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The Best Orlando Area Villa Communities for Every Type of Traveller in 2023

  • By Tammy van der Westhuizen
  • Published 09 June 2023
  • Revised 31 August 2023
The Best Orlando Area Villa Communities for Every Type of Traveller in 2023
  • By Tammy van der Westhuizen
  • Published 09 June 2023
  • Revised 31 August 2023
The Best Orlando Area Villa Communities for Every Type of Traveller in 2023
  • By Tammy van der Westhuizen
  • Published 09 June 2023
  • Revised 31 August 2023
Calling all nature lovers, luxury chasers, wallet-watchers and theme park dreamers - there's a home for every type of holidaymaker in Orlando. And we can help you find them...

Each year, we help thousands of families find their perfect Florida villa holiday from our collection of over 2,000 proprieties. 

At first, the abundance of choices can feel daunting, but this comprehensive guide will help you discover your favourite home-away-from-home. Even if members of your group have different tastes, the best villa communities let you combine interests - leaving those moody teenagers or picky grandparents all just big kids in the playground of Orlando. 

Best for families with small children - ChampionsGate Resort

ChampionsGate Resort's prestigious resort is truly exceptional, but its greatest strength lies in its outstanding amenities tailored for families with young children. The resort offers a wide range of family-friendly facilities, including a delightful family restaurant, a captivating resort cinema, and a fun-filled arcade games room.

However, the standout feature is the Oasis Kids Club which has been exclusively designed with children in mind.

In this vibrant and colourful play zone, children can unleash their creativity and let their imaginations run free (with  adult supervision, of course). The play area is adorned with spacious and comfortable bean bags, providing the perfect spot for kids to sit, play, and discover new things to capture their attention. This includes the chance to engage with an array of motor skill toys, colouring books, mini construction sets, board games, reading books, and gaming consoles. 

Beyond the confines of the playroom, young children can enjoy refreshing moments at the kid's splash pad, located in Oasis Water Park. Complete with a small water slide, climbing frame, and a tipping bucket that showers them with playful splashes of water. 

The lavish Oasis Waterpark also boasts two resort swimming pools, a leisurely 500 ft lazy river, a thrilling waterslide, poolside sun loungers, and a tiki bar. 

And to make your little ones feel at home, ChampionsGate offers a delightful selection of villas featuring creatively themed bedrooms. Whether it's the magical chambers inspired by Harry Potter, the galactic sleep quarters reminiscent of Star Wars, or the rooms fit for a Disney princess, you won't have any trouble coaxing the kids to go to bed at night.

Best for large groups - Solterra Resort

One of Kissimmee’s newest villa communities, Solterra Resort, offers an extensive collection of 10 to 14-bedroom homes that perfectly cater to large groups.

Better yet, the resort’s leisure facilities accommodate big gatherings. You can spend your days socialising at the resort clubhouse, which features spacious social rooms and plenty of seating. Or, enjoy the terrace overlooking the beautiful resort swimming pool area. Here, there are sun loungers available for cooling off, poolside cabanas for some luxurious shade, and a waterpark where you can fly down the water slide or simply float along the lazy river. If you prefer a more relaxing experience, just slide into the therapeutic hot tub.

For more group activities, engage in some friendly competition on the tennis courts, shoot some hoops on the basketball courts, or dive to victory on the volleyball courts.

If you lose, there's always scenic walking trails to cool your emotions. Or, can stay active in the fitness centre. Furthermore, there's an outdoor recreation area where you can gather your group for picnics while admiring the lush estate and abundant greenery.

And while your group will be perfectly looked after at this gated community, they should all be pleased to know that Walt Disney World is just a 15-minute drive away.

Best for sports and activities - Encore Club at Reunion

If you can’t go a day without keeping active, then Encore Club at Reunion is the answer. This community is a top choice for large groups, yet its sports and fitness facilities are in a league of their own.

Whether you enjoy a kickabout on the football field, a rally on the tennis courts, or shooting hoops, there are plenty of ways to keep active here. Plus, with two sand volleyball courts and a state-of-the-art fitness centre equipped with treadmills, strength machines, free weights, and stationary bikes, you can always keep your workout routine varied. 

To explore Encore Club at Reunion’s picturesque estate of tropical palm-tree-lined streets, we suggest taking a run or renting a Surrey bike for extra company and ease.

For those in your group who aren't sporting fanatics, they can still keep active at the Encore Club's Water Park - especially on the water slides. You'll need to climb stairs to a 60 ft perch to experience all three. Then get ready to descend into a huge resort-worthy swimming pool that makes all stairs worth it. 

