Highly recommended by our son
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
We fell in love with Regal Palms as soon as we saw the magnificent lazy river, 2 heated pools, waterslide, jacuzzi, sauna, steamroom and fitness centre. Our son did test out the lazy river, waterslide and pools and wholeheartedly recommends the facilities. What can be better than coming back from the Parks and relaxing on the sun lounger next to the pool whilst the children (and possibly you) enjoy the waterslide and lazy river. Tiki bar is located next to the pool. Lovely cocktails! Check out the Happy Hour offers. The resort now also plays "Dive in Movies" - a large movie screen which you can view from the pool and has a volley ball court and pool table. The pools are heated all year round.
The latest expansion is the Pirate-themed kid's fun zone, which includes a 4,000 square feet state-of-the-art resort arcade room, featuring an indoor playground (the only one of its kind in the area) offering an interactive experience all connected by bridges, tunnels, crawls and decks as well as a full restaurant menu to satisfy your hunger.
We bought our air conditioned two-storey 4 bedroom and 3 bathroom executive townhouse in May 2008 and had the whole house newly refurbished and equipped to provide all the facilities you will need during your stay. Towels, linen, cutlery, glasses, plates, kitchen utentils etc are provided. We even have a porcelain tea pot!. The king and queen size mattresses were replaced in October 2012 with 14" Hampton and Rhodes Premont luxury pillow top mattresses.
The ground floor was tiled in August 2011. The stairs and first floor have carpet. Complimentary Wifi internet is available in the house.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gulf Coast/Atlantic Coast both approx 1 hour'|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Orlando International Airport|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame|
|Further details indoors|
Our house has 3 bathrooms, 2 of which are en-suite. One of the en-suite bedrooms is situated on the ground floor, with the other three bedrooms located on the first floor.
A DVD player has been placed in the living room and a selection of children games, DVDs and books are available in the house.
Wifi internet is available for your use, all you need to bring is your laptop. In addtion, free WiFi is also available at the clubhouse/pool area.
A highchair, stroller and a travel cot are available for your use at no extra charge.
We have cable television in all rooms, a 32” TV in the living room and a 19” TV in each of the bedrooms. We also have a floor mounted safe for you to use.
|Further details outdoors|
The property has a small covered terrace area at the rear of the house with patio table and chairs. Car parking is at the front of the house with space for two cars.
The clubhouse complex is fabulous and apart from the pool area also has a large restaurant and bar, poolside tiki bar, games room, fully equipped gym, spa and beauty complex, internet café (at a surcharge), indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room, play area, dive in movies, large pirate themed kid's fun zone. FREE Wireless internet facilities are available at the clubhouse. The resort is a gated community. A large shaded BBQ area is available at the bottom of the road.
If inspite of all the above facilities you still want to go to the Disney (or other) parks, they are only 8 miles away. Please note that all parks charge a parking fee for the day.
The bar broadcasts live sporting events on plasma TVs from all over the world, including Premiership Football matches. There is a variety of guest services including 24 hour check in. Please note that the resort charges $11.95 per day per house, but this will enable you to have unlimited access to all facilities (you will have to pay extra for any beauty treatments).
The resort is a gated community and an access card is required to gain entrance to the resort.
All prices include 12% Florida tax. The house will be cleaned after your departure and these costs are included in stays over 1 week. The rental does not include cleaning during your stay but an additional cleaning service can be requested from our management company but you will be charged by the management company for these extra costs.
Our house is managed by an independent management company. Their offices are based within a short distance from the resort.
A non refundable deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking and the remainder is to be paid no later than 8 weeks prior to your holiday. Payment can be made either via Paypal and cheque (for UK bookings only).
Please note that check in is at 4.00pm and check out is at 10.00am. Earlier check ins or later check outs can be requested but this is depending on no guests departing or ariving on the day due to the time required to clean the house. A fee may be charged. If you would like to guarantee a late check out then it is advised to book an extra day.
The Central Florida region
Our house is just 8 miles from Disney (the mileage seem to differ between different ads but of course it depends which of the Disney parks you will be visiting). The resort is located on the I-27 which will give you an easy drive to the Disney Parks, Hollywood Studios,Universal Studios, Island of Adventure, Gatorland, our favourite – Seaworld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove, etc. Do not forget to visit Kennedy Space Centre, it is a little bit further away, about 1 hour, but it is worth your time. Website addresses for the parks are listed below:
Do not forget to contact the Orlando Tourism Bureau for an information pack www.orlandoinfo.com/uk. Another source for information is www.visitflorida.com. Also, when you arrive in Orlando, you will find discount vouchers and local information at the exit in supermarkets, and in the foyer of our management company - do pick these up as some of the discounts are very good.
