Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

When we finally arrived to Villas of Grand Cypess we had already been traveling for over a week. So we were in serious need for some down time. When I made our reservations I did it only for one night, since it was time to go back home. But after only one hour of being there I modified it to two nights and a late departure.

If you have experience in exploring Orlando, you know that the atmosphere of the place is always action packed. You will stay busy for a long time, either with a Walt Disney marathon, or Seaworld, or simply enjoying the tons of Orlando attractions that are around. Even most of the resorts in the area flow in the same direction. They are often packed with tons of things to do. I know it is great to have activities but tranquility is even better.

The reason why I originally chose Villas of Grand Cypress was because it was a luxury Golf Resort. We are not golfers. But we love staying at golf resorts because they are extremely calm. You will never find crowds in them. On the contrary they have lots of peaceful open spaces. The resort reminded me of an oasis in the midst of chaos. Even though 85% of the place was full, it still felt like it was ours.

DisclosureTMOMWhy Villas of Grand Cypress is one of the Best Luxury Resorts in Orlando Florida

As you drive towards the entrance you pass through a small welcome gate that leads into the actual property. Before you get to the main building and after you pass through the gate, expect a few more minutes of driving. The scenery is beautiful. There are open pastures and green areas. You truly feel away from everything. It is so great to leave all the all-you-can-eat buffets, fast food chains, theme restaurants and be in the midst of tranquility.

When I walked into the reception I was greeted by the front desk people that seemed as calm as the rest of things on the property. They asked me to wait a few minutes, during that time I discovered that I had access to a full bar. I wish I had a reason to justify what took me so long at the reception desk, but I didn’t!

Our villa overlooked the canal and was located past the golf course. I wish I could have stayed forever.

We had the two bedroom master suite two-floor villa. Basically, the rooms were both master suites with all the same amenities. The difference was that the one downstairs (our room) had access to the porch. From here you get to see the birds fish, swim and sleep on the small pond.

We had plenty of wine time out here.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

What To Do While Staying at Villas of Grand Cypress

The resort might have been tranquil but they also offered many things to do. They also had a relationship with the nearby Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort which offers even more adventures without affecting our environment. (If you go to Hyatt and book this hotel, Traveling Mom will receive a referral fee.)

Our villa was really close to the pool, where you could get free bikes of all sizes that you could take out for the day. We took three bikes, one with a baby seat.

Dining Out

You don’t need to go all the way back to the craziness of Orlando to get yummy food. You can either get room service or go to Nine 18 (the main restaurant). We went to the restaurant for breakfast and it was amazing to get great food while sitting outside with great views.

And you can get here by bike.

Resort Amenities at the Hyatt

When you check in to Villas of Grand Cypress you need to pay a modest resort fee of $22. This gives you access to everything on both properties.

To get to the Hyatt you can either drive (you have free parking being a guest of Villas of Grand Cypress) or you can call a free shuttle that will pick you up at your villa and also do the same to come back.

There was so much to do

1. Paddle boat rentals – We discovered that this was a bit hard with kids, so we only lasted about 15 minutes.
2. Beach time
3. Pools – This was our biggest hit. They had caves, waterfalls and water slides. We spent a lot of time here

Golfing at Villas of Grand Cypress 

This is considered one of the top gold courses in the US but only 35% of the people that stay here actually golf.

Fun Info about the Golf Course and Golf Academy

Designer: Jack Nicklaus (Signature)
Opened: 1984 (North, South) and 1986 (East)

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

  • Grand Cypress Golf Club offers three nine-hole combinations (North, South and East Courses).
  • There is also an 18-hole Scottish links style course.
  • The original North-South combination is a demanding, target-style test.
  • The sportier, more wooded East Nine is more generous, with less bunkering allowing for more run-up shots.
  • Although the North, South and East Nines have their own distinct qualities, they complement each other. You can do the combinations you want.
  • The original North South Course was renovated and redesigned in 2007 and 2008. The end result is a longer course.
  • The New Course adds another dimension of play to the Orlando golf course scene with steeper and more challenging bunkers and slopes. (1988)

Fred Griffin

Their golf academy is world class. In it you will find instructors that are at the top of their game. I had the pleasure to meet Fred Griffin.

Out of all the great instructors Fred Griffin is one of the best, a PGA Class A professional with over 20 years of teaching experience. He received recognition by GOLF Magazine as one of the 50 best golf instructors in America. Fred has so much experience that is responsible for the development of all golf instructional programs at the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf.

He has been such a superb teacher that he was honored as Teacher of the Year for the North Florida section of the PGA.

A few of Griffin’s current occupations are: instructor advisor for several golf publications, frequent speaker at the PGA educational programs and coaches several PGA and LPGA Tour players.

Design and layout of our Villa

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Timing couldn’t have been better. We arrived right after a huge renovation and everything was practically new. We had the latest and coolest gadgets.

This was also the best sleep I’ve had in a really long time.

We had a sunk-in living room and a carpet with an interesting design. It is the topography of the golf course.

Full kitchen – It was all so modern, and my favorite was that the light went on and off whenever you walked in or out of it.

I am a full on tea lover and my husband is a coffee addict, so having a machine that makes both was amazing. It was probably used more than anything else in the house. This might be standard for the US, but in Guatemala, we don’t get these yet, so we were loving it.

Our Dining room – We loved Nine 18 restaurant so much that the dining room table was used only for the computers.

The shower – It had three jets coming out of it. To be honest, I took a lot of time for pampering myself in this bathroom. I am not a bath person but I had to have one here.

We didn’t get a room with the three beds that we needed (my boys can’t sleep together) but there was an awesome pull out couch.

Information for Visiting Villas of Grand Cypress

This was our most favorite place to stay on our trip through Northern and Central Florida. It was worth every penny. We were only ten minutes away from all the attractions but it felt felt like the resort was completely remote.

Address: One North Jacaranda, Orlando, Florida 32836
Phone: (407) 239-4700

Type of villas offered

  • Elegant Club suites
  • Luxury Guest Villas

*Both are available with one, two, three or four bedrooms.

Prices: $340 to 512

Green Fees for the Golf Courses
January – April, 2013 – $175
May – September, 2013 – $120
October – December, 2013- $150