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Picture Perfect: Your Florida Vacation in a Rental Home

Picture Perfect: Your Florida Vacation in a Rental Home


If there was ever the perfect place to immortalize a vacation with photographs it would have to be Orlando, Florida. The sun’s omnipresent rays, the beautiful, smiling people, the palm trees in the wind, the majestic waves of the Gulf and the Atlantic, and the soaring creations of imagination at Orlando’s attraction and amusement park put it at the top of vacation destination lists. Many people feel that these perks could only be found in Hawaii or Bora Bora, or the Seychelles, but Florida is closer to home and offers very similar vacation experiences to these luxury locations.

So even if you are onboard with Orlando and Kissimmee for your next vacation, you may be thinking that there’s no way you could afford it. Well that’s certainly not the case. With so many different vacation rental options, you can find accommodations at prices so low, your entire vacation will become feasible. Holiday homes, villa rentals, vacation rentals by owner, vacation rentals and apartment rentals are all very affordable with Favorite Vacation Homes.

A lot of people might think that a very affordable rental home means that they will be missing out of amenities or missing the comfort and convenience of a hotel. That is not the case at all with vacation rentals. Holiday houses and Florida villas are very affordable, but also beautifully decorated and meticulously maintained. They also offer MORE than your standard hotel. They often come with pools, spas, athletic and recreational facilities, nature trails, restaurants and cafes.. the list goes on and on, especially if you book a rental within a rental community.

If you do decide to stay in a villa rental or a condo rental then you will be able to access all of these amenities plus everything else that Orlando, Kissimmee and Florida have to offer. You can check out different attractions here: to get an idea of some of the fun things you might like to do while you’re here.

House for rent by owner and villa rentals are very accessible and affordable. What this means for you is that you can vacation in Florida and use the money you save through your rental home or villa select on restaurants, shows, attraction and amusement park tickets, fun and instructional classes and trips around Florida. Be sure to bring your camera with you because there will certainly be hundreds of shots that will portray the beautiful, luxurious, tropical, fun and affordable vacation you will be having.

Newlyweds and Their Luxury Florida Villa Rental

Newlyweds and Their Luxury Florida Villa Rental


When you are ready to pop the question, you know that you’ve found the person you want to spend your life with. However, you may not know where you want to start your journey together. You have a lof of different options for your honeymoon, so don’t overlook Orlando. You can have a once in a lifetime experience in Orlando, for a fraction of the price of other popular destinations. Which of course means that you can stay in Florida for a longer time and enjoy better restaurants, more luxurious spa treatments, fantastic shows, and exciting trips, while spending the same or less than you would in Hawaii for example.

The first step is to pick a vacation rental for you two newlyweds. You can choose from a variety of villa plus properties, holiday homes, or vacation rentals by owner. Normally a villa would be out of reach for most people, but with Favorite Vacation Rentals you can find luxury rental villas and large holiday homes with lots of amenities for less than a hotel room would cost. Florida villas come with queen or king size beds, fully equipped kitchens, and expansive living spaces. They are also beautifully decorated and maintained. You can find different vacation rentals with private pools and spas. There are also many different rental homes that have access to community pools, spas, clubhouses, and athletic facilities.

While on your honeymoon, you can experience everything you would imagine. Orlando and Kissimmee have great weather year-round, so anytime you decide to rent a Florida villa or condo rental means the sun will always be waiting. Great weather means that you can enjoy the outdoors, the pools, and the beaches. Plus Orlando has great entertainment and attractions. It really depends on what you are looking for in a vacation, but your itinerary can include pool side lounging, couples massages, romantic dinners, and a trip to Disney World. That way you get a little bit of everything in: romance, relaxation, and fun!



Beach Days with Orlando Vacation Rentals

Beach Days with Orlando Vacation Rentals


Vacation rentals are perfect for travellers from all around the world. You can find your perfect villa plus or holiday home for your stay in Orlando. Many vacationers come to stay in villas and vacation rentals by owner to escape the cold winter of their home towns or to have a blast during the summer months. Either way people who choose holiday homes and rental homes save a fortune and get to experience the best parts of vacation: surf, sun, great food, and amazing attractions.

