Best of Both Worlds

Encore Resort at Reunion is making travelers to Orlando feel right at home

By Michelle F. Solomon

Neil Eisner, managing director of Encore Resort at Reunion, calls his property the “best secret” in and around Orlando. But it might not stay that way for long.

Though the hassle of booking multiple hotel rooms is driving more families and larger groups toward house rentals—vacation rentals have more than tripled since 2010, according to a report from the online vacation marketplace HomeAway—Encore takes the idea to another level.

Only 13 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort, and less than 25 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort, the 963-acre luxury vacation rental community (encorereunion.com) combines the gated-community comfort with the amenities and offerings of a high-end resort.

“We’re not saying we’re better or worse than staying in a hotel,” Eisner says. “Encore Resort is a different opportunity.”

Different in many ways. Rentals range from four- to 13-bedroom furnished homes. All have full-service kitchens, washers and dryers, and complimentary WiFi. Eisner says the home rentals cost less than a hotel stay, with rates ranging from $275 to $850 a night. (The average is about $450 a night).

“Some of the homes have their own private pools, hot tubs, theater rooms, game rooms, and putt-putt areas,” Eisner says. “Guests can call ahead and have the refrigerator stocked with their favorite foods by our concierge service. There’s also on-site catering—or, you can have a private chef come in and cook for you and your guests.” Encore also offers in-home spa services, as well as babysitting.

The community’s clubhouse and fitness center overlook Encore’s AquaPark, with a mammoth drop slide, multiple waterslides, large pool and private cabanas for the family. Golfers will find three championship courses designed by three PGA legends: Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer.

Football fans will delight in the newest addition to Encore, the Dan Marino house. The Hall of Fame quarterback, who spent 17 years with the Miami Dolphins, is teaming with the resort to design a football-themed home that will feature memorabilia from Marino’s career.

Future partnerships at the resort include an onsite sports facility, and a sports academy, a youth football camp and a fantasy camp under the Marino banner. Eisner says other possibilities include soccer, rugby, and baseball training camps.

“The close proximity of Encore to all that Orlando has to offer creates multiple possibilities for the resort,” Eisner says. “We’re right in the middle of all the action.” ♦

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.