If you like golf, the Highlands Reserve Golf Club is only down the road and a large selection of golf courses are on your door step.
Another great area to visit is the Gulf Coast – beautiful white beaches at St Petersburg/Clearwater, try to spot the dolphins in the waves. The BBC once broadcasted a documentary about Winter the tailless dolphin. The dolphin had lost its tail following a collision with a boat and the Marine Life Aquarium in Clearwater rescued Winter. To release the strain on Winter's spine, they even made him a prostetic tail. Winter is kept at the Marine Life Aquarium. If you do go, opt for the enhanced package which include a tour around Clearwater Bay and the tour guide will explain the work they do on marine life preservation. They even stop at a little island in the middle of the bay where you can find lots of shells. Very different from the parks, but still interesting. Afterwards go to Clearwater beach to relax and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere.
Drive further north and you will see clear rivers where you can swim with the manatees. We visited Crystal River and Homosassa Park in November 2008. When visiting Crystal River, do make a booking in advance to go on a boat trip, or even snorkeling trip, up the river, as it is amazing to see the manatees swimming in the river. It is also fun to watch the (captive) manatees being fed in Homosassa Park - did you know they love carrots and lettuce!
If you love a really good seafood restaurant and are not worried driving over 1 hour to get there (Atlantic Coast), please let us know and we will give you the details. Combine it with a visit to Kennedy Space Centre and you are already half way there!
Florida has lots of water and therefore also lots of fishing. One great place to go to is Lake Louisa further up the I-27. There are different lakes to fish from, but you can also go for a walk. Bring a picnic as picnic tables are provided at different locations. Lake Louisa is an amazing nature park and very cheap to visit, only $5 for a car of up to four people. If you are interested in fishing, do not forget to visit Basspro in the Festival Bay shopping centre - but drop your wife and kids off in The Mall shopping centre (almost opposite Festival Bay) as Basspro is so big you could spend hours there.
Contact us for more details if you are interested as there is so much to do, or have a look at our website which provides more detailed information.
You probably guessed that we are passionate about Florida and we could go on and on about things to do.
Last but not least, as we found out ourselves on our trip in August 2009, medical care is very good but expensive and do make sure you have a good travel insurance!
Adjacent to the resort is the 18 hole Championship Golf Course at Highlands Reserve. Other golf courses are on the door step, including the Champions Gate golf course.
Contact the owner for details on fishing or hunting.
A few minutes from the resort is a large Publix supermarket, a bank, restaurant, take away shops, off licence. Five minutes from the resort, going north on the I-27, is a large Walmart supermarket and further along the I-27 you will find a post office. There are also a number of local banks. 7 miles south on the I-27 is an English pub where you can watch live sport matches and have lovely food at the same time. Every table has its own TV !
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20 Apr 2013
"A fantastic villa but let down slightly by the resort"
The booking process was very efficient and once confirmed the owners provided lots of useful information about the property and the resort. The directions provided were also good enough to get us there in the middle of the night and saved us hiring a SatNav with the car.
The villa itself is pristine. My wife and I have very high standards of cleanliness, especially with two young children, and we were completely comfortable here. Upon our arrival after midnight we tucked into the complimentary tea provided. This was disgusting but then this turned out to be a good thing otherwise we would have no reason at all to look forward to going home. The property is very spacious and the quality of the furnishings is spot on. The property was air conditioned to a comfortable level. The showers provide very high pressure with enough hot water for a family of four. The property itself is only around 5 mins walk to the pool for convenience.
The residential section of the resort was also clean and well tended to. None of the properties looked tired or in need of attention. The gardens and lawns were also well kept and tidy. The pool area has two main pools, one with a lazy river and slide and there is also a hot-tub. The temperature of the pools was also warmer than we expected which was good for the children. On the downside the surrounding of the pool area was a bit grubby. There were cigarette butts and rubbish in the flower beds which, given the high standards set everywhere else, left us feeling disapointed. The rest of the facilites were also in need of a little attention. The pool table had a broken cue. About a third of the machines in the arcade were out of action. The movie projector lamp needed replacing. The vehicle access gates were also very tempremental and had a habit of closing whilst you were still passing (not an enjoyable experience when you've declined the extra excess insurance on the hire vehicle). Service at the resort was good and courteous, however wait times were sometimes high even when the resort was quiet.
