9 of the best villas in the world

Wherever your travels take you, one thing remains true: having a good place to rest your head at night can make or break a trip. But sometimes, ‘good’ just doesn’t cut it – for a really special vacation, you need a special place to stay.

There are all sorts of incredible hotels and guesthouses around the globe, but few can compete with the world’s best vacation homes, which offer total privacy and the kind of spectacular facilities that you won’t find anywhere else – from bowling alleys and ice-skating rinks to horse-riding stables and indoor pools.

Read on for a virtual tour through some of the best villas in the world.

Aspen 4

7 bedrooms, sleeps 14
Colorado, USA

Aspen has some of the best villas in the world

With Aspen’s hallowed ski slopes right outside the door, this magical 7-bedroom vacation rental is about as far from the ‘rustic cabin’ stereotype as you can get.

Big glass windows let light flood into the mansion’s modern interiors, which stretch across 3 floors and provide an incredible 19,000 sq ft of living space. Beyond the 40-foot-high foyer, you’ll find a bowling alley, a home theater, a gym and a sauna. Even the game room, bar and arcade have a clean, contemporary feel.

Other features include a saline lap pool and – in winter – your very own ice-skating rink. Rooms throughout the house provide views of the surrounding mountains and the nearby cable car, which whizzes skiers to the top of some amazing runs.

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Montego Bay 40

6 bedrooms, sleeps 14
Jamaica

Luxury villa in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Between the mountains and the sparkling Caribbean Sea on Jamaica’s north coast, this lavish vacation rental mixes elements of Asian, European and Caribbean design.

Fronting the villa is a huge outdoor lap pool that’s edged by mature palms. Another pool snakes around the side of the property, passing shaded outdoor seating areas and plush sunloungers. Inside, cool tiled living areas lead to immaculate bedrooms with vaulted ceilings. One has an en-suite bathroom with its own whirlpool tub.

Relaxing in the vacation home’s breezy public areas couldn’t be easier – not least because there are 7 on-site staff members to take care of your needs. Ask the butler to mix you a cold cocktail, or let the chef serve you a meal beside the pool.

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Malibu 1

5 bedrooms, sleeps 12
Florida, USA

Malibu 1 is one of the most luxurious villas in Florida

Wood floors and modern, minimalist interiors add a touch of class to this beachfront villa in beautiful Malibu. It’s slap bang on the oceanfront, just off the legendary Pacific Coast Highway.

Wake up here and you’ll be just steps from sunny Escondido Beach, where glassy waves gnaw at the soft sand. Apart from enjoying the beach, you can spend your days lounging on the villa’s terrace, which has views over the water, or soaking in the private outdoor pool, which is hemmed in by a thick curtain of bamboo and lush green foliage.

Inside you’ll find 5 airy bedrooms plus a small movie theater and a modern gym complete with weights and resistance-training machines.

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Marthon 1

9 bedrooms, sleeps 26
France

This amazing chateau is in southern France

This one-of-a-kind vacation home near Angoulême takes the rustic beauty of a classic French château and blends in bright flashes of modern style.

Set amid 5 acres of rolling parkland and just 500m from the nearest village, the château has sheer stone walls and fairytale turrets, which soar above the surrounding treetops.

Behind the grand facade are chic interiors with herringbone floors, exposed wood beams and standout designer furnishings. There are also specially commissioned artworks and pieces of furniture from the 1960s and 70s. Among the luxurious facilities you’ll find a movie theater, a piano, and a heated outdoor pool.

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Santorini 23

9 bedrooms, sleeps 24
Greece

This incredible villa overlooks Santorini's volcano

Locations don’t get much better than this. Perched on a clifftop overlooking the Aegean Sea and a caldera, this whitewashed luxury villa is a gleaming example of old-meets-new, complete with a panoramic open-air terrace and 9 spectacular bedrooms.

As the sun sets over Santorini, making the sky glow pink like cotton candy, why not slip into the infinity pool with a drink and watch as white yachts sail between the islands just offshore?

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Plum Bay 1

7 bedrooms, sleeps 14
Saint Martin, Caribbean

Saint Martin, in the Caribbean, has some amazing villas

Lush gardens skirt Plum Bay 1, on the northwestern edge of Saint Martin – a small, beach-fringed atoll in the Caribbean. The 7-bedroom home is part of a private community that offers complete privacy, as well as breathtaking views of the azure sea beyond.

Choose to spend your days lounging by the beach-entry pool, where fountains spray fine jets of cool water into the air, or at the villa’s outdoor bar. Step inside the house and the first thing you’ll set eyes on is a tropical reef aquarium. Continue on and you’ll be greeted by bright rooms with interiors by Philippe Starck. There are 7 elegant bedrooms, along with a dining area and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen.

Feeling active? Head to the villa’s gym, petanque court or all-weather tennis pavilion. The Jacuzzi will be waiting for you when you’re done.

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Virgin Gorda 34

6 bedrooms, sleeps 12
British Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda 34 is one of the best villas in the world

The clean lines of this ultra-modern villa contrast beautifully with the surrounding coastal scenery, which sees emerald forests leading down to crescents of white sand. Stand on the villa’s veranda and you’ll be able to drink in endless views of Virgin Gorda’s north coast, including two of its most impressive beaches – Pond Bay and Savanna Bay.

Living spaces are spread across 6 interlinked pavilions, which hug the hillside. Start exploring these bright and airy spaces to discover secret gardens, alfresco showers and swimming pools with serene sea views.

The villa has its own air-conditioned gym with an exercise bike, a treadmill and a weight-training machine. If you’re more interested in enjoying the great outdoors, never fear – just borrow the villa’s stand-up paddle boards or ocean kayaks for a day of splashing around. You can also join organized snorkelling and scuba diving trips to some of the coral-edged islands nearby.

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Reunion Resort 4500

10 bedrooms, sleeps 20
Florida, USA

Reunion Resort 4500 is a luxury vacation home in Florida

One of the most extravagant vacation rentals in the whole Orlando area, this vast, 10-bedroom mansion has all the facilities you need for an unforgettable trip to Disney. Set around a huge infinity pool and with grand palm trees flanking its entrance, the villa occupies a private plot of land that backs onto thick woodland.

There’s no shortage of things to do inside the vacation home, whether you fancy watching a movie in the plush home theater, sweating away your stress in the sauna, or playing air hockey in the game room. There’s even a dedicated room for late-night poker sessions.

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Maenam 7044

7 bedrooms, sleeps 14
Koh Samui, Thailand

There are some great villas and vacation homes on the north coast of Koh Samui, Thailand

Right on the beachfront in a sleepy village on Koh Samui’s north coast, Maenam 7044 is a magnificent base for exploring the island. Vaulted ceilings and traditional open-sided salas help to break down the boundaries between inside and outside, allowing guests to move seamlessly from beach to bedroom and back again.

Choose to swim in the warm, shallow waters of the Gulf of Thailand, or take a dip in the private outdoor pool, just steps back from the shoreline. The gas-fired BBQ and huge dining table are perfect for poolside meals with friends and family.

For a memorable round of golf, make the 15-minute trip to the Santiburi Country Club. The 18-hole course is surrounded by lush scenery, and offers views across the water to the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan.

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Make us an offer on 11 Orlando vacation homes!

For a limited time only we’re giving you the chance to make us an offer on 11 of our best Orlando vacation homes!

The offer is valid for last-minute stays of three nights or more until October 31st, and we’ll consider any reasonable offer. Just call our sales team today and say the magic words: ‘I’m making you an offer’.

