The best resorts in Orlando

Whether you seek rest and relaxation or a fun-filled family adventure, these resorts in Orlando offer something for everyone.

This guide features all of the best resorts in Orlando, including the best family resorts, the best golf resorts, resorts with amazing waterparks and the best resorts for couples. Read about them all or use the menu below to skip straight to the ones you’re interested in.

Margaritaville Orlando
Reunion Resort 
Champions Gate Resort
Encore Resort Orlando
Emerald Island Resort
Formosa Gardens
Windsor Hills Resort
Other resorts in Orlando

Margaritaville Resort Orlando

At a glance:

  • 3.8 miles from Disney
  • 14-acre water park
  • Retail complex
  • Communal pools
  • Sandy beach areas
  • Restaurants & bars
  • Boutique spa
  • Teen & kids’ clubs
  • 40,000 sq ft of meeting & event space
  • Close to Highway 192
  • 25 miles from Orlando International Airport

Margaritaville Resort overview

Margaritaville Orlando is a vast one-of-a-kind vacation destination located just minutes from Disney World. Styled as a tropical island paradise, this waterfront resort is home a whopping 300 acres of lush grounds packed with hundreds of luxury villas and some of Orlando’s best resort amenities. You’ll find palm-fringed lagoons, authentic beach areas and a sprawling 14-acre water park. There’s also a dining and entertainment district, along with a boutique spa, kids’ clubs and a huge function area that’s perfect for hosting weddings and corporate events.

You can use the resort’s giant flipflop statue as a backdrop for selfies, taste Margaritaville’s signature coffee in the themed cafe, or chill out in the hotel lobby where pergola’d seating areas are backed by palm trees and lit by hundreds of upside down margarita glasses hanging from the ceiling. Wherever you roam, you’ll hear the sounds of the tropics played throughout the resort.

Best for:

With its amazing line-up of amenities (hello, waterpark!) this is one of the best resorts in Orlando for families. It’s also a great resort for couples, groups or anyone looking for a fun vacation community with lots of on-site facilities.

One of the best resorts in Orlando is Margaritaville Resort

The villas at Margaritaville Resort Orlando

Margaritaville is one of the best waterpark resorts in Orlando

Island H20 Live

Pools

Margaritaville’s warm lagoon pools and soft sand beaches are styled as a lush tropical oasis. Ringed by a multitude of seating options, from luxury loungers to full-service cabanas, the pool terrace is the perfect place to laze the days away.

For those who want more thrill than chill, the water park is just a short walk away. Island H20 Live offers more than 20 thrilling water attractions, including drop slides, a lazy river, a wave pool and kids’ splash pad. New and innovative technology allows guests to customise their experiences and share them on social media.

Activities

Margaritaville Orlando is packed with activities for all the family. Not only will you find the on-site pools and water parks, there’s also a luxury spa, fun kids clubs and a swanky retail complex. If you’re looking for a variety of great food and entertainment options, take a stroll over to Sunset Walk – it has around 30 shops, restaurants and bars, as well as a cool dine-in movie theater.

Dining

When it comes to dining at Margaritaville Orlando you’ll find plenty of places to feast and have fun. Margaritaville Hotel offers a number of dining options including a cafe that serves signature coffee, a restaurant with an open-air kitchen, a lively music lounge, and a poolside grill where you can get tasty snacks and cocktails. Over at Sunset Walk’s Studio Movie Grill you can enjoy drinks, bites and blockbuster movies from the comfort of a luxury recliner.

Accommodation type & costs

The villas at Margaritaville Resort are colorful island-style homes that come in a variety of sizes ranging from one to four bedrooms. You’ll enjoy plenty of space to relax and unwind with your nearest and dearest. The eye-catching villas feature bright and airy living spaces, fully-equipped kitchens and stylish en-suite bedrooms. Outside you’ll find gorgeous sun terraces with pools, hot tubs and alfresco dining areas. Villa prices start from around $485 per night.

Nearby

Margaritaville Orlando is located along Highway 192, just a few miles from Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. You can drive to Disney World in under 10 minutes, or make the most of the local area which has golf clubs, shopping malls and family attractions.

