Florida, nicknamed the Sunshine State for its glorious climate, is home to beautiful white-sandy beaches, fun-loving locals and the intriguing UNESCO World Heritage Everglades National Park. There truly is something for everyone in Florida. From the enticing party life-style of Miami and thrilling water-sports of Tampa Bay to reliving childhood memories in magical Orlando and Kissimmee, you’re sure to find something you’ll love.
Orlando and Kissimmee
Lying in the heart of Florida is the fascinating world of Orlando. Here’s a place where you can rub shoulders with all your favourite Disney characters, get dive bombed by an Orca and wander through the cobbled streets of Diagon Alley searching for Hogwarts best kept secrets. For this is the home of Walt Disney World, SeaWorld International and Universal Studios the only place where you can live out all of your wildest dreams in one place. Orlando and its neighbouring Kissimmee offer more than just the magic of the theme parks though. An abundance of Championship golf-courses and thousands of fishing & sailing lakes are sprinkled all over this region making it one of the most highly sought after destinations for couples and families alike!
To see what all the fuss is about we chose our Top 5 Timeshare Holiday Resorts in Florida:
We begin our tour of Orlando 10-minutes drive South-West from Walt Disney World at the RCI Gold Crown Orange Lake Country Club, nestled within 1,450 acres of lush landscaped gardens. Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2014 this luxurious resort boasts a beautiful selection of well-appointed Studio – 4 bedroom villas each equipped with full kitchens and private patio/balconies overlooking the tropical gardens whilst a whirlpool spa is fitted to certain units too! The astounding array of leisure facilities are sure to impress to any guest to Orange Lakes. Choose from 7 seperate outdoor swimming pools, with the peaceful Magnolia pool and blissful River Island 1,200 ft. lazy river particular favourites amongst parents looking to cool off from Orlando’s warm climate. Four 18-hole golf-courses are offered to keen golfers, most notably the Championship Arnold Palmer Signature course, whilst there’s an 80-acre lake with numerous sailing and water-sports opportunities available too. Sports fans are sure to love revisitng their favourite sporting moments at the Legacy Sports Bar and Grill whilst freshly made pizzas can be yours at the Paisan Pizzeria if you’re looking for a European flair to your evening, these are just two of the 9 restaurants at the resort!
Next up is the refreshing mix of tropical gardens, waterfalls and lakes on the Eastern edge of Orlando’s theme parks at the RCI Gold Crown Sheraton’s Vistana Resort. Recently awarded TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Award for 2015 this resort is a firm favourite amongst couples and families looking to explore the exhilarating Orlando region. Visitors have the choice between well-appointed 1 & 2-bedroom villas, lock-off’s are available too, each fitted with a whirlpool tub in the master bedroom and private patio/balconies overlooking the resorts gorgeous landscape. Boasting 7 gorgeous swimming pools such as the Courts Pool surrounded by lush Floridian flora and 8 whirlpool spas the options to cool off are almost endless. A rejuvenating selection of massage services are also on offer which you can look forward to after exploring Orlando’s thrilling attractions. Take each other on in a game of tennis across 13 courts or challenge the kids to a friendly game at the 18-hole mini-golf course and when you’ve had enough let them loose in the four playgrounds whilst you soak up the sun with a refreshing cocktail from the Outpost Bar. When dinner time arrives choose from American cuisine at Zimmie’s Casual Eatery, the electric atmosphere of the Tacky Tiki Bar and Grill or the poolside Cascades Bar and Grill to satisfy your taste-buds.
Under 6 miles from Universal Studios is this woodland retreat dotted with oak trees and cottage style villas, the Interval International Premier Marriott’s Cypress Harbour resort. Here you will find a tasteful array of 2-bedroom villas, luxuriously decorated to maintain the high standards of Marriott with whirlpool spas and furnished balconies overlooking the beautiful grounds. Wander through the grounds of this TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 2015 winner and you’ll find 3 sparkling lakes, the largest of which features a boating dock where guests can embark upon water-sports and sailing experiences. You will undoubtedly visit one of the numerous theme parks across Orlando during your visit here so what better way to sooth your tired legs after all the adventures with a massage at the award-winning Cypress Spa. Choose between the Club House or Island pools to cool off whilst the kids can run riot in their own swimming pool or take each other on at the intriguing 9-hole mini golf-course during your holiday to Orlando. Dining at Marriott’s Cypress Harbour provides a select choice between casual meals at The Marketplace, poolside dinners at the Pavilion Bar or the lakeside offerings of the Galley Grill.
Lined by palm trees and set within the heart of Orlando’s non-stop action adjacent to the Grande Pines Golf Club is the Interval International Premier Resort of Marriott’s Grande Vista. Currently a holder of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2014 this gorgeous resort provides well-appointed 1, 2 & 3-bedroom villas complete with spacious living and dining areas as well as elegant balconies to admire the stunning scenery. Kick start your day with a dip in one of 4 outdoor swimming pools or whirlpool spas before setting off to visit all the great adventures Orlando has in store for you. You’re sure to work up a hunger during the days exploring this exciting region so settle down to a tasty meal at the Grande Cove Restaurant & Bar for lunch and treat yourself to tasty desserts at The Lighthouse Sweetery for afters. For guests preferring a slower pace the inclusive Kids Club and climbing frames will keep the little ones entertained whilst you sit back and relax at The Spa relishing in an intimate menu of massages and treatments.
Elevated above 600-acres of lush tropical landscape and rolling hillside is the Interval International Premier Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club. Spacious yet comfortable 1, 2 & 3-bedroom villas that come complete with furnished balconies and patios are available here and include fitted-kitchens that can only add to your ideal self-catered holiday. The Dunes Lagoon swimming pool is definitely one to remember especially with its two-story water slide for the little ones to cause a splash on! The eyes of any keen golfers visiting the Mystic Dunes Golf Club will light up when they see the manicured fairways of the Par 71 golf-course whilst there’s also a fun-filled mini golf course for a more casual round of 18. The fun continues onto the court where guests can battle it out over games of tennis and basketball in the warm embrace of the Florida sunshine. Kenzie’s full service Restaurant & Bar serves up a delicious selection of American classics for you to dine upon or have a Maui Pizza delivered to your door if you wish to dine at home of an evening.