Water is omnipresent in Florida– from the lakes, lagoons and Everglades, to the tropical Gulf waters or the breezy Atlantic coast, even to the pristine pools at resorts, spas, and rental home communities. There is something rejuvenating and refreshing about being in and around water. The great weather in Florida means that you can rent a villa holiday or a holiday apartment any time of the year and still be able to splash around.

If you are staying in a holiday home you should research to find exactly what you are looking for. If you want some privacy then you will be able to find luxury villas with private pools. If you are a more social creature then many Florida villas and holiday houses will also come with community pool access. The pools are used by vacationers like yourself and often are Olympic sized or lagoon pools.

Florida vacation rentals are all about saving money but experiencing luxury. That means that your house will come with all the amenities of a five star hotel for a fraction of the price. That includes pools. There are also often spas, saunas, health and athletic clubs. Even if your particular house rental or holiday villa doesn’t include these amenities, you will always be able to find what you are looking for in Orlando and Kissimmee. There are are world class spas, pools, and health clubs everywhere, looking to cater to you.

5 Reasons to Vacation in an Orlando Vacation Home

5 Reasons to Vacation in an Orlando Vacation Home


  1. There is a wide variety of vacation rentals that are available to you. Unlike the standard hotel room that hardly varies from city to city. You will be able to find an assortment of properties, such as villa plus rentals, holiday homes, vacation rentals by owner and villas. You will be able to find exactly what you are looking for and your rental will surely be a one-of-a-kind and you will be in for a treat.

  2. Florida vacation homes and Orlando vacation rentals are a great option for vacationers who want to see all that central Florida has to offer. Most of the properties are located near popular attractions like Universal Orlando and Disney World. Wherever you decide to get you rental home you will only be a short drive from world class shopping, entertainment and dining. You will also have access to beaches, parks, and historical and cultural sites.

  3. Holiday homes and rental homes are also perfect for homebodies. If you ideal vacation involves less sightseeing and more lounging, reading, and relaxing, then Orlando holiday houses and vacation home rentals will also fit your needs. Instead of being holed up in a cramped hotel room you will have full access to everything you would find in your own home, plus either private or community outdoor spaces, pools, recreational facilities and much more.

  4. Holiday homes and rental homes are cheap, cheap, cheap! And that doesn’t mean what you might think. All rental properties are meticulously maintained and offer the most luxurious amenities, but they rent for incredibly low prices. If you think its too good to be true, just think about the way a traditional hotel works. They have an enormous full time staff to keep things running smoothly. Front desk agents, housekeeping, food service workers, lifeguards, security– the list goes on. However, in a vacation rental, you sometimes only have an interaction with the owner. That means that your cost stays low, but you get so much in return.

  5. Villa holidays and holiday houses in Florida get sun year round so you can work on your tan. Florida vacations are a great time to relax and rejuvenate. However, they are also useful for getting into shape, looking and feeling good. You can swim and tan outdoors. You can go jogging around nature trails. You can ride a bike into town and go shopping. There are also many opportunities to canoe, play tennis, volleyball, basketball, and golf! You’ll come back from your vacation looking like a moviestar!

Vacation Rentals: 10 Family Fun Ideas

Vacation Rentals: 10 Family Fun Ideas

There are so many fun things to with a vacation rental. Staying in a holiday villa or a vacation home can be fun in itself, so it might be tempting to stay in and enjoy your beautiful holiday home. There’s nothing wrong with that! — if you are renting a home or villa at a very reasonable price. Savvy vacationers know that they can have much more fun in a holiday apartment or a house for rent by owner than in a hotel.

