Reunion Resort is located just a stone’s throw from Walt Disney World. I would have never thought of staying in a vacation home before visiting Reunion. I was under the assumption that it was a private “owners-only” community. That is not the case; this resort is open to everyone for rentals. If you want to break away from the hustle and bustle of a hotel, this is the perfect option.
My family frequents Orlando. We visit at least three times a year and we always stay in hotels. I never really entertained the idea of a resort home because I thought they were too far from the attractions. I was really wrong about that. Located in nearby Kissimmee, Reunion Resort is only 10 minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World! Also, it’s not just a vacation home. It’s a full community with resort amenities. I am a bit of a high maintenance traveler, in that I like room service and spas. Reunion Resort offers all of that, and the privacy of your OWN home.
If you love the comforts of home with the amenities of a five star hotel, you want to keep reading about Reunion Resort.
A Stress Free Arrival
When we arrived at Reunion, we checked in with the guard house. They simply verified our reservation and gave us our parking pass for our stay. The check-in is located at The Grande; this is the main hub of the resort if you will. It is also home to villas and multi-bedroom rentals if you don’t want to rent an entire house. Offering 360 different types of accommodations, you can surely find something to fit your vacation needs.
When you check in, it is much like a hotel. You get room keys, add a credit card for charging privileges (cashless resort) and hear the scoop on all of the amenities and activities. There are plenty of activities to keep your family busy, that is for sure! The check-in process was seamless and there was no wait at all. We had the keys to our home in under 15 minutes. Try doing that at Disney on a Sunday afternoon. With keys in hand, we were off to find our vacation home.
All The Comforts Of Home And More
Before we arrived, I had seen a few photos of our home, but they did it no justice. We were staying in a five bedroom home only 1 mile from The Grande on the golf course. This vacation home is larger than my actual home. I was traveling with my best friend, her daughter and my two daughters. We each had our own rooms. This made me think that a vacation home is a great option for friends traveling together or a multi-generational trip. Everyone has enough personal space to relax and unwind.
When we walked through the doors, we were blown away. This stunning home offers five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a private pool, two living rooms, game room and more. The kids ran through the house, each looking for which bedroom to claim as her own. I just wanted to throw my bags down and sit by the pool. I found my place of zen for the rest of our trip.
Having a full kitchen was a money saver for sure. We picked up a few snacks, drinks and breakfast items for the house. The kitchen is fully stocked; all you need are groceries. There is also a gas grill on the terrace so you can enjoy nightly barbecues poolside.
I loved having a laundry room. No, I don’t love laundry, but who wants to come home from vacation and do laundry? May as well throw it in while you are relaxing, playing air hockey with the kids in the game room.
Private Space Outside
During our stay it was hot in Florida, around 95 degrees daily. When we weren’t in the air conditioned house, we were poolside. Our home had a full sized infinity pool overlooking the golf course. We had a hot tub as well. Why on earth did I ever fight for space in a pool at a crowded hotel when I could of had my own all this time? For my husband this would seal the deal, as he hates public pools. I am not sure I will ever vacation without my own pool again. It was just that fantastic.
We fired up the grill one evening and swam all night. It was so much better than going out to a crowded restaurant.
Beyond the Vacation Home
Remember when I said that you get the amenities of a resort when you stay at Reunion Resort? Whether you need a spa day, or your hubby needs a day on the links there is something for everyone at Reunion. They didn’t forget about the kids either – there is a water park and supervised children’s programs.
World Class Golf
Reunion Resort is the ONLY, yes only resort in the world to offer three signature golf courses. Fifty four holes of world class golf await you on a Reunion vacation, and they are designed by Watson, Nicklaus and Palmer. I will warn you, the Palmer course is the hardest by far with sand traps for days. So be sure to bring a shovel with you. As a guest, you get priority when booking tee times.
Home to a private 5 acre water park, your kids will want to splish splash the day away. The park features a 1,000 ft. lazy river with rock structures and multiple waterfalls,winding 150 foot flume slide and a kids’ interactive water playground with twisting slides, wading pool and a 350 gallon splash bucket. Did I mention this water park is free to resort guests? No need to visit the other water parks in the area, as this one is FREE!
If a water park isn’t your speed, you can visit Seven Eagles and enjoy the large sloped entry pool with two hot tubs as well as outdoor billiards, ping pong, fitness center, The Cove Bar and a game room. And for the ultimate in relaxation, visit the Grande rooftop pool on the 11th floor. If I wasn’t traveling with kids this is where I would be for sure. The rooftop pool was closed when we visited, but I can certainly see myself there, preferably with an umbrella drink.
Fun For Kids Of All Ages
When the kids tire of playing in the water, they still have plenty of great options to enjoy their vacation. Traveling with tweens and teens can be hard, because they want to be with other kids their age. The Hideaway located at The Cove is where they can hang out when they need a break from Mom and Dad, or their little sister. The Kids Crew is perfect for elementary age kids, and has activities planned daily. Some require a fee and some are free and part of the poolside fun at the water park. The day we visited kids were having a blast making tie-dye tees to take home.
Dining Choices Abound at Reunion
When you want to take a break from the kitchen, there are plenty of options at the resort. When I say everything you need is in one place I really mean it.
My oldest daughter loves to order room service and couldn’t believe we could actually order and have it delivered to the house! Just because you are renting a home doesn’t mean you don’t get the same amenities of those in the main building. She gave the thumbs up approval to her chicken wings and cheesecake (she’s 17; what do you expect?). Aside from room service, there are six other dining venues at Reunion Resort. Two are located at the pools and offer casual cuisine.
We dined at Eleven on our first night at the resort. I dine out all the time in Orlando and have yet to experience such a great meal. From a world class chef coming to our table to introduce new menu items to an equally amazing wait staff, everything was perfect. We will be back. The best part of the dining experience (aside from the food) was that we were able to go out on the roof top terrace and watch the Disney fireworks – all of them! This space also allowed the younger girls in our party to stretch their legs during our five course meal.
While there are many home rental options in Orlando, nothing compares to everything that is offered at Reunion Resort. I do certainly enjoy the many hotels I have stayed at in Orlando, but this really opened my eyes to an all new way to vacation, and relax! With 13 neighborhoods within the resort, there is sure to be a home to suit your needs.
Have you stayed in a vacation home in Orlando?