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Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
6000 W. Osceola Pkwy., Kissimmee, FL 34746
Fax: 407-586-0397

Business Meets Pleasure

Meeting planners and Florida vacationers alike are enjoying the perks of the new Gaylord Palms Resort near Orlando. With a 4.5-acre Grand Atrium that never varies from 72 degrees in temperature, and a manager of horticulture overseeing nearly one-half million plant specimens, no guest is likely to forget what state he or she is in.

Disneyworld may be only a five-minute drive away, but there's plenty of wonder to be had at the resort itself. Four distinct Florida regions provide themes for design. St. Augustine is represented by a Spanish Fortress with a "Spanish Conquistador" telling stories of exploration. Key West shines through with breezes, waves, live music and a sunset celebration. The Everglades area features storytellers with tall tales of alligator wrestling. Emerald Bay represents the Emerald Coast with an upscale boutique hotel within the resort itself, featuring 388 rooms and suites with full service and intimate meeting rooms.

Guests may choose from 1,406 signature rooms and 115 suites within the resort, with such amenities as unique in-room dining experiences, a fiber-optic network for high-speed Internet connections, multifunction doorbells with LED display, "intelligent" digital thermostat, one corded and one cordless two-line phone with dataport, speakerphone and a "consider-it-done" button for any request. But what are, perhaps, the best amenities lie outside your room: swimming pool, activity pool with waterslide, sand-beach play area, professionally staffed child care facility, wireless check-in, 24-hour transportation, massage services in private cabanas with Internet access, retail street with shops, a spa and three restaurants.

Relaxation can be found in 25 treatment rooms making up the Canyon Ranch Spa Club, a 20,000-square foot facility offering fitness equipment; massages; body treatments; "cocoons" of seaweed, moor mud or grape seed mud; facials; body scrubs; a tea room; relaxation room; steam; sauna; salon; wellness services and spa boutique.

When hunger strikes your first choice might be certified Black Angus beef, naturally aged 21 to 35 days and prepared by chef Guy Reinbolt at Old Hickory Steakhouse. This seemingly rustic restaurant—reminiscent of backwoods Florida—is in the Everglades locale, and specializes in premium steaks and seafood with an artisanal cheese course after the entrée. Another option is Villa de Flora, located in the St. Augustine area and boasting six show kitchens and indoor or "outdoor" (atrium) seating. Here you can taste coastal cuisines of North Africa, France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey. A fun atmosphere aboard a 60-foot sailboat can be found at Sunset Sam's Fish Camp, a haven of fresh oysters, clams, conch fritters and tropical drinks. The sailboat floats in a 161,000-gallon, wave-filled coral reef and also features a raw bar.

If you're here for business, you'll relish the resort's convention and business facilities, which include 400,000 square feet of convention, meeting, exhibition and pre-function space. Take advantage of a full cabling system, in-house staff, high-speed Internet access, an audio-visual system, business center, online registration for convention attendees, event boards, Astrovision screen and call express system which dispatches guest requests for services. Just don't forget to have a little fun after the work day is're in the right place.

(Updated: 06/24/08 HC)

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