An insiders’ guide to Orlando

There’s so much to do in Orlando that it can be difficult to decide how to make the best of your time. We asked experts from across the city to share their tips on the top things to see and do…


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Orlando’s food scene is surprisingly diverse, with more than 3,000 restaurants dotted around the city center or nestled in the luxurious resorts near Disney.

Disney vloggers Living The Dream recommend checking out some of the restaurants at the theme parks, too.

Be Our Guest is very popular for [Princess] Belle meet and greets,” says Clayton Brown, who runs the YouTube channel with his family. Themed like the Enchanted Castle from Beauty and the Beast, the restaurant serves French-inspired cuisine in an elegant setting.

Restaurants like Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are also worth checking out, says Clayton, as Disney characters make regular appearances.

“It’s great for the younger kids and very informal, with buffet-style [food] and lots of interaction with children,” Clayton adds. Another option for meeting princesses and other Disney characters is the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot, where Norwegian and American dishes are served beneath soaring cathedral-style ceilings.

If you’d rather not eat within the theme parks, you’ll find tantalizing options right across the Orlando area, from quirky cafes and fast-food joints to fine-dining restaurants. Whether you fancy Indian, Thai or Italian, there’s plenty of choice wherever you’re located.

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Downtown Orlando

Orlando heats up when the sun goes down, and there are plenty of places to sample carefully mixed cocktails and locally brewed craft beers.

William Droste from Orlando Brewing suggests seeking out his company’s ‘I-4 IPA’ which is sold at restaurants across the Orlando area, including outlets at Disney. The brewery, which is located at 301 Atlanta Ave, offers free tours, and there’s live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

William also recommends checking out Universal Citywalk, which is packed with bars, restaurants and shops. At Disney itself you’ll also find plenty of nightlife, with pubs and restaurants galore.


Orlando’s entertainment scene is one of the best in the country, with nightly firework displays and a whole host of shows taking place every day of the week.

Local magician Kostya Kimlat recommends getting off the beaten track. “The town is spread out and some of the best gems (theaters, coffee shops, etc) are hidden in neighborhoods all across town, including in Downtown Orlando, away from the tourist corridor.”

For families with kids, Kostya recommends the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show at WonderWorks. But, he says, “If you’re looking for a sophisticated evening for adults or an unforgettable date night, check out the Evening of Magic at Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster“.

“Eight year olds want to be amused, and 80 year olds love to be delighted,” he adds. “That’s why magic is perfect entertainment for everyone.” 

Staying in Orlando? Our concierge team can advise you on the best show tickets or even arrange a magician for you.

Visiting the theme parks

An insiders' guide to Orlando

With four astounding theme parks, there’s no shortage of fun things to do at Disney. But how do you prepare for the perfect trip?

Michael Hewell, founder of the Disney tour-guide service Michael’s VIPs says planning ahead is key. “The window for dining reservations is 180 days in advance of the date, and for popular restaurants like Cinderella’s Royal Table, people are on the phone at 7am exactly 180 days before the date they want.

“By 7.15am,” he adds, “it’s completely booked.”

Other expert tips include arriving at the parks before opening time and grabbing a FastPass, which allows you to hop past long queues for rides.

If you’re staying in a Top Villas vacation home, the concierge team will make any dining reservations you require and also arrange FastPasses for you.

Taking photos

Capturing memories through photography is a big part of any Disney trip, but knowing where to start shooting can be tricky.

Tamara Knight, who runs a photography business in the area, recommends looking beyond the theme parks. “The area is made up of many hidden gems, including national parks and beaches,” she says.

In between the famously long bouts of sunshine, Orlando has bursts of bad weather, so Knight recommends having a decent backup plan. Our guide to cheap and free things to do in Orlando has plenty of ideas to keep you occupied.

Amazing wedding villas around the world

If you’re planning a destination wedding and you seek an outstanding international venue, then take a look at these amazing wedding villas around the world. 

From a fairytale château in France to sprawling Caribbean estates, we’ve rounded up 5 of the most magical vacation rentals to host your special day. These homes boast breathtaking views and beautiful backdrops for your wedding photos.

