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Villa-de-Flora at The Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Centre

Villa-de-Flora in The Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Centre

We had planned to try a few different restaurants on this trip to Florida. I had read so many excellent reports about Villa-de-Flora that we had put this on our list. We were not disappointed.

The Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference centre is on the Osceola Parkway, at the junction with International Drive South under 10 minutes from our villa.

You can’t miss it; it’s a stunning building that really stands out, surrounded by palm trees.

The restaurant is set in the fabulous St Augustine Atrium; try to arrive a few minutes early so you can wander around and see the splendid waterfalls, fish, superb plants and even a few alligators. These are fed nightly at sunset. We were all very impressed with the attention to detail and the thought that had gone into making the whole area so breathtaking.

We were shown around the wonderful buffet area before we took our seats, all I can say is Wow what a choice. We had decided to go on a Monday this was an Italian night. It is also available on every Friday.

Other choices are Tuesday & Saturday is Spanish, Wednesday & Sunday is French and Thursday is Greek.

This will give you some idea of what was on offer at the beautifully presented buffet.

A great selection of cheeses, bread and lots of different salads to start with, then move on to the various pasta dishes try chicken, pork, ham, roast beef, swordfish or shrimp in coconut batter served with garlic mash and roasted vegetables. A chef is on hand at every section of the buffet to help you.

Let me tell you about the dessert selection; you can build your own sundae with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream or build strawberry shortcake, strawberry cheesecake, Crème Brule, chocolate chip cookies, Tiramisu plus much more.

We had a very nice wine with our meal and chilled water is also available on the table.

The Villa-de-Flora has been designed to look like a grand dining room in an old world mansion; again this has been done to a very high standard.

Take your car-park ticket to the desk in the restaurant to get it stamped, this will give you free parking when you hand it to the attendant as you leave the Resort.

The Villa-de-Flora restaurant is also open for

Breakfast 6:30 to 10:30am Weekdays

Breakfast 6:30 to 11:00am Weekends

Lunch 11:30am to 2:30pm

Lunch Saturdays 12:00 to 2:30pm

Sunday Brunch 12:00 to 3:00pm

Dinner 5:00 to 10:00pm Nightly

Bar service 11:30am to 10:00pm

For reservations call 407-586-1114.

You have a choice of fabulous restaurants in Gaylord Palms.

There is the Old Hickory Steakhouse; set in the mysterious Everglades this rustic steakhouse has a wonderful menu including the highest quality Black Angus steaks, fresh seafood, handcrafted cheeses and an inspired wine list.

For reservations call 407-586-1600.

Sunset Sam's Fish Camp

A creative menu with Floridian and Caribbean favourites to choose from and fresh seafood prepared just the way you like it.

This restaurant is set in a wonderful harbour setting with a 60-foot sailboat; enjoy a cocktail or two in the Key West Atrium.

For reservations call 407-586-1101.

There is a Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream parlour plus numerous shops to have a look around during your visit.

In the Conference Centre from around Thanksgiving until after New Year, The ICE show is on. It is worth a visit just on it’s own but why not combine it with a meal in one of the restaurants, I’m sure you will enjoy it just as much as we did.

Can’t wait for our next trip.

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