Located just a few miles from Disney World, Margaritaville Resort Orlando is a unique vacation destination in the heart of the City Beautiful.
Styled as a tropical island paradise, Margaritaville Resort Orlando is home to 300 acres of lush grounds dotted with colorful vacation villas and a luxury 184-room hotel. Resort amenities include palm-fringed pools, soft sand beaches and a sprawling 14-acre water park packed with thrilling water attractions. There’s also a state-of-the-art fitness complex, a boutique spa, kids’ clubs and a swanky retail park with restaurants, bars and a movie theater.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about Margaritaville Resort including how to get there, the best things to do and an in-depth look at the accommodation. You can check out the whole guide or skip straight to the bit you’re interested in using the menu below:
- The idea behind Margaritaville
- Distances to attractions
- How to get there
- Accommodation options
- Where to eat and drink
- Things to do at Margaritaville
- Sunset Walk
- Island H20 Live
- How to book
The idea behind Margaritaville Resort Orlando
Inspired by the lyrics of the Jimmy Buffett song Margaritaville, the resort is styled as a tropical oasis where guests are invited to kick back and enjoy life to the full. On arrival you’re welcomed to an ‘island state of mind’, a one-stop destination where everything you need for the perfect vacation is right on-site.
There are four main sections; Margaritaville Hotel, Margaritaville Cottages (villas), Sunset Walk (the retail district) and Island H20 (the water park). Across these you’ll find dozens of restaurants, shops, spas and entertainment spots including lagoon-style pools and a dine-in movie theater.
Each section is set within the 300-acre plot making Margaritaville one of the largest resorts in Orlando. That doesn’t make it difficult to navigate though as all of the amenities are within walking distance of the accommodation. A tram system also circles the resort for those who don’t wish to walk.
What’s more, guests can make the most of complimentary transportation to Disney World, Universal Orlando and other top attractions.
Where exactly is Margaritaville?
Margaritaville Resort Orlando is located along Highway 192 in Kissimmee, 25 miles from Orlando International Airport and just a short drive from Disney World. In fact, no resort in Orlando is closer to the Disney parks.
Highway 192 has always been the fun highway of Kissimmee. There are dozens of restaurants including favourites like Taco Bell, Outback Steakhouse, TGI Fridays, Domino’s Pizza and Manny’s Chophouse. You’ll also find supermarkets like Target, Publix and Walgreens.
Orange Lake Golf Club is just over one mile away. The Disney water parks are super easy to get to, too. Margaritaville is also within easy reach of International Drive, Orlando’s main tourist strip packed with fun attractions, premium outlet malls and endless restaurants and bars.
Distances from the resort
|Attraction||Distance from Margaritaville (miles)|
|Orlando International Airport||24.5|
|Orange Lake Golf||1.2|
|Disney’s Animal Kingdom||3.8|
|Disney’s Hollywood Studios||6.4|
|The Mall at Millenia||18.7|
How to get to Margaritaville
There are several airports in Orlando, the largest and closest of which is Orlando International Airport, located just south of Orlando. If you’re driving from the airport, the quickest route (around 30 minutes) is to follow the 528 west bound, then take the I-4 W to US-192 to Rolling Oaks Blvd in Four Corners.
Other airports include Orlando Sanford International Airport, Daytona Beach International Airport, Tampa International Airport and Melbourne International Airport. These alternative airports are all around a 90-minute drive away from Margaritaville Resort.
Where to stay at Margaritaville Resort
From the moment you arrive at the island-inspired hotel you’ll be wowed by the unique decor and laid-back vibe.
The airy lobby is filled with tropical-themed artworks, a giant flip flop sculpture and pergola’d seating areas backed by palm trees. Hundreds of upside-down margarita glasses hang from the ceiling, and huge floor-to-ceiling windows offer views over the expansive lagoon pools.
The bedrooms range from standard singles to deluxe suites with separate living spaces and wrap-around balconies. You don’t need to stay at the hotel to use its facilities though. Guests staying in the resort’s private villas get full use of the hotel pools, restaurants and amenities (subject to a nominal resort fee).
Stop by the lobby’s Margaritaville Store before checking out if you want a themed souvenir to remember your Margaritaville vacation. And for views of Disney World, head to the upper floor where you can see views Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Villas at Margaritaville Resort
The villas at Margaritaville Resort are signed as ‘Margaritaville Cottages’ but they’re actually colorful island-style vacation homes that come in a variety of configurations ranging from one to 8 bedrooms. You’ll enjoy plenty of space to relax and unwind with just about any number of your favorite friends or family members.
These eye-catching villas feature spacious open-plan living and dining areas, fully-equipped kitchens and comfortable en-suite bedrooms. Outside you’ll find private sun terraces complete with pools, hot tubs and alfresco dining areas.
Where to eat and drink at Margaritaville
It’s always happy hour somewhere at Margaritaville Resort which is why you’ll find multiple drinking and dining venues to cater to your every need.
On Vacation Cafe
Start your day with a cup of Margaritaville’s signature gourmet coffee at On Vacation cafe, located on the lower level of the hotel and open daily from 7am – 11.30am.
For tasty meals there’s Euphoria, a laid-back restaurant offering a wide range of seasonal dishes – the open-air kitchen and lively lounge provide the perfect setting for romantic dinners or small gatherings. Hours of operation are 5pm – 10pm dinner only, and 11am – midnight at the bar. Live music takes place nightly in the Euphoria Lounge from 7pm – 11pm.
