|Photo: Courtesy of Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa|
A lot of friends, family and co-workers here are planning trips to Orlando over the holiday break, and why not? It's the ultimate place to go, with so many theme parks and different shows/activities to visit, and it's the perfect time to go, with the kids out of school, and the weather being absolutely perfect for exploring places that may be outside (like the Disney World theme parks, which is where we went on this particular trip!). When we go to Orlando, we always check availability with Sky Hotel & Resorts. Though we have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of their sites we have stayed at, The Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa is 100% our absolute favorite. I suppose because it is where a very special event took place for our family (we stayed in a family suite when my 2nd oldest proposed to his girl on Valentine's Day a couple of years ago), but also because you can get a VERY spacious 2-bedroom suite, for a price comparable to that of what you would pay for a standard room elsewhere. Plus, the location there is everything!!
It was a little chilly (high 60's late in the evening) when we arrived at the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa last weekend, but not so much so that we couldn't walk around and enjoy the decorations they had outside. This particular tree with reindeer was a favorite of mine. I was enamored with the ring of blue toward the bottom. It looked so beautiful. Far more lovely in person than any picture could do it justice.
The 1,080-ft., 2-bedroom suite boasted two bedrooms, a living room with a pull-out couch, ottoman and chair, and a dining set that seated (6).
The full-sized kitchen came complete with dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, and range. They also provided items such as dish washing detergent, paper towels, coffee, coffee filters, etc.
The LBV Resort Village & Spa provided everything you could possibly need to make meals, so for our first breakfast there, we went to the grocery store (just a very short trip up the road) and picked up some things to cook. We didn't have to buy one thing for cooking because the suite truly had it all (pots, pans, dishes, utensils, serving dishes, baking pans, blender, collander, silverware, etc.).
As I was getting things ready, my oldest son came in and automatically took things over. He just does that without thinking. He very much likes to cook, especially if he has family there to host. When I went to mix up the pancake batter with my granddaughter, he'd already done that too, lolol!!
|12 more weeks to go until our new baby girl arrives, and I must say|
my daughter is absolutely glowing!
Breakfast faces. 😊Nothing brings the family together faster than a hot, delicious meal on the table, and my oldest went all out with eggs, bacon, potatoes, fresh fruits, pancakes, coffee and juice. In essence you could say it was the first time he 'fed' his niece (this will be his first time being an uncle, since he's the only one of my kids who has a child) because his sister was there, and she has a lil' bun-bun in the oven (see the breakfast relation there?). 😉😍😋 It must be true what they say about women who are expecting, because even without a stitch of make-up on (something she hasn't been wearing at all lately), she was positively glowing.
We did make good use of that table, that's for sure, and this right here, when all of my kids and my grands are together, is always my most favorite time of any trip. I honestly am blessed with amazing kids! And there's my daughter again, with her little one-to-be's uncles just surrounding her. When she has this little girl, we'll be evening things up a bit. Right now she and my son's daughter are the only (2) girls. Come to think of it, if you count me, and I do, we'll actually be ahead, lol! Side note: I don't know why there are Pringles on the table. Honestly. Those were not part of our breakfast feast.
Shout out to the chef who did a great job with the meal (and a big squeeze to his daughter, my sweet baby grand, who is all snuggled up on his lap).
This was the view from our balcony, and I have to say it was rather nice! The pirate ship has always been a fave of mine, and my oldest two boys went down to enjoy the hot tub, while my granddaughter explored the pool.
She told me there was no way she was going to go through the ship's slide (see the exit on the side of it at the bottom) because it would be too scary. She talked it about so much though, that I was sure convinced she wanted to... 😋 Maybe next time she will...
For my youngest child, the hotel is part of the excitement when we take a trip, and this time was no exception. There's just something about checking into a hotel or resort that makes it official for my son, that we are on vacation. When we got in our elevator to go to the 12th floor, he was very excited to see the elevator skin had Hollywood Studio's newest adventure featured. He started telling me all about the things there were to do in their newest addition: Toy Story Land.
