D.J. Jones

Correspondent

  • Orlando, Florida, USA

D.J. Jones is a correspondent who lives in Central Florida and covers Orlando for Forbes Travel Guide. The prolific travel writer has a passion for great hotels, restaurants and the game of golf. He left a career at an Orlando luxury hotel to pursue these passions from a different perspective. Jones is a regular contributor for GolfWRX, Huffington Post Travel, and his travel blog, The World of Deej. When he is not cheering on the Florida Gators or Manchester United, you can usually find him on the golf course where he plays to a six handicap.

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  • On December 30, 2013
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    Does The Spa at Hyatt Regency Orlando offer couples treatments?

    Couples looking to find a little rest, recuperation and romance during a stay at Hyatt Regency Orlando will no doubt find all three at The Spa. Any of the signature massages offered at The Spa can be booked as a couples treatment. For a more interactive experience, it offers a couples instructional massage, where an expert therapist teaches you how to perform a massage on your partner. Still, by far the most immersive couples experience offered at the Orlando spa is the Package of Bliss, which includes a couple’s Refresher Massage, a Nutraceutical facial, a restorative bath treatment and a couples pedicure, all paired with chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne and a half-day cabana rental at the Grotto pool.
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    What kinds of massages are offered at The Spa at Hyatt Regency Orlando?

    The Spa at the Hyatt Regency Orlando offers an array of massages, all of which can be personally tailored to the needs of each individual guest. The Spa Refresher offers a classic take on the massage, focusing on muscle relaxation and wellness. For a more enhanced experience, consider the Aromatherapy Journey, Reflexology or Stone Soul Therapy, each of which promises to bring you an unmatched level of bliss. The Orlando spa also invites you to take a trip around the globe with the Chinese, Indian or Mediterranean Aromasoul treatments, which combine ancient elements and the spirit of each culture into a transformative journey of relaxation.
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    What kinds of skincare products are used at The Spa at Hyatt Regency Orlando?

    The finest skincare, hair and makeup products are used at The Spa at Hyatt Regency Orlando. Many skincare treatments use the advanced line of products by Sanitas, where stimulation combined with tropical nourishment promises to bring healthier skin. When you visit the hair salon, you will find an equally impressive selection of upscale brands, including Sebastian and Moroccanoil professional products. In addition, The Spa uses La Bella Donna makeup, whose minerals-based formula is a pioneering concept in cosmetics. Many of the products used in the Orlando spa are also available for purchase, if at the end of your treatment you’d like the pampering to continue at home.
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    Where is Napa at Hyatt Regency Orlando located?

    Napa is located at Hyatt Regency Orlando, which is conveniently centered in the heart of the bustling International Drive corridor. The resort’s location adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center makes Napa a great choice for a power lunch between conference sessions, or an upscale dinner with staff and clients. In addition, those doing business in downtown Orlando will find Napa just a short 15-minute drive from the city center. The California-inspired restaurant is also less than five miles from all of the major Orlando theme parks — perfect for parents looking for a little time away from the kids after a long day filled with rides and lines.
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    What is the scene like at Napa at Hyatt Regency Orlando?

    Napa at Hyatt Regency Orlando brings a little bit of Northern California to Central Florida both in terms of atmosphere and menu. The restaurant is a popular choice for locals, business travelers, theme-park goers and others who are drawn by the diverse menu of Wine Country-inspired cuisine. The modern-yet-understated elegance of the space (dark wood furnishings, mounted wine bottles along the wall) makes Napa a good choice for celebrating a special occasion, catching up with old friends or simply enjoying a night out on the town. The stunning view of Hyatt Regency Orlando’s Grotto pool, along with one of the most extensive wine lists in Orlando, will no doubt inspire you to linger well after the last bite has been savored.
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    When is Napa at Hyatt Regency Orlando open?

    Napa at Hyatt Regency Orlando is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast service begins at 6 and runs until 10:30 a.m. The restaurant reopens at 11a.m. and serves its diverse lunch menu until 3 p.m. Dinner service begins at 6 p.m., with Napa’s signature California-inspired menu being served until 11 p.m. at night. Napa is also open on most holidays, with a special menu usually available on nights such as Christmas or New Year’s Eve. In addition to the main dining room, the Orlando restaurant also features a 20-person private room that is available, upon request, for all three meal settings.
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    What is the design style of Hyatt Regency Orlando?

    Soaring high above the Orlando skyline, Hyatt Regency Orlando blends modern sophistication with the comforts of a world-class hotel. After being greeted by the expansive porte-cochère, you are welcomed into the lobby by a sea of marble and the sound of cascading water. An impressive collection of original art provides a pleasant splash of color to the scene, while the lush vegetation surrounding the Grotto pool cause you to nearly forget this tropical hideaway is actually in the heart of the city. The sleek and contemporary design found throughout the luxury hotel’s public areas takes a more subdued role in the guest rooms, where soothing green and tan hues, not to mention comforts such as Hyatt Grand Beds and flat-panel HD televisions, make for a relaxed and inviting space.
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    What’s the best time to visit Hyatt Regency Orlando?

