Excellent meeting facilities, stellar golf and unexpected special event venues combine at the Villas of Grand Cypress—a quiet retreat in ultra-busy Central Florida with Walt Disney World® only minutes away—to help meeting planners succeed.
Whether it is the resort’s spectacular 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf, the award-winning Academy of Golf or the functional and convenient Executive Meeting Center, planners are sure to discover opportunities for group recreation, meeting sessions and unique venues for catered theme parties and events.
“Our resort has provided the perfect backdrop for some amazing group functions,” said Mark Cox, general manager. “We are constantly complimented on our beautiful facilities. When you add in fabulous amenities such as our impeccably conditioned golf courses, the Academy of Golf, restaurants and Executive Meeting Center, we can truly provide meeting planners with elegant, distinctive options that they won’t find anywhere else.”
Executive Meeting Center
Most resort meetings take place at the Mediterranean-style Executive Meeting Center, which offers 7,200 square feet of meeting space in three ballrooms. The ballrooms can be divided into as many as eight smaller rooms. The windowed St. Andrews Ballroom, overlooking a fairway on the North Course, is a beautiful location for a special meeting function.
A 3,280-square-foot enclosed Pavilion supplements the Executive Meeting Center in the busiest meeting months in fall, winter and spring, and the acclaimed Nine18 restaurant, with one of the prettiest golf course views in Florida, is available for daytime meetings and nighttime buyouts.
Golf Club and Academy of Golf
The resort is a golfer’s paradise. The North, South and East Nines combine to form three distinctive 18-hole masterpieces, while the18-hole links-style New Course is reminiscent of the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. Golf outings and private tournaments can be arranged through Grand Cypress Golf Club’s tournament professionals, who will oversee every detail, starting with formats and pairings, extending all the way through the awards presentation.
Grand Cypress Academy of Golf—where director Fred Griffin is one of the “Best Teachers in the State of Florida” as part of Golf Digest’s “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers” rankings for 2009-10 and ranked among GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Instructors —consistently ranks among the top golf schools in the nation. Meeting planners can look to Griffin and his team of golf instructors for private clinics tailored to fit the needs of each group. Specialized club-fitting sessions, as well as spouse programs, can be arranged.
Less serious activities such as putting contests and lighted night events on the nine-hole Pitch ‘n’ Putt course are also available. Other options include arranging an appearance by a PGA Tour player or booking a trick-shot artist to enhance a meeting’s golf event.
Food and Beverage
Food and beverage service—everything from coffee breaks to themed banquets—can make all the difference in a meeting’s success, and meeting planners have a special ally at the Villas of Grand Cypress. That ally is Food and Beverage Director Billy Singleton, previously acknowledged as the National Caterer of the Year by the National Association of Catering Executives.
Function locations include the Executive Meeting Center, Pavilion, outdoor terraces, Grand Cypress Equestrian Center, Grand Cypress Clubhouse and its Nine18 Restaurant, poolside venues and the resort’s larger villas.
Nine18, an upscale, dinner-only restaurant, is a short walk away in the Grand Cypress Clubhouse and overlooks the North-South Golf Course and offers fine dining in an inviting atmosphere that showcases an extensive 500-bottle wine collection. The restaurant seats 85 guests, and is a refined setting for private or semi-private dining events. The venue is also used for meetings and may be reserved for special banquet events.
Grand Cypress Racquet Club
The Racquet Club, overlooking 21-acre Lake Windsong and nestled in Confederate jasmine, brings the sport of tennis to its highest level. The Club features 12 private courts, a clubhouse, corporate tennis programs, and daily clinics for all levels of play.
The resort’s 146 luxury guestrooms are a welcome change from the average hotel rooms. The accommodations include club suites and villas offering one to four bedrooms. Club suites are nearly double the size of an average hotel room and include a private sitting area, spacious bathroom and wet bar. The villas include spacious kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms and many are appointed with whirlpool baths and fireplaces.
The Villas of Grand Cypress is part of the 1,500-acre Grand Cypress Resort and is owned by Grand Cypress Florida, LP, and managed by Benchmark Hospitality International. The resort, an AAA Four-Diamond property, is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts (www.preferredhotels.com), a global brand of more than 140 of the world’s finest and most distinctive independently owned luxury hotels and resorts.
Full resort information is online at www.grandcypress.com or by calling (877) 330-7376.