Here’s a quick look at the exceptional homes that are included in the offer:

Reunion Resort 463

Make an offer on our Orlando villas

With Harry Potter and Disney-themed sleeping spaces, this incredible seven-bedroom property provides a private pool, a home theater and a game room, and is located just five-and-a-half miles from Walt Disney World. What else could you want from a family vacation home in Orlando?

Reunion Resort 2000

Discounted rates on luxury Orlando villas

Experience a thriller-packed movie marathon, enjoy a gourmet dining feast, or swim in your private pool at this Orlando vacation home. Complete with 12 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms, it lets you indulge in pure luxury on your family vacation.

Reunion Resort 6000

Great offers on our Reunion Resort homes

Dive into Reunion Resort’s longest pool at this astounding nine-bedroom Orlando vacation home! Enjoy luxury living with your own gym, game room and home theater. Equipped with the finest furnishings, it’ll ensure your Orlando stay is extra special.

Reunion Resort 6

Orlando vacation home with private pool

A private pool, gorgeous living spaces, five plush bedrooms, and a super-convenient location near Walt Disney World: this charming vacation rental is ideal for a fun-filled trip to Orlando.

Reunion Resort 454

Reunion resort vacation home with pool

At this cool nine-bedroom vacation home you can choose to chill out in the Narnia-themed home theater or cool off in the private outdoor pool. There’s also a huge dining area that’s perfect for meals with friends and family.

Reunion Resort 204

Orlando villa with private pool

Overlooking the exclusive Jack Nicklaus golf course at Reunion Resort, this outstanding five-bedroom home is perfect for an Orlando family vacation. With a private pool, a game room and a home theater, there’s plenty of space for everyone.

Reunion Resort 597

Reunion resort villa with private pool

Fire up the BBQ, go for a swim in the private pool or sunbathe under the beaming Orlando sun. This marvellous home provides it all! If that isn’t enough, the seven plush bedrooms, some with golf-course views, boast all the comfort you could possibly need.

Reunion Resort 71

Fully equipped kitchen in Reunion Resort villa

The brand-new, contemporary-style vacation home has some stunning living spaces. With five newly decorated bedrooms, a private swimming pool, a game room and a summer kitchen, there are more than enough entertainment facilities for the whole family.

Reunion Resort 393

Reunin Resort Orlando vacation home with private pool

Another new, five-bedroom Orlando vacation home, Reunion Resort 393 boasts a private pool and a game room. Best of all, it’s located just minutes from Walt Disney World.

Championsgate 69

Orlando vacation home with private pool

Boasting a Frozen-themed bedroom, a 3D movie theater, a game room and a private pool, this impressive eight-bedroom vacation home offers endless family entertainment.

Reunion Resort 371

Orlando vacation home with private pool

Offering a fabulous living space for the entire family, this beautiful five-bedroom vacation home has a private pool, a spillover spa, a game room and many additional entertainment facilities.

If you love the look of these Orlando vacation homes, make us an offer we cannot refuse! All reasonable offers will be considered.

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A guide to resorts in Orlando

If you’re planning a getaway to Orlando, you’ll be spoilt for choice deciding on where to stay. Whether you seek relaxation or a fun-filled family adventure, these resorts in Orlando offer something for everyone.

Use this map to see where the resorts are in relation to Disney, Universal Studios and Orlando International Airport, or use the menu below to find out more about the different communities.

A map showing the different resorts in Orlando, Florida

A map showing Orlando’s main resorts (click to enlarge)

Reunion Resort
Championsgate
The Encore Club
Emerald Island Resort
Formosa Gardens
Windsor Hills Resort
Other resorts in Orlando

Reunion Resort

5.5 miles from Disney ◊ 500+ vacation homes

Just 10 minutes from Disney World, Reunion Resort offers exclusive accommodation within easy reach of Orlando’s exciting attractions. Spanning 2,300 picturesque acres, this resort is home to some of the largest villas in Orlando, plus a host of world-class amenities.

The lazy river at Reunion Resort in Orlando

The lazy river at Reunion Resort in Orlando

Pools

Make a splash at Reunion’s sprawling water park, where you can float down the lazy river, ride the twisting slides or relax poolside on a luxury sun lounger. There are a further 10 community pools including a rooftop option and the Seven Eagles pool, complete with Jacuzzis, poolside dining, outdoor billiards, a game room and a fitness center. If you prefer to swim in the comfort of your own vacation home, our Reunion Resort rentals come equipped with private pools and spas.

Golf

Reunion is the only resort in the world to boast three signature courses designed by golf’s greatest legends: Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer. As for instruction, this resort is the only one in America with an Annika Sörenstam training academy and a Frankly Golf Putting Academy on site.

Golf at Reunion Resort in Orlando

Reunion Resort golf

Activities

There are activities galore at Reunion, including a state-of-the-art fitness center with a gymnasium, an award-winning tennis complex with six HydroGrid courts, a tennis shop and tennis coaching. There’s also a kids’ club and there are plenty of playgrounds. Bike trails wind their way through the resort’s gorgeous grounds. For a more relaxed day, head to the Boutique Spa, a luxurious sanctuary made for pampering.

There are plenty of ways to keep everyone entertained in our Reunion Resort vacation homes; the best ones are equipped with game rooms, cinema rooms, gyms and state-of-the-art entertainment facilities.

Dining

When you’re ready to refuel, the resort’s multitude of restaurants, bars and snack stops will be waiting to welcome you. Dine at Eleven with views of Disney’s nightly fireworks, or sample the delicious eats at Forte Italian restaurant, the Grande Lobby Sushi Bar and the Clubhouse Grille. There’s also great poolside dining to be found at The Cove at Seven Eagles and The Grill at the Water Park.

grande-lobby

The Grande Lobby Sushi Bar

Nearby

If you want to head out and about you’ll find Disney World just five and a half miles away, and a whole host of other attractions within easy reach. There are endless golf courses in the surrounding area, plus great shopping malls, restaurants, bars and much more.

Reunion Resort amenities at a glance:

  • Three championship golf courses
  • Water park with lazy river
  • Numerous pools
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Annika Academy
  • Golf putting academy
  • Award-winning tennis complex
  • Tennis coaching
  • Fitness center
  • Boutique spa
  • Playgrounds
  • Bike hire and cycling trails
  • Kids club

 

Recommended vacation homes at Reunion Resort

Championsgate

8 miles from Disney ◊ 120+ VacatiOn RENTALS

The glamorous golf resort called Championsgate packs in a water park, two 18-hole golf courses and numerous restaurants – all just a 15-minute drive from Disney World.

The Championsgate pool in Orlando

The pool at Championsgate in Orlando

Golf

Golfers will enjoy pitting their wits against the resort’s famous National and International courses, designed by Australian golfing legend Greg Norman. There’s also a golf school and driving range on site, and a swanky clubhouse offering post-game refreshments and equipment rental.

Activities

After the excitement of the fairways and theme parks, you’ll want to find somewhere to relax and unwind. Cool off in the lagoon-style pool while the little ones ride the water slide, or catch some rays as you float down the 850-foot-long lazy river. Revive your spirit at the Mokara Spa, with its impressive array of relaxing treatments. Or relax in the bubbling Jacuzzi tub at your private Championsgate vacation rental.

