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June 8, 2021
A Long Weekend in Reunion Resort
Traveling with toddlers and accommodating their schedules can be more than a little daunting. We’re trying to avoid long drives when possible, and plane trips remain impractical for our family. Packing up their stuff to take to a hotel pool can be a pain. And sometimes you just need to quickly microwave some chicken nuggets and a hotel room just won’t cut it.
To solve these issues, for two years in a row we’ve loaded up the car with a couple other families and rented a house in Reunion Resort. House is an understatement — you can snag a mini mansion with a couple other families for about what a few families would pay for rooms at a resort hotel. The vacation rentals in Reunion Resort are truly amazing. The homes are all a little different, but with nice finishes, plenty of space and tons of unique touches.
This year we rented a house for four nights over a long weekend, giving us plenty of time to hang out as a family, but also branch off and enjoy some adult time as well. These houses are so well-appointed you may never leave.
Reunion Resort offers everything from 1, 2 and 3-bedroom villas to 14 bedroom mansions with water slides, game rooms, a bowling alley and themed bunk rooms for the kids. Check out the resort villas for the convenience of staying right on the golf course, close to amenities, but all the space and convenience of home. If you’re looking to level up a bit, take a look at Reunion Resort’s vacation home rentals. You don’t have to spring for the 14 bedroom palace, many of the homes feature 4 or 5 bedrooms and plenty of space for a few families to spread out, enjoy a private pool and have a BBQ together (plus hang out after the kids go to bed). Pool tables and game rooms are pretty common amongst the houses, meaning lots of fun for kids and adults alike. Booking through Reunion Resort ensures access to resort amenities like the water park and theme park shuttle service.
We had a blast taking the kids to the resort’s incredible 5-acre water park. The kids play area lets your kids run wild on a water soaked playground equipped with squirt guns, climbing nets and two water slides.
The park has plenty of lounge chairs for everyone and umbrellas for a little sun relief. If you’re planning to camp out for the day, ask about cabana rentals when you book your stay. Prices for cabanas begin at $175, but are $225 for holiday weekends. In addition to the kids play area there’s an enormous pool and relaxing lazy river. Drinks and food are available for purchase (You can only bring in bottled water and small snacks for little kids).
While the moms and kids enjoyed the water park, the husbands took the morning to hit the links. Reunion Resort has three signature golf courses, one each designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson.
The resort also features miniature golf, a fitness center, 10 community pools, playgrounds, footgolf, pickleball and tennis courts.
For on property dining, grab a bite after golf at the Jack Nicklaus Clubhouse Traditions. If you’re hitting the popular Seven Eagles community pool, you’ll find poolside grab-and-go and a well stocked bar at the Cove Bar & Grille. If you’re looking for something fancy, try 7593 Chophouse for a premium steakhouse experience, fresh seafood and an extensive wine list.
While the Reunion Resort Spa is temporarily closed for updates, the moms made appointments at the Mokara Spa at the nearby Omni Orlando. Our appointments got us access to the spa hot tub and locker room, as well as the resort pools. We beelined for the relaxing adults-only pool after our truly incredible services at the spa. Cocktails and food are delivered directly to your lounge chair, exactly how it should be. Incredible spa services are also available at the nearby Gaylord Palms and Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes.
Reunion Resort is situated incredibly close to all the fun of Orlando’s theme parks. We spent a day at Disney Springs (the kids loved T-Rex Cafe, try The Boathouse for higher end fare), but skipped the parks for this trip. If you are going to take advantage of proximity to the parks, Reunion Resort offers a shuttle to make the whole experience easier by skipping the hassle of parking (and paying to park!).
Reunion Resort is currently offering a Summer Drivecation package which includes villa accommodations, free parking, a complimentary appetizer at the Clubhouse, one game of mini golf and a special 20% discount on airboat rides at Wild Florida — in addition to the full resort amenity access and shuttles to the parks. Other current offers include Florida resident discounts and golf packages. But they vary by season so it’s worth checking back every so often.