How to make your dreams come true in Florida’s magical resort

There are countless reasons why Orlando is known as the ultimate family holiday destination - the reliably blue skies, the safe, tree-lined neighbourhoods, vibrant performing arts scene and world-class public gardens.

However, all this simply provides the perfect backdrop for Orlando’s array of spectacular theme parks. The sensational Walt Disney World® is a dream destination for families, where young imaginations are fanned by much-loved characters and fantastical settings. This year you can step into an all-new land: Pandora – The World of Avatar, which celebrates the magic of nature.

The destination is also home to Universal Orlando Resort™ - a joyful celebration of popular culture and a highlight for cinephiles of all ages. New for this year is Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park, where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony.

Whatever your family craves, dreams come true in Orlando – especially if you pick a hotel that best suits your needs. Here’s where to stay to make your trip more magical.  

Best for: luxury lovers

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers two swimming pools with poolside service

This lavish resort hotel combines a convenient location with a tantalising list of on-site activities. With two swimming pools offering poolside service, an award-winning luxury spa, championship 18-hole golf course, kids’ club and a choice of 12 restaurants and bars, the Waldorf Astoria ensures every member of the family is treated like royalty.

Best for: Disney fans

Hilton Buena Vista Palace

Hilton Buena Vista Palace Hotel
Hilton Buena Vista Palace is a short walk from Disney Springs

Located just a five-minute walk from Disney Springs and as an official Walt Disney World hotel, this soaring skyscraper puts you centre stage for all things Disney-related. Many rooms have spectacular views over the park; some offer unbeatable views of the famed Epcot fireworks. There are three heated pools, a spa and a health club, plus guests have privileged access to Disney's golf courses.

Best for: cinephiles

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando Resort™

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
The DoubleTree has rooms overlooking the Universal Studios Florida park

This stylish, modern hotel sits right at the entrance to Universal Studios Florida™, with some rooms overlooking the park itself. With an in-house Starbucks, two restaurants and three bars, plus an outdoor pool and theme park shuttle, the DoubleTree makes the perfect base for families who want to get out and explore all Orlando has to offer.

Best for: active families

Hilton Bonnet Creek

Hilton Bonnet Creek
Hilton Bonnet Creek boasts a lazy river

If you crave a luxurious base to return to after a hard day’s adventuring, look no further than this lavish resort. Set within the 482-acre Bonnet Creek Nature Preserve, this modern, 1,001-room resort hotel is surrounded by the Walt Disney World Resort, with a complimentary shuttle to Disney theme parks and the Disney Springs area. It offers a three-acre pool complete with lazy river, 12 restaurants and lounges, and access to the adjacent Waldorf Astoria Spa – so you’ll never want to leave

British Airways flies direct from London Gatwick to Orlando International up to twice a day. To book your flight and stay at one of Hilton’s hotels, visit ​