How To Please Three Fun-loving Generations
Posted: 22 April 2014
Elegant Resorts’ Managing Director, Michelle Sephton, is a very busy lady, but never too busy for family and never too busy to tell us about the places she’s been to that have really impressed her. One of her recent family holidays involved, in her own words, 'Florida, three generations aged 3 to 50 years old, one house, one people carrier and umpteen theme parks.’ Perhaps not everyone’s idea of a luxury holiday, but this trip, her husband’s 50th birthday treat, was chosen for the experience and the family memoires she knew they’d make.
Reunion Resort And Club is conveniently located about a thirty-minute drive from the airport and just six miles from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and all the other main attractions, while there is a Publix supermarket (on a par with Sainsbury’s) a five-minute drive away too. It has a range of convenience shops, a selection of restaurants and even its own water park, while the resort is also the only one in world that features golf course designs by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer. There is a range of beautiful luxury villas, some of which are residential, to choose from at this exclusive 2,300-acre community, and Michelle’s family stayed in a four-bedroom estate home. Tastefully furnished and featuring three double en suite rooms and one master room with a very large bathroom, an excellently equipped kitchen leading to a dining area and large lounge leading onto a patio area overlooking a conservation area, as well as a garage that had been turned into a games room – where some very competitive evening gaming took place in the form of air hockey, pool and darts – the house had everything you could think of. With the added bonus of being able to order your groceries from the ‘Vacation Shopper’ online and have them delivered in time for your arrival, it made a perfect base for ‘doing Orlando’.
Michelle recommends hiring a car and was very impressed with their seven-seat people carrier, which was delivered to and picked up from the resort’s reception, by Enterprise. And, booking passes in the UK to collect at the parks was very convenient too. Then the fun began; her grown-up children relived their childhood family holiday to Florida and her three-year-old granddaughter was mesmerised by princesses, castles and all the characters from her favourite story books and films that suddenly came to life. Highlights included Cinderella’s Castle and the evening firework display; the parade in the Magic Kingdom – mainly because of the sheer wonderment on her granddaughter’s face; the excellent dolphin and whale shows at SeaWorld – Michelle points out that if the seats say you are going to get wet, then you are; Harry Potter World – recommended even if you’re not the biggest of fans, and Spiderman and The Mummy rides at Universal. As Michelle was nominated to accompany her granddaughter at the children’s rides, she didn’t get to try many of the roller coasters, but says that they are numerous and a definite must for thrill-seekers who can’t get enough of them.
Before travelling, the family decided that they weren’t going to go to Busch Gardens, as Michelle seemed to recall it was a fair drive to get there the last time – although that was fifteen years ago with no ‘sat nav’ – however resistance was futile, especially as the ‘sat nav’ said it was only sixty minutes away, so off they set for another thoroughly enjoyable day. That’s part of the beauty of having a car, and along with the homely feel of the house, it made it easy for the family to do whatever they wanted whenever they liked. They sometimes ate out, but Michelle recommends ordering from the local Chinese and pizza takeaways and having it delivered on those days when you’re particularly tired after a long day in the parks.
The whole experience was exactly what the family expected: exhausting, fun and memorable, but with all the advantages of staying in a luxury resort which was in such an excellent location to reach all of the attractions, yet far enough away to feel very special.