Championsgate kids' pool

Championsgate kids’ pool

Dining

Championsgate is jam-packed with great restaurants and bars, all offering something a little different from the next. Head to Trevi’s for pizzas and pastas served to the tune of authentic Italian music, or dine at Zen, a gourmet pan-Asian restaurant and sushi bar. There are plenty more restaurants and bars on site, plus a whole lot more at nearby Championsgate Village.

Championsgate amenities at a glance:

  • Two 18-hole golf courses
  • David Leadbetter Academy and pro shop
  • Driving range
  • Swanky clubhouse
  • Water park with a 125-foot slide and a lazy river
  • Formal pool
  • Numerous restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Fitness center
  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball and sand volleyball
  • Championsgate Village nearby

 

Recommended vacation homes in Championsgate

The Encore Club

5.5 miles from disney ◊ 110+ VACATION HOMES

Located just minutes from Disney World, this prestigious vacation community is one of newest and most exciting resorts in Orlando. Nestled in a quiet spot at Reunion Resort (see above), the Encore Club is a unique resort-within-a-resort, offering complete privacy and easy access to local sights.

The Encore Club is one of the best resorts near Orlando

The Encore Club is one of the best resorts near Orlando

Amenities

You’ll be as happy in the resort as you are in the theme parks thanks to the great amenities on offer at the Encore Club. There’s an exciting water park on site, along with a private clubhouse, a shop, tennis courts, restaurants, bars, a fitness center, club pools and a grand lawn. What’s more, guests can use some of the amenities at Reunion Resort, such as the community pools, bars and restaurants.

If you prefer in-villa dining, our concierge team can arrange for a private chef to cater for you – either as a one-off treat or for the whole duration of your trip.

Nearby

If you want to head out there are an endless array of attractions nearby, from world-class theme parks and golf courses, to fantastic shopping malls, great restaurants and exciting nightlife. There’s easy access to Downtown Orlando, as well as Florida’s stunning beaches, the Everglades National Park and the Kennedy Space Center.

The clubhouse at the Encore Club

The clubhouse at the Encore Club

Encore Club amenities at a glance:

  • Water park
  • Free transfers to Disney
  • Private clubhouse
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Grand lawn
  • Communal pools
  • Tennis courts
  • Fitness center
  • Resort shop
  • Use of some Reunion Resort amenities

 

Recommended vacation homes in the Encore Club

Emerald Island Resort

2 miles from Disney ◊ 45+ VACATION RENTALS

The gated community of Emerald Island is one of Orlando’s most naturally beautiful resorts, located right on Disney’s doorstep. Surrounded by acres of lush Florida landscape, and with a picturesque woodland located at its heart, it certainly lives up to its name.

Emerald Island is one of the closest resorts to Disney

Emerald Island is one of the closest resorts to Disney

Lush landscape

Situated less than four miles from Disney, just off Highway 192, Emerald Island is one of the closest resorts to Disney World. It’s the perfect place to unwind after the theme parks with more than 300 acres of wildlife conservation area and natural woodlands to explore.

Amenities

The resort’s huge clubhouse and heated swimming pool are the hub of community activity, with luxury loungers, a large pool deck and a tiki bar making it the perfect spot for sunbathing. The clubhouse offers something for everyone including a sauna, a video game room and a gym, plus an internet cafe and meeting rooms. Adjacent to the clubhouse is trail for walking, jogging or biking, which winds through the community’s natural woodland setting.

Emerald Island vacation homes back onto lush woodlands

Emerald Island vacation homes back onto lush woodlands

Emerald Island amenities at a glance

  • Gated entrance
  • Community pool and hot tub
  • Tiki bar
  • Clubhouse
  • Sauna
  • Gaming arcade
  • Nature trail
  • Gym
  • Volleyball and basketball
  • Tennis courts
  • Kids play areas
  • Cyber cafe
  • BBQ areas
  • Resort shop

 

Recommended vacation homes at Emerald Island Resort

Formosa Gardens

1.8 miles from Disney ◊ 35+ VACATION HOMES

Less than two miles from Disney World and just 30 minutes from Orlando International Airport, Formosa Gardens is one of the most picturesque vacation communities in Florida. Located just off Highway 192, this gated resort is perfect for a relaxing vacation in Orlando.

Many Formosa Gardens rentals are located around the lake

Many Formosa Gardens rentals are located around the lake

Natural beauty

The resort itself isn’t packed with amenities, but that is part of its allure. Instead you’ll find manicured lawns, wide palm-fringed boulevards and gorgeous lake views, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind. Many of our Formosa Gardens vacation rentals are situated around the lake with stunning views over the water.

Nearby

Just a stone’s throw from the resort is the popular Formosa Gardens Village, a retail and dining complex packed with restaurants, shops and entertainment. Some of the best-known restaurants in Orlando are here, as well as the fun-filled Mighty Jungle mini golf course.

Formosa Gardens is one of the closest resorts to Disney World

Formosa Gardens is one of the closest resorts to Disney World

Golf

If you prefer the real thing, the Mystic Dunes Golf Club is less than a mile away, and there are plenty more courses around at Championsgate, Celebration and Disney World, to name just a few.

Formosa Gardens amenities at a glance:

  • Gorgeous landscaped grounds
  • Fishing lake
  • Mini golf course nearby
  • Championship golf courses nearby
  • Restaurants and bars nearby
  • Formosa Gardens Village

 

Recommended vacation homes in Formosa Gardens

 

Windsor Hills Resort

2 miles FROM DISNEY ◊ 190+ VACATION HOMES

Windsor Hills Resort is a family-friendly villa community just two miles from Walt Disney World. This guarded, gated community offers a great range of amenities including a huge lagoon pool, a splendid clubhouse, a movie theater and much more.

Windsor Hills is a good resort for families visiting Disney in Orlando

Windsor Hills is a good resort for families

Amenities

Kids will love the huge lagoon-style swimming pool equipped with splashing fountains and a twisting water slide. Older ones can play table tennis at the poolside, while parents sip a cocktail or two from the tiki bar. The vast clubhouse offers something for everyone with its gaming arcade, movie theater and fitness room, there’s also a handy sundry shop perfect for stocking up on essentials.

Outdoor activities

The outdoor recreation area offers a whole host of activities, with tennis courts, sand volleyball, basketball courts and a golf putting green. Little ones will love the playgrounds or running around in the gorgeous grounds.

The Windsor Hills movie theater

The Windsor Hills movie theater

Golf

If you’re a golfer, don’t forget to bring your clubs as the Mystic Dunes Golf Club is less than a mile away. The Disney World courses are just a five-minute drive from the resort, and Celebration and Championsgate golf clubs are just six miles away.

Shuttle bus to Disney

For day trips, be sure to take the shuttle bus to Disney World which runs daily from just outside the resort – or if you prefer your own transport our concierge team can arrange car hire. Don’t forget to check out Orlando’s many other attractions, like its world-class shopping malls, great restaurants and exciting entertainment districts.

Windsor Hills amenities at a glance:

  • Lagoon-style pool with a water slide
  • Tiki bar
  • Large clubhouse
  • Gaming arcade
  • Gym
  • Movie theater
  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball and volleyball
  • Golf putting green
  • Playgrounds
  • Grocery shop
  • Picnic and BBQ area
  • Shuttle bus service to shops and parks
  • DVD rental service

 

Recommended vacation rentals at Windsor Hills

 

Other resorts in the Orlando area

Looking for something different? These resorts offer a more laid-back alternative to some of Orlando’s bigger vacation communities.

