The Best Resorts to Book in Kissimmee, Florida

Caribe Cove Resort is the perfect place for some serious R&R
Caribe Cove Resort is the perfect place for some serious R&R | Courtesy of Caribe Cove Resort / Expedia
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29 November 2021

Not only is Kissimmee close to the thrilling theme parks of Orlando, but it’s also a terrific jumping-off point from which to explore the natural attractions of Central Florida. Kissimmee is the Gateway to the Everglades, after all. Take an airboat ride, paddle the waterways, fly along zip lines or soar into the air on a hot-air balloon, and do it all from one of the best Kissimmee resorts.

Reunion Resort and Golf Club, for the golfing

A balcony with a small table, white pillars and panoramic views at Reunion Resort and Golf Club in Kissimmee, Florida
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Once you arrive at this expansive resort west of Walt Disney World Resort, you may never want to leave. The large, lush grounds feature three golf courses, six bars and restaurants, 10 pools, a water park, a fitness center, and tennis and pickleball courts, so it’s hard to get bored. Choose from one- to three-bedroom villas or three- to 14-bedroom homes if you’re coming with a bigger crowd – all are smartly comfortable and decorated in soft, muted tones.

Encore Resort at Reunion, for personalized service

Outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees and a blue tube water slide at Encore Resort at Reunion
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Guests at the glamorous four- to 13-bedroom residences dotted throughout Encore Resort enjoy personalized service and access to all the amenities you can think of, from a water park and fitness center to bike rentals and restaurants. You can even have the resort chefs prepare a multi-course meal for you and your family in your vacation home. On top of all this, you’re mere minutes from the famous theme parks of Central Florida.

Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, for a state-of-the-art fitness center

A boat on a small pond inside a greenhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
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Everything you could ever want in a resort destination and more is here, minutes from the Orlando theme parks. Choose from nine stellar restaurants and bars for a sundowner or a steak, work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, or experience complete relaxation at Relâche Spa. Wander the expansive indoor garden atrium on the way to your room; view-wise, choose from the Gulf Coast Tower or the leafy atrium.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando, for an island vibe

The large outdoor pool at Margaritaville Resort Orlando is surrounded by turquoise sun loungers and palm trees
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Island life is the vibe at this resort, where the light-filled rooms, spacious suites, and private cottages all feel coastal, with pretty blue and coral accents. There’s so much dining choice here, but we think you’ll love tucking into shrimp and grits at the Euphoria Fish House. Everything is on your doorstep, so it’s easy to dive into the Island H2O Water Park, or dig your toes into the sand at the beach club, but do leave some time to scream your way around the theme parks just down the road.

Caribe Cove Resort, for easy access to a fishing lake

The outdoor pool at Caribe Cove Resort overlooks a nearby small lake
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You’re not far from the action at this calming resort, but you’ll feel a world away and are surrounded by wooded wetlands on three sides. The two- and three-bedroom villas offer tropical decor and plenty of outdoor space for sundowners on private balconies. Experience the great Florida outdoors at Old Lake Davenport, a natural freshwater lake where you can try your hand at boating, fishing, and paddling.

Westgate Towers Resort, for the comforts of home

Aerial view of the outdoor pool in an inner courtyard at Westgate Towers Resort
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Find all the comforts of home and more in the studios and spacious one- and two-bedroom villas of this resort, decked out with rugs and paintings for a plush, comforting feel. The nearby theme parks offer lots of fun, as does Westgate Towers Resort itself. There’s Shipwreck Island Water Park, for example, complete with a splash pad, pirate ship, lazy river, and water slides, not to mention a playground, five pools, game room, and fitness center.

Star Island Resort and Club, for tennis and minigolf

The outdoor pool at Star Island Resort and Club includes waterfall features
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This all-suite resort 4mi (6km) from Walt Disney World Resort will relax hyped-up children (and adults) after a fun-filled day out. Retire to suites decorated in natural tones with kitchens and whirlpool tubs, or gear up for more action with a whopping nine tennis courts, two pools, paddle boats, pickleball, and minigolf.

Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club by Diamond Resorts, to be close to Walt Disney World Resort

Grounds and fountains at Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club
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This huge resort in Celebration is just east of Walt Disney World Resort and sits among rolling hills, lush Florida nature reserves, and beautiful tropical gardens. Tee off on the championship golf course or dive into one of the four heated outdoor pools. Condo-style villas come in studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom variations, each with kitchens and balconies for sipping your morning brew in the sunshine.

Legacy Vacation Resorts Kissimmee / Orlando, to make s’mores by the firepit

The outdoor pool at Legacy Vacation Resorts Kissimmee / Orlando is bordered by white sun loungers and palm trees
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Stay in a range of guest rooms, mini suites, and one- or two-bedroom suites bathed in warm shades of rust and caramel, just minutes from the thrilling Orlando theme parks. There’s plenty of fun to be had on the resort grounds, from multiple sparkling pools and a splash pad to minigolf and a firepit for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores after the sun goes down.

Silver Lake Resort, for a full kitchen

The outdoor pool at Silver Lake Resort is surrounded by sun loungers, red umbrellas and palm trees
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There’s plenty of room to move at Silver Lake, both in the smart rooms and the one- and two-bedroom condos with cooling white tiles and full kitchens for fixing your family breakfast each morning. An on-site golf simulator will help you perfect your swing before teeing off on one of the local courses, while the three heated pools and kids’ pool are terrific spots for cooling off afterward.

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