Grande Villas at World Golf Village Review: A Bluegreen Resort in St. Augustine, Florida

Lisa Fritscher June 19, 2014 No Comments

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World Golf Hall of Fame

The beautiful World Golf Hall of Fame dominates the skyline.

There are definite perks to having a best friend who works for a vacation ownership company. For my birthday last year, Angela and my dad plotted to give me a weekend to remember in St. Augustine, complete with a stay at the stunning Grande Villas at World Golf Village, a Bluegreen resort property.

Dad and Angela refused to tell me anything about the birthday plans. I didn’t even know Angela was coming along until we picked her up from work that afternoon, nor did I know we were spending the weekend in St. Augustine until we were almost there. After a leisurely dinner stop at my favorite seafood restaurant, Aunt Catfish’s on the River in Port Orange, we arrived in St. Augustine in the late evening.

 

Public Areas

My jaw dropped when we first entered the property. Despite the lateness of the hour, the tree-lined private drive and the imposing World Golf Hall of Fame building made me realize that this was no ordinary hotel. The property features two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, interactive putting greens and the biggest golf shop in the United States.

Balcony View

The view from our balcony was breathtaking.

For non-golfers, the stunning swimming pool, sports courts, IMAX theater and vast array of restaurants offer plenty of choices for fun and relaxation. Activities from scavenger hunts and trivia contests to Bingo and afternoon socials are scheduled throughout the year. Board games are available for check-out in the comfortable lobby.

 

Guest Rooms

As we were only there for the weekend, we headed to our villa shortly after check-in to rest up for sightseeing the next day. Our villa was gorgeously appointed and spotlessly clean. Both bedrooms were huge, with a king bed in the master and two queens in the second. The master had a large shower, while the second bathroom featured an eye-popping soaking tub with jets that was quite a hit! Both bedrooms had roomy closets and large dressers that would have held enough clothes for a month, as well as flat screen TVs.

Kitchen

Our well-equipped kitchen was easy to use.

The spacious kitchen was fully equipped with high-end appliances and plenty of work surface area. Piles of dishes, pots and pans, and other essential equipment made it easy to prepare anything we wanted. We were even provided with paper towels and a starter packet of dishwasher detergent, as well as a small bottle of dish liquid.

The dining table and chairs were elegant, and the chairs were well padded. The living room featured a comfortable sleeper sofa and a sort of chaise lounge that I immediately claimed as my spot for the weekend. Two wheeled ottomans served as both coffee table and additional seating. There was enough storage space in the living room that anyone staying on the sleeper sofa would have had room to fully unpack.

Our balcony, overlooking the pool, was screened. Patio furniture and a ceiling fan made it a comfortable spot to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Smoking is allowed on the balconies (bring your own ashtray), but be careful to shut the doors tightly. A fee is assessed for any smoke that enters the villa.

 

Location

The Grande Villas at World Golf Village is conveniently located to all St. Augustine attractions. We spent most of the weekend touring the historic district, and did not have any trouble finding our way. Yet the resort is just far enough off the beaten path to feel like a retreat. After fighting the crowds all day, it was nice to come “home” to a quiet and truly relaxing hideaway.

 

Living and Dining

The living and dining rooms were comfortable yet elegant.

Tips for Parents

The villas are spacious and well-equipped, with plenty of room for families to spread out. The laminate wood floors are comfortable enough for kids to play on, and the villas provide a relaxed elegance appropriate for both adults and children. If you have time in your schedule, the resort activities are a great opportunity for kids to meet others of their own age.

Visit the Attractions desk for discounts and recommendations on things to do in the area. Dad and Angela had largely planned our trip in advance, using Groupon and other deal sites. Yet the Attractions desk recommended a few things we didn’t know about, including the highly impressive St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum.

Villas range in size from 620 square foot one-bedrooms to 1465 square foot combined two-bedrooms, which pair a one-bedroom standard with a one-bedroom deluxe. We found the traditional two-bedroom to provide more than enough space for three adults. A small family with a young child or two could easily fit comfortably into a one-bedroom.

Daily housekeeping is not included, but is available at your convenience for a small fee. Fresh towels, trash bags and recycling bags are provided on request. Basic cleaning supplies are provided in the villas, and we found it easy to clean up after ourselves each day. If anything on your villa’s supply list is missing, call the front desk to have it delivered at no charge.

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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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