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. The house provides 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 two en suite bedrooms have either a king (upstairs bedroom) or queen size (downstairs bedroom) 14" Hampton and Rhodes Premont luxury pillow top mattress. The twin mattresses were replaced in July 2014.
The ground floor is tiled and the stairs and first floor have carpet. Complimentary Wifi internet is available in the house.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 2 en suites|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Gulf Coast/Atlantic Coast both approx 1 hour'|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Orlando International Airport|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Children's pool|
|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|
|Furniture||Super King Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (4), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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 cafĂ© (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 $12.95 plus tax 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.
Prices do not include the 12% Florida tax. The house will be cleaned after your departure and these costs are included for bookings for the minimum number of nights. If you would like to book a shorter than the minimum required period that may be possible (at all times there will be a minimum stay of 4 nights) but in this case there will be an additional $90 cleaning fee. 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 via Holidaylettings or via Paypal through the owner.
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.
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 !