Who says you have to stay a theme park hotel when vacationing in Orlando? Not us — not when there are options like the Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas. The gorgeous, gated property features spacious villas for large groups, complete with fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, washers and dryers, free Wi-Fi and in many cases, balconies or patios. The hotel also offers swimming pools (some with kiddie features), onsite dining, a fitness center, spa services and shuttles to Disney World.
The resort’s location on I-Drive means you’re also close to area restaurants and all of the amusements — including the Orlando Eye — at I-Drive 360.
Our Editor Loves
- Four swimming pools
- Villas with kitchens
- Proximity to Orlando attractions
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
The resort's villas are divided into four sections: Bella, St. Augustine, Amelia, and Key West. All areas offer one- or two-bedroom villas; one-bedroom units sleep up to four, while two-room villas can accommodate eight. All units are equipped with kitchens or kitchenettes, washers and dryers and complimentary Wi-Fi. Most units have a patio or balcony and -- bonus -- most units overlook the pools or a body of water!
Cribs are available upon request and free of charge; the resort does not provide rollaway beds, as they aren't typically needed.
When deciding which area of the resort you'd like to stay in, here are some key differences to know:
Amelia doesn't have a pool, though it's adjacent to a body of water. The closest pool is at St. Augustine.
This is the best area for families to stay in, as it has the pool with the pirate ship and waterslide! It's also closest to the Pirates Cove Bar & Grill, as well as the Marketplace.
This section of the resort is closest to the lobby and surrounds a giant pool.
Key West is a nice option for families, as well, as it is located at the back of the resort and therefore quieter.
It's quiet, adequate parking, nice views, good computer center. I was an older woman traveling alone. I felt safe. Kitchen was good for my needs. Photographer on staff was friendly. Pools attractive. Check in via a sales associate a bit confusing but saved me from standing in line
We visited Orlando to do the usual tourist things, Disneyworld, universals etc. When we arrived we were first told to go and have a chat with the concierge as they would have some deals for us. He first gave us some vouchers then told us as we were British we could attend a breakfast for free. He then told us we would get $150 for attending. I then quickly started to work out this was some sort of timeshare meeting. We paid thousands for this holiday via Virgin so we didn’t appreciate someone trying to sell us a timeshare opportunity when we first arrived. He then wanted $20 from us to secure the booking......the hotel were not giving out a good impression. After disagreeing to the breakfast we went to our rooms. We got there and there were bugs EVERYWHERE. When I say this I’m not talking about 3-4 bugs I’m talking about 50 plus bugs. Most were alive on the walls and the rest were all dead over the floor. After doing some research we found out they are called love bugs and only come out in May and September. This wasn’t the worst of it. Relaxing by the pool just didn’t happen. You would end up with them all over you. They were also all dead in the swimming pool. I’ve never been on a holiday before where it was impossible to relax. A lot of people were complaining about these bugs and the staff said there was nothing they could do. When we went to the waterparks, theme parks, shopping centres, basically anywhere that wasn’t our hotel there wasn’t a problem with these bugs. Was really disappointing as it ruined our stay. Another thing to add was there is only one bar and one restaurant for the evening. Things got very boring quite quickly. You would need to hire a car to be able to reach other bars and restaurants outside of the complex. Overall not the best stay and I wouldn’t be returning
The resort has a total of four swimming pools, each one positioned by a section of villas (see Rooms & Rates for details). The pool at St. Augustine includes a kiddie area with a pirate ship, as well as a waterslide for children 42 inches and below; a lifeguard often watches over this area. The other pools offer fun waterfall features and plenty of comfy chairs on which to lounge.
The resort offers two hard-surface tennis courts, open 24 hours and lit at night. Equipment is available to rent.
Pirates Cove Bar & Grill
Located at St. Augustine, Pirates Cove Bar & Grill serves light fare, snacks and drinks -- perfect poolside accompaniments! It's open noon to 6 p.m. daily.
Flagler Station Bar & Grill
This is the resort's full-service restaurant, serving standard favorites -- from omelets to burgers -- for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There's also a kids' menu. The Flagler Station Bar & Grill is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Both indoor seating and outdoor, covered seating are available.
The Villages Marketplace
Close to the pool at St. Augustine, The Villages Marketplace offers snacks, beer and wine, plus a full-service deli where you can order sandwiches to go (or cold cuts to make your own). It's open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Resort staff will gladly pre-stock your villa kitchen prior to your arrival, for a fee.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Check-in time is 4 p.m.; check-out is 11 a.m.
Wi-Fi is complimentary to all guests of the resort.
Parking is complimentary to all guests of the resort, and in most cases, you can park right outside of your villa.
There are gas grills positioned throughout the property, available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. Host a picnic for the family -- just like at home!
Sheraton Vistana Villages is a timeshare property, and guests will briefly be educated about this upon check-in. Families are not required to attend any events regarding timeshare investments, however.
A complimentary 5X7 family photo taken by a professional photographer is available to guests of the resort. Guests, of course, are then encouraged to purchase a full photo package.
Kids' Night Out
The resort provides a nighttime children's program for kids age 5 to 12, who enjoy arts and crafts, movies, games and snacks. The program is offered at a rate of $30 per child, between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. -- perfect for date night! Reservations are a good idea.
Families can purchase tickets to any of the area theme parks at the onsite ticket desk. The concierge is also available to make recommendations for activities, dining and more. It's open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
The resort actually has three fitness centers: one in Key West (open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and the other two in Bella and St. Augustine (open 24 hours). Room key cards are required for access.
The resort offers a spacious business center where guests can surf the web, print theme park tickets, or simply take a break from the sun in one of the cozy lounge chairs.
The Art of Smart Timing
Looking for the lowest rates possible? September is a good time to visit the resort. Plus, it's less crowded!
The Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas is located about a half-hour from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
The hotel provides shuttle services to Disney World; the cost is $10 for hotel guests and $9 for timeshare owners. It is recommended you make shuttle reservations at least 12 hours in advance.
For Mom and Dad
The hotel offers a small selection of spa services, including a Mother-to-Be Massage and a Couples Massage. Reservations are recommended.