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The Ultimate Destination for Family Fun

Experience the magic of the world's finest theme parks and get your adrenaline fix. If the excitement gets all too much though, why not spend some time relaxing? Yes, Orlando does wind down sometimes, and some retail therapy, fishing, golf and the tranquil botanical gardens can all provide a welcome retreat.

Dolphin Lagoon at Discovery Cove

Your Orlando - Florida Villa holiday

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Fun-packed days in Orlando - Florida

From theme parks and aqua rides, to movie magic and animal safaris – the choice of amenities in Orlando is simply outstanding. When you choose a villa holiday to the sunshine state, the only decision you’ll be faced with is how to fit it all in. Take a tour of exotic marine life, then swim with the dolphins and other sea creatures; or hop on an adventure ride or two. When theme park thrills and spills get all too much, why not spend the day fishing, golfing or visiting Orlando’s tranquil botanical gardens. Or pack up the car, leave your holiday villa for the day and head down to Florida’s spectacular coastline for the day to enjoy the many beautiful beaches and amenities on offer.

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Retail therapy in Orlando - Florida

Orlando is a shopping paradise. Home to a myriad of malls, themed boutiques, premium outlets - and everything in between - you’ll find every item, label and brand imaginable. When you’re in search of a holiday souvenir to remind you of your villa holiday, Disney Springs and Universal’s City Walk precincts stock every type of memento. Easy to find outlets are dotted around Florida’s Orlando area and offer designer fashions and branded goods at reduced prices. Everyday essential items can be found in the vast array of shops on Highway 192 – a short drive from our private holiday villas.

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Local cuisine in Orlando - Florida

Whether dining in one of the parks’ many themed restaurants or having a quiet romantic meal in your own private holiday villa, the options – and portions - in Orlando are endless. Highway 192 is renowned as the restaurant corridor and runs right through the middle of all the theme park attractions. Here, you will discover a wealth of eateries ranging from sizzling steak houses and oriental dishes to seafood and burger bars. In Florida’s Disney Springs, you’ll be spoilt for choice whether you want haute cuisine, fast food or regional, ethnic and elegant fare.

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Atmospheric evenings in Orlando - Florida

Villa holidays in Orlando have something for everyone, from comedy clubs and rodeo bars to cartoon character dinners. Fireworks, parades, spectacular live magic shows and performances from the famous Cirque du Soleil are all on offer - and ideal for family holidays. Music ranges from rock and roll to jazz and live DJs, while massive multi-screen cinemas show the latest Hollywood films…and plenty of cartoons. Orlando's nightlife also ranges from relaxing piano bars, taverns and pubs, while Disney Springs is full of restaurants and games centres filled with virtual reality machines and video challenges.

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Not to be missed...

  • Meet Mickey, the world’s most famous mouse, and the gang at Walt Disney World Resort with its four theme parks and two water parks
  • Live through your favourite famous films at Universal Studios and Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Watch the classic American cars cruise the Old Town on a Friday and Saturday night
  • See Orlando as you have never seen it before - from 400 feet up in a capsule of the Orlando Eye. The views spanning Central Florida are simply breathtaking
  • Take time out on the golf course - there are almost 150 in Orlando

Bahama Bay

Minutes away from Walt Disney World Resort, various 18-hole golf courses and the popular shopping malls, Bahama Bay offers the ultimate in rest and relaxation by bringing a touch of the Caribbean to Florida. This impressive resort is spread across 70 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on the peaceful shores of Lake Davenport. With something for the entire family, Bahama Bay has three swimming pools each with spacious sun terraces, not to mention the resort’s very own purpose built white sand beach and splash pad. ‘Mambos’ the pool side bar and grill offers the perfect place to unwind, while the ‘Tradewinds’ lakeside restaurant provides evening meals and regular live entertainment.

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ChampionsGate

The legendary ChampionsGate occupies a fantastic position just 20 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. Playing host to two truly remarkable 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Greg Norman, as well as the world famous David Leadbetter Golf Academy.

