CLASSY COMBO
ORLANDO WITHOUT DISNEY? SOMEONE HAD TO DO IT.
The lavish 500-acre GRANDE LAKES compound opens in Orlando this month with enough on-site attractions to keep all but the Mickey-manic out of the theme parks 10 miles away. With hotel choices divided between the luxury Ritz-Carlton and the upscale JW Marriott, Grande Lakes aims for exclusivity. Also in its corner: an 18-hole Greg Norman golf course, 40-room spa, restaurants by Florida superchef Norman Van Aken (Norm’s) and celebrity chef Melissa Kelly (Primo), and a half-mile-long current-fed river pool. Marriott rooms from $159, (800) 576-5760; Ritz from $199, (407) 529-2250, www.grandelakes.com