Disabled Friendly Florida Villas
If there's one thing you can rely on, it's that you can't rely on the British weather. It might have made our country one of the most scenic in the world, but it's hard to appreciate this on a drizzly day in July. That's why, with the summer season here, people are escaping to more pleasant climes - and one of the biggest draws, for young and old alike, is Florida.
Factoring accessibility and comfort into Florida holidays is of vital importance to holiday-goers with disabilities. Thankfully, Florida is one of the world's most accommodating destinations, but the same often can't be said for the state's hotels. Instead, we've found that a Florida villa could be the answer to enjoying a holiday in the Sunshine State, no matter your age or needs.
For many holiday-goers, self-catered villas in Florida are first choice for accommodation, especially when not enough hotels offer the accessibility or assistance to let people with disabilities enjoy their break. So, let's look at some of the reasons why Florida villa holidays are ideal for people with a disability, and for their families and carers.
In a tourist spot as famous as Florida, most hotels are always packed, even out of the high season. Aside from your hotel room, there's little chance to escape the crowds.
Many villas in Florida - particularly around residential districts, like Kissimmee and Orange Tree - have an advantage that hotels can't boast: privacy. As opposed to the modest rooms of a hotel, a Florida holiday villa is spacious and secluded enough for you to enjoy a peaceful holiday, whether you're sharing or just want some 'me time'.
With most holiday villas in Florida backing onto conservation areas and lakes, and many boasting secure, private pools, there's a tranquillity you won't find in the hotels of International Drive or Walt Disney World Resort.
GETTING AROUND THE VILLA
When the Americans build something, you know it's going to be big. This goes for the majority of their hotels. So there might be a problem if you don't fancy waiting for the elevator to the 27th floor. True, whilst most hotels cannot be faulted for providing disabled assistance, their sheer size and lack of accessibility can be daunting for those with impaired mobility.
With a Florida holiday villa, the key difference is that 'big' relates to space, not effort. With private driveways for every Florida villa, direct access from vehicle to front door is quick and effortless.
Most villas are also single storey, designed with all rooms on the ground floor - no lifts, no stairs. Coupled with wide doorways, multiple disabled-access bath and shower rooms adjacent to bedrooms, and - in many cases - a private pool with optional hoists and mobility equipment, it seems that Florida villas are designed with disabled access front of mind. Perhaps the best thing about villas in Florida, though, is that they contain all the comforts of home - with a few more thrown in for good measure (well, we certainly don't have a pool at home ..).
When you've settled into your Florida villa, it's time to explore. Whilst many hotels may be in the centre of Orlando, it's hard to venture out without being tied to an itinerary.
From a Florida holiday villa, however, it's easy to discover all the Sunshine State has to offer, no matter age or ability. Within a short distance from each villa (usually in the same neighbourhood), you'll find tennis and basketball courts, alongside children's play areas featuring easy wheelchair access.
Alternatively, if you're simply looking for a more sedate holiday, you're only ever a short drive from enjoying Florida's beautiful scenery, from orange groves to rolling glades.
Of course, no Florida villa holidays are complete without a trip to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, especially for families with children. Florida resorts are no less considerate here, with wheelchair access and priority seating on all rides and attractions for children with disabilities, and a thorough effort to cater for all holidaymakers, no matter their requirements.
A STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY
What a holiday is really about, though, is unwinding and running to your own schedule. Yet, when people go full-board, they lock themselves into hotel itineraries that force them to rush around Florida within a strict timescale. For us, this isn't what makes a memorable holiday. Staying in self-catered villas in Florida, however, gives you the freedom to sightsee at your own pace, or simply soak up the subtropical sun and relax.
Given the widespread consideration given to disabled access and assistance across the state, from excellent facilities to well-designed, wheelchair-accessible villas, this freedom and relaxation is what makes a Florida villa holiday so memorable for everyone. Unlike the British weather, that's something you can rely on.
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