Windsor at Westside

One of the newest resorts in the Orlando area and just a 10-minute drive from Disney, the Windsor at Westside community offers easy access to local theme parks. Alongside the 10,000 sq ft clubhouse you’ll find a huge resort-style pool with a lazy river and a water slide. Other facilities include a gym, a gaming arcade and several sports courts.

Solterra Resort

Every vacation rental at Solterra Resort comes with its own pool. Around 15 minutes’ drive from Disney World, the resort also offers play areas, an impressive clubhouse and a series of poolside cabanas. The largest vacation homes at Solterra sleep up to 16 people.

Oakwater Resort

If you’re looking for a smaller, cozier type of vacation rental near Disney, Oakwater Resort is the place for you. It’s just two miles from the gates of Disney World, with a cutting-edge gym and a sociable community pool onsite. The Mystic Dunes golf club is less than a minute away by car.

Check out our entire range of villas in Orlando or contact the Top Villas sales team for help and advice. For any added extras such as attraction tickets, car hire and personal chefs, contact the Top Villas concierge team.

 

The best beachfront villas in Barbados

Whether you’re planning a dream family holiday or a romantic getaway for two, renting a beachfront villa in Barbados is a great alternative to staying in a hotel.

Golden sandy beaches and gentle Caribbean waves make the island’s west coast the perfect spot for sunbathing and snorkelling. Away from the shoreline, Barbados is a popular choice for golfers and polo enthusiasts. You’ll also find botanical gardens, historic plantation houses and lush, vibrant forests.

With friendly locals, great weather and some beautiful colonial architecture, Barbados makes for the ideal trip away. Sit back and immerse yourself in our selection of luxury villas on the beach.

St James 300

Beachfront villas in Barbados

Elegant and luxurious, this stunning penthouse will delight you with its breathtaking sea views, impressive decor and luxurious amenities. It features four opulent suites with walk-in closets, as well as spacious living areas with marble floors. In addition, you’ll find sumptuous terraces and a private rooftop pool.

A personal chef, a butler, a manager and a housekeeper are also on hand to take care of your every need and ensure your focus is firmly centred on relaxation.

If the surroundings aren’t enough to ease you into island life, exclusive use of the villa’s luxury yacht (complete with a dedicated captain) means you can experience Caribbean living at its finest.

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The Garden 3

This villa is right on the beachfront in Barbados

This private estate on a 1.7-acre plot of land has access to a secluded sandy cove, an 18-ft speedboat, a Sunfish sailboat and a couple of stand-up paddle boards. You also have access to nearby activities including tennis, golf and polo, meaning there’s plenty to keep you occupied during your stay.

This bright, spacious villa is comfortable yet stylish. It’s elegantly furnished and decorated in neutral tones with pops of pink, red, yellow and blue. White cotton bed sheets, Aqua di Parma toiletries and complimentary bathrobes are just some of the amenities you’ll find here.

Relax next to a stunning pool with sumptuous cushioned loungers, kick back on one of the ample terraces, or check out the fitness centre and the spacious home theatre. Comprising 10 king-size suites, this an ideal option for large groups.

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The Garden 5

This beachfront villa is in Merlin Bay, Barbados

A mere stone’s throw from the beach and featuring a choice of terraces, this bright and airy villa will ensure you feel thoroughly rested during your stay.

Take a dip in your own private plunge pool or alternatively check out the large lagoon-style swimming pool which is shared with some of the other surrounding villas.

The villa offers views of the Caribbean Sea from all four floors. The beach can be accessed via steps from the ground-floor terrace, which features a covered dining and barbecue area.

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Paynes Bay 8

Paynes Bay has some great beachfront villas

This luxury penthouse with a private plunge pool and spectacular sea views has been finished to the highest standard.

Fully air conditioned, it offers ample entertaining space with four bedrooms and two master suites, boasting magnificent sea views from their private terraces.

The spacious, partially covered terrace with an alfresco dining area is the perfect place to soak up breathtaking views of Paynes Beach, whether over breakfast or a sunset cocktail.

Luxury shopping, world-class restaurants, golf facilities and polo clubs are all within easy reach should you wish to explore what the island has to offer outside of your own beachfront paradise.

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The Garden 10

A villa near the beach in Barbados

This unique villa features a superb outdoor entertaining area with a covered terrace, a wet bar, a large private swimming pool and clear views of the Caribbean Sea.

The clever, expertly designed interior merges classic styling with a clean, contemporary feel. The unique, octagonal living spaces feature whitewashed vaulted ceilings and sumptuous seating areas with plenty of armchairs and sofas.

The white-sand beach offers ideal swimming conditions. Stay in this villa and you can access it via your own private staircase.

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The Garden 2

One of the best vacation rentals on the beach in Barbados

On a secluded beach in St James and set among extensive tropical gardens, this villa is in a league of its own.

Featuring an open-plan layout and a superb indoor-outdoor living area, the villa offers a private terrace with sea views and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Feast with friends around the large stone table, which seats 14 and is carved out of a single piece of coral, or dine alfresco under the open gazebo.

Whether you’re chilling out by the stunning swimming pool or relaxing on the secluded beach you’ll be able to soak up the Caribbean sun from a selection of comfy sunloungers.

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Reeds Bay 5

Barbados has some incredible beachfront villas

This extensive property offers five spectacular suites, each with a spacious en-suite bathroom, a separate dressing room and a large private balcony with views over the pool, garden and sea.

The villa provides ample living space and an abundance of armchairs and sofas – perfect for relaxing and unwinding.

The covered open-air lounge and dining area, which has stone pillars and a vaulted ceiling, offers you the perfect spot to dine alfresco. This means that you’ll never have to stray too far away from the private pool, which is edged by tall trees.

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The Garden 6

Lots of short-term rentals in Barbados are right by the beach

Recently renovated, this stunning, custom-designed villa has everything you need to ensure a luxurious and carefree stay.

This villa blends classical and contemporary decor perfectly, with light tasteful interiors that feel comfortable and inviting.

Thanks to the media room, which has a 65-inch plasma TV and a DVD library, you’ll never be bored. There’s also high-speed wireless internet throughout the property, and all five bedrooms have iPod docks.

The pool terrace has plush, oversized sun loungers and is adjacent to a covered bar, a barbecue and a relaxation area. There are also plenty of terraces and landscaped gardens, providing you with a host of beautiful spots to relax in. Hitting the beach? There’s direct access from the villa.

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Sandy Lane 27

This villa in Sandy Lane is a short walk from the beach

Set back slightly from the beach but still only a short walk away, we couldn’t resist including this beautiful property in our round-up of the best beachfront villas in Barbados.

Amenities include a 58-foot infinity-edge pool, a tennis court and a private gym, whilst the villa itself is bright and airy with luxury furnishings and exquisite fixtures. This villa even comes with its own butler to ensure your every need is taken care of.

Spacious, modern and finished to the highest standard, this villa will take your breath away. Its crisp white decor is elegant and inviting and provides you with an abundance of casual and formal entertaining spaces. Plush sofas and sumptuous beds ensure you have plenty of places to rest after a day on the beach.

The covered dining area is sure to be one of your favourite places. Overlooking the incredible pool, it’s lined with pristine white chaises longues and parasols. This area also features cushioned couches, an additional open-sided dining pavilion and a bar.

Guests here have access to the Sandy Lane Beach Facility, which is home to private cabanas, and a nearby golf course, which can be seen from the villa itself.

