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Balmoral Resort Florida Review


Balmoral Resort Florida Review
We just got back from a 4-night stay at the amazing Balmoral Resort in Haines City, Florida and I had to share with you all about this place! We have annual Disney passes + we also had tickets to LegoLand, so we wanted to plan a trip to visit both of these parks! The Balmoral Resort is right in the middle of both of these so we thought it would be a perfect option for us!

Balmoral Resort Florida Review

Balmoral Resort Florida Review
Balmoral Resort Florida Review

We were so, so, so pleasantly surprised at this resort! Let me tell you some of the things we loved about it.

Balmoral Resort Florida Review

Balmoral Resort Florida Review

Balmoral Resort is a vacation home resort and it looks like the most adorable neighborhood. They are more like a horizontal resort, vs. a high rise – and this is something I really liked about it. When traveling with 2 kids, it’s so nice to have a home feel. To me, it helps keep the kids somewhat on a routine and it just gives our family way more space!

Balmoral Resort Florida Review

We stayed in a 6-bedroom home because it was our family of four and Dave’s parents and sister. We had plenty of space and loved having this many bedrooms. Donovan + Gracie each had their own rooms, which made bedtime SO EASY! We also had a washer and dryer – yaaa!

Balmoral Resort Florida Review

Another thing I love about staying at the Balmoral Resort is that we had our OWN POOL! This made every day so much fun. We could wake up and just go right to the pool! When we felt like we wanted even more adventure, we walked right over to the clubhouse. The clubhouse is amazing! They have a huge, heated pool and then they have this adorable kids area with slides and even a splash pad! Gracie had the most fun, ever!

Balmoral Resort Florida Review

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Balmoral Resort Florida Review

Balmoral Resort Florida Review

The clubhouse also has a delicious restaurant, a gym, an arcade (which by the way, you don’t have to pay for the games and this was SOOO fun!!!!), and a giant chess and checkers game outside!

Balmoral Resort Florida Review

Balmoral Resort Florida Review

We loved staying at the Balmoral Resort because they are the perfect location for all the things we wanted to visit. They are only 20 minutes from LegoLand, 30 minutes from Disney, and 15 minutes from the Bok Garden (which you need to put on your bucket list ASAP). Definitely consider Balmoral if you are attending any of these fun attractions. 

Balmoral Resort Florida Review
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I’m partnering with Balmoral to offer you 35% off nightly rates in pool homes + a $35 dining credit at the Bar & Grill when booked by APRIL 15, 2019. (Subject to availability, for stays 3 nights of longer up to December 21, 2019. Book for only 20% down and pay the rest 30 days prior to arrival.) 

Use promo code GRACEFUL when booking, or you can simply click this link.

5 Reasons St. Thomas Needs to be on your Bucket List!


We’re heading into Fall + for some of you, those cold winter months. Days are getting shorter and it’s about that time we all start dreaming of tropical vacations. Am I right?! We just got back from a dreamy vacay in St. Thomas and I’m so excited to share it with you! Here are 5 reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list ASAP!

1// Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham (Wyndham St. Thomas)

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This resort is incredible! It’s located on Water Bay in the cutest little cove! It’s the perfect escape for anyone who wants adventure OR if you prefer the more laid-back experience. We did a little bit of both here and loved every second! 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

Our favorite things to do at the resort were swim at the mountain top infinity pool, hang at the Margaritaville Restaurant, play pool games at the other pool + the spa! 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

 St. Thomas is amazing because it’s the US, but it really feels like you are in an extremely exotic country. There are mountains and hills, the greenery is lush, and the weather is amazing. Unlike Florida, the temperatures rarely vary from the 80s in the day and 70s at night! + it’s always breezy! 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

We highly recommend staying at this resort when you visit! It’s the perfect location! 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

2// Underwater adventures

Just down the road from the Wyndham St. Thomas is an amazing place called Coral World Ocean Park. They have SO many exhibits and activities here, including sea lion encounters, a touch pool, turtle pool and more. We had the amazing opportunity to do SNUBA! SNUBA was amazing because you get the feeling and view of a scuba diver but you don’t have the cumbersome diving gear. A certified guide leads you on an adventure through the protected waters around Coral World. 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

We had SO much fun! This is definitely something I would do again! 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy 5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy 5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

If you aren’t in the mood for a guided adventure like SNUBA, you can always rent scuba gear at one of the local beaches! 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

3// Beautiful Beaches

Speaking of beautiful beaches, holy cowwwww – St. Thomas is full of them! One of St. Thomas’ beaches, Magens Bay was actually voted as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by both Conde Nast + National Geographic. 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy 5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy All over the island there are tons of other beautiful beaches like Brewer’s Bay, Bologna Bay, Hull Bay, Secret Harbor, Sapphire Beach, and Coki Bay. They are all stunning! 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

4// The VIEWS! 

Everywhere you look, there is an amazing view. I was BLOWN AWAY by the hills and mountains. We took a tour around the whole island and got to see some of the most famous views of St. Thomas – it was awesome! My favorite place for a stunning view was Mountain Top. 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy 5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

5// No passport or jet lag! 

St. Thomas is a US Territory, so you don’t need a passport! All you need is your Driver’s License and Birth Certificate. The time in St. Thomas is only one hour ahead of Eastern time, so there is no jet lag! 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

St. Thomas is a really cool place to add to your bucket list because it’s familiar yet EXOTIC. People in the USVI speak English and use the dollar. There’s WIFI everywhere and even a Kmart! 

I highly recommend adding St. Thomas to your bucket list. When you come here, definitely stay at the Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham! It’s the place to be!  

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5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

JW Marco Island Marriott Review // Lanai Suites!

JW Marco Island Marriott Review – Lanai Suites 

We just got back from an amazing stay at the JW Marco Island Marriott. It was INCREDIBLE.

We’ve been to Marco Island MANY times – Dave’s parents own a house on the island! So we got a lot. We are in love with the island + have already made so many memories here. We’ve actually been to the JW Marco Island Marriott a few times before to eat, but we have never stayed here yet – until now! 

We stayed in the newly renovated Lanai Suites + holy moly are they nice! They are very spacious – a large living room with a pull out sofa + then a huge master bedroom. The suites also have 2 bathrooms! My favorite thing about the suite was the VIEW. You are so close to the sand, and your view is of the beautiful gulf + all of the Marriott’s chickee huts! With kids, this is the ULTIMATE room because you have easy access to the beach + you are super close to the resort’s pools! 

We had the sweetest little gifts waiting for us when we got there! Thank you JW Marco Island Marriott!

Gracie loved staying at this resort. The JW Marco Island Marriott has 2 huge pools (actually more if you count the adults only spa pools!). And they have a cute little splash pad area with a waterslide, too! Gracie had so much fun in this pool! It’s the perfect place for kids to splash around. Gracie also LOVED that there was a Menchies on the property! Her favorite after dinner snack! 

An amazing thing about this hotel is that you can rent cabanas on the beach! These are really convenient when you have kids because you can have a little shady place to rest! There is an amazing little truck going up and down the beach all day ready to take your drink + food orders. Too cool! We definitely enjoyed having a cabana, just to have a break from the sun for a bit. The loungers are SO comfy, too! 

Donovan woke up SO early one morning, and I took him outside and we had the most magical rainbow!! It stretched over the whole beach + was just so gorgeous. It made waking up early, a tad bit better ;). 

We travel with our a kids a LOT. When family and friends ask where they should take their kiddos on vacation, we ALWAYS recommend Marco Island. It’s such a cute little beachy town, yet has lots of fun things to do with the kids! I definitely recommend staying at the JW Marco Island Marriott while you’re here!