Villas in Florida

Nicknamed the ‘Sunshine State’, Florida benefits from long, hot summers and mild winters, meaning it’s a year-round destination.

Palm-fringed boulevards, a golden coastline and an incredible selection of thrilling theme parks make it a highly sought-after place for family holidays.

Villas in the best locations

Here at Oliver’s Travels, we love the fact that Florida has something for everyone, and our destination experts live and breathe it. And so, they’ve picked resorts and villas in Florida that are in enviable locations – close to the theme parks, shopping, restaurants and other attractions. So, whether you’re here to experience the magic of Walt Disney World Resort or just want to head to the beach for a tropical seaside getaway, you’re in the perfect place.

Florida Resorts

Our villas in Florida are slightly different from the rest of our collection, in that they’re all based within resorts.

This is because resorts in Florida add another level to your villa holiday experience, with swimming pools, fitness centres, clubhouses, golf courses and kids’ activities – so you can really live the easy breezy Florida lifestyle.


Florida Resort - Solterra Resort

Solterra Resort

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Why stay with us?

Style and character are everything at Oliver’s Travels, and our collection of handpicked villas in Florida have this in spades. We have destination experts who know the ins and outs of all our regions, picking villas that aren’t only unique, but also in the best locations. What's more, our villas are 100% family-friendly, and have the ‘wow’ factor.

Our helpful concierge team are on-hand to make your stay extra special. Whether you want a fully-stocked fridge, a local in-house chef to cook your meals, housekeeping or any other extra service – consider them your holiday genie, who will happily grant your wishes.

Why visit?

  • Although there’s much more to do in Florida than just heading to the theme parks, we can’t miss it out. With an epic 6 parks to choose from across Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort, it’s a totally magical place for children.
  • The year-round warm weather is a huge draw for families that might want to avoid the busy summer crowds.
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Luxury Villas in Florida: Our Top Picks

Overview

Although Orlando, Florida is well-known for its incredible array of theme parks, there’s so much more to this sunny part of the USA. So, if you’ve always pigeonholed it as one type of destination, read on, because you’ll be surprised at the number of things you can do in this coastal state. And what better way to make the most of your holiday than staying in a Florida villa resort!

Kayak through the Everglades National Park; spot wildlife in the swamps and marshes; soak up the sun on one of the many golden beaches; go scuba diving in the Florida Keys or golfing in one of over 1,300 courses! It’s a veritable playground for the young and old, making Florida one of the best family-friendly holiday destinations.

Weather in Florida

Plus, you don’t need to worry about having to head there in the busy summer season when all the crowds descend in the good weather, because due to its mild winters it’s a great place to escape for some winter sun.

During May-October, Florida has a ‘rainy season’ and is often hit with thunderstorms, so winter could be the best time to visit.

We take care of everything - even the tickets!

We genuinely understand Florida's appeal which is why we've made sure to include a variety of villas with pools and resorts close to the theme parks with you, your budget and your family in mind.

Sourcing tickets for the attractions can also be a difficult feat, so let us take care of your theme park tickets and everything else in between! Purchasing while you're out there can be a financial nightmare with prices starting from £120 a day, per person (non-combos).

As avid Florida fans, we have all the insider knowledge - with the best tips and tricks to sort your family with the very best packages.

For details of what we offer, check out our blog on Florida's best theme parks! (read the end of the blog post).

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Best time to go

  • The best time to visit Florida is between January – April as this is outside rainy season, the temperature is pleasant, and the crowds are lesser (particularly at the theme parks.) However, if you’re looking to visit South Florida, temperatures and crowds are higher at this time of year.
  • The rainy/hurricane season lasts from June – November, when Florida is at its hottest and most humid.
  • March is Spring Break season, where a lot of college students and tourists head to Florida to let their hair down and party! So, if that’s not for you – you might want to avoid visiting in March if you’re coming for anything other than the theme parks.

Things you should know

  • If you’re driving, buy a SunPass from Florida’s welcome centre/supermarkets/pharmacies. You need to top this up so you can use it at the toll roads, which are cashless. Otherwise, you’ll get a bill when you arrive home.
  • Tipping across America is customary and is always expected. 15-20% is the norm, but make sure to check your bill as sometimes gratuity is already added.

Florida Resorts

Our villas in Florida are all within resorts across Orlando, and promote the laid-back, chilled lifestyle that the state is well-known for. With plenty of amenities and on-site activities, plus the privacy of your own place, the whole family is catered for. They’re also all within a short distance to Walt Disney World Resort, as well as being in close proximity to lots of other attractions.

Some of the activities and facilities in the resorts:

Clubhouses are the heart of a resort, and you’ll find one in every resort we offer – though the facilities that each clubhouse has vary. Restaurants, bars, cafes, pools, function rooms and fitness centres are common.
Resorts often benefit from at least one communal pool, but depending on which resort you stay in, you’ll find lazy rivers, waterslides, jacuzzis and, sometimes, stylish cabanas by the poolside (complete with pool bars!)
Resorts are naturally family-friendly, so you don’t need to worry about the kids being bored if you go off to play golf! From playgrounds to games arcades, they’ll easily find something to occupy their time. Whether they have the energy to bother with any of it after the intense excitement of the parks is another matter!
Orlando is quite often referred to as a golfer’s paradise, so you’ll easily be able to find a good place to tee off. A large majority of resorts in Orlando have golf courses – some specially designed by world-famous golfers (Greg Norman for Champions Gate, for instance) and if your resort doesn’t have a golf course, it won’t be far away from one!

