During our recent family getaway to Florida, we spent one night at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa, a moderately priced all-apartment resort within a 15-minute drive to Orlando theme parks.   We really only had an afternoon to explore the property before taking off for Disney the following morning, but we took advantage of several offerings at this property.


Lake Buena Vista Resort & Spa - an all-apartment resort in close proximity to Orlando attractions
Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

Apartment-style hotels is our preferred type of accommodations!  We love to combine the convenience of the hotel amenities with an extra space (and a kitchen!) that comes with an apartment.  Here at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village all units, in addition to a living area and one-to-three bedrooms, have full kitchens, in-room whirlpool tubs and private balconies.  We were invited by the property to stay in a two-bedroom 1,080 square-foot suit in building 5 overlooking the Pirate Pool.

View from our balcony onto the Pirate Ship Pool

The apartment felt very spacious and had everything a family away from home on a vacation may need to feel right at home: a full kitchen with dishes and pots,  an in-unit washer and dryer, lots of closet space (a walk-in in the master bedroom), two bathrooms (including a very spacious master bath with both a jacuzzi tub and a shower), and a balcony that stretched for 15 meters!

Lake Buena Vista Resort & Spa - an all-apartment resort in close proximity to Orlando attractions
Master bedroom with a tub


Living Room

I personally prefer a more modern style of furniture, but my husband appreciated the tropical ambiance of our apartment unit.

The Pools

There are two pools at the property. The Pirates Plunge pool area features water cannons, waterslides and hammocks, as well as hot tubs and a Tiki-Hut offering drinks and appetizers.  We found the water in this pool to be on a colder side, but we tried it late in the afternoon.   We quickly got warmed in the hot tub under the stars.

Vi at the Pirate Pool


Quiet “Reflections” Pool.

The Spa

I love to escape to a spa on my travels.  I  found a spa at this all-apartment resort to be very relaxing – with an exotic resort ambience.  The locker room was well stocked with all the amenities.

Enjoying some camomile tea before my session: the property treated me to a 50-minute Tropical Massage.

My daughter begged to have her Spa Princess make-over in the morning before hitting the park, but we decided to have an early start on our only Disney day instead (The full service Spa at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village has a special listing of services for children and teens.)


Our drive to the Magic Kingdom Park (the main reason for our stay in Orlando area) was approximately 15 minutes. There are premium outlets within a walking distance from the resort, and groceries stores are nearby for those staying for several days.

Florida getaway with all-family appeal
Enjoying our day at Disney

Other Amenities

Here is what we did not take advantage of during our short stay at the property: the (24-hour) gym, the kids club, and the three restaurants on the property, including a Tiki-Hut in the Pirate Pool area. (We did take advantage of our apartment’s kitchen and stayed-in for our meals.)  Note that housekeeping services are optional.

What is your preferred style of accommodations when traveling? Would you consider staying at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa when visiting Orlando?

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