Monday, December 17, 2018

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa: Huge Suites for Very Reasonable Prices

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


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?). πŸ˜‰πŸ˜πŸ˜‹ 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... πŸ˜‹ 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.


The gym was also near here. In the very far corner you can barely make out my 2nd oldest son. He was in there, as was my daughter's fella. They both like to workout. My oldest son does too, but he was back in the room making breakfast when this photo was taken. My daughter actually texted this to my phone. I love that it has something for everyone. There is also a scale in the room, which mattered to my son who just broke the 200 lb. mark (something he's been trying to do for awhile).


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.

61 comments:

  1. Your family seems like they really help one another out. I love the place where you stayed. Wowsa!

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  2. This is my kind of place. I love it when you can stretch out. Having two couple share keeps the expenses down too. I love this and cooking in a a nice touch.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

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  3. Now this looks like an amazing place to go and stay! I love that the rooms are so big and comfortable, I think having sofas and tables etc really makes things feel more like a home away from home.

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  4. I love a resort like this that sports all of the amenities this one boasts. What an awesome place to stay!

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  5. This is the perfect place for some serious family fun! I would love to hang out there with the fam.

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  6. This looks like a great place to stay for a family vacation. It seems like you all had a great time together.

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  7. This looks like it was so much fun!! I love having access to a kitchen when I'm traveling, not only to save money but because eating out too much feels awful after a week!

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  8. I totally love this place. The pool is awesome, my children would surely stay here like forever (they love swimming). And the room is as awesome as the pool.

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  9. That looks like you had a ton of fun. Nothing like a good family vacation!

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  10. An enchanted place to spend not only Christmas holidays, but also any other time of the year! It looks like a fun, playful place where you can definitely relax! Great accommodation!

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  11. Geez, that sure looks like the perfect spot to stay indeed. Even a commode off to the side. Those pringles must have magically put themselves there, huh? lol

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  12. This is looks like a great resort to be in. It looks so convenient. The pool is really nice too. Hope you had bunch of fun during your stay.

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  13. What a cool place to visit! It looks like your family had a lot of fun, and got to spend plenty of quality time together. I've heard of Buena Vista before and it would be nice to get away from the cold and visit!

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  14. Take me with you!!!! I need a vacation and this place looks spacious and wonderful.. Florida here I come

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  15. What a fun vacation! I've never been to orlando, but this place looks great. That suite is bigger than the last apartment I lived in! Great to have your son cook you guys a nice meal :-)

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  16. What a fab hotel. I was not expecting to see such a full kitchen! This really does make a difference and would make it a stand out place to book for a holiday. Loving that pool 😊

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  17. What a great place to stay. So many awesome features to make a family vacation one to remember for many years to come.

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  18. Pinned for planning our vacation. Looks like you all had a great time!

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  19. Great review. That pool looks amazing, worth staying there just for the pool. Looks like a great place to stay!

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  20. This looks like such an amazing vacation spot in Orlando. I have heard of the resort and spa before but never saw photos or such detail about it. It's now on my list.

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  21. What a wonderful getaway for your family. Looks and sounds like lots of wonderful memories were made during your stay. This resort seems to have a little bit for everyone and is nice and centrally located. Will be saving this information for future travels. Thank you for sharing.

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  22. This luxury accommodation is so beautiful!! I wish I could visit some time soon.

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  23. Wow looks like the place to stay. I’ve love to visit and be able to fit most of us in a suite like that! So lovely! - Jeanine

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  24. Wow those are spacious rooms! I love the ship in the pool the kids should get a kick out of that!

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  25. Looks like a great resort for a family getaway! Hope you had a great time

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  26. It looks like you guys enjoyed very much. The resort really seems like a nice place to have a vacation.

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  27. I like the sound of very reasonable prices. I consider it important to be able to afford what you are planning to enjoy. And to know that you can have fun, travel – have a room with a view – enjoy the pool – have a spa treatment, even when on a budget.

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  28. That balcony view is amazing! I would love to wake up and look out on that.

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  29. This looks like a great place to stay, I have never been to Orlando but it's a good tip if I ever do get the chance, thanks! x

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  30. Wow, that is really an amazing place to visit. I do love their amenities most especially their affordable rates.

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  31. When we travel, I always look for hotels that have suites with kitchens in them!! Makes life SO MUCH EASIER. Even if we don't plan on cooking or whatever, it just gives us more leeway. Plus my husband and I love COLD drinks!

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  32. This place looks lovely. I know I would definitely enjoy my time here. I am sure you guys had a great time.

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  33. It looks like a very nice suite.

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  34. Oh this is soooo cool and very reasonably priced, thank you so much for the recos, would definitely consider it next time we're in Orlando.

    Chad
    www.mosaicslab.com

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  35. This looks like an amazing place to stay. Looks like there is so much to do at the resort that you may never need to leave. Thanks for the thorough review.

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  36. Totally love this resort, we are planning to head to Orlando next year so will keep this in mind. I know for certain my kids would love the pool and play area

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  37. this looks like a great resort! thanks for being so in-depth!

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  38. Wowza! It looks beautiful. I agree that good meals bring family together :) You all look like you're having a blast!

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  39. Wow, looks like a nice place to visit to spend time with your family.
    I am sure everyone of you have really a great time with your stay.

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  40. This looks like a great place to relax. I love how this Hotel looks so quiet and peaceful.

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  41. This looks like a fab place to stay, I would love to go to disney too

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  42. Looks beautiful, and it seems like you had a great time :)

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  43. This would be a great place to go for me and my two kiddos!

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  44. This resort looks like so much fun! I seriously want to go her so bad.

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  45. The accommodation look great. I live in Florida so we always just do a day trip.

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  46. Oh wow! I’m not sure I could ever leave that place. it is absolutely the most gorgeous place I’ve ever seen.

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  47. It's spacious and well equipped with everything you need. I'm impressed!

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  48. Cătălina-Iuliana NiniDecember 21, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Pringles for breakfast? Sign me up !! Rooms look quite homey which I like. Oh, that view from your room its so lovely.

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  49. Oh man, I think I heard this place calling my name the entire time I was reading this post! I may have to go book a vacation now!

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  50. Wow, it would be like staying at a better version of home, lol. They have everything right there.

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  51. That is quite the place, looks like a great spot for families etc.

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  52. Nice to get away and relax at this spa!

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  53. Looks like ya'll had a great time! I love the pirate ship in the pool and the archways in the room! Looks like a gorgeous resort!

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  54. This looks like an amazing trip. The resort is beautiful!

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  55. I'd love to stay at a spa resort right about now. I so need a vacation!

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  56. True story: I've never been to a place as fancy as this. It looks wonderful!

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