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Orlando and Relax
Most people who visit Orlando spend their time rushing from one park to the other, and I must admit that we were also guilty of that. You stay in a hotel, you have to go out for breakfast, lunch, tea, supper, you have to vacate the room for cleaners etc, they have pools but, they are shared with all of the guests so are usually very crowded and by and large, when you return home, you are so tired from all of the activities that you have found yourself involved in, either because you have had to clear your hotel room for various reasons, you have just overdone the parks, or a bit of both, you need a holiday.
Don’t get me wrong, Orlando really is a fabulous place to visit, lots to do, lots of excellent restaurants, lots of very different parks and lots of reachable beaches and providing you take time to relax, can really be a fantastic holiday.
From our own experience, we first visited Florida for the kids and stayed in a well known hotel on International Drive, we did so much, and were so shattered that on the flight back home I said to my wife that I would never go back to Florida, we had done it once, no more.
In the meantime, we had been looking to invest in a property abroad for some time, we were thinking France or somewhere in Europe when someone we knew just happened to mention that they were selling their villa in Florida. Within a few days, we flew out to view and were hooked. The reason that I’m relating this story is because we have found that the relaxing atmosphere of a villa holiday in Florida is just perfect, you do not feel that you have to go out all of the time, you can eat in the villa, most have their own pools so you can have a relaxing swim or just sit in the spa without having to wait for someone else to get out. The difference is chalk and cheese.
What would we advise, hotel or villa, absolutely 100 per cent villa, that is not because we own one, it is because we have experienced both types of holiday and can absolutely, hand on heart say, the villa holiday is best in terms of quality of surroundings, relaxation, the ability to do as you want when you want, in fact in every way.
We have no axe to grind, it is unlikely that readers of this will rent our villa, there is so many, just try it, you will see.
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Page added on: 8 April 2009
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