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Marriott’s Lakeshore Reserve, Grande Lakes Review and HACK: 3 bedroom villa

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The Marriott Lakeshore Reserve is part of a trifecta of Grande Lake resorts

The are three resorts on the 500 acre Grand Lakes reserve: Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott, and the timeshare property where we stayed, Lakeshore Reserve. All three are beautiful properties and have access to one another’s amenities. So if you’re staying at the Lakeshore Reserve you can mosey on down to the Ritz Carlton and enjoy their pool, restaurants, and activities. Because of this, I’m not really sure why anyone would stay at anything but the Lakeshore Reserve. As you’ll see in the following review, it’s a fantastic property. You can use cash, Marriott Rewards, Vacation Club trade, Marriott Club points, Trust points, and also trade with Interval international.

At the bottom of this review I have a tip/hack as to how you can Maximize your Marriott Vacation Club Trust points.

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Lobby

The Deets

  • When: November 2015
  • Room Type: 3 Bedroom Villa
  • Status: Marriott Vacation Club Owner/Marriott Gold
  • How much: Trade in using Marriott Vacation Club

There were tons of things to do on site – as well as at the other resorts with reciprocal use right.

  • There is a great golf course
  • Great fitness center
  • Multiple Pools
  • Tons of outdoor activities like cornhole, walking trails, bocci ball, shuffleboard
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activity area near the main building
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great fitness center
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bar and grill off main lobby

The Location:

The Grande Lakes reserve is 500 acres of secluded refuge in the hustle bustle of Orlando suburbs. It’s within 15-20 minutes of the Disney and they provide a free shuttle. It’s also smack in the middle of a lot of great outlet shopping and restaurants: the Orlando Premium Outlets are roughly 10-15 mins by car.

The Lakeshore Reserve sits the furthest back on the property. The Flagship Ritz Carlton is easily seen from Central Florida Parkway and is the first resort you will pass after entering the property and making your way back to the timeshare section of the property.

We were lucky and our villa was  at the far end of the Lakeshore Reserve property. The grounds have many walking trails and connecting walkways between properties and even within each contained resort. We really felt as though we were away from the mania that can exist surrounding Disney.

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One of the satellite villa locations
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walkways and villas


Our Villa:

We were staying in a townhouse, 3 bedroom villa. I have to say that I was incredibly impressed with the quality and presentation of not only the resort, but the individual villas. Without even entering the unit I was stoked for our stay. I would rank this as the best Marriott timeshare I’ve ever been to, it was fantastic.

  • 1625 sq ft
  • 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths
  • granite counters and stocked kitchen: silverware, bowls, soap, etc

 

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villa entrance

TWO LEVELS!

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entry stairs

 

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dining room
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full kitchen
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stocked kitchen
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granite and stainless steel
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main living space
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alt view of main living space and outdoor patio

The living space was a little broken up

There are other units that have a cleaner lay out. You couldn’t really be in the kitchen or the dining room and see people in the living room. I did see other units that did have a more open floor plan and allowed for more direct interaction.

Main Floor Bed/Bath

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double bed main floor
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main floor bathroom
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products
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view off of main floor bedroom
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look back from the window to the door of main floor bedroom

Heading on upstairs

  • Second guest Bedroom
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2nd floor guest bedroom
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tv and closet of 2nd floor guest bed
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en suite guest bathroom 2nd floor

Master Bedroom 2nd Floor

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large King bed
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flat screen
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dual vanity master bathroom
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large master shower
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2nd story view

Outdoor Space

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outdoor patio
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another view of the villa and patio

The outdoor space was great. It wasn’t overly large, but it had enough space to lounge during the day, have some drinks, and then eat dinner in the breeze. Just to have all this space AND have access to all 3 resorts is ideal.

Why do I love this place so much? You can save huge money and still enjoy 5* amenities.

So we went last November time period. Let’s take a look at what it would cost you to do the same exact thing this year. Nov 27-30

The JW Marriott:

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The Ritz Carlton

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LakeShore Reserve: Grand Vacation Club property

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 Look at the difference in the rates, and you still get to use all the amenities of the more expensive property! That is incredible.

You can charge to your room, have groceries delivered, order room service…all of those nice amenities offered at the other two resorts AND save an enormous amount of money. If you have a family and want to enjoy 4 and 5 star amenities but have space and save some bucks…stay at the LakeShore Reserve and then use the Ritz and JW amenities.

Here’s a tip if you are using Vacation Club Trust Points

These points are incredibly valuable. Each Trust Point can convert to Marriott Rewards at the ratio of 1:32. So you don’t want to flippantly use these bad boys because you can convert them to Marriott Rewards and get better value. Here’s an example

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Here’s the Hack and how you could get twice the stay for the roughly the same number of points and some cash.

A 3 Bedroom Villa for the week =3675

If you stayed Sun-Thurs it’s 375/night =1875

Two Sun-Thurs stays= 3750

You could book two separate Sun-Thurs night stays. This would cost you a mere 75 Marriott Trust Club points.

You could just rent the villa for those two nights – up above that would be $450/night. But, there are other resorts in the area that are much cheaper. We stayed over in Kissimmee at the Orange Lake Resort in a different 3 bedroom villa prior to this stay and it was $175/night. Yes, $175/night for 3 bedrooms. It wasn’t 5 star, but it’s an amazing complex with several golf courses, tons of pools, tennis, etc etc.

Here’s for the Fri/Sat after the above dates

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You could break this into two different bookings, spend 75 more Marriott Trust Club points and $350 and enjoy a 10 day vacation for not a whole lot more than your original week would have been. Anyways, this is just another example of how you can find sweet spots.

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