A road trip to Orlando is the quintessential summer vacation for families of South Florida. But it doesn’t have to be all about the theme parks, or plain Jane hotel rooms where you have to dim the lights, keep the TV volume down and tip toe around after you put the kids to bed. Welcome to a new way to stay and play in Orlando…
Where to Stay
For starters, you need a fantastic resort that can please everyone in your family from toddlers to teens, like the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa. This is one property in the staySky Hotels and Resorts portfolio, but don’t let name fool you (with the word, “Spa” in there, it may lead you to believe that this place is unaffordable), and you’d be missing out on a very reasonably priced vacation. Choose from one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom units at this condo hotel, all with a full kitchen, whirlpool tub in the master suite, washer and dryer, and a balcony (some balconies are downright huge), just minutes from the theme parks. You’ll also find flat screen TVs in each bedroom room and the living room, and the wireless internet connection is good from wherever you are onsite; and wait till you see the pool deck.
Little ones can have a blast on the zero-entry side, complete with super fun features that shower and soak, while the bigger kids, including adults can take the Pirate Plunge on their life-size shipwrecked galleon, and slide right into the refreshing water. Kids can ride this slide all day, over and over, while adults relax poolside in comfy chaise loungers, enjoying a icy beverage from Lani’s Luau, their poolside bar and grill. Towels are provided free of charge, but if you like fluffy, soft, large towels, you might want to bring your own.
Where to Play Onsite
A summer vacation is not just about the kids, so here is a treat for mom and dad: Reflections Spa-Salon. It’s 9,000 square feet of blissful serenity with 10 treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy tub room, a sauna, private relaxation rooms, two deluxe couples treatment rooms, and a full service salon. The relaxation room alone is worth scheduling an appointment for, it lives up to its name. Jamie, one their massage therapists, specializes in hot stone therapy. She also highly recommends the sugar scrub. Reflections Spa-Salon is only one of two in Orlando that uses a sugar scrub that actually dissolves into your body to moisturize, instead of being just rinsed away.
Your little princesses can have their own spa adventure complete with glittery lotions and a perfect up-do, so they’re ready to give those theme park princesses a run for their hard-earned money.
Other onsite amenities include the staySky Kids Club with supervised activities for the younger crowd (perfect to use when mom and dad want to hit the spa). There is also a state-of-the-art fitness center; game room with video games and pool tables; a Relaxation Pool; an onsite convenience store; Pizza Hut Express; and Frankie Farrell’s Irish Pub & Grille.
Frankie Farrell’s Irish Pub & Grille is great for lunch and dinner. They have a full menu ranging from burgers to grilled salmon and of course, Irish favorites, like Fish & Chips and Shepard’s Pie. Room delivery is available during certain hours, for a minimum order.
To tempt you even more, Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa is a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® hotel, and that means:
- Transportation to the theme parks is provided (it’s free here)
- A special Guest Services desk is located in the lobby to assist you in your Disney planning. You can also purchase of Disney Your Way tickets.
- All hotels in this program are approved and rated by AAA (American Automobile Association)
Where to Play Nearby
No desire to sweat off ten pounds schlepping around the theme parks in the heat of a Florida summer? How about an airboat ride at Boggy Creek airboats? Just call the experts at Florida Dolphin Tours and they’ll pick you up at the resort. There are lots of exciting tours to choose from including dinner shows, water parks, Kennedy Space Center, NBA games, swim with the dolphins…you name it and they can arrange it. They are affordably priced and will work with your budget.
A new dinner show to check out while you’re in town is “Rat Pack & Friends” at Pacino’s Italian restaurant. It’s earning high ratings from users of TripAdvisor.com and it’s no wonder – these impersonators are fantastic. You’ll not only see the Rat Pack (Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.), many of their friends will stop by to perform including Adele, Michael Jackson, Elvis and others. Unlimited beer and wine is included with your four-course meal.
For indoor excitement, check out the Orlando Science Center. It’s four floors of interactive experiments, games, and educational fun. Experience 75 mile-an-hour winds in their Hurricane Simulator. Dig for dinosaur bones. Pick oranges. See alligators. Watch digital movies on their giant screen. Kids of all ages will the Orlando Science Center. They even have nighttime programs for the adults called Science Night Live. There is just so much to see here, it’s perfect for escaping the heat or those summer rain showers.
Where to Shop
Right next door to Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa is the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores. Walk over and you’ll save big on over 400 designer names in 50 different outlet shops. This place is known as one of Central Florida’s ‘Best Kept Shopping Secrets,’ with savings of up to 75% off. Another secret is that Lake Buena Vista Factory Shops is an Off Airport Check-In facility. Learn more at www.OffAirportCheckIn.com.
Do yourself and your family a huge favor this summer and see Orlando differently. Stay in a fabulous resort with plenty of room to stretch out and relax. Enjoy a little outlet shopping. Take in a few scenic tours, in total comfort…you may find it’s the only way you’ll ever want to do Orlando again. To make your reservations, call 1-866-401-2699 or log on to their website at www.lbvorlandoresort.com.