Highway 192 is home to dozens of restaurants including favorites like taco Bell, Outback Steakhouse, TGI Fridays and Manny’s Chophouse. Head into Kissimmee and you’ll find Old Town amusement park which hosts nightly entertainment and world-famous car cruises.

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Reunion Resort Orlando

At a glance:

  • 5.5 miles from Disney
  • 3 championship golf courses
  • Water park with lazy river
  • Communal pools
  • Restaurants & bars
  • Tennis complex
  • Fitness center
  • Boutique spa
  • Playgrounds
  • Bike hire and cycling trails
  • Kids club

Reunion Resort overview

One of the most popular resorts in Orlando, Reunion Resort has everything you need for an unforgettable vacation. Golfers will love teeing off on a choice of three signature-designed championship golf courses. There’s also a tennis complex, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a fun water park with slides and a lazy river. Other perks include a boutique spa, biking trails, 10 communal pools, a fun kids’ club and an excellent selection of restaurants and bars.

Reunion Resort offers a wide variety of accommodation, from great-value condos to sprawling mansions. Many of the villas at Reunion Resort have swimming pools and hot tubs. You’ll also find game rooms, home theaters and themed kids’ bedrooms in many homes.

Best for:

Reunion Resort is hailed as one of the best golf resorts in Orlando. With its tropical waterpark and amazing kid-friendly villas it’s also popular with families. Couples are also covered with the resort’s wide range of cozy condos perfect for romantic stays.

Reunion Resort is one of the best kid friendly resorts in Orlando

Many villas at Reunion Resort have private pools

Reunion is hailed as one of the best golf resorts in Orlando

You’ll find villas with cool themed bedrooms

Pools

You can float down the lazy river, ride the twisting slides or relax on a luxury lounger at Reunion Resort’s sprawling water park. There are a further 10 community pools at Reunion Resort including a rooftop pool at Reunion Grande and a huge pool pavilion at Seven Eagles where you’ll also find hot tubs, a fitness center, game rooms and a poolside grill. Don’t fancy heading out? You can enjoy lazy days around the pool in the comfort of your private villa

Golf

For anyone who loves golf, Reunion Resort offers not one, not two, but three championship golf courses. In fact, Reunion Resort is the only resort in the world where you can play on 3 signature courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer. Other highlights include a golf academy and foot-golf (played like traditional golf but with a soccer ball!).

Activities

You’ll find activities for all ages at Reunion Resort Orlando including bike rides, fitness classes, tennis, a kids club and fun seasonal events. For a more relaxed vibe head to the boutique spa – it’s a luxurious sanctuary made for pampering. There are plenty of ways to keep everyone entertained at home, too. Many Reunion Resort rentals are equipped with game rooms, home theaters, gyms and state-of-the-art entertainment facilities.

Dining

When you’re ready to refuel, Reunion Resort’s multitude of restaurants, bars and snack stops will be waiting to welcome you. Dine at Eleven (on the rooftop of the Reunion Grande) with views of Disney’s nightly fireworks, or sample the delicious eats at Forte Italian, the Lobby Sushi Bar or the Clubhouse Grille. Alternatively, we can arrange for a private chef to cook for you and your family in the comfort of your Reunion Resort villa.

Accommodation type & costs

Reunion Resort offers everything from great-value condos and townhouses, to large villas and huge mansions. Prices start at around $117 per night for a 1-bedroom condo with space for up to four guests. You can rent a 3-bedroom townhouse from around $166 per night, while a large family villa with a private pool costs around $245 per night. If you want to blow the budget, you can rent a huge 12-bedroom mansion from around $1,659 per night.

Nearby

Reunion Resort Orlando is jam-packed with fun activities, but if you decide to venture out you’ll find plenty to do nearby. The surrounding area of Kissimmee has great attractions including shopping malls, restaurants and golf courses. Best of all you’ll be located just a few miles from Disney World and within easy reach of Orlando’s other top attractions.

