Global Resort Homes In Orlando & My Experience Staying In a Vacation Home
I’ve always found the “idea” of a vacation home appealing, but for some reason my family and I had never pulled the trigger on booking a home rather than a hotel. It has nothing to do with the cost factor (vacation homes are usually the same if not cheaper than a hotel/resort) more with the fact that I’m nervous about whether or not it will end up being the right choice for our family.
A couple of months ago I was invited on a press trip to Kissimmee, Florida by the tourism board and Global Resort Homes. The itinerary stated that I would be staying in this 8 bedroom, 5 bathroom vacation home with six other women.
Six women, in one house.
Was I nervous? Considering that I knew most of the women going, I wasn’t nervous about the trip in general, however I will say that I was concerned about whether there would be enough space and privacy during our stay.
After about a 40 minute cab ride, we pulled up to this massive house in beautiful Champion’s Gate.
When I walked in, I was struck by the SPACE.
The kitchen, living and dining area are all open concept, which provides a really large, spacious and airy atmosphere. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, but the decor was surprisingly lovely, even nicer than most hotels I’ve stayed in! Everything felt so new, fresh and welcoming. It felt as though I had come “home” in a way.
The freedom of being able to walk into the kitchen at any time and grab something to eat (or make something to snack on for that matter) is something that hotels and resorts just can’t provide.
After chatting with some of my favourite ladies for a bit I sat on the couch and took advantage of the WiFi before retiring for the evening in my own bedroom. The king-size bed was located off of it’s own washroom. A nice perk!
The beds are ridiculously comfortable. I tried to get some additional editing completed before bed, but ended up falling asleep with my laptop open beside me. This term sounds incredible cliche, but the bed literally enveloped me in soft, plush comfort.
One of the main things families enjoy at a family resort or hotel, is of course – the pool. This house has it’s own private pool and hot tub that you can access from the living room.
Although I wasn’t staying with my family, the space and overall freedom of having your own house complete with all of the comforts of home, is something that I want to replicate on our next trip ASAP.
Our house was located within minutes of quaint downtown Kissimmee, the Premium Outlet Mall and of course the infamous theme parks (hello Walt Disney World Resort!). I’m embarassed to admit that this was the first time I visited Florida and actually discovered attractions other than Disney. I took my first hot air balloon ride, conquored my fears by doing something that I never thought I could ever do, and visited Gatorland (more on that soon).
If you’ve ever considered a vacation rental, I highly, highly recommend it. You won’t be disappointed!