  1. You can cook the meal of your dreams in your holiday house. Pick up the freshest ingredients and a bottle of wine and some sparkling juice for the kids and enjoy a feast. You can splurge on some crab and mussels, pick up some steaks and enjoy a surf and turn for a fraction of the price of a restaurant. Then again you can always find a reason to splurge on a restaurant if cooking doesn’t sound like the best use of your time.
  2. Swim in the pool! You can take your family swimming at the beach of any number of community and club pools. And if you really know how to vacation you’ll rent a villa or holiday home with a pool.
  3. Spa night! If you do get a holiday home with a pool, you can relax by the water with a face mask and a couple of cucumbers on your eyelids. Because vacation rentals include kitchens, you can whip up some healthy spa food and drinks and soak up the sun in perfect privacy.
  4. If you have small children and don’t want to be out and about late at night. Pick up some popcorn and sodas and choose a movie everyone will enjoy.
  5. Many holiday villas are location conveniently close to Florida attractions like Walt Disney Land. Staying in a home rental means that you can easily make day trips with the family.
  6. Get a workout in one of the fitness centers located in many of the resort communities. What a better time to work on your fitness than on vacation when you beach body will be on display.
  7. Go out and visit the clubs, lounges, bars, or spas that are part of many luxury villa communities. You can be sure to have a good time at these amenities.
  8. If you forgot to pack something or are just feeling like you need some new digs, you can go shopping and get everything you might need or want. You can model your new clothes for your family.
  9. WIFI allows you to work away from the office. Everyone knows that vacation is for relaxing, but sometimes you just have to send an e-mail or get some work done. WIFIi and ample workspace allow you to get your necessary tasks done.
  10. Go for a walk around you community. Rental villa communities are beautifully landscaped and gated to ensure your privacy and safety. Many of these communities have outdoor activities like fishing and basketball courts.


Vacation Rentals: 5 Ways to Be A Tourist in Your Hometown

5 Ways to Be a Tourist in Your Hometown

We’ve talked a lot about all of the great things about Orlando and central Florida so far. You might be itching for a vacation here, but for whatever reason it has to wait. School, work, family, kids– it can all become a little overwhelming and put a damper on any vacation hopes you might have. But who’s to say that you can’t have a little r & r in your own hometown?

Orlando may have Disney and SeaWorld and beaches and spas and world class dining, but you can find excitement, relaxation, and inspiration in any location as long as you know where to look, and as long as you let yourself be open to the possibilities. Here are a list of ideas that you can peruse to find out how to have your perfect stay at home vacation.

  1. Rent a holiday home in your own hometown to find a change of pace. If you live in a beachtown, you could rent a vacation apartment right by the water for a couple days. The change of scenery will definitely give you the feeling that you are on vacation. If you live nearby any camping spots, you can pitch a tent and start a campfire and have an outdoor experience, knowing that home is just a few minutes away. While it might seem silly to vacation in your hometown, it can give you the recharge that you need and a little change to the routine you settle into every day.
  2. Break out your Hawaiian shirt and your polaroid camera and hit the streets. Taking pictures is a great way to get a new perspective on your city or town. While we often take our hometown for granted, taking pictures forces you to look and observe and take in beautifully scenery, landmarks, and other sites that you would otherwise ignore. Another great idea is to have some of those pictures printed and framed for your house. It will give you a constant reminder about the town in which you live and the possibility for exploring and enjoying it.
  3. If you don’t have all the time in the world, condense your vacation down to an evening. You could take someone special out for a fancy dinner and then see a movie or hit the spa. While this doesn’t really fit the description for a full-fledged vacation, you might think about leaving the phones at home to really unwind and get disconnected for a while. It can be really a really freeing experience to not check your phone and not worry about missing anything, because 99% of the time, it can wait.
  4. Go to a local museum or other attraction that you usually wouldn’t visit. When we travel we often try to fit in as much as possible, going to every museum, every park, every historical site, trying to see everything and not miss out on anything our foreign destination has to offer. Yet, for some reason we don’t consider the attractions in our own hometowns worth the time. Well, maybe because they are always there and we never will really miss out on the opportunity. Taking a mini-personal vacation in your own town can give you the chance to see these things, and who knows maybe you will have found your new favorite spot.
  5. If you are staying in a rental condo, rental villa, or rental house in a different city, it’s easy to enter your vacation state of mind. In your own town its not as easy, but you can still try to get a vacation experience. If you visualize your day, exit your routine, get off the couch, turn off the TV, pack your camera, and head out for the day, you can trick yourself into enjoying all that your own town has to offer. And if that doesn’t work you can always come to Orlando.