They also offer top-notch amenities, complete privacy and all the added extras you need, including wedding planners, caterers and car hire.

A fairytale château in southwest France

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This exquisite French château is the perfect place for a wedding
Get the royal treatment at this exquisite French château, a perfect example of a fairytale wedding venue.

Imposing, original and full of magic, this stunning property boasts beautiful details and enchanting surprises wherever you look. There are 5 acres of manicured gardens and parkland, making it perfect for an outdoor wedding service. The château also has a huge function room with 25-foot-high ceilings, ideal for an indoor ceremony.


There are 3 stylish living rooms, 1 with a grand piano and 1 with a bar which can be fully stocked upon request.

There’s also a billiard room with a full-size American pool table. Further highlights include a cinema and a music room, a fully-equipped professional kitchen, a game room, and a large heated swimming pool that’s edged by a sun terrace.

Guests have a choice of 9 fabulous en-suite bedroom suites, with space to sleep up to 26 people in complete comfort.

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A seaview villa in Koh Samui



Do you imagine getting married on a dreamy tropical island, against a backdrop of blue seas and palm-fringed sands?

Built into the hillside, just a short distance from the beach, this expansive 7-bedroom home is sure to impress even the most discerning wedding guests. The magnificent wedding terrace at this vacation home is an idyllic spot to tie the knot, overlooking a sparkling infinity pool and the Gulf of Thailand beyond. There’s also an outdoor bar and dining deck, with space to cater for large wedding groups.

There's ample space for a wedding party at this vacation home

There’s ample space for a wedding party at this vacation home

As you make your way into the villa itself, you’ll discover the expansive living and dining area with lofty double-height ceilings and open-plan spaces, all impeccably furnished. There’s a large banquet table indoors and another one on the sun deck, while multiple lounge areas are ideal for guests to mingle in. There’s also a game room with its own pool table, a TV room and an outdoor movie theater, perfect for playing video clips of the bride and groom.

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A Florida villa near Disney World

Say "I do" at this Florida villa just minutes from Disney

Say “I do” at this Florida villa just minutes from Disney

This 9,000 sq ft vacation home in Florida will put the ‘wow factor’ into your wedding.

Located in an award-winning golf resort in Orlando, this grand home is a one-of-a-kind wedding venue, just a stone’s throw from Disney World’s main gates. You can have your wedding service by the peaceful infinity pool, one of the longest pools in the entire resort, with views over woodlands and natural conservation areas. Or have it inside the villa itself, a wedding planner’s dream, with opulent furnishings and sparkling chandeliers lending an air of elegance to the occasion.


The palatial decor lends an air of elegance

The sweeping staircase is a classic space for the bride’s grand entrance. The home also has multiple living and dining areas, a movie theatre, a game room, a gym, 2 kitchens, a sports bar and several balconies. Guests can enjoy the resort’s 5-star amenities, including a water park and 3 signature golf courses, to name just a few. Did we mention our concierge services? We can arrange wedding planning, caterers and car hire – plus all the added extras you could ever think of.

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A sprawling estate in St. John

This expansive estate is an once-in-a-lifetime wedding venue

This expansive estate is an once-in-a-lifetime wedding venue

This magnificent estate is set in an oasis of stately palm trees, boasting one of the largest private pools on St. John.

Sat on its own secluded beach, on the cusp of Great Cruz Bay, a wedding here is sure to be the best day of your life. Embraced by an aquamarine pool and bordered by powder-white sands, this vast wedding venue is so beautiful you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re in paradise.

The Great Room is just one of the villa's many entertaining spaces

The Great Room is just one of the villa’s many entertaining spaces

The expansive two-story main home features 7 bedroom/bath suites and a beautifully proportioned Great Room with high arched windows and artistic stonework. Adjoining this is the large gourmet kitchen with space for several cooks and caterers, and a convenient pass-through window to the outdoor poolside dining area. There is a cottage to the side of the main home, complete with 2 extra bedrooms, providing the ideal space for the bride or groom to prepare for the big day. Prefer to get wed on the sand? You can do so in a private cabana on the beach.

