In the 1500s, Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon searched the land he named La Florida (The Flower) for the mythical Fountain of Youth. He never did find it, but the state of Florida has nevertheless become a well-known destination for people looking to feel youthful, if not to actually, physically become young. The state is second only to California in annual tourist dollars – $70.5 billion generated for Florida each year. People are drawn to the gorgeous weather of the Sunshine State, the vast number of theme parks such as Disney World and Universal Studios, and the uniquely beautiful natural attractions including the Florida Keys and the Everglades. Worldwide resort network Diamond Resorts reviews its two impressive properties in the midst of all the theme parks and attractions – Grande Villas Resort and Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club.
For a family looking to stay in the heart of Orlando, Grande Villas Resort is an ideal choice for convenience and comfort. It is situated less than two miles from every popular destination allowing easy access to all the adventure, but it also offers a peaceful respite when parents need a break. The spacious accommodations offer one, two and three-bedroom options, all with a well-appointed kitchen and additional in-room amenities including cable/satellite television, DVD player and telephone as well as a private balcony for just enjoying a beverage and a view. Grande Villas Resort caters to the family vacation with two outdoor swimming pools, spas, a children’s pool, playgrounds and miniature golf. The neighborhood offers a bustling metropolitan nightlife with family-friendly dinner shows and live entertainment.
Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club, also located nearby all the popular sights, is practically a theme park in itself with an emphasis on affordable luxury. The foundation of the resort is one of the most unique courses in all of Florida, the Mystic Dunes Golf Club, which attracts aficionados from around the world. It was designed by Champions Tour Player and NBC golf analyst Gary Koch and has earned a 4 1/2 Star rating by Golf Digest magazine for its par 72 course with two distinctly different nines – a “low country” style front nine reminiscent of classic Carolina courses, and the back nine with characteristics of a British Isles links course. The vast, four-star resort features condo-style vacation villas and amenities. The contemporary rooms overlook the emerald golf course and are decorated with ceramic tile floors throughout, granite kitchen and bath counters and state of the art Cuisinart appliances in each fully-equipped kitchen. Diamond Resorts Reviews especially recommend the three different azure blue swimming pools, complete with a dazzling waterfall and waterslide, which gleam invitingly under the Florida sun and host daily pool events and contests for the kids.