The Villas at Grand Cypress Resort

I never win anything. 

For whatever reason, it seems this is the obligatory response for anyone that wins a contest. Ever listen to the radio and hear the reaction of caller #9? There is a better than not chance that the first thing to leave their mouth is "I never win anything." So when The Villas of Grand Cypress drew me as the winner of a contest on Facebook, I knew exactly what to say.

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The Villas

It was appropriate that the way one entered the contest was by sharing a favorite memory of the resort. There were no shortage of memories for me to choose from, because Grand Cypress was a popular vacation spot for my family when I was a kid. With so many memories from The Villas, I was excited to return once again, and soak in the nostalgia and relaxation that comes naturally to this resort.
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The entrance to our villa.

The Resort

The Villas at Grand Cypress is part of a sprawling resort complex, conveniently located just outside Walt Disney World in Orlando. The resort shares facilities with the nearby Hyatt Grand Cypress, and is definitely the more low-key of the two properties. The Hyatt is an enormous - yet beautiful - hotel that is best designed for conventioneers or those visiting the Orlando theme parks. The Villas, on the other hand, are located about a mile away, in a serene environment surrounding the resort's Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses. 
The Registration Building

If it's tranquility you're after, The Villas at Grand Cypress will certainly deliver. 

I was relaxed from the moment I arrived at The Villas. Although, I'm not really sure if that was thanks to the resort, or the complimentary libations offered at check-in. As I unpacked the car, the sound of birds chirping filled the air, and a family of ducks was there to greet us outside our room. It was hard to believe that Disney and it's organized chaos lay just a stones throw away.
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The family of ducks that welcomed us.

While the Villas are perfect for those planning a golf weekend, there is plenty to keep the non-golfer occupied as well. All of the units are within a short walk of the resort's pool, and complimentary bicycles are available to explore the property.
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Pick a bike any bike...

We opted to take the shuttle up to the Hyatt and enjoyed their water park of a pool. Of course, the real attraction may or may not have been their pitch and putt golf course.

After a couple hours, I was ready to return to the peace and quiet of The Villas. 
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The Villas Pool

The Room

The club suite at The Villas was just as I'd remembered them from past visits. It featured a comfortable king size bed, flat screen TV, a sunken living room with wet bar, and a great patio area overlooking the golf course. The patio also turned out to be a great spot to see the fireworks at Disney.
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The Villa

The bath was also enormous, with a garden tub and separate walk-in shower.
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The Bath

At over 800 square feet, M.J. and I joked that we could easily call the villa home. Sure, it could use a few updates, like new carpet and some modernizing in the bath, but overall the villa was quite comfortable...dare I say, cozy.
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Our view for the two days.

The Review 

The Villas at Grand Cypress offers a feeling of seclusion that you just won't find anywhere else in Orlando. The wife and I were in need of some down time, and that is exactly what we got.
The Villas signature restaurant Nine18

The staff we encountered were outstanding, and the beautiful grounds of the resort only added to the feeling of being on an oasis.
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The beautiful courtyard area by the pool.

Whether you are a family visiting the parks, a couple looking for some R&R, or a group of friends planning the next golf outing, the Villas at Grand Cypress is sure to be an excellent choice.

Enjoy Your Stay

As mentioned, I won a contest on Facebook for a complimentary two-night stay at The Villas of Grand Cypress. As always, all opinions are my own.