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A massive Miami mansion

This magnificent Miami mansion makes a fabulous wedding venue

This magnificent Miami mansion makes a fabulous wedding venue

Get hitched aboard a private yacht at this no-expense-spared Palm Island estate.

This fabulous Mediterranean-style vacation home offers more luxury and amenities than even the most exclusive hotel. Completely unique, the property is a perfect blend of old and new, with the original house meticulously restored and extended with a 12,000 sq ft construction masterpiece. The spacious rooms are perfect for entertaining, while the outside space offers all the allure you’d expect from a high-end Miami mansion.

Palm Island 7 is a great villa to get married in

The home has more than 100 ft of waterfront space, making it ideal for a waterfront wedding, or even a wedding onboard a private yacht. No expense has been spared in renovating this magnificent villa, which comes complete with 8 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a private swimming pool, an elevator and a Jacuzzi – perfect for pre-wedding pampering.

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For more information about our wedding villas and concierge services contact the Top Villas team today.


Amazing wedding villas around the world

10 of the best Instagrammers in Orlando

Instagram has taken the world by storm, with local snappers capturing the best moments of everyday life. To help you discover a new side to Florida’s theme park capital, we’ve compiled a list of the very best Instagrammers in Orlando. Follow them for inspiration, new trends and a sprinkling of Disney magic.


One of the most popular Disney-related accounts on Instagram, @ferdalump has captured the internet’s heart. Lane, the little girl who appears in almost every post, is constantly entering the magical gates of Disney World, wearing her newly designed Disney-inspired outfits.

Dressed up like the Little Mermaid, Tarzan or Mary Poppins, she graces the parks in all sorts of dresses, cute headwear and quirky accessories. Being annual pass holders and living close to Orlando’s theme parks, Lane’s family regularly makes trips to Disney, meeting all the famous characters and experiencing the changing seasons. Follow along with their Disney journey, which features plenty of videos, fashion posts and heart-melting moments.




Inspired by the wise words of Peter Pan and Walt Disney himself, Disney addict Taylor shares her adventures to Cinderella’s castle and Epcot, and meets a few princesses along the way.

Discover Disney’s hidden gems and favorite tips, as well as seasonal performances and video snippets of Orlando’s best rides.



Love food? Love Disney? This is the feed for you. Take yourself on a culinary journey with @disneyfoodie, discovering Disney’s best places to eat.

There are also tips on which snacks to buy, and some of the hidden treats that can be found in Disney’s shops. Chocolate delights or Mickey Mouse pancakes – whatever takes your fancy, you’ll find it on this foodie’s Instagram.


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Brazilian-born Janela shares her love of Orlando through her Instagram feed. Alongside her blog, follow the glimpses of Walt Disney’s magical castle, merchandise and Universal’s thrilling rides.

Janela captures a bit of everything from around the city, including sunsets, fun food finds, and some of Orlando’s most stunning landscapes.



Food flat lays, gourmet dinners and scenic landscapes take center stage over on the @tastychomps Instagram feed. The esteemed chef and Orlando food writer provides a place to share his favourite prepped dishes, as well as shots from local restaurants.

So whether you fancy a mango smoothie or a three-course Asian-style dinner, hop on over to fulfil your cravings.




See a new side to Disney with this family’s Instagram feed. Sharing their favourite moments from the theme parks, they give you the chance to drool over the tastiest bites and admire the area’s best rides.

Embrace the excitement before your big trip, and get ready to see Mickey Mouse’s happy grin and Orlando’s sunny skies.


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Away from the theme parks, @theorlandoan gives a regular glimpse into the life of, well, an Orlandoan. From tucked-away restaurants and lazy walks to magical firework displays, you can really uncover Orlando’s hidden treasures on this Instagram feed.

Images delve into old record shops, architectural landscapes and events being held in the city. If you want to stay up to date with all things Orlando, this is the place to be.



Whether you’re new to the area or a regular visitor, @orlandoweekly is a handy resource that gives you the inside track on Orlando culture.

The feed lets you find out about current events, plus dining, nightlife, politics and the arts. Follow the account and you’ll also be able to get info on the latest deals and trends.




