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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 25, 2016

The Grove Resort & Spa, an 878-suite property under construction in Orlando on Lake Austin near Walt Disney World, is scheduled to open 292 suites this fall, with full completion slated for 2019. The Grove will be part of Benchmark Hospitality International's Benchmark Resorts & Hotels brand. The resort's two- and three-bedroom suites, ranging from 1,264 square feet to 1,544 square feet, will include living and dining areas, full kitchens, multiple bathrooms, screened balconies and laundry facilities.  

The property will have 6,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, as well as several outdoor event spaces. Amenities will include Grove's Surfari Water Park; a lazy river; a trio of neighboring swimming pools, known as the Springs; and a lakeside dock for paddle boats and fishing. The property also will feature the Escape Spa and a 2,000-square-foot fitness center.

For dining, there will be the 221-seat, indoor/outdoor Valencia restaurant; Longboard Bar & Grill, located at Surfari Water Park; and Springs Bar & Grill, at the Springs Resort Pools, as well as the grab-and-go Pickings Market.

"We are thrilled to announce the addition of the Grove Resort & Spa to our signature Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio," said Alex Cabañas, CEO of BHI. "This unique and extraordinary resort will be one of the most inspiring additions to the Orlando market in decades. The Grove will offer something for every guest, whether visiting for a leisure-travel experience, enjoying the legendary theme parks, attending an intimate social gathering or celebration, or participating in a productive and rewarding meeting experience."