Orlando Resorts & Villas

by Nannie Kate

The advent of theme parks in Orlando, Florida, sparked a parallel growth in accommodations. Along with these, lots of restaurants stepped in, as did smaller attractions. Resorts and villas that cater to the theme park trade lie as close to the major attractions as possible. When making your vacation choice, it's necessary to know what you need or expect from your accommodations.

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Pet-Friendly Resorts and Villas

Resorts and villas around Orlando are becoming more lenient when it comes to welcoming pets. Many of them have adopted policies that allow pets but place restriction on size and number of pets per room. Some ask for a deposit upfront and others charge by the day. Wyndham Orlando Resort welcomes one pet weighing 60 pounds or less. The resort has an outdoor heated pool and a whirlpool and offers spa services. The main dining room, Augustine's Bar and Grille, serves steaks and seafood and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Orlando Villas, with an inventory of more than 200 properties, brokers privately owned homes across the Orlando area. A number of these are pet-friendly, with each homeowner determining any restrictions on size or number.

Child-Oriented Resorts and Villas

At Nickelodeon Suites, kids rule. The resort offers special kids' suites in which your children have their own sleeping nook, outfitted with a television, bunk or twin beds, and a play area. The resort has two water parks with multiple slides and flumes. A kids' spa gives pint-sized guests manicures and pedicures, hair braids and temporary tattoos. Nicktoon's Cafe presents a different themed meal daily. Clarion Resort Hotel and Water Park keeps the kids busy and happy with water slides and flumes of different heights, a lazy river, a standard swimming pool and a kiddie pool with smaller water slides and play equipment. Sara Starr Cafe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with buffets on the weekends. Mindy O's Melting Pot Bar and Grill serves sandwiches and other light fare. Both of these can be found beside the pool area.

Adult-Oriented Resorts and Villas

Though JW Marriott at Grande Lakes is family friendly and welcomes children, the resort does not have any of the splashy cartoon glitz that accompanies so many Orlando resorts and villas. In its lush setting of green grass, glassy lakes and tropical foliage, this resort offers fly fishing and eco tours. The resort's main restaurant, Primo, uses organic herbs and produce, much of it grown in the Primo garden on-site. A stay at the Grand Bohemian will have you wondering if it is a resort or an art museum. It's both. The hotel lifts itself out of the theme park category with its collection of art, displayed not only in the art gallery on the premises but also throughout the hotel. The AAA four-diamond restaurant Boheme offers fine dining choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a special jazz brunch on Sundays.

Golf Resorts and Villas

Walk outside your door and step onto the fairways of the Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort. Playing the game doesn't get much more convenient than having a golf course outside your door. The Villas of Grand Cypress feature a 27-hole course and an 18-hole course. The resort offers lessons for beginning golfers and seasoned players who want to improve their game. The resort has seven restaurants, including the Nine 18, which serves steaks, lamb, seafood, veal and salmon, accompanied by a choice of more than 500 fine wines. Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge lies just north of Disney and the other theme parks. Club members and anyone booking rooms at Bay Hill may play on its links. The resort also provides tennis courts, extensive spa and salon services, a Junior Olympics swimming pool, a fitness center and four dining choices.

About the Author

In 2007 Nannie Kate discovered that the words she had been writing all her life had an actual cash value. She's been writing professionally through brokers ever since. With an English major background she creates articles and ebooks on a wide variety of subjects.