Central Florida comes alive on this Instagram feed! Take a tour around the area with hints and tips on all the best places to visit.

Sports fan, food enthusiast or culture vulture? You’ll love this account, which provides all the information you could need on day-to-day life in Orlando and other parts of Central Florida.




Bringing a cool, contemporary vibe to Instagram, this photographer’s feed embraces Orlando’s gritty walkways and street art.

Follow along for the journey and get inside Downtown Orlando’s urban beauty, with off-the-radar locations captured from unusual angles.

51 cheap and free things to do in Orlando

With an ever-expanding lineup of attractions at Disney World and Universal, Orlando always has something exciting to offer. But there’s much more to Florida’s tourism hotspot than big-ticket entertainment. There are heaps of cheap and free things to do in Orlando, and they are just as fun as the theme parks.

Whether you want to wet your whistle at Orlando’s only organic brewery, bop along with street musicians at Disney’s Boardwalk or take in the iconic Orlando skyline at Lake Eola, here’s a list of activities that barely cost a thing…

Fun and entertainment

1) Check out Universal’s Citywalk
It may cost to get into the theme parks but you can visit Universal’s Citywalk entertainment complex and you only have to pay for parking. Citywalk is a mix of shopping, restaurants and nightlife, with plenty of free music and entertainment. Depending on the month of the year there may be additional free festivities throughout the complex.

2) See street musicians along Disney’s Boardwalk
Take an evening stroll and bop to the beat of the street musicians who provide nightly entertainment at Disney’s Boardwalk. Styled as a 1930s Atlantic coastal village, this quarter-mile promenade is known for its dining, shopping and nightlife, but visitors can enjoy the live street musicians and entertainers for free.

3) Spend a day at Disney Springs
The brand-new Disney Springs complex at Walt Disney Resort offers plenty of low-cost and totally free ways to spend the day. This bustling waterside promenade is packed with unique boutiques, one-of-a-kind eateries and cutting-edge entertainment including live music and specialty acts. Little ones will love the Lego Imagination Center, where they can custom build their own Lego figures for free.

Free things to do in Orlando

Disney Springs

4) Hang out at I-Drive 360
Orlando’s new $250m entertainment destination is home to some awe-inspiring sights. There’s the 400-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel, a Madame Tussaud’s, a Sealife Aquarium, and an Animals Unveiled ‘museum’. The attractions require tickets but entry to the complex is free, and there are plenty of restaurants, shops, bars and free entertainment.

5) Watch America’s most famous car cruise
Take a stroll through the Old Town amusement park in Kissimmee and you’ll find great shopping, dining and family entertainment. Located on Route 192, just minutes from Disney, this retro walking district is a recreation of a classic Florida town and offers a welcome break from the larger theme parks in Orlando. On Saturday nights there’s a classic car cruise, one of America’s most famous, featuring hundreds of classic cars and free entertainment for all ages.

6) See ghostly goings-on at Spook Hill
Each year visitors from far and wide are drawn to this unique spooky attraction at Lake Wales, around an hour’s drive south of downtown Orlando. Visit Spook Hill, park your car in neutral, and be amazed as it appears to roll uphill without any form of momentum. Is the hill haunted, like some local people suggest? Or is it just an optical illusion?


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Parks and nature

7) Soak up the sights at Lake Eola
This 43-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Orlando offers spectacular views over the city’s iconic skyline. You can eat a picnic next to the lake, feed the resident swans, enjoy one of the many free concerts at the amphitheater, or pop by the farmer’s market on Sundays.

8) Kick back in the Harry P. Leu Gardens
Home to an array of beautiful landscaped gardens and the fascinating Leu House Museum, this gorgeous spot is a great way to spend the day learning about turn-of-the-century living for the families who once called this residence home. Entrance is around $3 for children, $10 for adults and free for children age 4 and under.

9) Take a hike
Escape the city at Mead Botanical Garden, an immaculately manicured estate that tops the list as one of the best free things to do in Orlando. Located just a few miles from the downtown business district, there’s a butterfly garden, citrus trees, a lake, and acres of shady picnic spots. There’s also a swamp boardwalk, a pretty hiking trail and an old amphitheater. Entrance is free of charge.

