Rosen Shingle Creek’s Amenities Cater to Both Young and Young-at-Heart
For families visiting Orlando, the new AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek offers a wealth of onsite activities and amenities to please everyone in the group from tiny tots to mom, dad and the grandparents. With twelve dining/lounging options as well as recreation choices ranging from swimming to spa treatments, bird watching to basketball and kids’ golf to nature trails, the facility offers parents a welcome respite from the familiar whine, “There’s nothing to do!” In fact, families might never leave the sprawling grounds if it weren’t for the draw of Orlando’s incredible theme parks and attractions, just minutes away.
Guests seeking to enjoy a healthy dose of Florida sunshine could find no more serene surroundings than at Shingle Creek. Four pristine swimming pools offer fun in the sun for everyone in the family. The little ones will enjoy the kiddie wading pool with playful fountains while serious swimmers can get a day’s workout in the adult-only lap pool. The family pool, with an infinity edge, is ideal for kids as it simulates the gentle slope of the beach to provide a shallow-water play area on one end. Finally, an adult “quiet pool” provides an ideal oasis for couples, seniors and others seeking a peaceful dip or a rest in a shaded cabana. Two hot tubs offer a relaxing soak after a challenging round of golf or a day at the theme parks or area malls.
Sun worshippers need not leave their chaise, as Cat-Tails Pool Bar & Grille serves a variety of beverages and light menu items right on the pool deck. On a warm Orlando day, nothing beats a frosty ice cream cone and the hotel’s Creek Ice Creamery always hits the spot, especially when conveniently served poolside.
Golfers may just think they’re in heaven when they step outside and spy the well-manicured greens at the Shingle Creek Golf Club. This challenging yet playable David Harman design lies along historic Shingle Creek, and features interconnected waterways, undulating fairways, and breathtaking 360° views. Named by Golfweek as “One of America’s Top 40 New Courses” for 2005 and is an 18-hole, par 72 (7,228 yards) championship golf course.
For outdoor enthusiasts, the options are virtually endless, as the hotel offers two lighted tennis courts, basketball, sand volleyball, tetherball, jogging and nature trails along the winding Shingle Creek, bird and animal watching, biking and seasonal fishing. Kids’ executive golf, by reservation only, gives young ones a chance to learn the sport on a shorter course. Simple pastimes like horseshoes and ping pong offer hours of good old-fashioned fun. Many activities require a reservation, so guests should inquire with the concierge to book.
Although Shingle Creek is a vacation unto itself, many come to Orlando specifically for its legendary theme parks. Just 10 minutes from Sea World and Universal Orlando, the hotel is a Destination Universal property, which means guests can purchase discounted tickets in the hotel lobby and enjoy complimentary scheduled transportation to both parks. The hotel is just a mile from the I-Drive tourist area and approximately 15 miles from other world renowned attractions.
Across the hotel on the pool level, kids will find a little hideout all their own in the Shingle Creek game room. The spacious arcade features two air hockey tables and popular games such as Pump It Up: International Dance Floor, which challenges kids to step to the beat with lighted arrows on a mini dance floor. Dozens of games suit a variety of interests, from team sports and race cars to war games and virtual reality. For the young ones, a Pick a Prize Fun Bus offers a chance to snag a plush toy, while mom and dad will be grateful for the easy-to-play classics like Ms. Pacman, Galaga and Pirates of the Caribbean pinball.
For tweens who just can’t live without their Xbox 360, the hotel’s onsite childcare facility called Swamp Camp offers a much-needed fix. The luxurious camp is staffed by the highly reputed Kid’s Nite Out, an Orlando-based company which also provides the onsite childcare services for Walt Disney World Hotel and Universal Orlando Resort. Outfitted for children ages 4-14, the facility offers a 3-to-1 child-to-counselor ratio and provides activities including arts and crafts, board games and toys, computers, DVDs, books and story time. With supervision of counselors, kids can bake their own pizza or make cookies or cake. Kid-friendly meals can also be purchased.
