Secluded Resort and Golf Course Close to Orlando
Less than 15 miles from boisterous children sprinting from ride to ride at one of Orlando's endless supply of theme parks, a palm-tree-lined pool with an idyllic waterfall represents the days last's attraction—without the 45-minute queue. A short shuttle ride away from the three major Orlando theme parks, the Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club opens its arms to weary travelers with multiple televisions and private whirlpool baths in each villa’s master bedroom.
Furnished with plush couches, glass tables, and king- or queen-size beds, the one- or two-bedroom villas feature fully appointed kitchens and a whirlpool bath that eradicates any lingering vacation-based aches with gushing water jets targeted at knotted lower backs. Four pools await outside, including Dunes Lagoon, which boasts a two-story waterslide and private cabanas to watch fellow guests dive, cannonball, or ride a tractor into the water.
Designed by PGA Tour alum and television analyst Gary Koch, the Mystic Dunes Golf Club championship course challenges golfers with 80-foot elevation changes, rolling dunes, and scenic vistas. The front nine recalls the Carolinian Lowcountry—all wetland, marsh, and cypress forest—and the back nine teleports players across the pond with British-style links punctuated by pot bunkers and lush fairways.
Orlando: Family Fun in Sun-Drenched Florida
Recognized as the galaxy’s preeminent family vacation destination, Orlando embraces its lofty billing with iconic theme parks, chains of lakes, and family-friendly entertainment. Fans can interact with their favorite characters from film and television before saddling a rollercoaster and heading for the skies. Not just for young ones, Orlando caters to an adult contingent with an underrated downtown district, a spirited nightlife scene, and necktie-themed amusement parks.