Overall our resort experience did not detract from the fact the villa was fantastic. In fact we felt a bit sorry for the owners as they clearly put alot of time and effort into ensuring guests have a comfortable stay, and if the resort staff did the same this place would be perfect.
In summary we would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone. If you want a villa that is pristine clean and an acceptable distance from the theme parks, then this is it.
Our sincere thanks to the owners for a fabulous holiday.
Many thanks for the positive feedback and for the nice comments about the house. I am pleased that you liked the house and that my check in instructions were helpful. We do visit the house ourselves to ensure that it is maintained well and kept clean.
I am sorry that some of the other facilities did not work - although I have no control over this, I will follow this up with the HOA.
It is disappointing to find cigarette butts etc lying around, but from my own experience (watching from the running machine most mornings when we are over ourselves) the area around the pool is cleaned and tidied up every morning before opening. Unfortunately some guests do leave their rubbish for others to clear up - something that is a common nuisance.
Thank you so much for the booking.
13 Feb 2013
Ria was great to work with before the trip. I printed off her packet which came with perfect directions to IPG and Regal Palms. So handy when our GPS was not updated:) We arrived at Regal Palms and the Villa. How BEAUTIFUL!!! Everything was very clean and very safe feeling, important for a family with small children. The kids loved the pools, the slide, and how warm the front pool was kept. The beds were very comfortable for everyone. We spent a lot of time at Disney. It was an easy drive. So happy we got to enjoy your beautiful home!!
Thank you :)
Thank you so much for your positive feedback. I am pleased that you had a great time and that my information pack proved so helpful. The resort is great and we visit the house ourselves at least once a year to make sure it meets our high expectations. The queen and king size beds were replaced in October with 14" pillow top mattresses and are very comfortable.
Thank you for being such a great guest.
8 Jan 2013
The townhouse was fantastic. It easily slept our party of 8 people. The master bedroom was fantastic. The 2 small bedrooms had twin beds for the kids. 3 Bathrooms made it easy to get to the parks in the morning. The complex itself has a fantastic pool/recreation area with a small arcade for the kids.
Many thanks for the great feedback - I am so pleased that you had a good time and that you liked the house. We take pride in the house and like to share the house with great guests like yourselves.
28 Dec 2012
"Fantastic house and resort"
We stayed in the house for two weeks in October/November and had a brilliant time. The house was fantastic and had everything we needed. It was clean, comfortable and well equipped and maintained. The new pillow top beds were very comfortable.
Although the weather was a bit colder following the hurricane, we were still able to spend some time in the pool, which was within easy walking distance from the house. We read in some reviews that the pool was not clean, well that was not our experience. Whilst in the gym early most mornings, we saw that the pool and surrounding areas were being cleaned.
We can wholeheartedly recommend the house and resort and would have no hesitation staying in the house again. Many thanks to the owners for their quick responses to our questions and the detailed instructions.
NB: the new children play area is very cool.
I am so pleased with the positive comments and for confirmation from my guests that they had such a good time at the house and resort. The king and queen size mattresses were replaced in October 2012 with 14" pillow top mattresses - very comfortable.
We stay in the house ourselves and take pride in the house.
I hope to be able to welcome you and your family soon as well.
2 Mar 2012
"Excellent Holiday Home"
We had a excellent time in the house during our holiday. It was exactly as described and comfortable. It was well equipped and clean. The beds were comfy and we liked the fridge with its water and ice dispenser. There is WIFI connection available. The resort is well looked after with a great swimming pool. All the staff were very friendly.
There is a supermarket nearby (Publix) which stocks most things including vegetarian foods. It also has a good health food section.
The parks are about 20 to 30 minutes away depending on traffic and there is a nature area at Lake Louisa about 20 minutes up the road.
We found some restaurants which did vegetarian food not too far away (not easy in Florida): Olive Garden and Sweet Tomatoes. Both restaurants have websites to check out locations, menus and prices.
Ria (the owner) provided us with everything we needed to know and always answered any questions promptly. We had a fantastic time, thank you!
Thank you so much for your brilliant feedback. I am so pleased that you had a good time and that the house and resort were as expected. I will add details of the vegetarian restaurants to my website.
5 Dec 2011
"Perfect family base"
Great property - clean & tidy with everything you need including an internet connection which was invaluable way for me to keep in contact with work in the evenings when we got back from a long day out and about. Kids could go to the clubhouse & pool when they wanted and good restaurants/shops very close. Great base for not only Orlando but Tampa and St Petersburg so don't hesitate in booking!
Many thanks to our guests for the excellent feedback and are so pleased that the house and resort met expectations. The house is indeed in a great location.
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