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The ETTE is a Michelin Oasis in Orlando

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The pool at the ette hotel in Orlando

Looking for a swanky refuge in Orlando that is zero percent mouse and 100% chic? Check out the ette hotel, which just earned a Michelin Key. Standing tall amongst its more tourist-centric surroundings, the ette is an oasis of style, sophistication, and wellness.  Cascading greenery, Insta-friendly signage, and a lobby smelling of custom fragrance and live piano music greet guests upon arrival. The ette was designed in the tradition of the world's best boutique hotels, replete, with custom furniture, miles of Venetian plaster, and world-class fabrics. You will feel that you have arrived—even if it's in Orlando.

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Salt & Cellar by Michelin Chef Akira Back

GW's favorite is the "Wellness Suite," a spacious two-room space that comes with it's own Peloton, healthy snacks, designer free weights, sound machines, and Le Labo toiletries. Motorized blackout drapes and big-screen televisions appear at the touch of a button. The rooms feature sumptuous beds and, like the rest of the hotel, are positively dripping in Frette linens. Everything—from the guest room sheets to the thick robes, towels, and even the terry around the postcard-perfect pool—is made by the luxury Italian linen house. There is such a reverence for the textiles that the ette has turned the usually mundane task of washing and folding sheets and towels into high theater with the unexpectedly beautiful “Laundry Museum.”

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The spa at the ette

Wellness is present throughout: fresh pressed juices, vitamin iv drips, spa treatments, such as the Vitamin C wrap, sound healing massages, holistic facials and more. Wellness-enthousiasts will be happy with the plethora of mocktails and perhaps less dissapointed by the absense of alcohol on property than your average customers.

The Laundry Museum is a place of enough importance and intrigue to give it a position within view of Salt & Cellar, a restaurant created by Michelin-starred chef Akira Back. That name should be familiar to gourmands as Back has a namesake restaurant in nearby Delray and 24 others around the world.

Salt & Celler has dishes like Grilled King Crab, Hot Oil Dover Sole, Akira Back Tuna Pizza, and Kimchi Brussels nodding to the chef’s Korean heritage.  As the name implies, salt does take center stage. Gourmet varieties such as Persian Blue Salt, Hawaiian Black Salt, Espresso Salt, White Truffle Salt, and Purple Salt, are served by a salt sommelier and presented in precious containers alongside dishes like Japanese A-5 and gold-wrapped Tomahawk steaks.

Due to the aforementioned dry state of the hotel, tea is particularly importance at the ette. A stunning array is presented in clear glass apothecary vessels and the daily afternoon tea service is reminiscent of a fine European hotel with a sumptuous spread of sandwiches, scones, and madelines and pastries. While the pastries aren't gluten-free, we'll get over it with a luxurious spa day, film in the screening room, or book curled up in a library that, like everything at the ette, is even chicer than it needs to be.

The ette is chic oasis in orlando


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