While the kids are tearing through their allowances in the game room or making new friends at Swamp Camp, mom, dad and teens 16 years and older might steal across the hall for a quick workout in the hotel’ state-of-the-art Fitness Center. The Fitness Center offers an impressive lineup of Paramount fitness machines including treadmills, elliptical trainers and weight lifting machines as well as free weights. Workouts whirl by in a flash as guests watch multiple flat-screen TVs or overlook the scenic golf course and swimming pools.
The ladies won’t be able to resist an afternoon of much-overdue pampering at The Spa at Shingle Creek. With nine treatment rooms, the spa offers myriad of heaven-sent treatments ranging from the Creekside Citrus and Cedar Massage to the Ponce de Leon Anti-Aging Facial, as well as manicures and pedicures. For young ladies, the Teen Hydrating Facial offers an introduction to skincare via an educational session with the spa esthetician. Hair care and waxing services are also available. And of course, men are always welcome for a massage, pedicure, haircut or service of their choice.
Befitting the hotel’s commitment to honoring Florida’s natural heritage, an aviary of sweetly chirping Florida Zebra Finches delights guests of all ages as they enter the grand hotel lobby. Nearby, the Smoooth Java coffee bar and upscale shops offer a detour well worth an hour or two. Visitors impressed by the hotel’s original artwork might browse The Gallery for fine art and jewelry by renowned artists including Luis Sottil, known for his colorful, larger-than-life depictions of nature and wildlife. At John Craig fine menswear, gentlemen can shop for a new golf shirt or quickly replace that tie left sitting on the bed at home. Meanwhile, the ladies will find all their hearts’ desires at Alta Moda. The boutique carries a variety of jewelry and accessories by Brighton, bags by Vera Bradley as well as hotel wear by Lilly Pulitzer and Fresh Produce. Of course, flattering swimsuits and wraps are available for those who can’t resist a dip in one of the hotel’s four crystal clear swimming pools. A vacation isn’t complete without souvenirs, and Eagle’s Nest Gifts and Sundries provides plenty to choose from, including Orlando tees, caps and other memorabilia, casual clothing by Life is Good and a variety of Rosen Shingle Creek merchandise from sweat shirts to coffee mugs. Forgotten toiletries, pool toys and travel accessories are also offered.
Those who pack light may desire a fresh change of clothes, in which case the clean, upscale guest laundry is open 24 hours a day with eight washers, eight dryers and spacious folding tables to make quick work of the task. A variety of brand-name soaps and fabric softeners are available for purchase. Adjacent to the game room, Swamp Camp and the Fitness Center and just 50 feet from the golf course, mom (or dad) can stop in to run a quick load while the rest of the family keeps on having fun.
When it comes to in-room relaxation, Shingle Creek has the corner on the market with spacious, 436-gross-square-foot guest rooms — half the size of a standard one-bedroom apartment. Even families sharing a single room with two double beds will find the rooms comfortably spaced, and each of the 1,500 rooms offers an endless view of the golf course. At Shingle Creek, mini bars have been replaced with family-friendly mini refrigerators so that parents can stock up on soft drinks and snacks, as well as children’s necessities like milk and juice from the onsite deli and grocery, 18 Monroe St. Market. A 32” flat screen TV with NXTV connectivity ensures that guests won’t miss their favorite shows, and in-room high-speed Internet connectivity keeps them plugged into work or personal e-mail. Plush robes, designer linens and first-class toiletries add to the environment of complete rest and relaxation. Those seeking even more space may choose to stay in one of the hotel’s 139 guest suites, complete with a mini-kitchen.
Located on 230 acres within minutes of Orlando International Airport and area attractions, the hotel is the newest addition to the Rosen Hotels & Resorts group, which owns and operates six additional award-winning properties in the Orlando destination market. For more information about Rosen Shingle Creek, please visit www.rosenshinglecreek.com or call 866-996-6338 for reservations.