We’re just getting into Springtime in Orlando, and now is the perfect time to sit by the pool with a cocktail (or mocktail!).
So for your Friday Zen-ness today, I’ve got the perfect destination…
Beech Pool Bar at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort is one of the most relaxing spots I’ve visited within the gates of Walt Disney World.
A massive lazy river and pool complex is the perfect addition to a sunny Orlando afternoon…and the frozen hot chocolate doesn’t hurt either. But more on that later…
Let’s dive in!
Beech is more than your standard pool bar. There are plenty of tables and chairs for eating a full meal, but if relaxation is on the docket, consider curling up with a cocktail by one of the fire pits —
— or HERE in one of these I-wish-I-had-it-in-my-own-backyard seating areas.
From here, watch the kiddos splashing around in the pool, or peruse the menu to see what’s for lunch!
Speaking of lunch…
There’s a full menu of appetizers, sandwiches and salads, and desserts here at Beech…not to mention the unique cocktails and mocktails.
You can definitely count on this spot for a full and filling meal, and you’re guaranteed an outdoor, waterside seat!
We started out the evening trying a few cocktails and mocktails.
One of the most intriguing for many of us who spent our teenaged mall-rat days hanging around the Orange Julius was the Orange Julio — a mocktail mix of vanilla ice cream and fresh orange juice!
More of a dessert, you say? Maybe so — but a perfect sweet treat (with a little zing from the OJ) on a warm Orlando Spring day!
Next up — it’s time to get a little spicier with the Basil Bloody Mary Mojito! This one included Bloody Mary Vodka, smashed grape tomatoes, bruised basil, and fresh lime!
The lime and basil gave this a great kick, and the grape tomatoes made it a stunner.
Finally, we indulged in another perfect-for-Spring mocktail — the Watermelon Mint. This one is a simple mix of freshly muddled watermelon and mint, sparkling water, and lime juice!
We had a couple of other muy pretty drinks, but I’m going to save them for another review and get on with the food!!
It was tough making up our minds, but we went for simple and awesome this time around. I started with the Poolside Cheeseburger, complete with tomatoes, pickles, onions, cheese, and the Chef’s special burger sauce. Mushrooms or bacon can be added for $2 (yes please).
This thing is obviously sexy, but it tasted fantastic. Smothered in melted cheese and piled high with crispy bacon, it was definitely what I was hoping for. BUT, I could still taste the meaty flavors of the burger — obviously the best part.
Along with this, I had to try the famous Parmesan Truffle Fries!! These flavored frites are NOT what you’d expect to find at pool-side spot at your hotel, but there they are — and they are to die for!!
Skins on, crispy, and cooked just right. The truffle taste is in the background and not too overwhelming, and the parmesan adds a nice flavor kick.
We also ordered the Turkey Wrap — a standard staple on the menu here at Beech. It’s clean and easy — perfect for a pool-side meal. Cheeses can change from time to time here, so be prepared when you head over to get yours.
And the kiddos have a full menu to themselves here, as well!! (Of course they do! This pool complex is HUGE and fun, so the kids are for sure going to want to stay through lunch…and dinner.)
We tried the chicken fingers with french fries and barbecue sauce, but there are lots of options for your little one. I love that it came served on a frisbee!!
Now for the part you’ve all been waiting for (and, the part I admit is the best part of the meal) — dessert!
While they have a jumbo ice cream cookie sandwich here, I had to go ahead and get my very favorite thing once again — the Frozen Hot Chocolate!!
I’ve had the original at Serendipity III in New York City several times, and this is just as good. PLUS, you’re sitting by a pool with a light Florida breeze instead of in the middle of New York City crammed up against your neighbors in a way-too-crowded restaurant. That’s gotta be better, right?
This is more than just a chocolate milkshake. It’s pure decadence. You’ve gotta try it, and you can ONLY find it at Beech. Well worth a visit, if you ask me.
Don’t you SO want to be sitting by the pool sipping something delicious and waiting for your Poolside Cheeseburger right now? Yeah. Me, too. But, for those of us who are nowhere near a pool right now, I hope this made your Friday a little more relaxing!
Beech is an awesome stop when you’re next in Walt Disney World. It’s very easy to get to, since it’s plopped right in the middle of Walt Disney World property — just look for the Bonnet Creek sign.
Sometimes you need to escape the parks for an afternoon, and this is a great way to do it.
What items on the Beech menu are YOU wishing you were having today? Let us know in the comments below!