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Champions Gate Resort

At a glance:

  • 15 minutes from Disney
  • On-site golf
  • Clubhouse
  • Water park with slide and lazy river
  • Adults pool
  • Tiki bar
  • Restaurants & bars
  • Movie theater
  • Gaming arcade
  • Fitness center
  • Spa
  • Sports courts

Champions Gate overview

Just 15 minutes from Disney World and close to all the other major attractions, this glamorous resort packs in a splash park, a lazy river, a movie theater and an 18-hole golf course. There are a variety of townhouses and villas to choose from, ranging in size from three to nine-bedrooms. Most properties come complete with a pool and hot tub.

Best for:

With its array of kid-friendly facilities, Champions Gate is a top resort for families. It’s also one of the best golf resorts in Orlando with its on-site course and easy access to the the renowned Champions Gate Golf Club.

This is one of the best resorts in Orlando

Champions Gate Resort has lots of family facilities

Champions Gate is one of the best waterpark resorts in Orlando

A villa at Champions Gate Orlando

Pools

The sprawling water park features a long lazy river that winds around the sun terrace, along with a tropical-themed pool with beach-style entry, waterfalls and a slide. You’ll can laze on the luxury poolside loungers or hire a private cabana and have waiters deliver you drinks and snacks from the Tiki bar. Little ones get their own splash pad with water shooters, fountains and big tilting buckets. There’s also a formal pool that’s reserved for adults.

Golf

Championsgate Orlando boasts an impressive 18-hole golf course with a driving range and putting green. There’s also a handy golf shop where you can stock up on all the essentials ahead of your game. Tee times are available all year round and rates are dependent on which day you choose. Book one of our Championsgate rentals and our concierge agents will help you secure a tee time that suits.

Dining

If you fancy eating out there’s a clubhouse restaurant where you can go for delicious meals and drinks. There’s also a poolside Tiki bar where you can grab light bites, beers, ice-cream, soft drinks and other refreshments. Guests can also make the most of the many restaurants surrounding the resort, from fast food venues to fine dining restaurants.

Activities

At the resort clubhouse you’ll find a fully-equipped gym with cardio and weight training equipment, plus a yoga studio. There’s also a grotto-themed spa featuring waterfalls and a fire pit.  Movies are shown every night inside the clubhouse cinema (which has its own popcorn machine) as well as outdoors at the pool area on Saturday evenings. Other resort highlights include a kids’ club, tennis courts, sand volleyball and a game room with arcade-style machines.

Accommodation type & costs

The townhouses at Championsgate Gate Resort start from as little as $150 per night for a property that sleeps up to 8 guests. For a large villa with 5 bedrooms, a game room and a good sized pool prices start from around $204 per night.

Nearby

Great times are guaranteed at Championsgate Resort whether you stay on-site or head out and explore. If you do decide to venture out there are world-famous theme parks, championship golf courses, huge shopping malls and buzzing nightlife venues within easy reach. Downtown Championsgate has a basic strip mall with banks, restaurants, convenience stores and a supermarket. And nearby Championsgate Village is home to a handful of shops, restaurants and bars.

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Encore Resort Orlando

At a glance:

  • Water park
  • Free transfers to Disney
  • Clubhouse
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Food delivery service
  • Events lawn
  • Communal pools
  • Sports courts
  • Soccer fields
  • Fitness center
  • Available for short stays

Encore Resort overview

Hailed as one of the best resorts in Orlando, this prestigious vacation community offers unlimited water park access and free transfers to local theme parks. Nestled in a quiet spot close to Reunion Resort (see above), Encore Resort is home to an impressive range of luxury villas and mansions that are available for short stays of just 3 nights or more.

Best for:

Encore Resort is one of best family resorts in Orlando. It also has a variety of indoor and outdoor function areas that are perfect for weddings and corporate events.

One of the best Orlando resorts in Encore Resort Orlando

Encore Resort has a fantastic water park

Encore resort is one of the best resorts in Orlando for families

Encore Resort offers villas with themed bedrooms

Pools

Make the most of the warm Florida sun at Encore Resort’s exciting water park equipped with a huge resort pool, racing slides, flumes, a drop slide and a kids’ splash park. Little ones and older kids can enjoy hours of adrenaline-fuelled fun while the grown ups kick back and relax on a luxury poolside lounger.

