Thanks probably to the hyper-competitive arms race that is vacation industry marketing, the word “amenity” is losing its original meaning. An inversion roller coaster on property isn’t a resort “amenity.” Neither are a zip line to your treehouse villa or an iMax screen in the bathroom.
An amenity is by definition a simple convenience, a feature that provides comfort. Here’s an amenity: a quality breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee bar in the resort lobby. Imagine the two of you being able to crawl out of bed on a vacation morning, running a brush through your hair (optional), and having to walk no farther than the next building to get a desperately needed gourmet skinny latte. Then, if you’re vacationing by yourselves or the kids are back in the room still sleeping in, you’ll find a cozy bench right outside, sip your drinks, chat quietly, and wake up at your own pace. It won’t be the first thing you’ll brag about when you return home and tell your buddies about your vacation. But it’ll come to mind quickly when you reflect on things you appreciated about the resort.
When it comes to food- and-drink related amenities (by the intended definition), guests at The Fountains in Orlando have plenty to appreciate. From The Marketplace and Corks and Craft in the front of the clubhouse, to Splash around back by the indoor-outdoor Water’s Edge Pool, to Wakoola Grill on the 75,000-square-foot Wakoola Springs pool and deck, to munchies and soft drinks sold in the lobby 24/7, this is one Orlando family resort that removes the challenge from finding something to eat or drink when you want it.
Whether you’ve come for Starbucks® and a muffin in the morning, flatbread and salad at lunch or pizza for a low-key supper, The Marketplace in the main clubhouse has got it all. Guests now enjoy expanded hours of service, from early morning to late evening. If your schedule doesn’t allow ordered from an extensive menu, select a salad or sandwich made fresh that day from the grab-and-go case. And when you need a quick, cool treat, there’s even a self-serve, soft-serve frozen yogurt station.
Corks and Craft
Just around the corner from The Marketplace, Corks and Craft at the clubhouse is a place to settle in with a refreshing cold local craft beer or one of a savory wine that you can pair with a distinctive selection from the tapas menu. Try the California Chardonnay with the Blackened Shrimp over Chorizo Risotto.
On the opposite side and below the clubhouse, along the indoor deck of the Water’s Edge pool, Splash offers over 25 tropical cocktails and some of the best drink specials in Orlando. But there’s a grill here as well, offering such tempters as the Splash Crispy Chicken Sandwich or Mediterranean Flatbread.
The Wakoola Grill, located poolside right in the center of the great pool deck, is the place to cool off, calm your appetite and quench your thirst before returning to a leisurely day of sun or frolick at one of the best destination pools in Orlando—and that includes water parks.
It’s flame-grilled fun at Wakoola Grill—the simple eatery puts the element of fire center stage. Just steps away from the pool—or your cabana—the Grill boasts satisfying entrees, substantial appetizers and frosty drinks to fill the tummies of all who spend a day at Bluegreen’s Wakoola Springs.
From hearty appetizers to thick, juicy burgers, chicken wraps and other fresh fare grilled right there at poolside, the Wakoola Grill menu doesn’t always lend itself to quick choices. So take your time. Enjoy sports on the TV screen above you and think about what you want to eat as you savor one Wakoola Grills’s specialty drinks—or maybe even a non-alcohol blended drink or fruit smoothie.
Whether you are a food lover or just like the convenience of having plenty of food and drink options nearby, the restaurants and bars of The Fountains are true amenities—in the best sense of the word. They rank with the best resort bars and restaurants in Orlando.