    Thanks to its location in the heart of Orlando, Hyatt Regency Orlando is an ideal choice for visitors all year-round. Business travelers and convention goers will find the fall and winter months to be most popular, as events at the adjacent Orange County Convention Center keep the hotel in full swing. If you’re visiting the plethora of theme parks — or if there are locals looking for a little R&R on the weekend — you might discover the spring and summer months most appealing, because you can take advantage of the famous Central Florida weather from the luxury hotel’s zero-entry, free-form Grotto pool.
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    Where is Hyatt Regency Orlando located?

    Hyatt Regency Orlando is located along the city’s famous International Drive, right in the center of Orlando’s most popular attractions. The hotel is connected to the Orange County Convention Center and is only about a 15-minute drive from the Orlando International Airport. If you’re visiting the city’s world-famous theme parks, you will find the Hyatt Regency to be a convenient choice, with Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World Orlando all located within five miles of the 1,641-room property. In addition, there are numerous options for shopping, golf and more all within a short distance of the Orlando hotel.
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    Where is the best nightlife in Orlando?

    As with any large city, there is plenty of great nightlife to be found in Orlando. Two of the best nightlife spots, however, are found in the unlikliest of places.

    Downtown Orlando is home to numerous popular nightclubs and bars, and one of the newest and most unique venues is the ONE80 Grey Goose Lounge. On the surface, the Grey Goose Lounge might seem like any other night spot, that is until you learn of its location. The Grey Goose Lounge is found at the Amyway Center arena, on the top floor overlooking downtown Orlando. A sports arena is probably the last place you'd expect to find good nightlife- especially when it isn't a game night - but the ONE80 Grey Goose Lounge is one of the hottest spots in Orlando.

    Another unique nightlife spot in Orlando is the dueling piano bar called Jellyrolls. Again, it's the location that makes Jellyrolls unique, because a mug-swinging raucous piano bar isn't exactly what comes to mind when you think of Walt Disney World. In spite of the family friendly location, Jellyrolls is one of the most fun experiences you'll find in Orlando. Just be sure to arrive early, because the place fills up quick.
  • On July 21, 2013
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    What are the best sports bars in Orlando?

    If you've ever been on vacation while your team is playing in a big game, then you know how stressful it can be to find a proper sports bar to catch the action. When visiting Orlando, the best sports bar to watch a game is the ESPN Club at Disney's Boardwalk Resort.

    The ESPN Club is one part restaurant, another part sports bar, coming together to create a nirvana for the sports fan in your family. The restaurant features a giant screen on one wall plus numerous other monitors showing all of the games happening live. The menu feels in some ways like you're at the game itself, with unique twists on hot dogs, burgers, and nachos among other sports bar favorites. Next door, the sports bar is the place to be - especially on Sundays during football season - with countless specialty cocktails and beers on tap, served along with over 100 TV monitors.

    While ESPN Club is the best sports bar in Orlando, it is also the most popular. If you plan to watch any big game, get there early and be prepared to stay all day.
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    What are the best fine-dining restaurants in Orlando?

    Orlando is probably not the first city that comes to mind for fine-dining, but this theme park capital has plenty of appeal to foodies and roller coaster enthusiasts alike.

    At the Forbes Four Star Peabody Orlando you'll find Napa, where a locally sourced menu is paired with one of the most extensive wine lists in the city. The restaurant also features a beautiful view of the hotel's Grotto pool, and is just a few steps from the fountain that the famed Peabody Ducks call home.

    Over at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, the Forbes Four Star Award winning Victoria & Albert's is the most celebrated fine dining experience in Orlando. The seven course pre-fixe menu is the brainchild of Chef Scott Hunnel, and features ingredients from around the globe. For an even more outstanding experience, book a table in the Queen Victoria Room, where an expanded ten course menu is offered in an intimate, fireside setting.
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    What are the best kid-friendly restaurants in Orlando?

    For a city built on the family vacation, it's only natural that Orlando is home to numerous kid-friendly restaurants. Walt Disney World in particular features many kid-friendly restaurants between its famous theme parks and resorts.

    In the Magic Kingdom, the Liberty Tree Tavern serves up family style dining alongside the kids' favorite Disney characters. In addition, the brand new Be Our Guest restaurant inside Beast's Castle has quickly become one of the most popular kid-friendly restaurants in Orlando.

    Over at the Wilderness Lodge Resort, you'll find the Whispering Canyon Cafe. This fun and interactive dining experience serves up skillets of family style favorites in a western themed atmosphere. Here the kids will be encouraged to twirl their napkin above their heads, and join in the general rowdiness of the staff. If you want to have a little fun with your kid, tell them to ask for some ketchup and watch what happens.