KISSIMMEE, Fla. — If staying in a 15-room mansion on your next vacation seems out of the question, think again.
Surprisingly, you don’t have to own a Fortune 500 company to live like a millionaire for a week.
All you need is a group — think family reunion, corporate or church retreat, girlfriend getaway, vacation with extended family — and the ability to get yourself to Kissimmee, Fla.
“In Kissimmee, there are more than 45,000 accommodations options. That number includes 22,000 vacation homes, making our destination the Vacation Home Capital of the World,” said Cori Power, director of communications at Experience Kissimmee. “These homes range from two-bedroom condos to 15-bedroom mansions and provide easy access to central Florida’s world-famous theme parks.”
Imagine floating in a private infinity pool while the kids take a break from the sun and bowl a few games in the indoor bowling alley. Then top off your evening by screening a movie in luxury recliners in the state-of-the-art theater room while others in your group play arcade-style games.
Lazy rivers, elaborate themed bedrooms, high-tech game rooms and even an original Picasso are just some of the luxurious amenities that await travelers who want to experience a taste of the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
The most amazing thing? Several of the mansions at Reunion Resort accommodate 30 people or more, which brings the price per night per person to around $39 (prices vary according to season).
And the décor is simply — and literally — out of this world. In one home, appropriately dubbed “The White House at Reunion Resort,” a Star Wars-themed room transports vacationers to the bunk rooms inside the Millennium Falcon. The only problem might be solving a fight between the adults and kids who want to claim this room as their own!
On the same level as the Star Wars room, a huge game room features a ping pong table, pool table and foosball table as well as a stadium-style jumbotron TV, complete with four screens.
Downstairs, adults can cook and entertain to their hearts’ content in the gourmet-style kitchen, which features not one but two islands to accommodate several chefs. The phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen” doesn’t apply when you stay in a place like this! A massive dining room table seats 20 guests while the rest can spill out onto the terrace near the 50-by-30-foot pool and spa or sit at the islands in the open kitchen area.
Another mansion — “The Atlantis at Reunion Resort” — draws visitors inside with its eye-catching Tiffany blue exterior and stately white columns.
An impressive spiral staircase anchors one side of the massive open living area downstairs adorned with elaborate crystal chandeliers, giving it a cruise ship-style feel.
Twelve beautiful ocean-themed bedrooms that accommodate up to 33 people await guests on both the upper and lower levels.
Upstairs, guests will find plenty to keep them entertained in the Atlantis Lounge, which features a pool table, 110-inch 4K TV video wall, stage and karaoke machine, and a wet bar.
“These homes are gorgeous, and they’re still comfortable – that’s the best thing,” said Taylor Wasson, marketing specialist for Magical Vacation Homes (www.magicalvacationhomes.com), the agency that books and serves guests at Reunion Resort. “We have an on-site concierge, and we’ve started partnering with grocery delivery, personal chefs and even rental car companies — so everything you need is right here.”