Reunion Resort, A Salamander Resort

A golfer's nirvana
VERIFIED LUXURY
There’s little you’ll want when you’re at Reunion Resort. The 2,300-acre Orlando hotel gives you access to golf and tennis pros, famed chefs and a crew that specifically caters to children.

While Reunion boasts 10-plus pools, an onsite water park and championship golf courses, one of its biggest draws is its proximity to Walt Disney World. The Orlando hotel sits just six miles from the theme park, though you won’t have to fight the Disney crowds; thanks to its location against traffic, you’ll rarely get stuck on the road.

Reunion Resort offers six different dining venues, as well as in-room dining, so there’s no chance of going hungry at this Orlando, Florida resort. Plus, all the suites and villas come with kitchens, making it easy to cook some of your meals yourself.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Reunion Resort is different from the rest in that it’s more like a gated neighborhood, and less like a typical Florida hotel. Reunion is mainly owner-owned, so you’re essentially vacationing in someone’s beautiful abode if you opt for a villa or home.
  • Each one of the 10 areas at Reunion has its own pool. There are also pools on the roof of The Grande tower, at the water park and in Seven Eagles, which houses the resort’s main pool.
  • The Central Florida hotel is a cashless and tipless resort. Your daily resort fee covers all gratuities, including those for the bellman and valet. And your keycard acts as a credit card during your stay; anything you charge on it will be billed directly to your room.
  • The Sushi Bar in the Grande Lobby is open Tuesday to Saturday nights, serving special sushi rolls and cocktails from Reunion’s own sushi chef, Michael Ha. Don’t miss the Grand Reunion Roll, made with shrimp tempura, cucumber, steamed shrimp, toasted sesame seeds and Ha’s special sauce.
Things to Know
  • The nice thing about Orlando, Florida is that the weather cooperates year-round, so no matter when you stay at the resort, you’ll enjoy time in the sun.
  • The Orlando area’s high-travel season is largely dictated by the Walt Disney World theme parks. School vacations and holidays are the busiest times of the year here, and it’s also the time when Reunion Resort sees the most visitors.
  • Golfers will enjoy a trip to Reunion from January to May when the courses are prime for playing, but the masses haven’t descended on Florida yet.
  • Leisure travel months are typically June to December — though the resort sees fewer visitors between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Rooms
  • There 30 different room types to choose from at Reunion Resort, but they’re more like suites than typical hotel rooms.
  • The deluxe villas come in one- or two-bedroom units and each has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living room with queen sleeper sofa, and a private balcony. The superior villas are the next step up from deluxe villas, offering connecting rooms and a bit more space.
  • The estate villas are located in The Grande building and come in one- or two-bedroom units. Each estate villa has a kitchen, dining area, living room (some with sleeper sofas), walkout balcony, and easy access to the rooftop pool, restaurants and the ANNIKA Academy.
  • More space can be found in the resort’s deluxe homes, which come in three- to five-bedroom configurations and feature full kitchens, living room and dining room areas, private patios, and views of either the golf course or lake.
  • Superior homes are a step above the deluxe homes; they offer all the same amenities, but with a little more square footage. The estate homes are the elite properties at the resort, offering views of one of the golf courses. These homes also have private fenced or screened in swimming pools, and garages.
The Restaurants
  • Located on the first floor of The Grande building, Forte is the resort’s fine dining restaurant that features an American steakhouse menu under soft lighting and a red brick facade. Forte is only open seasonally during the high tourist months, but it could remain closed during low occupancy nights at the resort.
  • For casual American cuisine, head to Eleven, the restaurant located on the top floor (11th floor) of The Grande tower. It serves salads, fish, steak and pasta dishes, and you can sit at the bar or in the dining room to indulge.
  • Even more casual fare can be found at The Cove, which is located at the resort’s main pool and serves everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to burgers and hot dogs, as well as cocktails and soft drinks.
  • There is also a restaurant at the resort’s water park; it’s called Long Boards and serves your basic chips, dips, fries and burgers.
  • The Clubhouse, which is a family-friendly spot adjacent to The Grande, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. And during the holidays, it hosts holiday brunches and family-style dining events.
Getting There
7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, Florida 34747
TEL407-662-1000
NEARBY AIRPORT(S)
MCO (30-40 min)   MLB