Little did he know, we already had tickets with his name on them. Was he excited, oh yes, you betcha' that he was a very happy young man. Never mind that he looks serious in the picture, he always does when he poses. You have to catch him in the act to get him laughing...and I did, many, many times on this trip!! Surprises are always the best and I could barely contain myself when he was going on and on at the elevator of the hotel, telling me how much he wanted to visit this park and the new section in it. :)
Everyone had different direction to go while we were there, so only my youngest and I went to the Disney parks this time. It was nice to come 'home' and have this basket of goodies waiting for us.
It was also nice to have a big jet tub and glass shower in the master bath. You can see just beyond it is the huge, and very comfortable master suite bed. This room was a sanctuary, and made the stay feel even more luxurious to us all (yes, even those who had their own bathroom came in and ooh'd and ahh'd over this room).
Here is a view from the other end of the room. The commode had a separate place of it's own with a door, just out of sight, to the right. There was also a full-sized walk-in closet in this room that had a safe, and a vacuum cleaner (that we did end up using when one of the kids got crumbs on the floor from something they were eating while they were sitting on the couch). Truly, this hotel had everything we could have wanted and more! The dresser, a chair (with a poolside view) and TV were to the left of the bed.
The second bedroom had two twin-sized beds that were also very comfortable for sleeping. There was a dresser and TV in this room as well. The bathroom for it, and the common areas of the suite, was right outside of this room. It was spacious and had a full-sized bath and shower.
There was a stacked washer and dryer behind a door, just outside of this room as well. This is a feature I always like to have in a hotel/resort room, and I love that we get one when we stay at LBV Resort Village and Spa. They included a box of detergent too, which was very much appreciated. One thing to note is that housekeeping is extra in the resort, which is not uncommon, but having a washing machine really helps if you're there for a few days and want to make sure you have those clean towels.
|Photo Courtesy of Sky Hotel's LBV Resort Village & Spa|
There were several options for eating in the buildings close to us (the resort is made up of a few very tall buildings). Pizza Hut Cafe Express was there, a super market was too, and Frankie Farrell's Irish Pub & Grille could be accessed from very early in the day. Breakfast could be purchased here starting at 8:30 a.m. on the weekdays and 7:30 a.m. on the weekends. I appreciate an early breakfast because when we're in Orlando we are always on the go, and get started as quickly as we can with our day.
You can walk to shopping or take the complimentary shuttle (because you know you might have too many bags to walk back comfortably). There are a good number of stores there, and my daughter actually walked over to that mall twice.
This picture isn't very clear, but on one of the days we were there, my daughter also texted me pictures of items she purchased in the factory stores. These clothes they got for baby at Old Navy. One says something about dad, the other about mom, and the ruffles on the bottom of the little red pants are so very cute. :)
|Photo Courtesy of LBV Resort Village & Spa: Reflections Pool|
Another thing I'd like to mention is the Reflections Spa Salon that is located on the 6th floor of the main building.
Not an area to be overlooked, this is where you can head on in for some major pampering, relaxation and rejuvenation! They have traditional treatments such as the Reflections Spa Custom Island Facial, the Island Bliss Hot Stone Pedicure, and a 50-minute Tropical Island Massage.
They also sell jewelry and products for you to take home.
And while everything was serene and calm, and just lovely in the areas for the grown-ups, it was this area of the spa that most caught my eye. This little room is split up into 2 sections: one decorated for boys and the other for girls. This is where your little man can get decorated and styled like a pirate (or just get a hair cut ;) ) and where your daughter can get all fancied up and sparkly as well. This is a great place to take your little ones if you're headed to Disney (all parks are a very short drive from the hotel). Get them a little boutique-style pampering in, which is especially fun if you're in a costume headed to a park, or your little one is looking for some 'grown-up style' down time when you return.
Whether you're booking for adults or children, be sure to make your reservations ahead of time. The spa is very popular and spots do fill up quickly.
Learn more about the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa by visiting their website. Be sure to follow along on social media as well, and the next time you're headed to the Orlando, be sure to look them up. You'll be amazed at what you get, for the prices that you pay. We love them and are always be happy to return when we are in the area.