10) Visit a wildlife haven
A wildlife haven just a stone’s throw from Disney World, Tibet Butler Preserve boasts miles of well-maintained hiking trails for hours of family fun – all for free.

11) Go manatee spotting
Blue Spring Park is a dedicated manatee refuge where you can spot Florida’s famous manatee during the winter months. Located west of Orange City, around 40 minutes’ drive from Orlando, the park is a popular tourist destination where you can also go canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, wildlife watching and swimming.

Seeing manatees is a good cheap thing to do near Orlando

Florida Manatee

12) See a mermaid show
Named Weeki Wachee by Seminole Indians, this stunning natural springs translates as ‘Pretty Spring’ and it certainly lives up to its name. Buy a ticket (around $13 for adults) and you can watch underwater performances by ‘mermaids’. There’s also a waterpark and boat rides.

13) Go tubing at Kelly Park
A top spot for tubing, Kelly Park features a free flowing natural spring and a crystal clear creek where you can float the days away. Along with hiking trails, you’ll find volleyball courts and a playground. You can bring your own tubes or rent one just outside the park. It’s completely free to get in.

14) See a sinkhole
One of the most unique and fascinating forests in Orlando, Ocala National Forest is known for its huge areas of pine scrub forest, its natural pools and its canoe runs. There are hundreds of trails to explore including one that runs past a sinkhole and the remains of 19th-century homesteads.

15) Go mountain biking
Every outdoor enthusiast will love the Snowhill Trail, also known as Little Big Econ State Forest. Hailed as Orlando’s largest trail system, mountain bikers can enjoy all day use of the trails for just $2 per person.


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Window shopping

16) Visit Orlando’s most popular shopping mall
With more than 20 million visitors a year The Florida Mall is one of Orlando’s most popular tourist destinations. There are more than 250 stores and restaurants, as well as a free kids’ play area. You can explore the impressive array of shops, or just window shop and admire the mall’s superbly styled interior.

17) Take a trip to The Mall at Millenia
You’ll be as amazed by the architecture as you are by the designer stores at the Mall at Millenia in Orlando. Located just off Interstate 4 at Conroy Road, this uber-modern mall boasts a dazzling selection of exclusive brands in an exquisite environment, adorned with gorgeous art, relaxing fountains and breathtaking glass ceilings.

18) Grab a bargain at the Premium Outlets
You can buy designer brands at extraordinary prices with savings of up to 65% at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, located in Vineland and along International Drive.

It's free to go window shopping in Orlando

Window shopping and bargains

Day trips and tours

19) Celebrate in the town of Celebration
Visit the Disney-made town of Celebration and marvel at gorgeous gardens, huge houses and all the magic of Disney living. Children can play in the interactive fountain plus, depending on when you visit, you can see artificial snow or falling leaves.

20) Chill at a secret garden
Dubbed Florida’s ‘secret garden’, the 5-acre Kraft Azalea Garden is located on the shore of Lake Maitland and is open all year round from 8am until dusk. Unique, secluded and picturesque, a day trip here is one of the best things to do in Orlando if you’re looking to just chill.

21) See where 10,000 alligators live
Located in Oviedo, just a stone’s throw from Orlando’s busiest attractions, Lake Jesup is home to more than 10,000 alligators as well as turtles of all sizes and thousands of species of birds. Black Hammock Adventures runs a free live gator exhibit, plus airboat tours for around $28 per person.

22) Play games (and more) at the local library
The Orlando Public Library is open to all, and hosts a variety of events including special readings, arts and crafts, family movie nights, board games, and musical events.

23) Explore the Everglades National Park
Located in southern Florida, a few hours’ drive from Orlando, the Everglades National Park offers up-close views of alligators and crocodiles, as well as walking tours, airboat tours, bike trips and canoeing excursions. Entrance per car is around $20 and is valid for 7 consecutive days.

