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Exploring Emerald Island Villas: An Oasis of Calm in Orlando  

  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 21 May 2024
  • Revised 24 May 2024
Exploring Emerald Island Villas: An Oasis of Calm in Orlando  
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 21 May 2024
  • Revised 24 May 2024
Exploring Emerald Island Villas: An Oasis of Calm in Orlando  
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 21 May 2024
  • Revised 24 May 2024
You might think that finding the perfect Orlando villa holiday for pure relaxation is difficult. Especially, if you’re looking for one near the ever-popular Walt Disney World. Think again! Emerald Island Resort Villas provide the perfect sweet spot for exploring both sides of the Sunshine State.

For a little daydream inspiraton, imagine luxurious villas surrounded by 300 acres of flourishing conservation area. A short distance to various world-famous attractions and 3-to-7-bedroom homes promising the fantastic flexibility in group size. Inside, you can find modern interior designs, large living areas, games rooms and even cinema rooms - not to mention private pools and spas outback. For full details of Emerald Island Resort, check out our all-in-one guide... 

Emerald Island Resort Location and Arrival 

Emerald Island Resort is an idyllic community in the heart of Kissimmee. By name and nature, you will feel like you're on an island, separated from the busy surroundings by lakes and lush nature. 

If you arrive via the airport, calculate a 20-minute drive into your journey from Orlando International Airport or a 35-minute drive from Sanford Airport. Upon arrival, you will have an access card for quick and easy entry through the 24/7 guarded gatehouse. At the friendly reception area of the clubhouse, you can check-in and ask any remaining questions about your stay, such as where to visit first.

After all, in addition to its natural beauty, the resort lies within close proximity to entertainment hubs. Within 4 miles, you can be at the main gates of World Disney World. And in only 20 minutes, you can drive to Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Island of Adventure. In just single-digit minutes, you can reach banks, supermarkets, golf courts, restaurants and more for all your holiday needs. For example, you can find Walmart, a pharmacy, and a fuel station within 2.5 miles.  

If you fancy venturing beyond the Orlando area, it is approximately 30 miles from the neighbouring resorts of LEGOLAND Florida Resort and Peppa Pig Theme Park Florida. 

For part theme park, part natural wonders, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is located 66 miles away. Plus, you'll find one of the world’s most beautiful beaches within a 90-mile distance – the stunning and picturesque Clearwater Beach

Amenities and Leisure at Emerald Island Resort 

A handful of complimentary amenities are waiting for you in these picturesque surroundings. In fact, you might never want to leave the Island for anything but groceries! From peaceful natural surroundings to adventurous fun - the resort is filled with choice.

One of the first amenities to experience is the stunning clubhouse. It's open from 8 am to 10 pm, and is a luxurious all-arounder, offering a range of refreshing beverages, and expert guidance from the front desk receptionist or concierge. With their helpful information about the area, you can bring your holiday planning to perfection. At the front desk, you can find sports equipment for all the fun amenities in the resort, as well as park tickets.

Better yet, explore the sauna, spa pool, or the well-equipped gym to unwind your way. You can even encounter a business centre with available printers, and meeting rooms with flat-screen TVs. Everything is waiting for you in the clubhouse! 

When it's time to cool off from the tropical weather, retreat to the two resort pools, where you can also put your feet in the spacious lounge area or by get a refreshing beverage from the poolside Tiki bar. Come evening time, there's even live music on select nights. Fancy your chance at karaoke? We find even the embarrassing moments become cherished memories here.

Top tip: As the pools are open until 10 pm, you can plan for a nighttime dip at Emerald Island Resort.

To stay active - or earn that extra cocktail - take part in the various activities of the resort. We love reconnecting to nature on a morning walk or moonlight stroll through the beautiful landscape. Overall, there are 11 acres of natural woodland to uncover.

To up the ante, you can challenge your family and friends to a game of volleyball, tennis, basketball, or pickleball. For information about access, availability, and equipment, simply head over to the trusted clubhouse reception desk.

For little ones, don't miss the two big playgrounds!

For more sporting exploits, you can tee off at two golf resorts within a mere four miles of the resort, cast a fishing line in nearby lakes or cycle the surrounding area with bikes rented from Emerald Island Resort.

FAQs for Emerald Island Resort Holidays


How do I book an Emerald Island Resort villa? 

From our collection of over 2,000 holiday homes throughout Florida, you can select the precise location, amenities, and precious family memories. Whether you simply want a home within Emerald Island Resort for a certain number of guests, or want to plan your visit down to a specific door number - we can help. The first step is to fill out an enquiry form, and our Travel Experts will be in touch. 

Are there transport facilities at Emerald Island Resort? 

There are two main options to get around - car hire or shuttle buses. Although the resort doesn’t recommend a particular transport service to the nearby attractions, there are transport services available for an additional fee.  

The shuttles of Maingate Transportation operate daily to the main entrance of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Aquatica at prescheduled times, and the rides are shared with other guests from the Emerald Island Resort. Other transport services can take you to Animal Kingdom, EPCOT or coastal resorts. Ride Share services like Uber and Lyft are also accessible from the resort. If your group exceeds 6 people, it may be advantageous to hire a private van for greater flexibility.  

How far is Emerald Island Resort from Orlando theme parks? 

All theme parks are just a quick drive away. Walt Disney World Resort is 11 miles away, and 4 miles from World Disney’s Main entrance. Within 16 miles you will reach SeaWorld Orlando and 18 miles to Universal Orlando Resort.  

Can I fish at Emerald Island Resort? 

Emerald Island Resort does not allow fishing in its lakes, although you can find many lakes for fishing nearby. 

Ready for a Florida Villa Holiday? View our popular Emerald Island Resort Villas for 2024 and 2025 here.

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