Westgate Vacation Villas – A Family Friendly Resort
Westgate Vacation Villas is one of the most fun timeshare alternative resorts to stay at especially if you have kids.
There’s everything to do right here on-site without having to leave the Westgate resort so that will keep your family in full adventure mode all week.
If you wanted to turn this into a Disney™ vacation, you could do that also. You’re only a ONE MILE to the gates of Disney World™. This is nice because if someone in your party falls ill or gets tired, it’s just a hop, skip and jump to run them back to the resort to rest and then get right back to the theme parks.
It’s also great at the end of the night when you’ve closed the parks down to be so close to bed. Ahhh… that’s what I like!
I will say if you are planning a Disney vacation, I highly recommend the Spirit Of Aloha Dinner Show at the Polynesian Hotel.
My family and I stayed at the Westgate Vacation Villas for a week in 2009 for a little R&R. My husband and I can work from anywhere as long as we have our laptops so why not just toss some clothes in a suitcase and stop at the grocery store when we get there and set up ‘home’ for a week. And that’s exactly what we did.
This blog is to share my experience with you so should you decide to stay at Westgate Vacation Villas, you’ll know what to expect.
Check In At Westgate Vacation Villas
When you arrive at the resort, you do have to go through a security gate. I really liked this. They were expecting us. Right away I felt comfortable.
The lobby was full of people when I arrived (this was a picture I took later) but I was still checked in fairly quickly. I was surprised when looking at the line.
The staff was friendly and I WAS NOT asked to take a timeshare tour. Whoot! This is part of the beauty of my travel club membership!
You may be wondering why I even mention that. Well, please understand that ANY time you go to the search engines and book a one-time use (week) timeshare resort stay you will be hounded, harrassed and hurled through the air to take a timeshare tour. It will begin at check-in.
When you are a member of the travel club I belong to… three things happen.
1) You NEVER have to buy the timeshare
2) You NEVER get hounded to take a timeshare tour because you are a member of the timeshare world so to speak
3) You ALWAYS get to buy your week wholesale! ($398-$799 for 7 nights)
Okay, so let’s continue… I’ll tell your more because you WILL want to know this little known timeshare alternative secret and you deserve to know about it actually. It’s awesome!
Westgate Vacation Dining Options
We filled our kitchen with food and snacks and we even grilled out hamburgers, but if you don’t want to do that, there are various dining options on the resort for you to eat at or grab a yummy snack and a Starbucks beverage.
Here’s a picture of Sid’s Bisro. You can see why it was one of my favorites after you read the menu! Oh yeah!
Reminiscent of a European sidewalk café, Sid’s Bistro offers freshly baked pastries, as well as a wide menu selection of the finest Hershey’s premium hand-dipped ice cream and frozen yogurts. Enjoy ice cream cones, shakes, smoothies, custom-made ice cream sundaes, banana splits and homemade cookies, as well as Jamba Juice drinks. Sid’s Bistro also proudly serves Starbucks coffee, cappuccino and espresso along with Tazo teas, Frappucinos and your favorite Starbucks beverages.
Other Dining Options At Westgate Vacation Villas
Westgate Vacation Town Center
When you check in you are given the Westgate Vacation Town Center Map.
This is a map showing you where all the amenities are and where to catch the train (tram) if you need a ride from place to place. Unless you’re a real walker, the resort is very large and catching the tram is the way to go unless you have a car.
Here’s what the Westgate Vacation Town Center map looks like.
Download the PDF and see it up close! You’ve Got To See This!
Westgate Vacation Villas 2 Bedroom Floorplan and Pictures
Here’s the floor plan of our unit we stayed in.
I snapped a few pictures to show you the inside of our unit. It was very clean and bright although my camera didn’t pick up the brightness very well. These units are not super fancy but they are clean, kid friendly and pleasant. It was tiled throughout except for the bedrooms which had carpet.
I appreciated a TV in each bedroom plus the living room. I appreciated the space where everyone could have privacy to get away, to read or rest and it really felt like home. Nobody had to line up for showers or to use the restroom. Our unit had 3 full bathrooms.
To say the least, it was all the conveniences you want to feel like home for the week.
Westgate Vacation Villas Activities
There is plenty to do at Westgate Vacation Villas.
Basketball Courts: Whether you choose to get in on a pick-up game, challenge the kids to some H.O.R.S.E. or simply enjoy a leisurely game of one-on-one, feel free to shoot some hoops at one of several Basketball Courts located throughout the resort.
Tennis Courts: Bring your racket
Bicycle Rentals: Hourly Bicycle Rentals are available for the convenience of our guests. There’s simply no better way to explore our beautiful resort and discover all of the abundant onsite amenities available to you than via bicycle. So round up the whole family for a fun-filled bike excursion and enjoy the fresh Florida air!
Boat Rentals: The peaceful waters of our scenic lake provide the perfect ingredients for a memorable morning or afternoon outing! Guests enjoy the convenience of boat rentals at our Marina and can choose from two boat types
Fishing: Bring your own gear. Both the casual and serious angler will enjoy fishing along the shoreline of Seagull Lake across from Town Hall or the Fishing Pier adjacent to the Tennis Courts. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful fishing experience at Westgate!
