We just got back from a week long vacation in Orlando Florida and we had such an amazing time I wanted to share our experience with you guys. Orlando is a perfect place for families because you have Disney World and Universal Studios. We had the opportunity to stay at Encore Resort which was a very unique experience for us. Instead of booking a room, you book a whole luxury home equipped with everything you would have at home and more. From home theater room, game room, 6-13 bedrooms, private pool, aquatic park, room service, in home chef dinners and many more. I personally took advantage of the in home spa service had a 90 minute relaxation massage. It was one of the best massages I’ve ever had. I would go back just for that! And another perk is that we had free shuttle service to Disney World, which is conveniently locate only a few miles away.
We were lucky to have two other families join us at the house and although we had huge group, it didn’t feel cramped at all. With a eleven bedroom house, each with it’s own bathroom and tv, we felt like there was plenty of space for everyone. We such a big group we definitely put this beautiful kitchen to good use. We cooked most and ate most of our meals at home to save money and time. I can’t imagine the wait for a party thirteen people at a restaurant. The times we didn’t feel like cooking we had room service delivered to our house too. Our favorite part of the house were the private pool, theatre room and game room. There was never a dull moment.
Every night we would Red Box two movies and let the kids watch a one and when the kids went to bed the adults got to relax and watch one. One night we even watched Moana together. It was my husbands favorite room in the house. He even joked he was sleeping in there for the whole week. And I’m still researching where I can get one of these blue chairs for my house!
We are a very competitive family and if you follow my IG stories you would have seen plenty of matches at the air hockey table and also the ongoing high score battle at the Pac Man game. I thought I had everyone beat with a high score of 16,000, but the last day before we left my brother made it to 22,000. I spent my last hour before heading to the airport trying to beat it to no avail. I don’t think I will hear the end of it from him. So I guess that just means I have to come back to claim the high score! Again, I wonder if I can buy the Pac Man game for my house too!
Hands down our favorite part of Encore Resorts is the the Aqua Park they had on site. We spent most of our afternoons there. The kids and adults took full advantage of the Aqua Park. We would play all day and then chill in our cabana, order lunch and play some more. They even had a arcade area and waterslides. Apparently there was green tube drop that everyone was raving about, but was bit too scary for me. One day we had a real treat and had a chefs catered lunch in our cabana.
I can’t imagine a better day spent with friends and family. It was so relaxing for the parents to chat and have a few drinks while the kids ran around playing. By the way, a perfect way to get all the kids tired and in bed early. The days we were not at the resort we spent at Disney World. Our feet were tired, but other than that no complaints.
Thank goodness we did all that walking at Disney World because we had so much food to burn off during our stay. We had the pleasure of having the private dining room at Encore with Chef Jason creating an amazing menu. He heard I love papaya and added that to a relish on top of our perfectly cooked Mahi Mahi. Kiera’s eyes lit up like Christmas when she saw the chocolate molten lava cake. And my nephew Nicholas who is a extreme picky eater finished everything on his plate. After dinner we went to the rooftop and watch the fire works show from Disney World. Yes, we are that close to Disney World.
Our favorite and most fun dinner was when Chef Jason came to our house and made dinner in our kitchen. It was so comfortable to have a private chefs dinner in your home. We had one toddler who wouldn’t sit still and wondered all over the place during dinner and it wasn’t a problem at all. You can’t do that at a restaurant.We started with a light salad with strawberries and feta cheese, the main course was filet mignon with large sweet shrimp and ending with salted caramel cheese cake. We got to interact with our chef and staff. At the end of the night we were all friends and cracking jokes.
We are already planning our next trip back to Encore. For $300-500 a night it is actually more affordable and more luxurious splitting a house with another family than staying a hotel. We might go back again for Summer break for an extended stay and I don’t think we will have any trouble convincing another family to come with us.
I want to give a special thank you for the staff at Encore Resorts in Orlando. They so friendly, personable and attentive. Thanks to them, we did not have to worry about anything during our stay.