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2015 Readers’ Choice Awards List Ranks Best of the Best

Orlando, Fla. – December 2015 – The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott, Orlando, Grande Lakes have been named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards list of “Top 25 Resorts in Florida (Gulf & Central).” The annual list ranks the best hotels, resorts, and destinations around the world. 2015 results were based on a reader survey with over 128,000 responses, the most in its history.

The 500-acre Grande Lakes estate featuring both The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels continues to provide a first-class experience to its guests with new experiences, services and offerings across the two properties. In the past two years Grande Lakes Orlando has solidified its commitment to sustainability and farm-to-fork dining with the launch of two new restaurants.  In September 2014, the resort opened Highball & Harvest ("H&H") at The Ritz-Carlton.  H&H combines rustic authenticity with Ritz-Carlton refinement featuring a creative menu of Low Country and Cajun-inspired dishes infused with local Floridian citrus flavors, handcrafted cocktail classes and Central Florida’s largest selection of wines from the cask.  In addition, JW Marriott Orlando debuted Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery in April 2015. The first brewery in any Marriott hotel, this nano-brewery uses ingredients from the resort's on-property 18,000-square-foot Whisper Creek Farm to produce seasonal brews and the resort's flagship beer, Surplus, which is made in collaboration with nearby Florida Beer Company using honey from the resort's on-site apiaries. These beers are served throughout the 500-acre resort and on tap at The Kitchen, in combination with small plates and seasonal dishes. Fresh produce from Whisper Creek Farm and local purveyors are incorporated into dishes and cocktails at these restaurants and throughout the property.

In keeping with the growing trend and benefits of incorporating technology into workout routines, the resort recently announced a revamp of its 6,000-square-foot fitness center at The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Offering some of the latest, technologically advanced exercise equipment, this is the first resort in the United States to feature Technogym’s complete ARTIS collection of cardio, strength and functional equipment.

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About Grande Lakes Orlando

The 500-acre Grande Lakes Orlando estate features a 582-room Ritz-Carlton and 1,000-room JW Marriott hotel situated at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Guests at both hotels can enjoy all the facilities and services at Grande Lakes Orlando, including an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course and the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa as well as three pools including the winding lazy river at JW Marriott.   Dining options feature the culinary mastery of award-winning chefs Norman Van Aken with Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton and Melissa Kelly with PRIMO at JW Marriott, a leader in the city’s farm-to-fork movement. The resort’s renowned culinary program is further showcased at The Kitchen at JW Marriott Orlando and Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, as well as The Brewery, an on-property nano-brewery and Chef’s Table. Furthering this farm-to-fork commitment are the on-site apiaries and 18,000-square-foot Whisper Creek Farm.  

On-property activities include Grande Lakes Adventures Experiences offering kayaking, eco-tours on Shingle Creek, and a fishing school. Conference and meeting attendees have their pick of a selection of meeting space options located across 150,000 square feet that connects the two properties plus more than 100,000 square feet of outdoor space.  

Grande Lakes is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from the major theme parks. For more information about Grande Lakes Orlando, visit www.grandelakes.com. Follow Grande Lakes Orlando on Twitter at @RC_Orlando and @JW_Orlando.

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About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts 

JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 73 JW Marriott hotels in 28 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visitnews.ritzcarlton.com.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

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