Flying Into Your Dream Vacation Home

Flying Into Your Dream Vacation Home

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You don’t have to be a seagull to enjoy the blue Florida sky and the warm Orlando weather. Flying into Florida is a snap with conveniently located airports and easy to use public and private transportation. Renting a vacation home or rental home is a great way to spend time in central Florida in Orlando or near Kissimmee. You can find a villa plus or a holiday home on There are a wide variety of options that will fit the parameters of any vacationer.

If you want to explore the fantastic attractions in Orlando then you can stay in a vacation rental by owner or a holiday home that is near parks like Disney or SeaWorld. Holiday homes are perfect because you can leave at your leisure and even park if you are bringing your own or renting a car. Holiday homes are very affordable, which means that you can spend more money on your vacation. If you stay in a rental home then you will have more money for splurges like ‘fastpass’ tickets, fancy dinners, massages and spa treatments and other luxury perks.

Rental homes are the best of both worlds. They afford the convenience, location, and independence of a real home, but all the luxury and perks of a hotel or resort. Rental homes really have it all, and they come with a wide range of perks, like king size beds, private pools, and maid service. You can find really cheap but beautiful rental apartments or condos. There are also villa holidays in luxury villas that will really rock your vacation.

Holiday houses and vacation home rentals allow anyone to have a five-star, luxury vacation that you might think would be out of your reach. Vacation by owner and houses for rent by owner will allow you to live in a certified rental home in beautiful, breezy Orlando for a fraction of the price you would spend in a hotel. Holiday houses mean that you will be able to experience the nicest parts of Florida and spending your money on things that you really want and really deserve.

Vacation rentals are a great option for people who want to vacation alone or as a couple. You can find apartment rentals that are great deals with room for just one or two people. There are also villa select properties and holiday villas that can accommodate up to 14 people. This means that you can finally have that family reunion that’s been postponed for years! Book today and you and aunt Margaret can catch up with mojitos by the pool.

Vacation Rentals: Villas with Pools

Villas With Pools

One of the best things about vacationing in Florida is the great beach and pool weather year round. Many of us who live near the ocean or lakes and in temperate zones, often take for granted the swimming, diving, and other water activities that are available to us year round. So for our neighbors to the north, being able to splash around the pool or hit the beach can really be a treat. And let’s not forget about spas and hot tubs. After a long day it’s great to relax outside, under the stars, in a hot soak to ease your muscles. There are of course many different options when it comes to rental homes and rental houses in resort communities. Some properties have private pools and spas, some have shared pools, and then there are community pools.

If you are in the market for a vacation rental or a villa rental then you should definitely consider the following properties that include pools and spas.

First we have this small rental by owner property in Kissimmee. Perfect for couples or for two friends, this rental home sleeps 2. This property rents for as low as $117 a night. It includes a heated community pool. This property also has a fully equipped kitchen. Don’t be fooled by the low price, this is not a cheap rental. It includes a King Bed in the master bedroom and a Queen and two twin beds in the guest room. It is also wonderfully decorated, creating a new home away from home.


Next we have a 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom rental apartment that can sleep up to 6 people. This rental home is the beautiful Emerald Island Resort community. This property is fully furnished, has a fully equipped kitchen, free WiFi, and widescreen TVs. This community is also just minutes from all of the fantastic attractions that Orlando has to offer. You can see Disney World and Universal any time you like and with the utmost convenience, when your rental house is just a few miles away. The Emerald Island Resort has a beautiful heated community pool, spa, and sauna. Talk about luxury Florida vacation!


If you have a larger group, then you might consider this rental home in Davenport. It has five bedrooms and can comfortably sleep 10 people. And… it rents for as low as $156 a night. This is the perfect luxurious destination for your family or your group of friends. It includes a private heated pool and an outdoor grilling area, which is perfect for entertaining and spending time outdoors with your group. This home also includes king beds, a gourmet kitchen, multiple TVs and cable. If you’ve been reading us this past month, you’ll know that this is the first Davenport property we’ve written about. Since, it’s new here for us, we’ll let you know that Davenport is a small town, that’s less that 40 minutes from Orlando, and even less to some of the well-known Florida attractions.