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Gibbs Beach 7

Gibbs Beach in Barbados

Featuring nine en-suite bedrooms with private terraces, Mongolian-style temple doors, raised teak walkways and traditional Indonesian-style decor, this is an impressive villa by anyone’s standards. It even has an air-conditioned gym and an in-house cinema.

Part of a private, 11-acre estate on the beachfront, it’s nestled among tropical gardens and coconut trees. There’s direct access to not one but two beaches, and there’s an abundance of beautiful surroundings for you to explore nearby.

An outdoor living area with a vaulted ceiling and plush sofas sits beside the villa’s impressive free-form pool which comes complete with its own mini island and swim-up bar – great for cooling off during the hot summer months.

Alternatively you can charter the villa’s own Sunfish sailboat, or go snorkelling with sea turtles in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

This villa also features private tennis courts and a children’s jungle gym. It can be rented alongside an adjoining luxury villa, providing accommodation for 30 guests in total.

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Is this Florida’s best vacation rental?

This elaborate Orlando vacation home offers more than 25,000 square feet of architectural perfection – plus a bowling alley, water park, cinema and health spa.

Is this Florida's best vacation rental?

Located in Reunion, Orlando’s premier resort, this jaw-dropping vacation rental is one of the largest and most elaborate Florida villas available. Complete with 14 bedrooms and a host of indulgent amenities, this one-of-a-kind home is quite possibly Florida’s best vacation rental.

Ideal for families, large groups and those who like the finer things in life, here’s more on why this epic home is in a league of its own…

Your very own private resort

With 25,400 square feet of upscale living space under one roof, this property is Orlando’s largest vacation home. In fact, it offers so much space and so many amenities that it’s more like a private resort than a self-catering villa. There are 14 en-suite bedrooms, with space to sleep up to 30 guests.

There’s also an elevator and a water park with lazy river, plus multiple kitchens and living areas. You’ll also find a two-lane bowling alley, indoor sports courts, a health spa, a two-tier cinema, a games room, an arcade, and a rooftop pool with a Jacuzzi – to name just a few of the features.

One of the best villas in Orlando

A taste of the VIP life

A choice of rental options are available, offering a true taste of the VIP life. The VIP package includes airport pick up and private transport; breakfast served at the Reunion Clubhouse (or prepared by a private chef); and full housekeeping services. Each standard or VIP booking comes with a choice of added extras such as golf at a range of world-class courses, theme park tickets for all guests, and entry to Orlando’s most famous dinner shows.

Is this Florida's best vacation home?

No expense has been spared

No expense has been spared in this brand-new home, designed to offer contemporary living at its very finest. Immaculately designed and elegantly furnished, this vacation home offers some serious wow factor.

Guests can spend their days luxuriating in designer living areas, sunbathing by the multiple pools or enjoying the vacation home’s endless entertainment offerings. The bedrooms offer an opulent way to unwind with HDTVs, luxury beds and fine linens – the third floor private suite even has its own sunken Jacuzzi tub, wet bar, private gym and gardens.

There are loads of cool living spaces in this Florida vacation rental

Location, location, location

Reunion Resort is the most exclusive resort in Orlando, located just five and a half miles from Disney World’s main gates. You can drive to the theme parks and shopping malls in under 10 minutes, or stay at Reunion and make the most of its world-class amenities.

There are three signature golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, plus there’s a five-acre water park with lazy river, 11 community pools, an award-winning tennis complex, numerous restaurants and bars, a boutique spa, a golf academy and biking trails through the resort’s extensive parks and woodlands.

There are a few golf courses close to this villa in Orlando

State-of-the-art entertainment

This home boasts a wealth of state-of-the-art entertainment amenities for little ones and adults alike. There’s a super sleek two-lane bowling alley with computerised scoring, automatic ball return and automatic pin resetting; a water park style swimming pool with a lazy river, foot bridge, water slide, fountains, Jacuzzi and sunken bar; and a private health club with sauna, steam room, spa, HDTVs and massage lounge.

Sports enthusiasts will love the golf simulator, the indoor basketball court and the fully-equipped gymnasium. Teenagers won’t want to leave the gaming arcade with its HDTVs, pinball tables and pro arcade machines. And those in search of a little privacy can take to the rooftop for a swim in the lap pool or a soak in the bubbling Jacuzzi tub, enjoying views over Reunion’s picturesque golf courses.

There's a bowling alley in Florida's best vacation rental

Not as expensive as you would think

With more amenities than some of the best vacation homes in the world, you’d be forgiven for thinking this home is only for the rich and famous – but it’s not as expensive as you might think. The starting rate for a seven-night stay at full occupancy is only around $1,166 per person. If you require any extra services, the Top Villas concierge team can arrange car hire, attraction tickets, babysitting services and more.

Some villas at Reunion Resort have their own cinemas

This vacation home is available exclusively through Top Villas – simply book online or contact the Top Villas team for more information.

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Reunion Resort 6000 is a quirky vacation home near Disney World in Orlando

If this isn’t the home for you, why not take a look at Reunion Resort 6000, a luxury nine-bedroom vacation home in Reunion Resort. This fantastic home is currently on offer, with 50% off any five-night stay until the end of September 2016. Check prices now.

10 of the best bloggers in Orlando

From travelers, foodies and fashionistas to musicians and lifestyle gurus, the blogging world is blowing up day by day with a new creator at every turn. We put together this guide to introduce you to 10 of the best bloggers in Orlando, who serve up a mix of delicious recipes, Disney tips and fashion secrets. Here’s the full rundown of our favorites. 

10 of the best bloggers in Orlando

Travel blogs

Orlando Informer

Looking to keep up to date with all the latest Orlando travel news? From Universal’s hottest rides to the latest deals and one-off events held at Walt Disney World, Orlando Informer is here to give you all the inside tips. With frequent podcast updates and the chance to ask questions, planning an Orlando trip couldn’t be easier.

Food blogs

Eating Orlando

Taking a gastronomical road trip across the city, Eating Orlando writes up honest, detailed restaurant reviews. Eating Orlando’s aim is to eat in every independent restaurant at least once, typing up his thoughts about each place along the way. If you live in the Orlando area or are heading there on your next trip, Eating Orlando will give you plenty of food for thought.

TastyChomps

TastyChomps founder Ricky is dedicated to finding Central Florida’s best culinary delights. Obsessed with food ever since he was small, Ricky offers an inside look at new restaurants and dishes, as well as favourite recipes. The blog covers interviews with chefs as well as travel posts and even an Orlando foodie calendar that gives a rundown of events in the local area. The site has won a wide range of top blog awards, and Ricky has since published his own book – A Food Lovers’ Guide to Orlando.

Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide

If you want the inside track on Orlando’s newest restaurant openings and foodie events, Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide is the place to be. Fancy branching out beyond classic American cuisine? Scott’s reviews will keep you up to date on all the latest flavors from far and wide. Check out his latest deals page for money off at local restaurants.

Fashion blogs

J’s Everyday Fashion

Refreshingly down to earth, J gives her take on the real side of fashion for moms and college students of all shapes and sizes. Dressing stylishly on a budget can be tough but over on J’s blog you’ll find tips and tricks on where to track down the most affordable buys. Escape into a real-life magazine with this girl’s closet of beautiful outfits and discover everyday fashion you’ll love.

Kiara Michelle

A creative and inspiring fashionista, Orlando blogger Kiara Michelle gives her spin on the latest fashion trends. By sharing her confidence and her style, she inspires readers to try new looks and reinvent their wardrobes. If you love a modern, edgy and sophisticated look, get on over to Kiara’s fashion blog.