Dining

Refuel at the poolside Bis Grill, stop at Finn’s for a burger or enjoy snacks and drinks at the Shark Lounge. Guests at Encore Resort Orlando can dine at all of Reunion Resort’s restaurants, including Italian eatery Forte, rooftop restaurant Eleven and the Clubhouse Grille. The Grab N Go market is a great place to grab a sandwich on the run. You can also make the most of the resort’s restaurant delivery service, or hire a private chef to cater for you either as a one-off treat or for the whole duration of your trip.

Activities

You’ll be as happy in the resort as you are in the theme parks thanks to the great amenities at Encore Resort Orlando. Aside from the exciting water park this Orlando resort boasts soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and sand volleyball. There’s a private clubhouse with a fitness center and a kids game room with gaming systems, activities, crafts and more. In addition, the club’s professional team presents a host of activities such as video game nights, pool parties, wine tasting and much more.

Accommodation type & costs

The townhouses at Championsgate Gate Resort start from as little as $150 per night for a property that sleeps up to 8 guests. For a large villa with 5 bedrooms, a game room and a good sized pool prices start from around $204 per night.

Encore resort Orlando is home to an array of luxury villas. Perfect for families or groups of guests, these properties offer luxury living within easy reach of Disney World. You can rent a 5-bedroom villa with a private pool and hot tub from around $250 per night. For a 13-bedroom villa packed with luxury amenities prices start from $1,154 per night.

Nearby

Encore Resort is located just a short distance from Orlando’s theme parks, outlet malls, golf courses, restaurants and nightlife. What’s more, Encore Resort offers free shuttles services to Disney World and Universal Studios.

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Emerald Island Resort

At a glance:

  • Gated entrance
  • Heated pools
  • Tiki bar
  • Clubhouse
  • Gaming arcade
  • Gym & sauna
  • Sports courts
  • Kids play areas
  • Cyber cafe
  • BBQ area
  • Nature trails
  • DVD rental service

Emerald Island Resort overview

If you’re looking for the best resorts in Orlando, then look no further – this one is right on Disney’s doorstep. In fact, the gated community of Emerald Island is just 2.5 miles from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. This elegant resort is set in beautiful grounds and offers a range of great-value vacation rentals complete with private pools, game rooms and themed kids’ bedrooms.

Best for:

Emerald Island is one of the best cheap resorts in Orlando. This one’s for families, couples and anyone looking to stay close to Disney without the hiked up prices.

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Emerald Island Resort entrance

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The communal pool

Pools

The hub of community activity is the resort’s huge heated swimming pool surrounded by a sprawling sun terrace and plenty of loungers. Guests can make a splash in the pool, soak in the bubbling hot tub, and enjoy drinks at the tropically-themed Tiki bar. The resort also has a second heated community pool and hot tub.

Dining

There are no on-site restaurants but you will find beers, wines and other refreshments at the Tiki bar and free tea and coffee in the clubhouse lounge. The resort also has a large park with a picnic area and BBQ. Just a short drive away is Formosa Gardens Village which has great shopping, dining and entertainment.

Activities

The elegant clubhouse is home to a variety of excellent amenities including a TV lounge, gym, sauna, cyber cafe and game room. It also features meeting rooms and a cinema room which hosts free movie nights with complimentary popcorn. Adjacent to the clubhouse is a trail for walking, jogging or biking, which winds through the community’s natural woodland setting. You’ll also find tennis courts, a children’s playground, sand volleyball courts and an events gazebo.

Accommodation type & costs

Great for visitors on a budget, Emerald Island is one of the cheapest resorts in Orlando. Here you can rent a 4-bedroom villa with a pool at prices starting from $105 per night. That’s just over $13 per person per night for a group of 8 guests.

Nearby

Located 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 is close to a number of golf clubs including Mystic Dunes and Championsgate. It’s also near to Formosa Gardens Village and Bronson Memorial Highway where you’ll find shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.

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Formosa Gardens

At a glance:

  • Less than 2 miles from Disney
  • Idyllic peaceful community
  • Lake views
  • Nature walks
  • Lots of amenities nearby

Formosa Gardens overview

Less than than two miles from Disney, Formosa Gardens is a scenic and peaceful resort. The resort itself isn’t packed with amenities, but that’s part of its allure. Instead you’ll find manicured lawns, palm-fringed boulevards and a wide range of villas with gorgeous lake views.