Vacation Home Travel Hacks: How to Get to Your Rental House in Style

Vacation Home Travel Hacks: How to Get to Your Rental House in Style

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  1. Pack light because you’ll most likely have a washer and dryer in your vacation villa or vacation condo. You can only bring the essentials to cut down on baggage fees and avoid the wait and potentially losing your luggage.
  2. While you might want to stay in your villa or holiday home all the time and enjoy the many amenities resort communities have to offer, there is plenty to see. Pack appropriate clothes so you can experience it all. At the top of the list are bathing suits, comfortable shoes for sightseeing and shopping sprees, and a formal set of clothes for a night on the town!
  3. If you are in a large party you can skip the 1 ounces 3 bottle ziplock bag fiasco. It might make sense to leave the toiletries at home and buy the appropriate shampoos, toothpastes, etc. Depending on how long you are staying in your rental home or villa select, means you could save a lot of time and money and aggravation.
  4. Study ahead and make a plan and an itinerary. You’ll have plenty of time to spend by the pool in your rental home, so make sure you get to experience everything Orlando has to offer. You could see a show or a game or go to one of the amazing amusement or theme parks. Planning ahead will save you time and money and will prevent the inevitable “What do you want to do today?” exchanges that rarely go anywhere.
  5. If you can think about staying in a holiday villa or rental by owner in Florida during the off-season. Flights will be cheaper (and most likely emptier!), the prices for rental properties will be even lower, and you’ll avoid lines at popular attractions. You might also be more welcome as a tourist in the off-season.
  6. A lot of people come to Florida and stay in a vacation rental or a holiday apartment to relax and get away from it all. However, that doesn’t mean you should burn out before your vacation. See if you can get a little rest and remove some of the stress from your life before you get on the plane, or train, or in the car. Starting your vacation a little early will give you more energy and prevent you from lying on the couch instead of sightseeing or swimming with dolphins, which we’ve previously endorsed.
  7. Don’t follow the herd! Sure there are a lot of time-tested attractions in Florida that bring in millions of visitors every year. We aren’t suggesting that you avoid these spots, but limiting yourself to the most popular places may not be the best course of action. If you want a really special and one of a kind vacation, you’ll need to leave the beaten path and find your special place.

Luxury on a Budget: How Vacation Rentals Offer World Class for Cheap

Luxury on a Budget: How Vacation Rentals Offer World Class for Cheap 

Vacation rentals offer an unprecedented level of luxury for their price. Like we’ve said before, you can get a holiday home or a vacation rental by owner for a fraction of the price of a hotel room. Aside from the great price rental villas and holiday homes offer so many more amenities and perks than hotels, that experiencing all these benefits would cost you thousands of dollars. Villa holiday and holiday houses offer the convenience of a full size home with everything you would expect from your own home– like kitchen, living and dining rooms, full size bedrooms and bathrooms, and everything already furnished.


Villa holidays give you all of the perks of a large villa with access to world class amenities. Not only are holiday houses and vacation home rentals conveniently located near all of Orlando’s most popular attractions like Disney, SeaWorld, and Universal. They are also near amazing beaches and quaint beach towns, great restaurants and shopping.

House rental and holiday apartments will run you between $100 and $150 a night, but that is for the whole rental and not per person. Some larger rental home and holiday villas can accomodate up to 14 people! That means that you per person savings will be incredible!

If you decide to stay in a house rental or a holiday villa that is located within a gated residential vacation community then you will have access to all sorts of different perks during your vacation. First there is the sense of security and community that comes with a gated residential community. Then there are lots of communal spaces for all renters and vacationers to use. There are usually pools– regular, olympic, or lagoon, or a combination of them. There are also athletic facilities like basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. Oftentimes you can find a running track or a nature trail that is included in the community. There are also often restaurants, cafes, clubhouses, game rooms, and movie theatres that cater to vacationers from all around the world.

Within these resort communities there are also a wide variety of luxury villas and luxury rental homes. These rental homes are large and filled with all the amenities you could possibly dream of. Aside from the beautiful decoration and standard equipment you would find in a regular vacation rental, these homes come with HD TVs, free Wifi, large open floor plans, perfect for entertaining. There are also private pools and spas and many of these rentals come with optional maid service if you want to really focus on your vacation and nothing else.