Green Fashionista

Featuring travel diaries, daily outfits and beauty favorites, Green Fashionista delves right into Florida’s lifestyle scene. Read about her trips to Bermuda or Barcelona and embrace the fashion vibes from her sunny life in the sunshine state. Variety is her specialty, changing it up with different styles and new ideas.

Melanie Pace

A top fashion expert born and raised in the Sunshine State, Melanie is the go-to person for style tips. Hosting famous events and dabbling in the wardrobes of her clients, she writes about fashion, fitness, beauty and delicious eats. There’s a lot of variety here, which means you’ll never be short of inspiration.

Music blogs

The Vinyl Warhol

Love discovering new bands and DJs? Head over to The Vinyl Warhol, one of Orlando’s best music blogs. This site reviews new releases, posts interviews, and even allows you to listen to local artists online. If you like discovering new sounds on every trip, let this blog be your guide.

Lifestyle blogs

Annie A Toz

Based in Orlando, the media personality Annie uses her blog to cover travel, recipes, fitness, style and all the fun things in between. This friendly face also offers home décor tips and news about the latest Orlando events.

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The best spas in Koh Samui

Famed as one of Thailand’s ultimate destinations for relaxing and unwinding, Koh Samui has an abundance of top-notch spas and health resorts.

As you’ll be so spoilt for choice, we’ve compiled a list of the island’s top seven spas to ease you into your holiday.

These places offer everything from traditional Thai massages to body scrubs, facials and reflexology treatments. Other options to enhance your wellbeing include yoga and meditation sessions, as well as alternative therapies like Reiki. Sit back, relax and delve into our favourite spas on the island.

Spas in Koh Samui

Magnolia Spa

Chaweng

A soothing approach to beauty and wellbeing

This unique combination of day spa, café and studio puts the focus on ancient Thai and Indonesian rituals to heal the mind, body and spirit. With treatments aiming to purify, invigorate and energise, you’ll be sure to leave here feeling refreshed.

It is the only spa on Koh Samui to use Dead Sea products and it offers a wide variety of treatments including traditional Thai massages, body scrubs, soothing skin treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures.

The studio meanwhile hosts yoga, pilates and meditation classes. It’s fully air conditioned and has a good sound system, plus en-suite showers, yoga mats and complimentary water.

The on-site cafe’s menu is packed full of delicious Thai and Mediterranean dishes but if you’re looking for a sweet treat, look no further; the Magnolia Café is renowned for its cheesecake! A movie night is hosted here once a week, providing a great place to meet locals and tourists alike.

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Samui Ridgeway Private Estate and Spa

Taling Ngam

Your own tropical paradise with a private on-site spa

Samui Ridgeway offers panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand. It’s an exclusive hilltop estate which overlooks coconut plantations – and it allows you to stay in a private villa and make use of first-class wellbeing facilities.

The estate features a full spa with a gym, a sauna, a steam room, a five-person Jacuzzi and a huge infinity pool. In addition to an on-site chef, you’ll have access to a bartender and spa therapists.

Koh Samui spa guide

A range of exclusive treatments are available, while visiting practitioners include a nutritionist and a chiropractor. Here you can also experience raw food classes, yoga and stress management classes, as well as detox treatments and meditation sessions.

Enjoy all the perks of a luxurious five-star hotel in the comfort of your own private villa, whilst being just five minutes’ drive from superb beaches and excellent restaurants.

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The best spas in Koh Samui offer a range of different massages

Ban Sabai Big Buddha Retreat and Spa

Bangrak

Rest and rejuvenation in a tropical Garden of Eden

Located on Big Buddha Beach and nestled behind carved wooden gates, Ban Sabai is a little slice of tropical paradise just metres away from the Gulf of Thailand.

Inspired by ancient Thai rituals and ingredients, the spa offers private herbal aromatherapy steam rooms.

You’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of relaxing rituals including classic Thai massages, hot stone treatments and Shirodhara, an Ayurvedic therapy that sees warm liquids like coconut oil being poured over the forehead. If you have more time to spare, why not relax and recharge your batteries with a detoxifying body wrap, scrub or facial?

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Tamarind Springs

Between Lamai and Chaweng

Experience peaceful serenity at this tropical hilltop escape

Located between the resort towns of Lamai and Chaweng, Tamarind Springs is the first day spa of its kind on Koh Samui, and it’s perfect for those seeking absolute relaxation and tranquility.

Set on a tropical hillside grove on the edge of a forest that’s filled with giant granite boulders and natural water features, it offers a herbal steam cave, a collection of natural rock pools, private massage pavilions, a yoga sala, and a café.

Based around the belief that humans are intrinsically linked to nature, the spa puts environmental conservation and sustainability front and centre. The aim here is to preserve and protect the environment whilst allowing visitors a natural yet luxurious experience.

The unique treatments here are inspired by ancient Middle Eastern traditions and philosophies. You’ll find healing massages a plenty, plus acupressure, ‘the Ingham Method’ (a European reflexology technique), and lymphatic drainage procedures.

Be sure to check out their signature treatment, the “Twice as Nice Prakop”. Aromatic and nurturing, this healing Thai massage sees wrapped, steaming herbs applied along the energy lines of the body in order to relieve aches and energise muscles.

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A spa in Koh Samui

The Spa Resorts

Lamai

Laid back, beachfront wellbeing spa

The award-winning Spa Resort’s aim is to promote a lifestyle which encompasses health, wellbeing and mindful living.

Dip into the comprehensive list of treatments, which includes traditional Thai massages, reflexology and aloe vera body wraps.

If you’re in the mood for some serious indulgence, why not opt for ‘The Works’, a three-hour spa package which focuses on treating every area of the body? Alternative therapies such as Reiki are also available.

The onsite Radiance Restaurant offers vegetarian, vegan and raw food to ensure you come away feeling thoroughly looked after.

Complimentary meditation sessions are held here every day between 7.30–8.30am, which is perfect if you’re looking to add a deeper element of relaxation to your trip.

You can also take a yoga class or attend a traditional Japanese-style tea ceremony – these take place every Thursday afternoon and are ideal for anyone who wants to meet up with like-minded people.

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Peace Tropical Spa

Bophut

Luxurious pampering against a backdrop of coconut trees and bougainvillea

Located just a few minutes from Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village and adjacent to Bophut beach, the Peace Tropical Spa offers everything from Swedish massages to hot stone treatments and hydrating facials.

The Indian Head Massage here is dubbed a ‘massage for the mind’, with therapists using warm coconut oil to ease tension and melt away your worries.

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, an entire menu of inviting body scrubs awaits you, including ones scented with coconut and green apple. Alternatively, soothe that sunburn with an aloe vera body wrap.

Each therapist specialises in a different massage technique, which means you will be in the best of hands – and are sure to leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort

Laem Sett

Rejuvenating, tranquil oasis spread across nine acres

This award-winning nine-acre retreat has received worldwide acclaim. Kamalaya sits atop a hill and is surrounded by natural springs, vibrant bougainvillaea and giant banana trees. As a bonus, it also has views over the palm-fringed sands of Laem Sett.

Once a spiritual retreat for monks, it is now a tranquil oasis where you can soak up tropical surroundings and soothing sea views.

‘Kamalaya’ stands for the growth and unfolding of the human spirit and the spa combines authentic, ancient healing traditions with contemporary therapies and facilities.