Discover the Resorts

These are some of the activities you will enjoy across all our resorts and villas in Orlando, Florida, but check out each of our top resorts to discover more about what activities, restaurants, food, malls and services each of them offer.


Aviana Florida Resort

With private holiday homes complete with living and dining areas, you’ll have all the comfort of your own place with the convenience of the resort facilities: golfing, dining, spa, swimming pool, and kids’ playground, to name a few.

Champions Gate Florida Resort

Completely relax in this luxury resort, either in your own private villa or in the cabanas by the pool. With a clubhouse, waterpark and international and national golf courses (designed by Greg Norman) this family holiday to Walt Disney World Resort can be for everyone.

Providence Florida Resort

Less than an hour from the airport, Providence Resort ticks a lot of boxes. 24-hour gated security, an 18-hole Championship golf course, 2 swimming pools (complete with waterslide) and a clubhouse means you have plenty to occupy the family outside of the parks.

Solara Resort

A resort that’s sure to impress everyone – this gated community of exclusive villas looks more like a suburb than a resort. It was newly developed for 2018 and features a zero-gravity wave pool, pool bar, sports courts, restaurant, and even a surf simulator!

Solterra Resort

A resort that offers the best of both worlds – a therapeutic retreat whilst also still being close enough to the parks. It boasts luscious surrounding greenery, a clubhouse, lazy river, jacuzzi and cabana-fringed pool.

Storey Lake Resort

There are loads to keep you and the family occupied at Storey Lake Resort – mini golf, kayak rental, tiki bar, fitness centre, on-site dining, waterslides and loads more. Plus, it’s only 17 miles from the airport and 2.5 miles from Lake Buena Vista Outlets and Disney Springs.

Watersong Resort

With easy access to the Interstate, high-quality golf courses and shopping centres, Watersong Resort is in a great location. Its woodland and lake-filled surroundings, grand clubhouse, pool and spa mean that although you’re on a busy theme park holiday, you’ll still have time to chill. 

Windsor at Westside

Located in family-friendly Kissimmee - and an easy drive to the beach - Windsor at Westside is a short distance from most parks and boasts a clubhouse, lazy river, pool, gaming arcade and fitness centre.

Sonoma Resort

This resort-style community is located just off US Highway 27 South, meaning it’s an easy drive to the theme parks. The Clubhouse is huge, and includes a beach area, sun-decking, pool, waterslide and plenty of fitness/sports. 

 

 

Encore at Reunion

This is the perfect resort if you’re looking for a theme-park-filled holiday, as they offer a complimentary shuttle service to the parks. Each villa has its own pool, and you’ll have access to the water park, arcade, restaurants and so much more!

Reunion Resort

This family-friendly resort is within 6 miles of Walt Disney World Resort and offers luxury apartments and private pools to keep the whole family happy. There’s something for everyone including a 5-acre water park, spa and the championship golf courses on-site.

Getting there and around

Airport

The easiest way to get to Orlando is to fly into Orlando International Airport, which has direct flights from most UK airports and airlines, and is only 6 miles from the centre. You can also fly with some airlines to Orlando Sanford International Airport, which is 27 miles from the city centre.


Buses

Public LYNX buses run from Orlando International to various areas of Orlando, Florida – Downtown, Florida Mall, and International Drive. However, you won’t find public buses from Orlando Sanford.


Car rental or taxi

You’ll find plenty of car rental companies at both airports if you’re looking to do a self-drive holiday, or alternatively, you can hop in a taxi.

Because there’s so much to do in Orlando, particularly if you’re visiting the theme parks, we recommend hiring a car. Our concierge team can help you organise this.

This means that you’re not restricted to the areas immediately surrounding your resort, and you can easily travel to the parks or nearby beaches. This will also help you get from the airport to your resort easily.

If you’re visiting the theme parks, you’re able to park in one of the designated car parks. Note that once you’ve paid to park in one of the car parks, you don’t need to pay in any of the other car parks – although it’s recommended to use the in-park transportation instead of hopping in and out of your cars (this will also save a lot of time.) The parks have a variety of options to get from park to park, including buses, water taxis, ferries and a monorail service.

DIsney World transportation

Top tips

  • Want to travel around Downtown Orlando without a car? LYNX buses run LYMMO, which is a free circular route with 21 stops.
  • If you’re not going to hire a car, but need an easy way to grab some groceries before heading to your resort, Quiksilver do 30-minute shop runs from the airport before dropping  you off at your resort. Reserve in advance.
  • The I-Ride Trolley is an easy way to visit all the attractions on International Drive, and you can buy unlimited passes. If you’re paying for single rides, bring exact change with you as drivers don’t carry cash. $2 single ride, $1 children aged 3-9, 25c for senior citizens.

Theme Parks

Orlando is world-famous for its collection of theme parks and fun-filled attractions, and it’s the perfect place to surprise the kids with a family trip to the most magical place on earth – Walt Disney World Resort.

We understand that the information can be a bit overwhelming, and it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to planning your trip to Orlando, so we’ve put together a handy little guide on all things fun. So you can research without feeling like you’re going to rip all your hair out due to stress. And if you have any questions, our concierge team are on-hand to help you out.

So, to put it simply there are 6 parks within Walt Disney World Resort: Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

SeaWorld’s Orlando Resort: SeaWorld Orlando Park and Aquatica Orlando.

You’ve also got Universal Orlando™, Legoland, Discovery Cove, Gatorland, WonderWorks, VR Territory Orlando, and various mini-golf venues.

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More Disney information...

We’ve got a whole page dedicated to all things Walt Disney World Resort! Head over there for opening times and other useful info.

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