Nicknamed the ‘Sunshine State’ for a very good reason, Florida's long, hot summers and mild winters make it a year-round destination.
From palm-fringed boulevards to the golden coastline and an incredible selection of thrilling theme parks, it's the perfect destination for a fun-filled villa holidays with the family.
Villas in the best locations
Here at Oliver’s Travels, we love the fact that Florida has something for everyone. That's why our destination experts have hand-picked the best resorts and villa rentals in Florida in the most 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, we've got you covered!
Unlike the rest of our collection, our villas in Florida are all based within resorts.
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.
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.
Although there’s much more to do in Florida than just heading to the theme parks, we can’t miss them 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.
Our luxury villas in Florida will give your family holiday the added wow-factor, offering privacy, pools and plenty of amenities.
It’s no secret that Florida is a family holiday hotspot. Think golden sandy beaches galore, friendly locals on every corner and, of course, the mind-blowing theme parks. So, whether you’re a thrill-seeker or an R&R addict, Florida has everything you need for relaxing villa holidays at a very reasonable price tag.
When booking your villa holiday in Florida, we want to make it easy for you. Whether you're looking for villas with pools to keep the kids happy or resorts close to theme parks to minimise travel time, we've got you and your family in mind.
Food and Drink in Florida
If you’re a seafood lover, Florida is the place to be. From delightfully fresh fish and succulent oysters to the famous shrimp and grits and spiny lobsters, get ready to feast like a king. And if you really want to dine like a local, why not give the gator tails a try? We’ve heard they taste just like chicken…
What Oliver loves
Florida ticks all the boxes for every age, meaning you can plan multi-generational villa holidays and there'll be something for everyone.
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.
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.
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
Check out our top resorts to discover more about which activities, restaurants, food, malls and services each of them offer.
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.
Completely relax in this luxury resort, either in your own private villa rental 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. All our villas for rent have their own pool, and you’ll have access to the water park, arcade, restaurants and so much more!
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.
Things to do
You’ll never be stuck for things to do in Florida. Of course, the theme parks are out of this world but that's not all the Sunshine State has to offer. From sensational beaches and breathtaking state parks to a glimpse into mankind's journey into space, a villa holiday in Florida has something for all the family.
Top activities in Florida
Voted the number one beach in America by TripAdvisor, the soft white sands and clear shallow waters of Clearwater beach make it child-friendly and perfect for a relaxing afternoon of sunbathing and splashing around. And if the litte ones start getting restless, head to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to Winter the Dolphin who's prosthetic tail made him the star the movie Dolphin Tale.
One for the stargazers of the group, Kennedy Space Centre is sure to amaze adults and children alike. Get involved in the simulators for a realistic space experience, have a feel of real moonrocks, watch a shuttle launch or speak one to one with a veteran NASA astronaut.
With over 100 exhibits, WonderWorks makes for a very special day out. This topsy-turvy building sits upside with the ceiling under your feet. Once you've explored all the exhibits, head down to the basement for a family Laser-Tag battle!
If you want to get out of the bustle of central Florida, head down south to Fury Water Adventures to explore nature’s own water park at the beautiful Key West. From snorkelling and Jet Ski tours to dolphin watching and parasailing, there's something for everyone. And if you're not into water sports, how about a romantic sunset cruise to end the day on a high?
If you're looking for an adventure that doesn't involved theme parks, the caves at Florida Caverns State Park are sure to wow you. Take a tour through the underground rooms, go for a hike or even camp over night. And on a hot summer's day, take a dip in Blue Hole Spring.
Oliver's Hidden Gem
Take a day trip to Miami to experience wonders of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This natural gem will treat you to lush rainforests, outstanding views, a sunken garden and a rare plant conservatory.
And watch out for the rare phenomenon every 5 years for the blooming of the amorphophallus titanum. This enormous, stinky plant emits an aroma of rotting flesh to attract pollination - it may not sound luxurious but it's a once in a lifetime experience that's sure to be a hit with kids.
From the blog...
If you're interested in experiencing the theme parks as well as everything else Florida has to offer, check out our blog on the best theme parks in Florida.
We'll even sort the tickets for you so you can sit back and really relax on your villa holiday in Florida.
Orlando is world-famous for its collection of theme parks and fun-filled attractions, making it the perfect place to surprise the kids with a family trip to the most magical place on earth – Walt Disney World Resort.
Offering over a dozen theme parks, you can rest assured that the kids will stay entertained day in and day out. There's really something for everyone; experience the exhilarating rollercoasters, make a splash in the water parks or try your hand at some magic with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
We’ve got a whole page dedicated to all things Walt Disney World Resort - take a look for opening times and other useful info.
We take care of everything - even the tickets!
Sourcing tickets for the attractions can be a difficult feat and purchasing while you're out there can be a financial nightmare with prices starting from £120 a day, per person (non-combos).
But don't worry, 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. We're here to take care of your theme park tickets and everything else inbetween!
If you have any questions about our Florida villa holidays, our concierge team are on-hand to help you out.
There are 6 parks within Walt Disney World Resort:
Magic Kingdom Park
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
There are 2 parks within SeaWorld’s Orlando Resort
SeaWorld Orlando Park
Other parks include:
VR Territory Orlando
And various mini-golf venues
Getting there and around
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.
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.
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.