April 15 is never a happy day in America, but people in and around Orlando will finally have something to celebrate on Tax Day this year when the brand new CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort-Orlando has its grand opening next month. And while much of Orlando is certainly geared towards families, this resort lets kids and parents alike relax and enjoy the waters without leaving the property.
And when we say “enjoy the waters,” we mean it. The hotel has its own water park for guests to use, including four swimming pools and eight water slides—the biggest of which is 60 feet high. Each pool is geared towards a different age group, ranging from younger kids to teens to adults-only. (Nice touch: A massive canopy covers the park—perfect for rainy days, or for avoiding the sun!)
While the resort as a whole is geared towards families, Frank Fry, the resort's general manager, points out that this doesn't mean it's for kids. "The resort's Key West theme caters to the adult clientele and market," he says. "The kid element is in a small part of the property at the waterpark." But even the parks can appeal to grown-ups. Biscayne Bay, for example, has cabanas, a fire pit, a tiki bar for tropical cocktails and a waterfall flowing to a 10-person outdoor spa. Much like a cruise ship, Fry continues, the resort sponsors events and activities like treasure hunts and hula contests, letting guests have fun outdoors before walking back to their rooms when they're done, rather than waiting for a bus or walking through a crowded parking lot.
Of course, this is Orlando, and visiting families will undoubtedly want to see everything else the area has to offer. To that end, there is easy access to Universal Studios, Sea World and Walt Disney World. (Transportation to Universal Studios is complimentary, in fact, and a representative of the theme park is always at the resort.)
Even more family friendly, Fry says, is the resort's price point: Most rooms range from $99 to $149 per night, with access to the water park an additional $19 per room, letting guests save money on their trip by spending a day or two at the resort rather than at one of the theme parks. "This property offers a price point alternative," Fry says. "It has its own family fun…It makes for a complete vacation.
"Everyone is looking for a good deal and good value," he adds. "We fit that new market."
The resort offers a 10 percent commission for agents, and will give any agent who wants to visit the property a 50 percent discount. For special requests, contact Director of Sales & Marketing Richard Jackson ([email protected]).