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Disney Area and Kissimmee

Kissimmee is one of the most sought after locations in Florida, and for good reason. Moments away from Walt Disney World Resort, the most iconic Disney characters are waiting to weave their magic. Meanwhile in nostalgic Old Town there are speciality shops and a traditional style fairground. Don’t miss Friday and Saturday nights when classic American cars cruise the streets to the sound of live rock ‘n’ roll.

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Encantada

Set in a great position, Encantada is ideal for enjoying all the sights and sounds of Orlando, with an array of golf courses at your door step and Walt Disney World Resort within a 15 minute drive. The picture perfect town of Celebration and the renowned restaurant corridor of Highway 192 are close by, with a range of eateries on offer, you will be spoilt for choice. The resort itself has plenty to keep the family entertained, with a kids’ club where new friends can be made, a great games room, restaurant and your choice of two communal pools – perfect to enjoy after a busy day at the parks.

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Four Corners

Four Corners is an attractive villa community located just 15 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort along the Highway 27. A selection of shops and restaurants can be easily reached within a few minutes drive. For your enjoyment, Four Corners offers a communal swimming pool, basketball court, exercise area, children’s play area and picnic benches.

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Hampton Lakes

This sought after community occupies a prime location within a 20 minute drive of the magical Walt Disney World Resort and a 30 minute drive of the thrills and spills at Universal Orlando Resort. Hundreds of stately palm trees are dotted throughout the resort and pretty oak trees flank the well-maintained streets, providing welcoming shade from the midday sun. Hampton Lakes is also home to a communal pool, two tennis courts, a volley ball court and children's play area, making this a great choice for families seeking amenities close to their doorstep.

Highlands Reserve

The popular championship course of Highlands Reserve, offers a challenge to golfers of all levels and is spread across 150 acres, making it one of the few courses in Central Florida where you can actually walk round. This inspiring course gives you pine tree-lined fairways reminiscent of the Carolinas, open spacious fairways likened to the great Scottish courses, and a slice of old Florida when set within picturesque countryside surrounded by orange groves, oak and pine trees. Our holiday homes are surrounded by landscaped streets and gardens, while many overlook the golf course that winds through the neighbourhood.

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Legacy Park

Legacy Park is a community of resort homes situated just fifteen minutes from Disney, and within easy reach of fast routes such as Interstate 4 and the US 27, which link to many other attractions, shopping outlets and restaurants. Plenty of beautiful scenery is available here, ideal for those wanting to spend days relaxing by the pool.

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Orange Lakes

Situated within just 3 miles of Walt Disney World Resort, Orange Lakes is the ideal choice whether you’re looking for a base from which to visit the many fun-filled attractions of Orlando, or you wish to stay in a resort with enough facilities and activities to keep you entertained throughout your stay - Orange Lakes is a great choice for you. With such a wide range of amenities and activities on more than 1,400 acres, this fantastic resort really does have everything you will need for an extra special holiday. Every corner of the resort has something to discover, from the nine pools including the 12 acre pool complex home to a 1,200 foot lazy river, mini-golf, the fully equipped games arcade, the movie theatre, four courses golf, sports facilities and much, much more.

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Paradise Palms

Located in a popular area of Orlando near to the famed restaurant corridor of the Highway 192, Paradise Palms is ideally situated for easy access to the parks, with Walt Disney World Resort just a 15 minute drive away, and Universal Studios and SeaWorld within just 25 minutes! At the heart of this fantastic resort is the beautiful clubhouse, home to not only an impressive 50 seat cinema and a well-equipped games room, but also a fitness centre, playground and tennis courts - plenty to keep the whole family entertained. An alluring lagoon-style communal pool and poolside tiki bar make the perfect place to cool down and relax away from the parks.

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Reunion Resort

Reunion has become one of the most sought after resorts in Orlando and offers something for everyone. This first-class resort is perfect for enjoying all the sights and sounds of Orlando, located just a 20 minute drive from the entrance to Walt Disney World Resort. In addition to three world-class signature golf courses, an amazing selection of amenities are available, all set amid vast, pristine landscaped gardens. The rooftop lounge, Eleven, serving tapas is the perfect place to end a busy day, with amazing views across Walt Disney World Resort and the firework displays.