If it’s poolside bites you prefer, then whet your appetite with hamburgers, hot dogs and frosty margaritas at Salty Rim. Here you can laze on the poolside loungers, relax with a frozen cocktail or even sneak in a nap. Located at Fins Left Pool, Salty Rims has live music and is open from Sunday to Friday from 11am-8pm and on Saturdays from 11am-10pm.
On the go? Then head to Provisions for sandwiches, wraps, salads and beverages to take away. Hours of operation are daily from 7am to 11pm.
Other things to do at Margaritaville Resort
Margaritaville Resort isn’t all about the villas and hotel, it also boasts plenty of activities for all the family. Not only will you find a luxury spa and fun kids clubs, there’s also a huge water park and retail complex to check out.
Here’s a quick look at them all:
St. Somewhere Spa
You can check in and chill out at Margaritaville Resort’s on-site spa where you can indulge in soothing custom-designed massages like ‘Nothing But A Breeze’ and ‘It’s 5 O’ Clock Somewhere’. The spa also offers a range of skin care and beauty treatments. Massages start from around $99 which includes access to the salt room, sauna and stem room.
Parakeet Kids Club
Open to kids and teens alike, Parakeets Kids Club offers games, arts, crafts and daily activities with a staff of trained professionals. For older kids, the Teen Center boasts daily programme of exploration activities, events, games, movies and more.
Fins Up Beach Club
At Margaritaville Resort, the Fins Up Beach Club sets its plush lounge chairs and full-service cabanas on a white-sand beach, and the wade-in pool allows guests of all ages to float and swim in an island-style paradise. Servers are on-hand to deliver a steady stream of umbrella drinks all day long. Cheeseburgers and other bites are available here too.
Just a short walk from your Margaritaville Resort accommodation is Sunset Walk retail district. This sprawling 200,000 sq ft complex is home to more than 35 shopping, dining and entertainment venues.
Some of our favorites are Rock and Brews, a family orientated music-themed restaurant serving tasty American cuisine and a wide range of craft beers. Big screens adorn the walls playing music videos, while quirky music memorabilia fills in any gaps. We also like Ford’s Garage bar and grill, themed as a 1920s service station and featuring vintage cars and funky decor.
For entertainment, visit Studio Movie Grill where you can enjoy food and drinks served at your seat in the state-of-the-art movie theater. Also worth a visit is Game Time, a huge restaurant and sports bar that boasts a massive selection of video arcade games as well as simulators and more than 60 sports screens.
Avalon Nails & Spa is the place to head for a bit of pampering, and for retail therapy you’ll find shops like Sketchers, City Fashion and Gift Factory.
Sunset Walk is open every day from 10am – 10pm and is open to everyone including non-resort visitors.
Island H20 Live
The 14-acre water park at Margaritaville Resort is one of the largest and most immersive in Orlando. It gives you the chance to ride dozens of water attractions wearing special wristbands that enable you to totally personalize your experience. You can customize rides with a choice of sound tracks and themes, all while sharing the moment across your favorite social media channels.
There are so many fun water attractions to try at Island H20 live. For those who want to take it easy there’s Chat Creek lazy river. Thrill seekers can get their adrenaline fix at at Drop Down, Follow Me Falls and Replay Racers. While little ones can make a splash at Candy Stripe Cove and Pelican’s Paradise, both offering a variety of kid-friendly adventures.
To personalise your visit, download the H20 Live app and create your personal profile. Upon arriving at the park you’ll be given an RFID Smart Band that will allow you to connect with the app and manage your preferences. You’ll be able to select color themes, music playlists, earn park points, find friends and even take part in the park’s live social media feed to keep your friends up-to-date with your day.
Island H2O Live is a separately ticketed attraction and is open to everyone. Ticket prices for island H20 Live start from $37.99 + tax.
Whether you want to conduct business by the pool, on one of the spacious lawns or in the brand-new high-tech meeting rooms, Margaritaville Orlando Resort will make your meeting one to remember. Need assistance? The resort’s accommodating and friendly crew members will take care of every detail.
Weddings and special occasions
With its myriad beautiful spaces with great views, Margaritaville Orlando Resort is the ultimate destination for a wedding, or for your next birthday, anniversary or special celebration. Dedicated planners will work with you to bring your vision to life with a choice of amazing indoor and outdoor spaces, delectable dining options, gorgeous flowers and much more. On-site spa and salon services are available too, making it easy to get glammed up, if you wish.
The celebrations can continue at the main hotel, at Sunset Walk or in your private villa.
Stay at Margaritaville Resort Orlando
Top Villas offers a range of luxury villas at Margaritville Resort Orlando. Ranging in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms, these homes are the perfect base for your next Orlando vacation.
Check some of them out below:
This spacious home as a private pool and offers enough space to sleep up to 8 guests. Inside, there’s a large open-plan living and dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen and 4 comfortable en-suite bedrooms. Out back, you’ll find a scenic pool terrace with a plunge pool, sunloungers and an alfresco dining area with lake views.SEE THIS VILLA
This 3-storey townhouse offers a welcoming open-plan living and dining area and 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 of which have access to private balconies offering excellent resort views. Outside, guests can make the most of the private patio which features a hot tub, sunloungers and an alfresco dining area.
How to book
Book your villa in Margaritaville Resort Orlando with us and not only will you get beautiful accommodation at great prices, you’ll also benefit from amazing round-the-clock customer service and access to a wide range of travel extras such as car hire, attraction tickets or help with arranging a special experience.
Follow our simple online booking process and you can secure your dream vacation home instantly without any phone calls or fuss. It’s easy to check availability, get a quote and book instantly online. Alternatively, submit an enquiry and we’ll get straight back to you.