USTA National Tennis Campus

If you or anyone in your family is a keen tennis player or if you enjoy watching tennis then you will be interested to learn about the new tennis facility currently being built in Orlando.

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This is the USTA National Campus which is due to open in Orlando in 2017. This will be the new home of American Tennis where tennis enthusiasts can come and watch, learn and play at one of the largest tennis facilities in the world.  The campus will be the home base for USTA player development and the USTA’s Community Tennis development.   The new campus will be built over 64 acres of land.  There will be over 100 tennis courts, including plexicushion acrylic courts, european red clay courts,har-tru hydro courts, six rebound indoor courts and a cluster of 36 for and 60 foot sport court power game courts. There will be pavilions throughout the development as well as off court amenities including a lounge,cafe,pro shop and locker rooms and there will also be two championship courts with 500 seats each for fans to watch feature matches and Team USA events.

The facility layout is intended to be inclusive to all with a family tennis area which is to include 16 courts to enable youth and adults develop their games.  There is to be a player development area featuring 20 courts.  The Collegiate area will feature 12 courts and finally the tournament and league area with 52 courts.

If you are interested in the game of tennis you can find more details out via the USTA website https://www.ustanationalcampus.com/en/home/news.html

The facility is approx a 30 minute drive from our rental homes in Orlando.  It is just south of the International Airport in Orlando in The Lake Nona area.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Holiday 2016 and 2017

Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday in the USA.  Thanksgiving is one of the most family orientated holidays on the calendar.  It can be one of the most relaxed holidays as it is generally spent at home with family and friends.  Families gather for a traditional turkey dinner and assorted traditional side dishes.

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Thanksgiving 2016 is set to be the busiest for travel in 9 years according to Time Magazine.  Over 48.7 million Americans are predicted to hit the roads and take to the skies.

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When is Thanksgiving? Thursday November 24th 2016, Thursday November 23rd 2017.

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Thanksgiving Events

Some thanksgiving events include:

  • Watch on television as the U.S President “pardons” a turkey provided by the National Turkey Federation.  This tradition started after Ronald Reagan issued an official presidential pardon to a turkey in 1987 and sent it to a petting zoo instead.
  • Watch professional and college football games on TV.  The NFL has been playing “turkey bowls” for as long as it has existed and college football games are very common on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.
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  • Shop on BLACK FRIDAY the day after Thanksgiving when stores open early and late and have huge sales it is is the busiest shopping day of the year.

Why Thanksgiving? The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 when the Plymouth Pilgrim community and local Indians celebrated the first harvest that the colonists reaped on American soil. In 1941 a law was passed to have thanksgiving day on the last Thursday in November which has continued annually.

We look forward to booking you and your guests into  luxury villas in Orlando.  With over 250 luxury homes available browse our website to see which home is most suitable for your needs. http://www.LuxuryVillasUSA.com

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Christmas is coming! Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration at the Magic Kingdom Park

Do you love winter sunshine in November or December?  Are you a snowbird who just loves the festive celebrations at this time of year. Did you know that as soon as the Halloween decorations have been taken down at the beginning of November then the Christmas decorations are hung in Walt Disney World?

A visit to the Magic Kingdom has to be on everyone’s bucket list to experience the Christmas decorations at least once in their life and to attend “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party”.  This year the party debuted on November 7th 2016 with “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration”.  In the show Mickey and his friends have invited some of their friends over to a Christmas party filled with music,dancing, lots of colour and of course lots of fun.  You will see Clarabelle cow, Woody and Jessie, Donald,Jose and Panchito as well as a host of other favourite characters.

We look forward to accommodating you in our luxury vacation homes just a short drive away from the Parks whilst you enjoy everything that Orlando has to offer at this special time of year.  The Christmas week and Christmas time is THE busiest time of year in Orlando so if you know that you want to visit at Christmas it is important that you do BOOK your accommodation early.

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation in self catering accommodation just a thirty minutes drive away from Universal Studios and eight miles from Walt Disney World. Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to discussing your needs with us and booking you into one of our homes. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

 

 

 

THE BEST LARGE MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR

pooltwilight-9We are delighted to report that Jeeves who are one of our partners in Orlando have been named as THE BEST LARGE MANAGEMENT COMPANY  OF THE YEAR 2016 by the Florida  Vacation Rental Managers Association.  The Annual Awards Gala was held in one of the beautiful custom rental homes in Reunion over the weekend.  This award is a testament to the whole of the staff team at Jeeves.  Jeeves is owned and managed by Paul and Sharon Harley who we have worked with now for over ten years.  Both Paul and Sharon work incredible hours to ensure that the highest standards are maintained in every aspect of their business.  We know they are the best property managers  who manage some of the best houses in the area in the hope that YOU as guests will have  a great experience staying in the homes and it is great to see that their work has been recognised in this way.

We send them our congratulations and we are absolutely delighted that they have received this honour.

When you book a home through our website www.LuxuryVillasUSA.com you can be sure that once in Orlando you will be looked after by the best in the business!

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation in self catering accommodation just a thirty minutes drive away from Universal Studios and eight miles from Walt Disney World. Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to discussing your needs with us and booking you into one of our homes. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

Travel Documents required for your trip the USA

passportWhen travelling to the USA it is important to have the correct travel documents before you travel.

  1. Esta – When travelling to North America from anywhere outside the USA, you will need an Esta. This is not a visa. Esta stands for Electronic System For Travel Authorisation.  It is a fully automated,electronic system for screening passengers before they begin to travel to the USA if arriving by air or sea.  It is recommended that applications are made 72 hours before you travel.  Airlines may decline check in to passengers without a valid Esta.  There are many sites online offering the Esta so do make sure you only use the official site as all the other sites will charge you more than the $14 per person. If for any reason you are turned down for an Esta , you will have to apply for a visa.  Canadian citizens do not require an Esta but permanent residents who are eligible for the visa waiver program must obtain one. For more information see the official website   www.esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta
  2. Visa – If travelling from Australia, Britain, Canada and most EU countries  to the USA then you do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days. If you are unsure about this at all please check the official guidelines. Visitors who have been arrested even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, visitors with a criminal record and visitors with certain communicable diseases are not eligible for the visa waiver program and must apply for a visa.  Please check official guidelines.
  3. Travelling with Children – Children travelling with adults who are not their legal guardians or travelling with one parent rather than two parents are advised to bring a signed letter from the legal guardian indicating that permission has been granted to leave the country of their citizenship and enter the USA.  If a single parent has sole custody its advisable to bring a court custody document to substantiate this.
  4. Passports –  only need to be valid for the duration of your stay in the USA  but must be the type that is now known as an e-passport. These passports have a camera symbol on them and are embedded with an electronic chip. You will need to show this upon arrival in the USA.
  5. Travel insurance – is essential and always make sure any insurance you take out has plenty of medical cover as all medical treatments in the USA are charged for.
  6. Driving Licence – If you are planning on driving whilst visiting Orlando, you will need to take your driving licence with you.  Even if not driving then your driving licence is an extra ID card which you can use if required.