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“relaxing place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Summer Bay Orlando By Exploria Resorts
3.5 of 5 Condominium   |   17805 US Highway 192, Clermont, FL 34714   |  
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Albany, NY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“relaxing place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

We stayed at Summer Bay for week 2 of an Orlando area vacation. I own in 2 different resorts. The area where Summer Bay is located is quiet, even the roads aren't very busy. This was a nice change of pace from our first stay on the other end of town, fighting lots of traffic daily.

We found that there were numerous activities to participate in on a daily basis, and did so. Most of these had no added cost to them so they were free! What a bonus!

The pool areas were always clean. Staff did walk throughs and monitored the areas continuously. The beach at the lake made you feel like you were at the ocean!

The staff were friendly, respectful, and all around pleasant to deal with. The unit (textiles) was in need of updating but was clean, spacious and comfortable. We enjoyed food and drinks at both poolside bars-costs weren't too bad either. Aside from 1 day at Epcot and dinner out, we spent just about all our time at the resort. We found no need to leave since our whole family-Grandma, parents, a 17 yr old, and 12 yr old-were relaxing and having a great time!

We did have an issue w/the Maingate transportation the resort uses for transport to/from Disney property. The bus broke down on our return trip and the company was very reluctant to send a replacement. It took 2 hrs for our trip back to the resort. There was no followup from Summer Bay about this. We were very lucky that this situation turned out okay, it was a safety issue.

While Summer Bay lacks some of the modern updates in the units, it certainly makes up for it in other ways. We truly felt relaxed and 'on vacation'!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

This is one of those places where the focus is on relaxing. Many people here were using this as a convenient jump off point for the Orlando attractions. We just sat at the pool, took the water aerobics class,read, used the small but adequate gym, played mini golf and chilled out. Our clean, comfortable, one bedroom room with kitchenette came fully equipped. We ate in for many meals and went off site for some. If you are looking for a chill place to relax with your family this is it.
If you are looking for lots of high quality planned activities, on site restaruant and party atmosphere I would go elsewhere.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

We stayed at Summer Bay from Sunday-Saturday and enjoyed the stay. On the negative, the washer/dryer needs to be replaced....the washer did not wash well at all!!! Also, we had to go to the Clubhouse to check our email and was amazed that wireless internet was not free in the room!!!!
On the 'Timeshare' note, we have one but we went to the presentation which actually sound great but was not able to take advantage of it :-(.
Our bldg 406 was very quite and overall we had a gr8 time!!!
P.S. FREE WIRELESS INTERNET will be a plus throughout the property.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sylvania, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

We checked in on a Saturday and their phone lines were down. It was very chaotic at first, but once it was our turn to check in the employee at the counter was apologetic and polite. As soon as we checked in a person wanting us to listen to a timeshare speech was right there on top of us, but we declined their invitation and they did not pressure us or ask again the entire week! The room was nice, a little outdated in that the couch has a tear in the leather and was obviously well worn, but all and all it was clean and comfortable. We are obsessed with bedbugs and traveling and so the beds were immediately torn apart and NO BUGS were found anywhere! The kitchen had plenty of what you needed to survive a week but we were surprised to see a sign telling that the dishes are not cleaned up to health standards so we chose to clean them ourselves and we used paper plates and plastic solo cups a lot! The resort had SO much scheduled for the kids it was fantastic! There was never a shortage of things to do! Be sure to get an activity schedule right away, because they have crafts and pool games scheduled throughout the day. The pools were clean and never overcrowded! I was surprised how easy it was to find a pool side chair or an unbrella table! The staff was all very friendly and helpful, My kids are age 10 and 12 and they had a great time. All crafts and activities are geared to ages 4-14.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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biloxi, ms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

We stayed here for a full week in December. We have a two bedroom villa on the top floor. The bedrooms were great, one with two twins and the other with a large king bed. The master bath has a huge tub and the other bath offered lots of counter space. We came for Disneyworld, so we did not use any of this resort many great amenities. The villa was nicely furnished. We had an issue with the washing machine, which was promptly resolved with maintenance. This is top quality resort and we would definitely return. Never pressured to attend and time share meeting at all. Upon check-in, I was asked and I said no thanks and received no further offerings, which was wonderful. I would highly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Midland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

Let me start by saying that Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, FL (near Orlando) was a really nice place to get away to! There are lots of positives I found while there, also some negatives though. I booked a timeshare preview of this resort through TimeShareOrlando.com. They promised me a 2 bedroom unit which included a king bed in the master suite with a whirlpool tub and 2 queen beds in the second bedroom. The photos they showed did not match up to the villa we were put in. Thank goodness we didn't really need the 2 queen beds because we would have been out of luck. We were put in a smaller version of the 2 bedroom unit called a 2 bedroom villa. The master suite was very small and had a handicap accessible bathroom. The second bedroom had two twin beds in it. I was not impressed because I had not received what I was promised. This also made me very pessimistic about buying a timeshare here because I didn't want to spend a ton of money and not get the room I was promised. Needless to say, we didn't buy the timeshare. We do already own a timeshare and would have considered buying here if they had accomodated us as promised. Now on to the positives! The resort has a security guard at the entrance at all times which definitely made me feel better considering the shadiness of the area. There were several pools and spas, including 2 pools that were open 24 hours! The lake was not quite as nice as pictured but enjoyable though. The clubhouse, miniature golf, playgrounds, spray parks, and other ammenities were all very enjoyable and well-taken care of! There were several ponds on the resort and the one behind our room had an alligator in it one day! A little scary but if you know anything about alligators then you know they mostly travel at night so it wasn't a big deal to us! All in all, we really enjoyed our stay at Summer Bay Resort!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011 via mobile

The place is beautiful, don't get me wrong. I've only checked in 2 hours ago, but there are somethings I'd like warn y'all about. Like I said, we checked in 2 hrs ago (at 4, regular check in time) & we finally got in the room 30 mins ago. That's really my biggest issue, but the active wasp nest on the balcony & the balcony door that doesn't lock seem like further bad omens to me...

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 17805 US Highway 192, Clermont, FL 34714
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Clermont
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Clermont
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Summer Bay Orlando By Exploria Resorts 3.5*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you seek relaxation, exploration, or inspiration, Summer Bay Orlando by Exploria Resorts has something for the whole family. Experience a luxury family destination that delivers the thrill of Orlando's world-renown attractions with the comforts of a leisure getaway. Enjoy all the highlights of our 400-acre lavishly landscaped resort and 64-acre private lake, located a mere 10 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort. Summer Bay Orlando is the perfect Florida getaway for family, fun, and freedom.Luxury accommodations: Why settle for a cramped room when you can settle into a spacious sanctuary? From roomy hotel accommodations to two or three bedroom fully furnished condominiums, we've got you covered with home-style comfort. Enjoy a homemade dinner with the family. Step out on your balcony to watch a glorious Florida sunset. Or take the night off and watch a movie on your flat screen TV. Stress-free park hopping: hop on our complimentary shuttle to Epcot(R), Magic Kingdom(R) Park or Universal Studios Florida(R).Fun in the sun: Whether your goal is a relaxing escape or a spectacular adventure, Summer Bay Orlando can fulfill your desire with a host of activities, amenities, and dining options. ... more   less 
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Summer Bay Hotel Clermont
Summer Bay Resort Orlando
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