Stand-out features at this Koh Samui spa include a steam cavern, ambient plunge pools used for hydrotherapy and an extensive spa menu offering Thai massages, lymphatic drainage and acupuncture. There’s also Reiki, yoga, tai chi, pilates, meditation and personal mentoring.

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When is the best time to visit Disney World?

Home to thrilling rides, electrifying parades and heart-warming characters, Disney World in Orlando is the perfect place for a vacation. But when is the best time to visit? We’re here to give you the lowdown on the weather, the crowd sizes and the accommodation prices, which all change throughout the year.

With a little bit of careful planning you’ll be able to meet a Disney princess, eat in Orlando’s top restaurants, watch the famous firework displays and attend some of the best seasonal events. Read on for our top tips, or check out our handy crowd calendar for an overview of the best times to visit.

Best time to visit Disney World

Busy times at Disney World

There isn’t a single ‘high season’ at Disney World. Instead, there are several main busy periods throughout the year, with crowds and accommodation prices peaking when the kids are off school. These are some of the busiest times:

Christmas and New Year

The busiest time at Disney World by far is the festive period, when masses of people flock to the parks and prices begin to peak. It’s also one of the dreamiest times to visit. Visit during the holiday season and you’ll be able to watch renowned Christmas firework displays, embrace the wintry wonderland of twinkling lights, and experience the parks’ top rides, all in a magical setting.

Mid February through mid April

The Easter weekend is probably the second-busiest time of year at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Expect big crowds, pricier accommodation and higher-than-average airfares. The upside is that you’ll be able to enjoy sunnier, calmer weather. The weeks immediately before and after the Easter weekend can also be pretty crowded, with lots of families taking advantage of the school break.

Other parts of the spring can also be considered peak times at Disney World, not least Spring Break, when young people visit from all around the country. However, there are plenty of days – especially during the middle of the week – when the parks are much quieter.

Summer (June through August)

Prepare for busy crowds and hot, humid weather; summer is the time when families are most likely to visit. For the best experience, we’d recommend visiting the parks first thing in the morning before the crowds and humidity hit.

Temperatures peak at lunch time and during the early afternoon, so take this time to either have an afternoon break or head to one of the water parks, then return to the theme parks in the late afternoon or evening when it’s cooler again. It tends to be hottest and busiest between 11am and 4pm, so aim to go before or after these hours for a top experience during the summer months.

Other holidays

Aside from the main holiday periods, don’t forget the crowds surrounding Thanksgiving (near the end of November), Independence Day, Presidents’ Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, Marathon weekend (early Jan) and Mardi Gras.

Halloween is one of the busiest times to visit Disney World

Quiet times at Disney World

Not a fan of big crowds? Then you’ll be happy to know that the magical lands of Disney have much quieter days, with fewer people, shorter queues and more space to explore the parks at your own pace. Generally speaking, low season at Disney World kicks off when the kids return to school and the weather cools down. We’ve recommended some of the best times to visit below.

Mid January through mid February

The weather is coolest in Florida at this time of year and the accommodation prices tend to be lower, with some great last-minute deals available. Since the school holidays have just come to a close, crowds also tend to be sparser.

First three weeks of May

Before the school kids’ vacation begins, May is a fairly quiet month with lovely warm weather and moderate accommodation prices. Aside from the Memorial Day weekend and the very end of the month, Disney’s crowds are quite manageable.

Late August through September

Once the kids go back to school you can enjoy beaming weather, low crowd levels and plenty of exciting events. We’d recommend taking time away from the main Disney parks and heading to the water parks during the afternoons in order to refresh, relax and take a break from the intense Orlando heat.

Mid November through mid December

Apart from the buzzing week of Thanksgiving, weekdays in November are a prime time to visit Disney World. The weather is comfortable, parks are decorated with festive decorations, and there are all sorts of fun-filled events for the family. Likewise with December, before the hectic week of Christmas approaches, parks tend to stay quite calm with that heart-warming spark in the air.

Disney World crowd calendar 2017

The nifty crowd calendar below will help you work out the best times to visit Disney World.

2017 crowd calendar for Disney

Tips for beating the crowds

When high season is in full swing, Disney World’s exciting events are booming and excitement is sky high. Crowds are plentiful and queues can be long, but the pros definitely override the cons.

However, if you’re visiting during any of the busy periods mentioned above, our advice is to plan, plan, plan. To beat the crowds, arrive early when the parks open and you should have an hour or so of relatively short queues.

Make a note of your must-see attractions and prioritize accordingly. You should also make dining reservations a long way in advance to ensure you get a spot (our Concierge team can help with this). Another useful tip is to take advantage of your Disney Fast Pass by pre-booking your top three rides in advance – check out our Fast Pass guide for more information.

What’s the best day of the week to go to Disney World?

Crowds vary depending on which day of the week you choose to visit Disney World. Long weekends tend to be the busiest, with Sunday and Saturday at the top, followed by Monday and Friday. Tuesday is known as the quietest day with Thursday and Wednesday just slightly busier.

Planning for the weather

Although it’s known for year-round sunshine, Orlando’s weather does change from month to month, and it should be a significant factor in your Disney planning.

The best time to visit weather-wise is between January-April – there’s little rain and temperatures are warm but not as humid as other months in the year.

The summer months are hot and humid, with average daily temperatures rising to around 82F (28C). For more in-depth weather information, check out our ‘best time to visit Florida’ guide.

What about attraction ticket prices?

Whether you love water parks or rollercoasters, the attractions at Disney World are truly unmissable. The admission fees for each attraction are the same throughout the entire year, apart from Discovery Cove which is priced seasonally – speak to our Concierge for more details on costs or to book tickets.

Accommodation prices

Reunion Resort is a great place to stay at when visiting Disney World

Just like the crowds and the weather, prices for accommodation near Disney vary from season to season.

The cheapest times for Orlando vacation rentals are generally late January and early February, plus September, early November and early December; you’ll often find great last-minute deals at these times.

At the other end of the scale, prices tend to peak when the crowds are at their highest.

How can you save money on accommodation?

Visit our latest deals page, which we update constantly with the best vacation rental offers. Whether you’re visiting with the extended family or enjoying a small gathering, we’ll find the perfect villa for you at the best price.

Other things to consider

When should you go to Disney World?

Park closures

During the quieter periods in low season, the parks tend to go ahead with refurbishments. This means certain rides are subject to closures, especially between mid January and mid February. 

Walt Disney World is also home to two water parks: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Both parks are open all year round, but they are occasionally closed for renovation work. Typically, Typhoon Lagoon closes from the end of October to early January and then Blizzard Beach closes until early March.

This means one water park will always be open, but depending on when you visit, both may not be. Also bear in mind that if the temperature does drop too much, or if the weather is too stormy, water parks may be closed for the day.

Flight prices

Flight prices vary a lot throughout the year. To get the best deal you’ll need to be prepared to fly in low season. Being flexible with your dates can also help to keep costs nice and low.

To find the dream vacation rental on your Walt Disney trip, browse our Orlando latest deals page or search the full list of homes here. If you’d like to speak to a sales adviser to guide you through the way, call us on 1-866-341-8086 (US)/ 0800 43 34567 (UK) or for more information about extras, attraction tickets and anything else you require, speak to our Concierge team. 

 

Why the Encore Club is Orlando’s most exciting resort

Just minutes from Disney World, the brand new Encore Club at Reunion is being hailed as Orlando’s most exciting resort.

