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The developers of Lake Nona, one of the largest mixed-use developments in the country, have announced plans for a new resort center that will feature a sprawling manmade lagoon.

Developed by Tavistock Development Company, the Orlando community focused on health and wellness will encompass more than 25,000 residents upon completion. The new eight-story Lake Nona Resort, set to be complete in 2020, will feature cutting-edge design, top-tier amenities including 20,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness and spa campus, a 120,000-square-foot beach volleyball venue, and 250 custom-designed guestrooms and 80 condominium units. The resort will be designed by Arquitectonica, a Miami-based architecture firm.

“With Orlando now approaching 70 million annual visitors, it is a very competitive hotel market with many exceptional properties and operators,” says Tavistock president Jim Zboril. “Our focus is on sports and performance and we believe this is the first-of-its-kind performance-driven Resort created from scratch in the United States."

Every detail of the Resort is being designed around optimizing key tenets of performance, including nutrition and recovery, says Zboril. Standard rooms will be oversized by approximately 450- square feet to allow extra space for stretching and fitness equipment and will feature oversized beds with specialized fitness-designed mattresses, black-out shades and circadian lighting equipment.

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In addition, an onsite nutritionist will be available for all guests. Customized menus will offer pre- and post-workout recommendations across the Resort’s food and beverage services, which will also include juice bars and sports drink stations. An onsite garden will provide the Resort’s chefs local produce.

The lagoon, designed with Miami-based Crystal Lagoons, will encompass more than 15 acres (with the potential to expand to more than 20 acres) and will be lined with sandy beaches. The lagoon will be accessible by resort guests, as well as members from within the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.

Additionally, the Resort campus will be home to an expansive rooftop lounge and 20,000 square feet in meeting space, including an expansive ballroom designed to accommodate large groups, business meetings, weddings and other functions. Several restaurant options will be available to guests including both sit-down and on-the-go options. In additional to traditional dining experiences, performance-focused food and beverage options will also be available, including menus specifically designed by leading nutritionists to complement the needs of athletes both pre- and post-workout. The Resort is expected to welcome 100,000+ visitors annually.