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Seasons

Seasons Resort is located just off the 192 Highway and close to the I-4. Situated conveniently close to Disney's Animal Kingdom and Universal Studios, Seasons Resort is the perfect community to be based at to explore all that Orlando has to offer. An ideal place for families, the resort itself is quiet and the houses here are based around a beautiful lake. Supermarkets and restaurants can be found within walking distance of the resort, all along the cosmopolitan 192.

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Solana

This fabulous new, gated resort is an ideal choice for large parties and families of all ages. Situated off Highway 27, Solana is within easy reach of Highlands Reserve golf course and just a 15 minute drive of Walt Disney World, yet it enjoys a peaceful location at the same time. Why not brush up on your golf game before hitting the local courses with a little practice on Solana’s very own putting lawn! The resort itself boasts a beautiful communal pool complemented by a spacious sun terrace, and an enticing outdoor Jacuzzi.

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Solterra Resort

Solterra Resort is a recently developed community, situated in a gated area, in easy proximity to the major road networks of Orlando. Situated under twenty minutes’ drive from Walt Disney World, the theme parks and everything to be explored in Orlando are easily accessible. The resort itself has a few amenities on it, such as a communal swimming pool surrounded with cabanas, an ideal spot to spend a day, plus a fun kids’ playground and a gym for those who like to keep fit. Restaurants and bars can be found within a short drive too, making this a great base for a holiday in Orlando.

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Southern Dunes

Southern Dunes boasts home to one of the most popular golf courses in Orlando. The award winning course consists of over 7000 yards of dramatic hillside featuring 100 feet of elevation changes which are features not typically found in Central Florida. Golfers of all skill levels can enjoy this course with as many as five sets of tees available. Southern Dunes’ clubhouse also has a restaurant and bar serving breakfasts and lunches every day.

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Tuscan Hills

Tuscan Hills is conveniently located on Highway 27, just a short drive from the excitement of Walt Disney World, as well as the well-known 192 with its plentiful selection of shops, bars and restaurants. A well kept gated community; Tuscan Hills offers a large clubhouse, with a fitness room and child's play room. Outside, there is a tennis court and sand volleyball court for guests to enjoy.

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Tuscany Orlando

Tuscany is a beautiful community of homes with a clear Italian influence evident in its design with terracotta roof tiles, warm Mediterranean colours, and carefully landscaped gardens all adding to the character of this location. Situated just on the corner of highway 27 and the renowned 192, Tuscany boasts a superb location for anyone looking for independent accommodation close to the excitement of Orlando's world class theme parks.

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Westhaven

Just 15 minutes’ drive from the entrance to Walt Disney World, this prestigious gated community is a fantastic location for that holiday of a lifetime. You don’t have to go far to find those essential amenities either, a number of shops, restaurants a large supermarket and one of Orlando’s most exclusive golf courses can be found 2.5 miles away at the upscale resort of Championsgate. The more active will also love The Shire’s communal facilities at the clubhouse where a large pool, tennis court, volleyball court, gymnasium and games room can be found.

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Windsor Hills Resort

You’ll never want to leave this gated resort which features everything you need for the perfect Floridian villa holiday. Windsor Hills is fabulously located for visiting the famous theme parks of Orlando, including Disney World just 5 minutes’ drive away, and Sea World and Universal Studios – both within 15 minutes’ of the resort. However, first you will have to tear yourself away from the wonderful array of facilities on offer, right on your doorstep. Enjoy the excellent sports activities including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, tennis and volleyball courts, and the fantastic entertainment such as the cinema, games room, video arcade and children’s playground. You can also relax in the Double Olympic sized swimming pool and enjoy the fun of the waterpark, complete with slide, spa, fountains and toddler area. Why not visit the parks in the morning before returning for a dip in the pool? For golfers, there is a great golf course located adjacent to the resort, and the superb championship courses of Reunion and Champions Gate are just 10 minutes’ drive away.

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Windsor Palms

Located just 3 miles from World Disney World Resort, the gated community of Windsor Palms is a great choice for anyone looking to be close to the action of Orlando! Facilities include an Olympic-sized communal swimming pool, tennis courts, volleyball courts and a 58 seat cinema. A choice of supermarkets, shops and restaurants can all be found within a 10 minute drive from Windsor Palms.

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