You can see crocodiles and alligators a short drive from Orlando

Crocodiles in Florida

Step back in time

24) Take a wander through Fort Christmas Historical Park
Fort Christmas was built in present day Christmas, by US army soldiers and Alabama volunteers during the Second Seminole War. Today you can see a full-scale replica of the fort, located just south of Christmas Creek, less than a mile from its original location. There’s also a small museum at the site, along with several restored ‘Florida Cracker’ houses depicting rural Florida life from the 1870s through the 1930s. Entrance is free.

25) Explore Church Street
Orlando’s historic downtown district is home to some of America’s oldest houses and prettiest neighbourhoods. You can see one of the frequent concerts on the bandstand at nearby Wall Street Plaza, and take advantage of the regular drinks offers and seasonal specials at the surrounding restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

26) Visit the Singing Tower at Bok Tower Gardens
Located in the rolling citrus hills in historic Lake Wales, Bok Tower Gardens is home to acres of must-see scenery and a gothic 205-foot Singing Tower housing one of the world’s finest carillons. There are immaculately manicured gardens and walking trails to explore, plus daily carillon concerts that can be heard throughout the gardens. Entrance is $12 for adults and $3 for children, and free of charge for under-5s.

27) Experience ‘Big Tree Park’
Step back in time at Big Tree Park and marvel at the ‘Senator’ site, once home to the oldest and largest cypress tree in the world. Unfortunately the tree was destroyed by fire, but a memorial has since been developed around its massive stump, and a huge clone tree has been planted nearby. Big Tree Park is located in Longwood and is a great option if you’re looking for free things to do in Orlando.

28) Wander through the Bradlee-McIntyre House
Built in 1885 for noted Boston architect Nathaniel Jeremiah Bradlee, the Bradlee-McIntyre House is the only surviving Queen Anne-style cottage in the Orange and Seminole counties. The three-story, 13-room winter vacation house features an octagonal tower and “ginger-bread” trim typical of the flamboyant houses of the period.

Hit the beach

29) Picnic at Cocoa Beach
One of the beaches that Orlandoans most love is Cocoa Beach, located just east of the city straight down the State Road 528. Facilities include a 300-acre parking lot, large picnic pavilions, picnic tables, walkways and a bathhouse with outdoor showers and restrooms. It’s around an hour’s drive from Orlando; all you need to pay for is the gas.

Cocoa Beach is a great free beach near Orlando

Cocoa Beach after sunset

30) Go swimming at Daytona Beach
An hour’s drive from Orlando, Daytona is one of the few Florida beaches where you can drive onto the sand. This traditional Atlantic Ocean beach also boasts a boardwalk and a pier, plus child-friendly attractions like a dazzling water park and a family entertainment center. Nearby you’ll find the Daytona International Speedway, historic St. Augustine and the lovely New Smyrna Beach.

31) Hit the Gulf Coast
It may be a longer drive than the east coast beaches but Clearwater is well worth making the effort to get to. Three miles of powdery sands and an abundance of family attractions await in this reawakening old Florida town along the Gulf Coast. Once you’re there you’ll find plenty of affordable eateries and beach shops.

Museums and galleries

32) Explore Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Located in Winter Park, this fascinating art museum houses the world’s best collection of works by designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. There’s also a major collection of American pottery, and fine collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, graphics and decorative arts. Admission is $6 for adults and free for children under 12.

33) Get inspired at the Grand Bohemian Gallery
Hailed as one of the most eclectic and visually stimulating art galleries in America, the Grand Bohemian is home to awe-inspiring local contemporary art and jewelry, along with European paintings from the 19th century.

34) Visit the Museum of Seminole County History
Situated in Sanford, this museum offers a glimpse of Seminole County history through a wide variety of exhibits, including maps, photographs, documents and mementos that tell the stories of Seminole County’s inhabitants, their lives, lineages and local legends.

35) Be wowed at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Also located in Orlando, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum has one of Florida’s finest collections of fine art, including works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Thomas Moran, among others. Entrance is free and you can also enjoy a free 30-minute tour of the museum.

36) Check out Orlando’s Museum of Art

The Orlando Museum of Art showcases American, African and ancient American art, with a discovery centre, a shop and free parking. Entrance is $15 for adults, $5 for children and free for ages 3 and under.

