Things have been a little quiet here at Shibley Smiles this weekend you may have noticed. That is because we have all been on vacation. Yep we took a family vacation up north. My hubby and I took the kids to Kissimmee, FL to ride some roller coasters, eat more then enough food for a family of 10, and enjoy some “non-Xbox” time with the kids. We left home Friday evening for the weekend and headed to our first stay at a Global Resort Home.
This was our first stay at any resort home. Usually we find the cheapest hotel or best deal. However many times when you go that route you get what you pay for a small hotel room with little space, overpriced food, and everyone trying to squeeze into two double beds. At the end of the trip the desire to get home to your own house and bed is overwhelming.
For this weekebd vacation we stayed in a beautiful five-bedroom, five-bath home right in the heart of Kissimmee just miles away from Disney. Due to the spacious home we invited my sister and her family and my mother to join us. We ended up with eight people in the home and even then we were all very comfortable with room to spare.
Our home had three master bedrooms all with king beds and bathrooms which was a perfect setup for the four adults with my husband and I taking one of the rooms, my mother another, and my sister and her young son took the third. I was very happy to find the rooms had king size beds, after sleeping on one for so many years it is hard to go back to a smaller bed. The two additional rooms each had two sets of twin beds which was great, each child had their own bed (though Monday morning we found Honey snuggled up to Buddy in his bed, just like at home). If that wasn’t enough beds there was also a fold out sofa that could fit two more people.
Each of the bedrooms was equipped with their own television as well as a nice large flat screen in the living room. If you have multiple kids you know that a TV for each is a good thing. This means each of them could watch what they wanted to watch. Definitely a plus over a hotel room which has only one television to be monopolized by one viewer (usually my husband).
The kitchen and dining area was spacious and would easily fit the up to 12 guest you can have at one time in this home. The dining room table fits 8 people (which was perfect for us) and a small breakfast table in the dining area could fit 4 more. There was also a small eat in kitchen table located in the kitchen for a quick breakfast or snack.
One of the kids favorite features of the home was the private heated in-ground pool and jacuzzi. The cold weather this weekend that didn’t stop the kids from testing them both out Saturday night after a long day at Disney. I would have loved to use the jacuzzi myself but I couldn’t bare the cold weather to get in or out, I’m a Floridian at heart and hate the cold. I was perfectly comfortable with a hot bath and staying indoors.
Of course second too the pool was the game room. I was hoping to utilize the room a little more on a family level (but us adults were just too darn tired), but instead it was great for the kids. It was equipped with a pool table, hockey table, Wii gaming systems with quite a lot of games, and some board games. I found the game room to be a savior when we returned from the parks with hyper kids and exhausted adults. They took to the game room to work out the rest of their energy while we were able to relax around the television or crash in our beds.
One of the great advantages to staying at a resort home versus a hotel is the home is stocked with dishes for staying in to eat and a washer and dryer. I can see where the washer and dryer would come in handy for a family staying for a week or longer. Instead of packing a weeks worth of clothes for all family members you can cut down on your packing when you have the ability to wash your clothes, or wash your towels.
As I’ve said I’ve never stayed at a resort home before but if they are all managed like Global Resort manages the homes then without a doubt resort homes are the way to go. If you are in the Orlando area I strongly urge you to check out Global Resort Homes. When we entered our home two things I loved was 1. There was a guest book from prior members and we even found that a previous visitor was proposed too in the very house and 2. Global Resort leaves a book with not only instructions on how to do a few things but it also included some local restaurants and numbers, golf course and other attractions. I thought this was very thoughtful and a great touch to start your vacation off right. Especially if you end up driving it at 9-10pm at night and are starving!
Overall the experience at our Global Resort Homes was much more enjoyable then our previous stays when on vacation. After a long and tired day of walking around the parks it was nice to come back to something as close to home as you are going to get while on vacation away from home. No more were we five people cramped together in one little room (have you stayed with three kids in one room, if not trust me you shouldn’t), we had a spacious home where the kids could enjoy their time away from the parks and the adults could relax without feeling the needed to continue to entertain the kids. It was a win-win for all involved.
Also the price of a Global Resort Home when split by two or three families is the same if not cheaper then a hotel room. So for the same price you get a much more private place to lay your head and enjoy your day when you aren’t out enjoying the local attractions.
Disclaimer: My family and I enjoyed a complimentary three night stay at a Global Resorts Homes. Opinions are my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. You may read more of my disclosure .