The Fountains Review: A Bluegreen Resort in Orlando, Florida

Lisa Fritscher May 28, 2014 No Comments

Pool Complex

The stunning pool complex is the hub of The Fountains.

Vacation ownership is a hot new way to travel. Rather than the timeshares of old, which required owners to go to the same place during the same week every year, vacation ownership allows you to buy varying amounts of points. You can then use your points to book stays at any resort in the system. Vacation ownership companies often have contracts with other systems, hotel chains, and even cruise ships, allowing you to customize your vacations even further.

My best friend Angela works for Bluegreen, a vacation ownership company that happens to have 11 properties in Florida and dozens across the United States. She invited Dad and me along on an employee stay at The Fountains, and we were impressed enough that we bought a small starter package of points. Whether or not vacation ownership is right for you, there is no denying that The Fountains is a beautiful property!


Public Areas

Fire Pit

The massive stone fire pits are a great place to relax at night.

The Fountains encompasses 54 acres along a lake. The Clubhouse is a 20,000 square foot building that houses everything from a business center to a coffee shop, and a fitness center to an outdoor relaxation garden. A large arcade connected to the H2O bar gives kids and adults alike a chance to unwind after a busy day. Games and activities are often held at the Clubhouse, depending on the time of year.

The hub of the guest experience is the stunning 75,000 square foot pool complex. An elegant zero-entry pool, two high-speed water slides, two hot tubs and even interactive fountains make this a great place for families. The attached tiki bar, with friendly bartenders, reasonably priced drinks, and excellent food in massive portions, kept us occupied for hours! Just across the bridge, a small beach with chairs, hammocks and massive stone fire pits was the perfect spot for late-night relaxation.


Guest Rooms

Guest Villa

Our villa was spacious, comfortable and immaculately clean.

Our two-bedroom villa was spotlessly clean and very well appointed. The master bedroom featured a king-sized bed and one of the most comfortable chairs I have ever sat in, which I immediately dubbed my “relaxation chair.” A dimmer switch let me sit and relax with enough light to comfortably read. The master bath had a separate sink and vanity area.

The second bedroom, which Angela and I shared, had two queen-size beds. The bathroom had a reasonably deep bathtub. Both bedrooms had flat-screen TVs, very large closets and dressers, and plenty of floor space to move around.

The kitchen was huge, with upgraded countertops and appliances. The large refrigerator easily held our groceries for the week as well as various carryout boxes from our restaurant meals. The kitchen was fully equipped, including a wide variety of dishes and cooking implements, a roll of paper towels, and even a starter packet of dishwasher detergent. A small laundry room with a stacked washer and dryer was connected to the kitchen.

The dining table and chairs were perfectly comfortable for mealtimes. As a writer, though, I spend a great deal of time sitting in front of a computer. I found the painted wooden chairs much more comfortable for protracted sitting after we piled a few pool towels on them.

Guest Bedroom

Angela and I shared a roomy, plush bedroom.

The living room had a plush sectional sleeper sofa, a leather ottoman on wheels, and an extremely cool trunk-style end table, as well as a flat-screen TV and a great deal of storage space. Fun artwork on the walls and other decorative touches made the room feel warm and welcoming.

The balcony, accessible from both the living room and the master bedroom, had comfortable patio-style seating, a screen to protect us from bugs, and a ceiling fan to keep us cool. Most villas have views of the pool complex, lake or other pretty parts of the property. Smoking is allowed on the balconies, provided that the doors are tightly closed and you bring your own ashtray. You will be charged a cleaning fee if smoke enters the villa.

All villas at The Fountains are two-bedroom and average between 1000 and 1300 square feet, with the exception of the three-bedroom, 2700 square foot Presidential Suite. We found the villa spacious, immaculately clean, and an excellent place to relax for a week.



The Fountains is located on South International Drive in the heart of Orlando’s tourist district. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando and dozens of smaller attractions are just a short drive away. Be sure to visit the Attractions desk in the Clubhouse for discounts and suggestions on things to do on any budget, for any combination of interests.


Tips for Parents


The hammocks, located on the beach near the fire pits, provide a relaxing spot for an evening snooze.

Unlike a traditional hotel room, The Fountains allows your family to spread out and relax. The full kitchen allows you to save money by cooking some meals, while the living room and balcony provide plenty of space to unwind. The public areas offer numerous things to do, allowing you to find entertainment even when you don’t want to go out and fight the Orlando traffic. The resort is big enough that it never feels crowded, yet most people are sociable and happy to strike up a conversation.

If your kids are small, be aware that the living, dining and kitchen areas have tile floors. You might want to bring an area rug for the kids to play on.

Housekeeping service is not provided during a typical one-week stay, although you can call for a room refresh at any time for a small fee. Basic cleaning supplies such as a broom are provided, and we found it easy to sweep the common area every day. Extra trash bags and recycling bags are available on request, as are clean towels. If your villas is missing anything on the provided supply list, such as a pan or a knife, call the front desk and someone will bring the missing item.

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Lisa is a full-time travel writer. She lives in an RV with her disabled father and writes about their experiences. Although she has no children of her own, Lisa loves being an Aunt to her own relatives and the children of all her friends. You can follow her adventures on her blog, Travel Confessions.

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