Stayed at Cypress Harbor as part of the Vacation Club sales pitch. We loved it. Kids loved all three pools, we had to try them all. They have all sorts of things going on for the kids. Put Put golf, bikes, water bikes, fishing, crafts, video games you name it. Basketball goals, volleyball, soccer, shuffle board to name a few more. Salesman said Cypress Harbor is Marriotts oldest property in Orlando. If so, its been very well upkept, I couldnt tell.
As good as Grand Vista, not sure as we've never been there.
I am an owner at Grande Vista (2 units), but have never stayed at Cypress Harbor. Our next stay in June will be there and I am wondering how it compares to Grande Vista. Is it as kids friendly, and how are the amenities?
Cypress Harbour is the #1 resort in the Marriott chain of resorts. We bought two weeks when they first opened and have never regretted it. Our kids and grandkids love the place. May have to buy another week in the secondary market to keep everyone happy. The place is not cheap but they maintain a high quality and spend our maintenance fees wisely.
Great job MCH folks!! keep up the good work.
Cypress Harbor consistently gets high marks in the Orlando area for being kids friendly. The site offers many recreational amenities plus a full array of activities for different age groups. Combined with the proximity to the theme parks and water parks, Cypress Harbor must seem like paradise to anyone under 12.
Contrary to the sales' statement, CH is not the oldest Marriott Vacation Club in Orlando, that would be Sabal Palms on the property of the Marriott Orlando World Center. Like Cypress Harbor, Sabal Palms offers 2 bedroom units, but Sabal's are more spacious and configured in a townhouse style compared to the condo style at CH. Cypress Harbor is not linked to a hotel and maybe that is what sales meant; it's the oldest of the non-linked Vacation Clubs in Orlando.
Age of resort does not show at Cypress Harbor because the GM there is extraordinary. It takes vision, leadership and teamwork to keep a resort of that size, caliber and location in tip-top shape and up to the ever-changing demands of the market. In fact, the GM was recognized by the timeshare industry to be the top GM across all of the major-brand timeshare resorts, a few years back. Among the timeshare resorts in Orlando, Cypress Harbor consistently receives positive reviews on TripAdvisor.com.
took our adult kids and grandkids to cypress harbor a few years ago in june. although we are grand vista owners, this was a great place. there were activities for the kids of all ages and because the resort isn't as large as grand vista, it was easier to get around. would stay there again. the grandkids still talk about the fun at cypress harbor. you will enjoy your stay. the staff was very accomodating to our needs and the villas were perfect. they gave us 3 units next to each other which was great!
Hi. We have headed south to Florida for the past 10 years and while we aren't owners, always try to stay at MVC. We have stayed at Harbour Lake, Cypress Harbour, Grande Vista, and several Sheraton and Hilton Vacation club properties. We always try to stay at Cypress Harbour. The villas are always maintained and clean. The service is excellent, should you need anything even during the always busy Easter holiday, they provide it. We usually drive down and arrived at "off" times and they always do what they can to accomodate us with a room asap. The pool areas are always well staffed - games and music througout the day. A boat will carry you from one side to the other during the day. Plenty to do for the kids as well - my kids love to fish and there are plenty of places to do just that even a daily contest with prizes. Paddleboats, pool, life sized chess - and a video arcade. All kinds of planned activites throughout the day - at night basketball games and entertainment at the pool. My oldest two are 17 and 19 and they love this place. ( so they were 7 and 9 when we first went) Gas grills were also available but not in close proximity to some villas. If you go at a peak time finding seats at the pool will be an issue - there are no restrictions as to how many "empty" seats you can save and while many people were looking for seats towels saved seats for hours! (only negative about the place!)
We stayed at Grande Vista several years ago during Easter Break as well, and weren't impressed. Had trouble with getting a room, then it wasn't clean, housekeeping left door open to be found when we arrived back at the room 11:00pm. To top it off they messed up the check out transaction - not scanning $400.00 worth of gift cards correctly and inadvertantly overcharging the credit card. (which took me 3 months to fix with them!) BUT the place was beautiful and we would return. Fishing available, a great pool deck which did not allow you to save seats with towels for hours... a climbing wall, kids activities and a pizza hut (very imp!)
Last year we booked late and could only get into Harbour Lake. We were excited because of the "lake" part. Our 8 year old thought it was great- pools, water slide. mini golf, arcade and relatively small. the room was older but clean, the staff was excellent. BUT you virtually had no use of the lake for fishing, paddleboating, etc. The pools were nice and never crowded. There were kids activites but they were definitel geared toward younger children. Because of the age of our child, we would probably not stay there again.
Hope this helps you, we are looking forward to our trek southward again this year - 6 inches of snow here last night! UGH!