Best for:

This is one of the best resorts in Orlando for families or couples looking for a peaceful retreat that’s within easy reach of the attractions.

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The villas at Formosa Gardens have lovely lake views

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Our Formosa villas have beautiful living spaces

Amenities

This gated estate features extra-large vacation homes situated on spacious plots around a huge lake. Villas here range in size from 4 to 9 bedrooms and boast exciting game rooms, plush home theaters, themed kids’ bedrooms and screened pools with spillover tubs. Many of the rental homes here have spectacular lake views and easy access to the scenic grounds which are the perfect place for nature walks.

Golf

There’s the mini golf course at Formosa Gardens Village but if you prefer the real thing the Mystic Dunes Golf Club is less than a mile away, plus there are plenty more courses around at Championsgate, Celebration and Disney World.

Accommodation type & costs

You can rent a 5-bedroom villa at Formosa Gardens from as little as $237 per night.

Nearby

You’ll find plenty of shops, restaurants and entertainment spots at nearby Formosa Gardens Village. There’s Outback Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, TGI Fridays, Red Lobster and Taco Bell (to name just a few). There’s also a liquor store, a spa, a mini golf course and a winery.

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Windsor Hills Resort

At a glance:

  • 2 miles from Disney
  • Huge pool with a water slide
  • Tiki bar
  • Clubhouse
  • Gaming arcade
  • Gym
  • Movie theater
  • Sports courts
  • Golf putting green
  • Playgrounds
  • Grocery shop
  • Picnic and BBQ area
  • DVD rental service

Windsor Hills Resort overview

If you’re looking for family resorts in Orlando, they don’t get much better than this. Windsor Hills is a family-friendly vacation community situated just two miles from Disney World. This gated resort features fantastic amenities, as well as a range of condos, townhouses and villas in a variety of sizes and prices ranges.

Best for:

With its close proximity to Disney World, Windsor Hills is ideal as a cheaper alternative to Disney’s on-site hotels.

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The community pool at Windsor Hills

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The playground is castle themed

Pools

Kids will love the huge lagoon-style swimming pool equipped with splashing fountains, a twisting water slide and a zero entry section for the little ones. Older children can play table tennis at the poolside, while parents soak in the hot tub or sip a cocktail or two from the tiki bar. Around the pool are massive sun terraces with comfortable loungers, chairs, tables and umbrellas.

Amenities

The main clubhouse is home to a gaming arcade, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a movie theater with regular daily showings. There’s also a handy sundry shop perfect for stocking up on essentials. Outdoors there are tennis, sand volleyball and basketball courts plus a golf putting green. Little ones can make the most of 3 different playgrounds or enjoy running around in the expansive grounds.

Restaurants

Snacks and refreshments are available at the on-site bar and cafe. For a wider selection of restaurants head to nearby Highway 192 where there are dozens to choose from.

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.

Accommodation type & costs

Windsor Hills is home to a range of affordable accommodation options. A 2-bedroom condo will set you back around $110 per night (low season), while you’ll pay around $300 per night for a large villa with a private pool and game room.

Nearby

For Disney World, you can take the shuttle bus which runs daily from just outside the resort – or if you prefer your own transport the top Villas concierge team can arrange great-value car hire.

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Other top resorts in Orlando

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

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 large communal pool with poolside loungers and cabanas. The largest vacation homes at Solterra Resort have enough space for up to 16 people.

Windsor at Westside

Just a 10-minute drive from Disney, the Windsor at Westside community offers easy access to the local theme parks. Alongside the massive 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.

Solara Resort

Just a 10-minute drive from Disney World and with easy access to Universal Studios, Solara Resort is perfectly situated for a family vacation. Each villa comes complete with its own private pool, along with access to the resort’s amazing leisure facilities.

Providence Resort

Providence Resort is the perfect place for a family vacation close to Disney World. In addition to its championship golf course, the community is home to luxury villas and leisure facilities in palm-fringed surroundings.

How to book

Book your Orlando resort stay 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.

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