If a trip to Walt Dis­ney World is on your family’s agenda, one of the first deci­sions you’ll need to make is where to stay. Though many fam­i­lies enjoy stay­ing at one of Walt Dis­ney World’s resorts, some folks opt for a lux­ury resort off the Dis­ney cam­pus.  Some appre­ci­ate a break from the “magic” in the evening. Oth­ers plan to include vis­its to Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios, Sea World, Bush Gar­dens, or some of Orlando’s other fam­ily ori­ented attrac­tions.  When it comes to the incred­i­ble ser­vice and sophis­ti­ca­tion the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, the Wal­dorf Asto­ria Orlando, and the Peabody Orlando have to offer, there are some trav­el­ers for whom noth­ing else will suf­fice. Here’s a brief run-down of Orlando’s finest lux­ury accom­mo­da­tions off of the Walt Dis­ney World campus.

Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

At the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, you’ll dis­cover an oasis of sophis­ti­cated tran­quil­ity after a fun but exhaust­ing day at the amuse­ment parks.  Since it’s twelve miles away from Walt Dis­ney World, it’s close enough for con­ve­nience, but far enough to truly feel like a retreat. Tai­lored to fam­i­lies, this ele­gant Ital­ian palazzo inspired resort offers an abun­dance of fam­ily related ser­vices and activ­i­ties.  All the rooms offer a bal­cony with a lovely view, large white mar­ble bath­rooms with dou­ble sinks, sep­a­rate show­ers and tubs, and Bvl­gari bath prod­ucts. Upon request, the staff will even pre­pare your room with help­ful things such as toys, games, kid-sized robes, cribs, high chairs, step stools and children’s bath prod­ucts. You’ll enjoy their sig­na­ture robes, nightly turn­down ser­vice, and the Ritz-Carlton Spa which even lit­tle ones ages 2 and up can enjoy.

The resort offers a lovely heated out­door pool with lux­ury cabanas, equipped with lounge chairs, ceil­ing fans, flat screen TV’s and more.  For your lit­tle ones, there’s a pirate ship play­ground with splash-pad and spray­ing fish area. While the kids are at the Ritz Kids pro­gram offer­ing a mul­ti­tude of activ­i­ties includ­ing ten­nis, scav­enger hunts, dance par­ties, and crafts, you can enjoy the 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course or expe­ri­ence the many eco-activities such as bird watch­ing, kayak­ing, nature hikes, fly-fishing. There’s also an evening pro­gram “Kids Night Out” from 6pm-10pm. The resort also shares ameni­ties with the JW Mar­riott next door, includ­ing their kid-friendly lazy-river pool.

The Wal­dorf Asto­ria Orlando

The Wal­dorf Asto­ria Orlando sits next to Walt Dis­ney World, offer­ing easy access to the parks, and lim­ited views of the Magic King­dom and the nightly  fire­works from some of the rooms, while at the same time pro­vid­ing a sanc­tu­ary of peace and quiet at the end of a busy day. The resort has many sim­i­lar design ele­ments of the beloved Wal­dorf Asto­ria New York, such as the infa­mous clock in the lobby, but has been infused with a Florid­ian twist.

You’ll find a sooth­ing tran­quil décor in rooms, which pos­sess such ameni­ties as Egypt­ian cot­ton linens, high def­i­n­i­tion TV, and Ital­ian mar­ble bath coun­ters with dual sinks. Enjoy fam­ily time in the zero entry pool with lux­ury pool cabanas, which offer com­pli­men­tary drinks, fruit plat­ters, Wi-Fi, and HD flat screen TV’s, or even try the lazy river pool at the Hilton next door.

While the kids are off enjoy­ing the WA kids club, “Kid’s Concierge” which fea­tures arts and crafts, scav­enger hunts, relay games, and gam­ing equip­ment, you can try the Rees Jones Cham­pi­onship Golf Course or immerse your­self in the exclu­sive Guer­lain spa. You’ll have the plea­sure of choos­ing from an array of treat­ments such as the aro­mather­apy wrap, and Five-Senses Hydrother­apy. There’s also a jog­ging path, water aer­o­bics, and sur­rey bike rentals available.

The Peabody Orlando

This clas­sic lux­ury hotel is sit­u­ated next to the Orange County Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, and there­fore caters mostly to con­ven­tion guests. But the Peabody Orlando can still be a nice choice for fam­ily lux­ury, espe­cially for those with slightly older chil­dren. Like the orig­i­nal Peabody in Mem­phis, the famed Peabody ducks wad­dle through the lobby to the foun­tain twice a day, accom­pa­nied by John Philip Sousa’s “King Cot­ton March”.  The lobby’s clas­sic ele­gance and style is a wel­com­ing site for weary amuse­ment park lov­ing families.

Rooms offer such ameni­ties as flat screen HDTV’s, bath­room mar­ble counter tops, mini LCD TV’s in the bath­room mir­ror, and waf­fle weave bathrobes. Nightly turn­down ser­vice is avail­able upon request. Though not a sprawl­ing resort, the hotel still offers many ameni­ties found at them, includ­ing ten­nis courts, two pools with cabanas, and a fit­ness enter. Enjoy an array of options at the Spa such as the Sig­na­ture Mango Gin­ger Infu­sion or the Revi­tal­iz­ing Mud Wrap.  Although there is no kids club or spe­cial children’s activ­i­ties planned here, the Peabody’s major ren­o­va­tion in 2010 included the addi­tion of a children’s zero-entry grotto pool, with a slide, kid-friendly water­fall, and playground.