Bears Den Resort in Orlando Florida

front view of Bears Den Resort home in Reunion, FL
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Published Date: 01/10/2022
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When you travel with your family, do you prefer a hotel or a vacation home? I’ve found that our preferences change, depending on where we are and what we have planned. Recently, we were offered a hosted stay at Bears Den Resort in Orlando, FL (Reunion is the actual city name but it is in the Orlando area). 

Bears Den Resort in Reunion, FL is a property consisting of luxury rental homes. With rates currently starting at $900+/night, Bears Den Resort isn’t what I would imagine is in most middle-class family budgets, unless you are traveling with multiple families who will be splitting the cost.

It’s just over 20 minutes from Disney World and conveniently located near plenty of activities! They do allow pets which was a HUGE plus for us!

After staying at Bears Den Resort last month, I thought I would share our experience and what we found to be the pros and cons of staying at a luxury rental home. 

Bears Den Resort

front entrance of Bears Den Resort
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Decor and Necessities

Walking toward and into our Bears Den Resort home, there was no lack of oohs and aahs from my family. The home was very grand. Everything is bigger than you would imagine it to be including the ceiling height, the rooms, and the number of bathrooms. If the first impression was everything, we were in love as soon as we walked in.

Our home had a huge custom kitchen (my dream kitchen for sure). The amount of storage was almost too much if that’s possible. They provide all of the tools you need to cook, comfortable furniture, and just about everything you may need including a laundry room with a full washer and dryer.

Our refrigerator came stocked with everything we needed for breakfast including eggs, bacon, bread, cereal, milk orange juice, and water. They also left us ice cream and soda. It’s part of a package add-on that Bears Den Resort offers to its guests. Totally worth it if you don’t mind cooking while you’re on vacation!

If you prefer to eat out, make sure to check out Finn’s Restaurant at Encore Resort. The food was amazing! They delivered right to our door (as did many other restaurants thanks to Door Dash). 

entry way design
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family standing on the staircase
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custom kitchen at Bears Den Resort
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man in the Bears Den Resort kitchen with a full breakfast in front of him
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light fixture in a luxury dining room
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Outdoor Space

When we walked out into the backyard, we found a huge grill area, complete with a dining table big enough to fit eight. The pool is heated and sits next to a light-changing hot tub and two fire pits. Basically, if you asked my kids to design the perfect backyard, this was it, minus a playground (which happened to be behind the home, within walking distance). 

One of the things I personally loved about the home at Bears Den Resort was the alarm system. To prevent little ones (or even inebriated adults) from roaming out into the pool area and getting hurt, there is an alarm system that requires you to push a high-placed button three times before you can open the door. If you forget, a loud alarm sounds throughout the home so you are quickly made aware if someone is out there and possibly in danger. 

outside grill area
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family sitting outside in their holiday pajamas
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sisters in the pool playing chicken
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young girl in a pool smiling
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two sisters in a hot tub
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dog in a backyard with a fence
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Space for Everyone

Our Bears Den Resort home had 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms (there are larger options available). The bedrooms were spacious and so comfortable! The master had a huge balcony, overlooking the backyard and was the perfect place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or get some work done.

Having a bathroom for each room was an added perk we didn’t realize we needed. Our family home has only two bathrooms and with four girls and a Dad who spends way too much time in the bathroom, we often find ourselves constantly waiting for someone to get out. So it was nice to each have our own bathroom.

guest bedroom
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master bedroom at Bears Den Resort
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family standing on the balcony on the second floor of Bears Den Resort
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master bathroom design
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Fun and Games

Our home at Bears Den Resort had a number of super cool amenities including a full home theater and a pool table. Between that and the pool, there was no lack of things to do at the home and it gave our kids something to do outside of having their faces in their phones.

The home theater offered both streaming and cable services, so we found a number of great family-friendly movie options during our stay. 

Bears Den Resort has its own waterpark. Unfortunately, it was raining for most of our stay so we weren’t able to check it out.

home movie theater setup at Bears Den Resort
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What Could Be Improved?

Honestly, the pros far outweigh the tiny cons of staying at Bears Den Resort. But if we were to suggest anything (and we had to get pretty nitpicky to come up with some things), here is what our family thought was missing:

  • Spices (at least salt and pepper). We had everything we needed to make breakfast but no salt or pepper.
  • Electronic curtains for the stairway. Hear me out… there are these huge, tall windows in the stairway and we love natural light, so every night, Super Dad had to manually close each one and the highest one was hard to reach — and he almost busted his butt.
  • A popcorn machine in the home theater. What’s a movie night without popcorn?
  • A stash of family-friendly games. While there was so much to do, we would have loved some game options too!
  • A gaming system. That was our 9 year’s olds wish. Though I read that some of the larger homes do have a gaming room!
  • A garage opener (or keycode entry). If you wanted to park in the garage, you had to have one person run inside the house to open it for you. With the rain, that was less than convenient.