Game room: Test your skill at our amazing video arcade, which offers every type of game imaginable! Fun for all ages, the lively Mission Control Game Room boasts a variety of contemporary and classic games (and air hockey, of course!) that provide an enjoyable outing for the whole family.
Horseshoes: After a full day exploring Central Florida’s world-famous theme parks and attractions, relax and unwind with the entire family during a game of Horseshoes while surrounded by the resort’s beautiful, tropically landscaped grounds.
Kid’s Club: Children ages 2-12 (must be potty trained) are invited to visit the Westgate Kid’s Club for supervised fun while parents enjoy some time off to experience resort activities (or rest) on their own! The approach is creative and the indoor environment provides a safe and secure place for children to have a great time! The Kid’s Club at Westgate Vacation Villas Resort & Spa features video games, arts and crafts, board games, organized fun and a friendly staff dedicated to the supervision of children.
Movie Theater: Your Central Florida vacation is not complete without a family movie night and the Town Hall boasts its very own movie theater! Kids of all ages will enjoy the Disney Movie Theater, which features their favorite Disney movies.
Playground: Kids will enjoy endless hours of fun as they climb, slide and use their imagination for creative play in a safe environment at one of the several Playgrounds
Shuffleboard: Challenge your family or friends to a fun and relaxing game of Shuffleboard at one of the resort’s full-size Shuffleboard courts.
Volleyball Courts: Gather your family or friends for a casual or competitive game of beach volleyball! Enjoy a chance to soak up the Florida sunshine as you bump, set and spike your way to a fun-filled afternoon at one of the resort’s Sand Volleyball Courts.
Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs: Enjoy one of the 14 outdoor heated swimming pools, including a children’s wading pool and 14 hot tubs conveniently located throughout the resort
Miniature Golf: Fun and challenging for all ages, the dinosaur-themed Jurassic Miniature Golf Course is located lakeside and features 18 holes surrounded by prehistoric giants. It’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy some quality time with friends and family in the early morning or late afternoon.
Below…Look at the clouds reflecting off the lake. Very cool, eh?
Westgate Vacation Villas Timeshare Alternative
We really enjoyed our week at Westgate Vacation Villas. While it was pretty much a week of rest and relaxation and the fun of working while at a fabulous resort, we did take a day trip to Disney™ Downtown (We’ve been to the other Disney™ theme parks a bazillion times – but hey… who gets tired of Disney™? Not us! But this trip we opted not. We did run over to Sea World™ for a day as well.
As I mentioned above, Westgate Vacation Villas is listed as a resort inside the travel club membership we own. It’s a lifetime member (100 years) and we paid a small one-time membership fee and then we only pay for the weeks we want to use, when we want to use them and where we want to stay. How cool is that?
- We can use our membership 52 weeks a year
- We don’t buy any timeshares
- We don’t go to any timeshare presentations
- We reserve our week online, paying between $398 and $699… go on vacation… end of story.
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I would close this review of Westgate Vacation Villas by saying if you are thinking of buying a timeshare, you owe it to yourself before you spend the money and commit to a long term contract of maintenance fees, usage fees and use restrictions, that you get this details of the travel club first.
I believe you will be pleasantly shocked to discover that you don’t have to buy the timeshare to enjoy them anytime you want and for up to 80%-90% off your weekly use.
I know I was in 2007 when someone told me about it. I’ve taken so many vacations since then because with this membership and the ability to stay in over 5,000 locations worldwide any time we want … well.. we can’t afford NOT to take more vacations!
Be very careful about buying timeshares, new or resale because it’s not all what it’s believed to be. I wrote an article called Timeshares For Sale – FTC Warns Of Resellers that you may be interested in reading should you be looking for a timeshare.
This is just one more reason to love the timeshare alternative. And our member prices are so inexpensive!
For Example: At the time of this post I did a cost comparison on the 2 bedroom condo
Checking in: Dec 13, 2014
Checking out: Dec 20, 2014
Travel Club $245.00
This IS typical. Our members save up to 90% off one time use retail pricing all the time.
You can reserve your weeks stay at the Westgate Vacation Villa and pay between $398 and $799, which includes tax, internet, parking. You are able to book it online in a nano second through your travel club portal.
Fabulous Vacation Savings!
If you do the math, you will realize that for the SAME money you would have spent on just the 7 night resort stay through Expedia™ you could stay at the Westgate using your membership and in this example for $245, have enough left to buy three 7-day Disney™ park tickets? Think about it. You’ll quickly see why you’ll take more vacations. All I can do is smile as I write this!
Well, thanks for spending a few minutes with me here. I hope you’ll look around and read more reviews of great resorts for you and your family to enjoy~ I appreciate you!
I hope you enjoyed my review of the Westgate Vacation Villas
Again … don’t buy the timeshare! Rather, join the travel club, which is your timeshare alternative, where you get to have your cake and eat it too!
With the membership, you can reserve a unit here at Westgate Vacation Villas any time you want and just pay $398 – $799 for the entire 7 night stay. That’s it! Or in this example, pay even less!
Life Your Life On Vacation! (and don’t forget to take pictures!)
Steve and Debbie
Oh.. and our daughter Ashley got caught eating ice cream from the container rather than getting a bowl… humm…
But gotta have ice cream in the freezer on vacation!
PS: Please leave your comments and share your favorite things to do in Florida. I’d love to hear from you!