This recently completed villa community is the perfect place to vacation, with a great choice of luxury homes and endless things to do. There’s a private clubhouse, restaurants, pools, tennis, a fitness center, and a fantastic aqua park.

Not only can guests enjoy exclusive use of the Encore Club’s amenities, they can make the most of some of the amenities Reunion Resort has to offer, such as community pools, bars and fantastic restaurants.

Need any more reasons to book? Take a look at our rundown of why the Encore Club is Orlando’s most exciting resort.

The Encore Club is Orlando's most exciting resort

The location is unbeatable

Orlando offers families an endless array of exciting activities, from world-famous theme parks to great golf courses, fantastic shopping and excellent dining. The Encore Club is located in a peaceful area away from the crowds, yet just a few minutes from Walt Disney World’s main gates.

Away from the blockbuster attractions are a plethora of parks, museums and entertainment options in Downtown Orlando, with easy access to Florida’s stunning beaches, the Everglades National Park, Fort Lauderdale and the NASA Kennedy Space Centre.

All of the vacation homes are brand new

The vacation rentals at the Encore Club are all brand new, offering all the space, luxury and privacy you could ever need.

These luxury vacation homes range in size from five to 10 bedrooms and feature classic Florida-style architecture, plus multiple master suites, gourmet kitchens, large open-plan living areas, games rooms, home cinemas, private swimming pools and a whole host of other impressive amenities sure to surpass every expectation.

Encore Club in Orlando

The Encore Club has the best resort amenities in Orlando

Guests of all ages will be as happy in the resort as they are in the theme parks, thanks to the Encore Club’s impressive amenities. There’s a private clubhouse onsite, along with a shop, tennis courts, restaurants, bars, a fitness centre, club pools, a grand lawn and a water park.

Guests can also enjoy access to the award-winning, 2,300-acre Reunion Resort*, which is home to three world-class signature-designed golf courses. There’s also a water park with a lazy river and a splash pool, plus pro tennis courts, a golf academy, a boutique spa and a range of excellent restaurants and bars – all set against a beautiful backdrop of countryside, woodlands and lakes.

*Encore Club guests have limited use of Reunion Resort amenities.

It’s a resort within a resort

The Encore Club is located in the heart of Reunion Resort, making it a unique resort within a resort. Guests can make the most of some of the amenities Reunion has to offer, but the Encore Club’s exclusive amenities are strictly for residents only, ensuring complete privacy. Expect to find a whole host of resort facilities in a more intimate members-club atmosphere

The water park at the Encore Club

There’s an awesome water park

Make the most of the warm Florida sun at Encore’s exciting Aqua Park, equipped with extra-fast racing slides, tube slides, an aqua drop slide and a ‘Surfin’ Safari’ splash zone for kids. Little ones can enjoy hours of aquatic fun while parents relax poolside or enjoy refreshments at the Bis Grill.

The Encore Club at Reunion Resort

The dining options are endless

Refuel at the poolside Bis Grill, stop at Finn’s for a burger or enjoy snacks and drinks at the Shark Lounge. Guests at the Encore Club can dine at all of Reunion Resort’s restaurants, including Italian eatery Forte, rooftop restaurant Eleven, The Clubhouse Grille, The Cove at Seven Eagles and the Grande Lobby Sushi Bar.

It’s better value than a hotel

With guest check-in, room service and a 24-hour concierge option, Encore Club guests are sure to feel like they’re in a five-star hotel at a fraction of the cost. Encore Club vacation rentals are available with up to 10 bedrooms, making them ideal for families and friends looking to split the cost and save on booking multiple hotel rooms.

Check out our great selection of Encore Club vacation rentals, or browse through all of our Florida vacation rentals to find the perfect property for your trip.

The best vacation homes near Universal Studios in Orlando

Enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, dive under the sea with Spongebob or hang out with the marvellous Marvel characters that grace some of Florida’s best rides and attractions.

Whatever your reason for visiting Universal Studios in Orlando, you’ll want to make sure your accommodation is every bit as exciting as the theme park itself.

Featuring movie-inspired rooms and family friendly facilities, these luxury vacation homes are all less than half an hour’s drive away from Universal Studios – and they have some amazing bonus features that will make your visit extra special. Scroll down to see which homes made the final cut.

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Harry Potter themed room at a vacation rental near Universal Studios

With a private pool, a spa area, a home theater and some of the best themed rooms in Orlando, this seven-bedroom vacation home in Reunion Resort takes the Universal magic to another level.

Kids can transport themselves to Hogwarts through a secret door, which leads to a bewitching Harry Potter-themed bedroom. Featuring bunk beds and bookcases, it’s perfect for young muggles who are excited about visiting the theme park.

Other in-villa perks include arcade games, a karaoke room, a Playstation 3 and a pool table. It’s a magical place to stay.

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Vacation rentals near Universal Studios

There’s no shortage of space at this vast vacation home near Universal Studios. Within easy reach of several other theme parks, it has 13 bedrooms and sleeps a whopping 34 guests, allowing you to gather the entire family and prepare for an action-packed Orlando vacation.

What else makes it such a great pick for families visiting Universal? Well, there’s the indoor sports hall, the large swimming pool, the slick game room, and the plush private cinema. And that’s before you even discover the colorful themed bedrooms…

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Spongebob themed room near Universal in Orlando

Fancy spending a night under the sea with Spongebob and his friends? At this quirky, nine-bedroom vacation home in Reunion Resort, you can.

The sprawling home offers a private pool, a spa area and a game room – plus a whacky Spongebob Squarepants-themed bedroom with bunk beds and vibrant wall art. And, as the vacation home is so close to Universal Studios and Disney World, you’ll never be far away from lively shows, magical parades, and heart-stopping world-class rollercoasters.

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Reunion Resort has some themed villas near Universal

Can you imagine what fun the kids could have in this play room, which comes with its very own slide?

Sleeping up to 20 guests, this spacious home also offers a private pool, three game rooms, a cinema room and life-affirming views of the golf course. It’s just a short drive away from Universal, where you and the family can get lost in the world of Hogwarts or Marvel comics in no time at all.

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Reunion Resort, near Universal Studios, has a Minion-themed bedroom

Would you like to be part of the Minions crew? This colorful themed bedroom is the perfect complement to the Despicable Me-themed rides, dining facilities and shops available at Universal Studios.

The nine-bedroom Orlando villa is located in Reunion Resort, a quick drive from Universal Studios. Offering swanky living areas, a private pool and a home cinema, it’s the perfect family vacation rental near Universal Studios.

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Harry Potter themed home cinema

A short drive away from Universal, this incredible Orlando villa has all the facilities you need for a fun-packed family vacation. Enjoy early morning movie marathons in the enchanting, Harry Potter-themed cinema room, or make a splash in the private pool, which comes with a spillover spa.

After a long day at Universal or one of Orlando’s other theme parks, the kids can crash out in one of the Disney-themed bedrooms. If they still have energy to burn, they can make use of the vacation home’s air hockey table and arcade machines. The excitement begins the moment you check in.

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There are some spectacular villas close to Universal Studios

Water slides, sprinklers and a spa: the private pool area in this Orlando villa takes relaxation a step further. Whizz down the slide, swim ’til your heart’s content or play pool games with your family!

Providing 12 beautiful bedrooms, a home cinema, a game room and a gym, begin your fun-filled days at your villa before heading to Universal Studios, only a short distance away.

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