Some of Orlando's best museums are free

37) Appreciate African American art at the Hurston Museum
Located in Eatonville, the Hurston Museum takes you on a journey through history starting with the acclaimed author Zora Neale Hurston’s humble beginnings. From 19th-century furniture crafted by slaves to contemporary paintings by urban children, the museum showcases the work of many African artists. Entrance is free.

38) Visit the Holocaust museum
This sobering Holocaust museum at Maitland, around 15 minutes’ drive from central Orlando, is home to a large collection of artifacts from the Holocaust. It’s open every day except Saturdays.

39) Go gallery hopping at City Arts Factory
This funky art gallery in Orlando is a must-see during your vacation, featuring the largest collection of galleries in downtown Orlando. There are local and international works of art rotated on a monthly basis, set against a giant factory background. Entrance is free Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 6pm.


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Food and drink

40) Pig out at a fun farmers’ market
Get a great deal on fresh local produce at the weekly Winter Park Farmers’ Market. Held in a vintage train depot, just off Park Avenue, this bustling farmers’ market is a top spot for perusing and purchasing a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, artisanal foods and plants. It takes place every Saturday from 7am until 1pm, all year round.

41) Try local wine at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
A sprawling country estate some 25 miles west of Orlando, Lakeridge ranks as Florida’s largest premium winery. Complimentary tours and wine tasting are offered 7 days a week and there are many free festivals and events throughout the year.

42) Tour Orlando’s only organic beer brewery
Check out the giant fermenting vats and learn how organic beer is brewed on a tour of Orlando’s only organic beer brewery. Every weekend the Orlando Brewing Company offers free brewery tours and free live entertainment on the outdoor stage.

43) Visit World of Beer for happy hour
Overlooking Lake Eola in downtown Orlando, World of Beer is a top spot to watch the sun set over the city. There’s a daily happy hour, plus great value pub grub and free live music shows.

Cheap eats in Orlando

44) Get healthy at Chamberlin’s Market
Located across Orlando, these health markets offer free wellness workshops, guest speakers and free samples of organic food.

45) Grab a pitcher of beer at the Eden Bar
The Eden Bar outside the Enzian Theater in Maitland offers daily drinks specials including happy hour and Wednesday night beer pitchers for just $9.

46) Try running for beer
Mix running with pleasure with Running for Brews, Orlando’s most famous beer-based running club. Runners meet up at Graffiti Junktion every Wednesday night at 7pm and then proceed to run a 5km route around the neighborhood. At the end there are cold craft brews for free.


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Music and theater

47) Fred Stone Theater
The Fred Stone Theater at Rollins College in Winter Park is home to a student-produced Second Stage Series. All performances are free and open to the public.

48) Kick back at Natura Coffee and Tea
This laid-back coffee shop on Collegiate Way offers regular tea and coffee, specialty hot drink, open mic nights, live music and local art.

49) Get free audience tickets 
An array of popular American television shows are often filmed in Orlando, and if you’re in town during filming it’s really easy to get free audience tickets. To get tickets visit On Camera Audiences and search the Orlando area to see what shows are on, and what times and dates you can sign up for. Recent shows have included ‘Family Feud’ and ‘American Ninja Warrior 2016’.

50) Howl at the Moon
Sing, dance and howl along as the state’s most talented musicians perform all your family songs at this part-bar, part-concert venue. Located at International Drive, all it costs is the price of a drink.

51) Popcorn Flicks in Winter Park
Held on the second Thursday of each month in the Central Park area of Winter Park, the Popcorn Flicks series features classic films for the whole family, and they are free for anyone to attend. Shows typically start at around sunset and are dependent on the weather.

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If you’re booking an Orlando vacation and you’re looking for top-notch accommodation check out our luxury vacation homes in Orlando. The Top Villas concierge service can arrange great value car hire and attraction tickets, plus any extra information you need about cheap and free things to do in Orlando.

Free things to do in Orlando, Florida

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

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

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

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
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


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.


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


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.


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.


The Grande Lobby Sushi Bar


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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 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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