For those seeking additional entertainment, the Encore Club at Reunion offers a daily calendar of fun activities that can be enjoyed for a fee. These activities include tie-dying t-shirts, engaging in craft creations, participating in pool games, and attending ice cream socials. Since the activities change daily, it's recommended to check the event calendar of the Encore Club at Reunion to stay informed about what's happening during your stay.

Best wallet-friendly option - BellaVida Resort

BellaVida Resort is an excellent choice for a value-for-money stay in Orlando. In part, this price saving is accomplished by prioritising calming, nature-filled surroundings over extravagant resort amenities.

Located just 8 miles from Walt Disney World, the resort is situated amidst 15 acres of beautiful lakes, creating a captivating atmosphere reminiscent of southern Europe with its charming Mediterranean-style homes.

During your stay, you can enjoy the comfort of a homely villa featuring a private swimming pool and a fully equipped kitchen. Additionally, the resort offers various entertainment options, including a movie theatre and a game room equipped with table tennis and foosball.

For outdoor activities, there are basketball and volleyball courts where you can compete in the blissful sunshine. But if you prefer to maintain your fitness routine indoors, the resort also has a well-equipped fitness centre. And with two community swimming pools, you'll always have a refreshing option nearby.

You can also explore the lush nature trails of BellaVida Resort, taking in the verdant surroundings. You can even plan a delightful family picnic by the picturesque lakes and vibrant conservation area. Conveniently, a Walmart Supercenter is located within half a mile of the resort, allowing you to easily purchase finger foods for your alfresco fare. What's more, BellaVida Resort still caters to the entire family with a designated kids' playground and a stunning clubhouse lounge.

Best for luxury - Reunion Resort

Discover a villa community that has it all at Reunion Resort.

This sprawling estate boasts three PGA golfing greens nestled amidst shimmering ponds, rolling meadows, and lush forests. Moreover, some villas could be better described as grand mansions only matched by those seen in MTV Cribs. Prepare to be captivated by amenities such as home cinemas, indoor bowling alleys and virtual indoor golf.

Still, with your customary stylish swimming pool, you may just want to spend every moment basking in the sunshine and taking in the stunning views of the scenic fairways. 

Step outside your villa and you'll discover seven more opulent swimming pools. For thrills, venture to the five-acre water park, complete with a twisting water slide, a lazy river with a waterfall, and a playful aquatic playground for kids featuring a climbing frame, water slide, and a tipping overhead bucket of water.

You can also engage in a variety of sporting activities, including footgolf, tennis, mini-golf, or pickleball. And when hunger strikes, indulge your palate at one of the resort's seven on-site restaurants, offering a diverse range of culinary.

And to ensure convenience as well as luxury, Reunion Resort offers free shuttle transport to the gates of Walt Disney World.

Best for a relaxing stay - Emerald Island Resort

Find serenity at Emerald Island Resort, where you can escape the worries of daily life.

Nestled within a sprawling 300-acre conservation area, this enchanting retreat invites you to immerse yourself in nature. Here, you can explore a network of trails that wind their way through 11 lush forests, surrounded by two glistening lakes, offering a soothing and picturesque change of scenery.

Once you've indulged in the tranquillity of the resort's surroundings, take your relaxation to the next level at the inviting sauna. Then claim a spot on one of the poolside sun loungers. And finally, adjacent to the pool, you'll find the cosy tiki bar for those well-deserved refreshing cocktails.

For those seeking active relaxation, the resort offers a range of recreational facilities. You can engage in a friendly game of beach volleyball, tennis, or basketball on the well-maintained courts, surrounded by the natural beauty. Plus, to release those stress-relieving endorphins, there's a fully equipped exercise room, designed to challenge both your body and mind.

Best for location - Storey Lake Resort

If you want to be right near the heart of theme park action, you can’t go wrong with a stay at Storey Lake Resort.

Situated just 5 miles from Walt Disney World, you’ll be able to reach The Happiest Place on Earth in no time.
While en route to Mickey Mouse’s enchanting playground, you’ll pass Fun Spot America Theme Park - Kissimmee for more high-flying adventures, not to mention the two 18-hole golf courses for those looking to aim even higher.

For those who love shopping, the Lake Buena Vista Factory Store is just 2 miles away, offering fantastic discounts on well-known brands like Nike, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, and Timbaland. Plus, with its convenient location near the I-4, you'll have easy access to the iconic International Drive.

For days or nights spent within the Storey Lake Resort, there's even more entertainment to be had. The resort boasts a resort swimming pool with dual water slides, a lazy river, and a poolside tiki bar.

Beyond the resort, Walt Disney World is just an 8 minute drive away. However, Storey Lake remains a quiet location, offering the perfect balance between thrills and chills. 

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