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Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Ordinarily, a bedroom balcony is your own private outdoor space to kick back and relax with a glass of something and a few nibbles. But here at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando there’s a welcome interruption to my standard balcony reverie. It’s 9pm and that means I have a front row seat to Disney’s nightly firework extravaganza taking place next door.

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Orlando beyond just theme parks

Can you have a holiday in Orlando without setting foot in Disney? Andy Mossack discovers there is a another Orlando beyond just theme parks.

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Four of the best golf courses in Miami

Miami has hosted major championships and attracts golfers from around the world looking to combine a good day’s golf with the exciting Miami nightlife. In this review we showcase four of the best golf courses in Miami.

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South east Florida and the Everglades

A first timer might believe Florida is 90 per cent theme parks and golf resorts, the Sunshine State attractions relentlessly plugged by the travel brochures. But it is easier than you think to forget about ‘Mickey’ and his mates when you visit south east Florida and the Everglades, going alligator spotting in the Everglades, cruising down the Florida Keys in a convertible with a warm breeze nicely messing your hair up or even parading your new plastic surgery among the bodies beautiful along Miami’s famed South Beach.

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Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Everything seems big in Florida, including the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach, with 250 rooms over 17 floors. We’re welcomed into a spacious reception by one of several friendly receptionists on individual podiums. She cheerfully offers us a glass of bubbly before we hop into the lift and show ourselves to our room: this is an unfussy kind of luxury resort.

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St. Petersburg and Clearwater

Anna Smith heads to St. Petersburg and Clearwater, the home of Dolphin Tale movies, located on a peninsula on Florida’s Gulf coast, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay.

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