I would have to say that Florida is one of my favorite places to vacation. It’s familiar. I have friends that live there. It’s perpetually sunny and warm. The list goes on… It wasn’t until I stayed at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort that I realized I had been vacationing all wrong!
9560 Via Encinas
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone and Website
We got the unique opportunity to stay in the 4 bedroom Presidential suite for the duration of our stay. This enormous suite sleeps 12 – so for the 7 of us, we had plenty of room to spread out and even had room for friends to visit! It had two master bedrooms, 2 guest rooms with double queen beds, a sleeper sofa, cable tv and internet, 4 bathrooms, washer and dryer (full size), 2 whirlpool tubs, and a full kitchen/dining room. It literally was a home away from home. In fact, it is bigger than my apartment by 1,400 sq. ft.
Resort Amenities and Facilities
This resort has everything: complimentary toiletries, ATM Banking, Banquet facilities, business center, concierge desk, convenience store, 24-hour front desk, housekeeping (for an extra fee), wireless internet, shuttle to Disney theme parks, video library, self-parking, and is handicap accessible.
(Sorry I don’t have a lot of pictures… I still haven’t gotten them off my camera! Bad Bree!)
Rates and Charge Cards Accepted
Wyndham is all-inclusive when it comes to what charge cards they accept – meaning they accept all the major Visa, MC, Discover, AmEx, etc.
It’s difficult to see what the rates are – as many of the rooms are already booked up for this year. I checked a few different dates and a few different rooms and on average the rooms I saw were in the $260.00/night range. For example, a 3 bedroom suite that sleeps 10 in December costs $374.85/night. I don’t have the specific information about the Presidential suite we stayed in due to a) my aunts keeping that information from us and b) my aunts using their owners points to ‘pay’ for it. I’m not sure how points translate to USD in Wyndham world.
Dining and Entertainment
There’s so much going on at this resort, you don’t even need to leave. Seriously. I’ll try to keep this short: daily activities programs, multiple restaurants/bars on site, BBQ/Picnic areas for free, coffee shop, fitness center, game room/arcade, play-days for kids, mini-golf, outdoor movie nights, on-site pizza delivery, playground, 8 hot tubs, rentals (board games, pool toys, sports balls), running track, spa services, children’s water features, 5 swimming pools, 2 lazy rivers, and a volleyball court.
The Review and Rating
You’ve probably heard me talk about the “Wyndham Experience” in a few of my previous posts as I am a repeat guest with the Wyndham hotel enterprise. I’ve never had a bad experience or anything short of wonderful with the other resorts I’ve stayed at; but Bonnet Creek is the top dog for guest experience. It’s the best Wyndham resort I’ve stayed at and many others can attest to this recommendation.
Bonnet Creek is a one-stop-shop for entertainment of all kinds. We ate on site, played, swam, relaxed, got massages, drank our body weight in bloody mary’s (over the course of a week – safety first!) during our stay there. The resort sits off the main thoroughfare nestled behind plenty of trees for a nice private stay and butts up against Disney property. We could see Disney hotels from our balcony and could enjoy music and fireworks every evening from the Disney parks.
Despite being in the off-season, it is a very busy resort but parking and check-in was still a breeze. They had multiple lanes in the front lobby (including a special VIP lane for platinum-?- owners, which my aunts are) at the front desk so things went by quickly. Every single person who worked there was (or at least acting like they were) in good spirits. Every question we had was answered, and every concern was met with sincerity.
Issues were few and far between for us. The only problem we had was that our refrigerator wasn’t cooling down. We had bought a week’s worth of groceries (to eat healthy and save money) and were afraid they would go bad; but the building maintenance men had helped us out by bringing us a whole new refrigerator (that worked)!
Most of our stay at Bonnet Creek was spent poolside with a nice, cool beverage in hand, basking in the sun like lizards or floating lazily along one of their two lazy rivers. One day, at our favorite pool, there was a lip-sync contest for adults (fun stuff was usually aimed at children and resulted in free ice cream). Me, my husband, and my best friend from middle school got up on stage, in swimsuits, and danced (PG rated) to an N’sync song (Bye, Bye, Bye), going up against seasoned professionals singing Vanilla Ice and Aerosmith. It was an intense competition, but we won one free beer a person! Just an FYI, I recommend doing these fun contests because they typically result in free beer (if you’re of age, of course).
The food on-site was delicious. We didn’t partake a lot because we cooked at the condo; but we ordered from the Pizza delivery place and it was delicious. It was VERY pricey. It was $170 (not including tip/tax/fee’s) for three pizzas and two 20-packs of wings. And we got a s’mores pack for one of the pool’s that had a nice fire pit. That was an awesome night sitting under the stars by a fire pit, roasting marshmallows!
I could go on and on about how much I loved this resort – but let’s get to the final rating:
Do you get it yet? This place is awesome.
PS: More posts about this resort to come later!