We have just got back from Highlands Reserve, where we stayed
at a 6bedroom / 4bath Florida villa. Our Florida villa was wonderful - exactly
as advertised. I'm a stickler for such things - nothing annoys me more than
First, and most important, the Florida villa was nicely decorated and very clean. The pool was wonderful, the beds comfortable, the 42" TV and huge selection of DVD movies were great, the computer and printer were ideal for printing maps, checking weather, keeping up with e-mail, etc. The game room in our Florida villa had loads of toys for all ages and included a 6 foot pool table, foosball, video game system, etc and was fun even for our older teenagers. We also found in our Florida villa eight large beach towels for the pool and waterparks, and even a top-of-the-range stroller, a cooler for bringing along food/beverages, little kid's bikes, and more.
The bedrooms in the Florida villa comprised a king master suite, a queen suite, an Animal Kingdom themed queen suite, and a princess room suite with two twins. I believe the living room sofa was also a convertible. Every bedroom in our Florida villa had a television, and private bathrooms - one of which was double entry. There were blow dryers in all bathrooms plus a hair-straightener in the master bedroom..
The kitchen in the Florida villa was well-equipped with a great wide slot 4 banger bagel toaster, icemaker, blender, lots of pots and pans, etc. It was probably the best-equipped rental kitchen we have ever experienced. The blender made really good margaritas. All the appliances in the Florida villa were fairly new and worked without any problems.
The Highlands Reserve surroundings are wonderful. Our Florida villa was probably a 5 minute walk to the golf clubhouse. You might want to drive from your Florida villa if you've already walked enough in the parks. We mainly used the pool in our Florida villa, but visited the community pool once. Unfortunately we had to leave due to there being lightning in the area. We romped enough on the slides at the waterparks while there so this wasn't a big issue.
We found that our Florida Villa at Highlands Reserve was incredibly close and convenient to Walt Disney World and all the area stores and restaurants. We never drove more than 10 minutes to or from any of the parks (usually it was around 5 to 7 minutes) using the Sherberth Rd shortcut most of the time, especially at night when the park closing traffic could be heavy.