Orlando’s most genuinely luxurious resort is deep inside the custom-built gated community of Golden Oak, within distant sight of Magic Kingdom and surrounded by greenery. Four Seasons’ largest property in the world is a stunner in both looks and service: Quiet, 500-square-foot (46 sq. m) rooms come with furnished balconies, walk-in closets, concierge e-tablets, and marble bathrooms. The par-71 golf course, once Disney’s Osprey Ridge but now renovated by Tom Fazio, is also a bird sanctuary, and the landscaped 5-acre pool complex (with free sunscreen and valets bearing refreshments) goes on and on—adults-only pool, zero-entry family pool, lazy river with waterfalls that you could spend all day in, two waterslides in a faux fort. To see the fireworks just 2 miles away from your balcony, you can spring for a “Park View Room,” which cost as much as $300 more than a “Lake View Room” on the lower floors and come with Plum pay-per-glass wine dispensers; your other fireworks option is to opt for a steak at the rooftop Capa restaurant.
The rate is comparable to a Disney Deluxe hotel but the experience is miles better and you get more perks. Daytime babysitting for kids 4 to 12 is free, and kids 5 and under eat free. Its Goofy breakfast is one of the best character meals because it’s less crowded and you get lots of photo time with him. If you can afford such sublime pampering, it does high-end better than nearly any other property in town. The free shuttle is on a fixed schedule and doesn’t go to Disney Springs, so if you want flexibility, have your own car or hail an Uber. This hotel is included in Early Entry privileges at the Disney theme parks.