pets.
Registration: Donation varies
Website: http://www.pawsinthepark.org/

{ 2/13/16 } Indie-Folkfest
Love-fest brings together local artists, musicians, and food and drink specialties for a grand picnic in the Sculpture Garden that overlooks Lake Formosa in Loch Haven Cultural Park. Pack your blanket, and spend the afternoon enjoying a nonstop lineup of music. Bring a picnic or indulge in foodie-friendly small plates, and craft cocktails.
Admission: Free and food/drink cost varies
Website: https://orlandofolkfestival.wordpress.com/

{ 2/13/16 } The Dinner Party Project Love Feast
5-course meal with cocktails by Old Forester and beer selection by Redlight Redlight. Also celebrating 5 things to love about Orlando: Downtown Credo, The Human Experience, the Creative City Project, East End Market and Redlight Redlight
Ticket: $75
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-2nd-annual-tdpp-love-feast-tickets-20817937010

Off the Beaten Path: Greenwood Urban Wetlands

Just minutes from downtown Orlando, Greenwood Urban Wetlands is a hidden oasis surrounded by beautiful cypress trees. The 19-acre scenic park is centered around a lake with walkways connected by multiple bridges.

Leaves in Florida change colors slower, and towards the end of Fall season is my favorite time to visit the park to get a glimpse of the vibrant orange and yellow landscape.

Greenwood Urban Wetlands
1411 Greenwood St, Orlando, FL 32801

Greenwood Urban Wetlands Park
Greenwood Urban Wetlands Park
Greenwood Urban Wetlands Park
Greenwood Urban Wetlands Park

Greenwood Cemetery is adjacent to the park and is a window into Orlando’s history. Moonlight Walking Tours can be reserved for strolls around the graves to learn about the history of Orlando, its founding families and famous residents. The cost of the tour is free and the events happen once a month.