About the Property
The acclaimed Vacation Home/Short-Term Rental Certification Course selected this home to be the example of how to host a home right! Taught in colleges across the nation, the home shows how hosts can use industry 'best practices' to create comfortable and enjoyable guest stays!
The home owners and property managers have reviewed the Governor's approved COVID-19 mandates for vacation homes and is in compliance with these guidelines. Paradise Palms Resort management is also working within these guidelines. It is one of the benefits of reserving your stay within an STR resort and a home owned by a longtime STR owner and educator regarding lodging industry best practices.
Our Family wanted a Beautiful Vacation Home to enjoy with our Children, Grandchildren, and Friends that included fabulous Resort Amenities and the Comforts and Privacy of a new, designer-decorated home with a subtle FROZEN theme, located Close to Disney World but on a Quiet Lane ... We found it
--- and we'd like to share our Luxury Oasis with you!
This townhome, located in the newest area of the resort, has:
--a fully-equipped Gourmet Kitchen,
--Chandeliered Dining Area, Breakfast Bar & Outdoor Dining,
--Living Room With Comfy Couches and Large WiFi Enabled TV/DVD,
--Two master bedrooms with top quality King beds and ensuite bath,
--Two Themed Bedrooms, each with a Full and a Twin Bed---a "Frozen" Paradise and an "Avengers" Room,
--(4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms total)
We wanted to create theme rooms that would make our Grandchildren giggle with delight when they saw photos of where they would sleep, but we didn't want the decorating to be too overwhelming after a long day at the Parks. And we wanted the bedrooms to appeal to guests of all ages-- which the subtle theme allows.
--All bedrooms have TVs with Cable, Ceiling Fans, Closets, and Dressers,
--We've also added Family-Friendly Amenities, such as two Pack-n Plays, three Strollers, a High Chair, Gate, and a collection of DVDs, Games, and Books,
--another shared bath,
--a Laundry Room,
--a screened-In Private Splash Pool and a Covered Lanai.
---WiFi and high speed internet with an Additional Router for even better signal strength,
---Central Heating and Air Conditioning,
---Smoke-free and Pet-free home and exterior area (No Smoking is Allowed),
---Free parking, right outside the front door.
---Luxury Paradise Palms Resort amenities
---a vacation destination in it's own right
---all of this is only a few minutes drive from Disney World and easy access to freeways to Universal Orlando and other attractions.
Beyond the gated PPR entry is:
--the Grand Clubhouse with Concierge Staff,
--Tiki Bar & Grill,
--State-of-the-art Theater/Meeting Room,
--Exercise Facility & Sauna,
--Internet Lounge & Business Center,
--Arcade, Game, and Card Rooms,
--a Variety of Sports Courts and Playgrounds,
--a Zero-entry Pool With Waterfalls, Slides, Fountains, and Plenty of Chairs,
--a Kid's Pool and Splash Pad,
--a Fish-stocked Lake,
--and The Boardwalk that allows you to explore a Protected Habitat Area.
If you want to be close to Disney World and Other Orlando Attractions and enjoy the amenities of a First-Class Resort, while experiencing the Privacy and Comfort of a home on a Quiet Lane, you will love Paradise On Ice at Paradise Palms Resort!
The home is on the newest lane in Paradise Palms Resort, a gated community dedicated to vacation homes/short-term rental properties. Banana Palm is less busy and more quiet than other resort areas and it has special access to the clubhouse area through The Boardwalk. It isn't next to the clubhouse, but we found that it was a shorter walk to the clubhouse than some homes within the main resort area.
This home is owned by the author of Vacation Rental Management 411, the textbook used in colleges courses about vacation home management. The Property Manager is a member of the Florida VRMA, a leading organization promoting quality short-term rental management. We are not simply someone who thought they could list a home on a technology platform and not work at making it safe and comfortable for our guests. We strive to follow industry best practices in all that we do.
The home is also used by the owner who has children and grandchildren in the Orlando area. So it is stocked with amenities that we use during our stay and we make these extra features and amenities available to our guest use. We also have tips (since our grandchildren visit the Disney and Universal parks several times a week---it's their playground) and we are happy to share these tips with our guests.
We care about our guests enjoying a quality stay in our vacation home.
Why Kids Love It
The FROZEN and AVENGER rooms allow kids of all ages to enjoy a bit of fantasy without being overwhelmed by the theme rooms. It's subtle enough to allow for a good night's sleep. There's a TV with Cable in each bedroom, and the home has games, DVDs, books, and a private splash pool. The private pool allows for a cool, relaxing dip in the privacy and convenience of the screen-in back porch. And being so close to Disney World and roads leading to Universal Studios and LegoLand make getting to the parks more convenient.
For families with young children, we have two pack-n-plays, several strollers, a high chair, stair gate, and we usually have some pool and beach toys for our guest's convenience and discretionary use. The home is designed for a family and even an extended family to enjoy a magical stay in the Orlando area.