Which do you prefer — a vacation home or a hotel? Comment below and let us know! 

*Bears Den Resort hosted our family in exchange for social media exposure. All opinions are our own.

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  1. WOW~ This house is amazing! You have so much space and that kitchen, yes please! I am definitely staying here next time we visit Florida.

  2. I am totally in love with this resort and would love to book a stay here for me and my family. Lots of fabulous photos and the place looks amazing 😉 My sister lives in Florida, near there so this may be the perfect spot for us when we visit!

  3. Bears Den Resort looks great! I might spend a few days with my family at this place 😍

  4. That sounds like a wonderful resort to visit one day and it looks absolutely amazing! Looks like you guys had tons of fun!

  5. Whew! This is pure heaven! I’d surely have a blast here. It is all so pretty. Thank you for reviewing and sharing with us.

  6. We have always stayed at hotels. I’d like to try staying at a vacation home, though. That one looks nice!

  7. What a beautiful resort this is and perfect set up for a family as well. I know both my children would enjoy the pool very much. Glad you all had a fab time

  8. I like that it is clean and spacious. I like that it is very comfy too. I bet my family would love to stay here.

  9. Ooh! That looks so fun and spacious. It also looks like you had a fabulous time with your family, too. Great pick!

  10. When it’s below freezing here oh how I wish I were in Florida! Looks like you’ve had a wonderful stay!

  11. This looks amazing!! I love the kitchen and the outdoor area. This would definitely be a fun place to share with another family to make it a more affordable vacation. I appreciate your honest review with ways they could improve so we would know what we might need to bring (salt and pepper).

  12. This house is way pretty!! Looks like a great place to stay while traveling! I always love being able to cook

  13. Oh my! This looks like a really amazing and a wonderful place to stay! My family will surely love to be here!

  14. This place is gorgeous! I would stay there just for the tub! If we’re in Orlando, it’s usually for Disney or Univeral. It would be awesome to come back from a day at the parks to that tub and that comfy bed.

  15. Looks like a great place to stay! I love that it has its own movie theatre, pool table and waterpark (even if the weather wasn’t good enough to use it).

  16. That’s a darling home to stay in. We typically stay in resorts, but this would be perfect for our extended family.

  17. This resort is the best. I love everything about it. The designs and decors look great.I agree with having a popcorn machine in the theater

  18. The place looks really nice. We actually prefer to stay in a vacation home when we travel as a family.

  19. I like the resort. It looks very well, and I think it has everything I would need for a great holiday. I find the home theater very cool and a perfect place to spend a rainy day.

  20. What a nice place to stay. It looks like it has so many great amenities and space. Love the outdoor kitchen!

  21. Wow, that place looks amazing. What a wonderful place to be able to stay. This would be a great place for my family and I if we ever go on vacation in the area.

  22. I have a large extended family and this would be perfect for us when we take the kids to Disney World this year! Looking forward to it!

  23. I have a large extended family and this would be perfect for us when we take the kids to Disney World this year!

  24. That place is amazing and we’re always going to Orlando!!!!! Totally going to look into this place.

  25. Wow! Its a beautiful home inside and out so I can see why is $900 /night. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Wow I would love to stay there. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a luxury resort house. I love that you can bring your animals as I’d want to bring my dog at least with me. I also love the security system idea. I’ve never heard of that, what a cool idea. I love the idea of bringing more family and splitting the cost. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Oh wow! What a beautiful place to stay at. I love that it had everything you would need and had the flexibility of being able to cook and space yourselves out. The pool is also a nice perk and one that we always take into account when booking for a place to stay during our vacation. Since we have a little guy, we also want to make sure he is having a good time. He loves water so it needs a pool or at least a beach nearby!

  28. What a gorgeous home! With 3 kids, it’s definitely more fun to vacation in a home setting instead of a hotel…though the kids do love staying in hotels. Thanks for all the info!

    1. Seriously, it would be difficult to leave and go see anything. That’s a nice option and Wed just want to stay at the house. 🤣🥰

  29. What a lovely place for a vacation! We’re the same – it depends on where we are but we find ourselves going for vacation homes lately to avoid crowds.

  30. I would love to relax here. Looks like a spacious place. I know we’d have fun with that pool table!