Visitors to Orlando in Florida are spoilt for choice. A travel destination such as Orlando is made even more indulgent by the wealth of luxury accommodation available, but itís very easy to be sucked in by the first stunning villa you see: swayed by the lagoon-like pool, the mammoth games room or the excellent proximity to the very best attractions.
But before you rush into booking, take a deep breath. There are so many incredible villas out there that itís all too easy to think that a place is close enough to what you need, when what you are really looking for is a place that is perfect. Stick to these five tips and you wonít go wrong.
1. Focus on your trip Ė who is going, and why?
There are plenty of incredible places to stay in Orlando, but whilst a property with granite worktops and a deep pool may be a young coupleís dream, the more mature parents of a large family wonít necessarily agree. Think about what you want and remember your aspirations for your holiday to Orlando as you make your choice, but donít forget to make sure that your partiesí needs are taken into account and think practically about the requirements you have of the property. If you are travelling with older people or young children, think about how easily you will be able to get to the attractions from the property, and donít choose somewhere with high balconies or lots of stairs. If itís a holiday to relax, focus on the in-house luxuries, but if youíre choosing a villa as a base for your sightseeing, concentrate on the proximity to other locations.
2. Consult your party members… but donít be afraid to make the final decision
Asking the advice of your party is a good thing, but trying to act on it all takes it a little too far. Make sure that the needs of your party are catered for, and do try to take othersí wishes into consideration. But you canít please Ďem all and someone has to make that final decision, so it may as well be you.
3. Make a shortlist of things you require from the property that you really need
Location, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, budget, and parking are just some of the things you canít really compromise on. Once you know what you canít do without, make sure to screen every property you look at to ensure you are following your own advice, and be wary of straying too far outside your budget. If youíve done your research and your budget is realistic, you wonít need to.
4. Donít be afraid to enquire and ask questions
Many luxury villa websites have online chat services or helplines you can phone and all will have an email enquiry form, so do make use of these services! If you need to know more about any of the properties listed, there will be people on hand to answer your questions. Showing an interest in a property and entering into a dialogue with a website or property manager can give you a better idea of the company you are dealing with, and more peace of mind if they are helpful and professional.
5. Putting in the hard work now will pay off later
Whilst it might seem like a lot of work, doing your research and holding out for the right property for you will guarantee a fabulous holiday in Orlando for your party, and make it all the more memorable.
James Mannings is Co-Founder of Top Villas.