This home is located within Paradise Palms Resort, one the closest STR-designated resorts near Disney World (and convenient to roads leading to other Orlando Area attractions). The resort has a store, clubhouse, pools, game rooms, walking paths, and sports courts, but it is also within a short drive of a variety of restaurants, shopping, golf courses, fishing, and other sports venues. Beaches are about an hour drive away to the west and to the east. With year-round warm weather, every season has it's advantages for travelers to this popular area.
Attractions Within Walking Distance
The Paradise Palms Resort has a variety of amenities available to our guests within a short walk (or, if you like, a short drive) from our vacation home. The Boardwalk is one of our grandson's favorite adventures as they walk to the clubhouse. It's like a Florida Everglades Adventure! In the main area of the resort, there is a clubhouse with game rooms, a theater, store, fitness center, and a zero-entry pool with spas, a splash pad, slide and plenty of deck chairs. There is a playground and a variety of sports courts, too. The concierge can help guest book excursions and rides to parks (but we recommend that guests have a car when they visit the Orlando area. It allows for easier access to multiple attractions). The location of the home was one of the main reasons we selected it. It's very convenient.
Favorite Places To Eat
There are a variety of great fast food and sit-down dining options within a few minutes drive of the home. We love Texas Roadhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, and Culvers. And there are many more delicious and convenient choices. There are also PUBLIX, Walmart, and convenience/gas station stores near the home. Some have pick-up service, if you want to order items in advance for later pick up.
We have a website and emails with special tips for our guests. Our children and grandchildren are Orlando residents, so their theme parks and Orlando attractions are their "playground."
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Cleaning routines according to CDC and the Governor's COVID-19 guidelines, Swimming pool, Heater, Deadbolt lock, First-aid kit, Smoke detector, Fire extinguisher, Exterior lighting, Carbon-monoxide detector, Resort, Lake View, Washing Machine, Clothes Dryer, Paper Towels, Basic Soaps, Toilet Paper, Living Room, Baby Gate, Ice Maker, Pantry Items, Kettle, Dining Area, Dining, Child's Highchair, Stereo, Books, Foosball, Games, Games for Kids, Toys, Video Library, Video Games, Lawn / Garden, Beach Towels, Outdoor Furniture, Water Sports Gear, Outdoor Pool, Sauna, Spa Whirlpool.
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay|
Sep 08 2020 - Oct 22 2020
Oct 23 2020 - Nov 03 2020
Nov 04 2020 - Nov 24 2020
Nov 25 2020 - Dec 01 2020
Dec 02 2020 - Dec 17 2020
Housekeeping Fee: $125
Tax Rate: 13%
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
10 guest limit per night
100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
50% refund if canceled at least 45 days before arrival date.
see Guest/Host Reservation Agreement and House rules for additional terms.
Last updated on September 29, 2020
Chris & Julie Davies
Year Purchased: 2015
About the owner: We wanted a vacation home near our Orlando grandchildren so the family could gather together on holidays in the comfort of our vacation home. And as longtime STR industry leaders, we were asked by a college to write a course and textbook about Vacation Rental Management 411 and it's being taught in colleges across the country! Our 2-day intensive STR Certification Course is even being mandated by city leaders for their STR hosts. Why? Because the Vacation Home Rental "Best Practices" we teach will help create a comfortable, safe, and enjoyable environment for guests and a successful model for vacation home hosts. We apply these "best practices" in Paradise on Ice! We've worked in hospitality management and healthcare for over 30 years (we opened our first B&B over 30 years ago and Julie was also a respected resort hotel General Manager and has taught hospitality and lodging management at universities). We grew up mainly in the Western USA, but have traveled extensively. Julie was an AFS Foreign Exchange Scholar in the Philippines and Chris served a mission in South Africa. Our children live, served and attended school in Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany, and in many US states. We've studied several languages (some better than others). We've hosted dozens of foster children and foreign exchange scholars and we have dozens more nieces and nephews who frequently stay with us. We embrace the following saying by Mahatma Gandhi: "I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any." We believe in life-long learning---and we put that learning into practice.
Chris & Julie Davies purchased this newly-built Townhome in 2015
Why this property? Why Chris & Julie Davies chose Kissimmee
As we near retirement, we wanted a vacation home that could be a gathering place for multiple generations of our family, extended family, and friends---and that could be shared with others through vacation rental. Paradise Palms Resort is a great location with a variety of desirable amenities. It's close to world-famous theme parks, which we plan to enjoy often, but the resort is also a vacation destination on it's own right. Paradise Palms Resort's pool area and clubhouse are fabulous! And we love the unique Boardwalk experience---it's like a private Florida Everglades Adventure always unveiling a new discovery as we walk over the secluded bridge. Most Paradise Palms Resort guests don't even know this unique feature exists, but our lane has special access to The Boardwalk. We enjoy the lay-out and décor of our townhome, which allows for spaces to relax and recharge. A bit of the "Frozen" theme is found in all rooms, but it is subtle (we didn't want to be bombarded by a bold Disney or Universal theme after being in the parks all day, but wanted our grandchildren to relax in their own themed rooms). Guests of all ages have enjoyed the Frozen and Avenger bedrooms. The kitchen is a joy to cook in and the pool is very refreshing----a private retreat! It's our goal to have a vacation home by each of our children so we can spoil our grandchildren who live there (and sleep in our own bed) and make it easy for the whole family to get together, enjoy excursions, make meals together, and share bedtime stories before we tuck them in and retire to our private suite. This is a wonderful place to stay when there are just two of us or when we have 10 family members and friends! A great home-base in Florida that we share with others through vacation rentals.
