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Looking for African intrigue? Try the majestic Sheraton Safari Hotel (800-423-3297) located less than a mile from downtown Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The hotel’s lavish lobby is a visual treat, brimming with whimsical African figure sculptures, forbidding masks and a small but lovely display of finely crafted African jewelry. Other thematic accents include a live macaw, and animal-print fabrics throughout the hotel.
The safari theme is also apparent in the rooms, which are impeccably clean and spacious and feature African furnishings and paintings of safari animals. Standard rooms range in price from $99 to $149 a night. Executive suites, which offer a deluxe, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, living room with pull-out couch and bedroom, begin at $159 a night. With its 79-foot Python water slide leading into a free-form heated outdoor pool, a whirlpool and 24-hour fitness room, and complimentary transportation to all Disney theme parks, the hotel offers a pleasing mix of sport and ease to suit the taste of each family member. The hotel’s Casablanca restaurant is also guaranteed to enliven the appetite. It serves up a superb and extensive breakfast buffet each morning from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and re-opens in the evening for tantalizing gourmet dinners.