Villa Vacations: The Best Travel Accommodations For Florida

8/04/2011 06:55:00 PM ·

As a Florida resident, there are obvious perks to living here. The warm sunny weather almost year around. The unrivaled white sand beaches and hundreds of options for weekend adventures. Yet, sometimes you want the luxury of staying in the many Florida villas available to travelers and residents. So how easy is it to book the perfect holiday here in Florida? It’s much more simple and economic than you think.

A few weeks ago I was visiting with my sister and her family. There were close to 20 of them, so they had chosen some Orlando villas to stay in, as they wanted the comfort of a real home and they also wanted to be situated close to the theme parks. Their villas were located in a charming spot at Lake Berkley in Kissimmee. The two story house my sister and her family were in overlooked a 14 acre lake, had a swimming pool and hot tub, full kitchen, a game room with a pool table and large screen television. The villa cost only $720.00 a week, and to be quite honest, I was shocked. I had always thought, since I lived in the area for close to two years, that these vacation villas cost a fortune. I was wrong. Most of the hotels in the area, especially located on the grounds of the theme parks, cost nearly $250.00 a night, and that was for a standard room.

Now you may be thinking, why even stay in a villa at all if you live in Florida? Well, not all of us, including myself, live near the attractions or the beaches. Staying at a villa not only affords you the comforts of home, but it also doesn’t empty your pockets. After a week of admiring my sister’s choice for a vacation villa, I started to check into one for myself, fiance, and several friends.
We are planning a trip next Spring to Marco Island and we haven’t decided on accommodations quite yet. It will be my very first time on the Island so I wanted to experience as much of the culture and surroundings as possible. Of course, there will be 12 of us, so finding a villa to suite a large party can be quite a challenge. I found a mansion villa, yes that’s right, a mansion, on Marco Island, during a week in March that is going to fit perfectly into our schedule. It sleeps 16 people, has 3 floors, pillow top mattresses, hi-speed wireless Internet (who can live without that), and it’s revered as one of the best villas on Marco Island.

Next time you're planning a trip to the Sunshine State, make sure you look into villas before hotels. There are much more economical and comfortable and the entire experience is so much more memorable.

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