What makes this Townhome unique
Our Townhome is in the Newest and Most Exclusive Area of Paradise Palms Resort, on a Quiet Lane With Special Access to The Boardwalk. It's also closer to the Theme Parks and a variety of Shopping options since we can take back-road shortcuts from our security-gated street. There's ample parking directly in front of the home. When we're in our private splash pool, we like the privacy and enjoy the view of beautiful flowers and greenery (rather than looking at other pools, cars, and people). We worked with a decorator to create a subtle "Frozen" theme in calm colors and with comfortable furnishings. Children love the magical feel of the themed rooms. We didn't want the theme to be too overwhelming after a full day at theme parks, or to make any older guests feel uncomfortable in the theme rooms. If you move a few pillows, it's just a comfortable bedroom with a bit of magic in the furnishings. We didn't cut corners on comfort or amenities here. We invested in quality beds and bedding. We don't have just one stroller or pack n play to choose from---we have a selection and we don't charge extra fees for using them. We have a selection of books, toys, games, and DVDs for guests to enjoy during their stay. And the kitchen is more fully equipped than most vacation rental homes. We even have cookbooks, including one where we have shared vacation tips and recipes. We also have a journal where guests also share tips about the area that have made their trip more enjoyable, and a "share basket" full of brochures and maps. Our guest information binder also shares great information about the area, resorts, Paradise Palms Resort, and the townhome. Our Grandchildren and Guests say they love Paradise on Ice--- and so do we! We think you will, too. It's a Wonderful Oasis!
Calendar last updated: September 29, 2020
Guestbook comments from the owner:
Everything was a described. Lots of little extra items left by previous tenants and the owner to help. House was well appointed and perfect for our needs. Comfortable beds plenty of linens. We had a great time.
The property was as described online. My family and I enjoyed the themed home and the convenience of the wade pool out back. My 3 yr old granddaughter was able to “practice” her swimming without worrying about getting in any one else’s way. The only thing I could gripe about is the internet connection - it was very spotty. Of course it was the teenagers who brought it to my attention. Overall great vacation in a great location!
You definitely get what is shown! My kids (ages 34 and 31) said this was the best place we’ve stayed yet! The grandchildren loved the themed bedrooms. I asked my six year old granddaughter what her favorite thing was about vacation. She said having a Frozen bedroom
Enjoyed our stay very much. Kids loved their theme rooms.
Loved this home. There were 7 of us and we did not feel like we were living on top of each other. There are all kinds of homely touches and the owners have spared no expense to make their guests comfortable.
We had a wonderful stay at Paradise on Ice vacation home! The home was tastefully decorated and the kids absolutely loved the Frozen and Avengers rooms! All the beds were so comfortable! The kitchen is stocked with everything you would need...even spices! It was a perfect place to come relax and swim after a long day in the parks! Julie was very helpful and was very quick to answer any questions, very easy to work with! One thing worth mentioning is the section of the resort this house is connected to the main resort by walking over bridge through a wooded swampy area. No big deal to us, but because of our young children, it was easier to take the very quick drive to the clubhouse with all our stuff and the kids. Thank you for a great vacation...we would definitely rebook here and hope to be back again soon!!!
Frequently Asked Questions
How close is Paradise on Ice to Disney World?
Answers regarding distance can be different depending upon how the host is mapping it. Our home is within 5 miles of all Disney World Attractions. Depending upon the part we are visiting, the time of day/traffic, and the route we use, we may enter the parking lot within a 5-minute drive or it could be a half hour drive. We usually plan for 15 minutes. It's good to note that Disney World spans many acres of land and when you park in a Disney lot, you still may need to take additional transportation to get into the park (we call it the first ride of the day). It's good to allow ample time before your day begins so you can enjoy it with less stress. It can be a magical experience.
Do you have additional tips for your guests?
Yes! Our children and grandchildren live in Orlando so they have insider tips that we can share with guests either through email, our website, social media pages, or by phone. There is so much to do in Disney World and Universal Studios so knowing these tips can enhance your experience.
Why do you say that your house is within Paradise Palms Resort? Do you charge additional fees for the resort?
We want to make it easy for our guests to enjoy their stay, so we selected a home within a luxury resort that was designed for vacation homes. There are many amenities that are available to our guests free of charge (and a few that the resort can arrange through the concierge desk). Some vacation home owners at this and other resorts charge additional fees for accessing resort amenities, for colder-weather/seasonal pool heating, or for use of strollers and other amenities. We try to include all essential fees, like these fees, into the reservation price.