What comes to mind when you hear the term Luxury RV Resort? Have you ever wondered what sets them apart from a regular campground or RV park? In this article, we’re going cover what you can expect at an RV resort, how to find the best ones, and we’ll share some of our favorites.
What is a Luxury RV Resort?
There are many things that make an RV resort luxurious. The first things you’ll notice are well manicured grounds and large, paved sites with deluxe patios. Some even have casitas, outdoor kitchens, or other structures for the discerning RV owner.
Amenities are another important factor. Luxury RV resorts typically have large pools, hot tubs, club houses, restaurants, and even golf courses.
And all of our recommendations have a prime location from California wine country to waterfront Key West RV sites.
How Much do Luxury RV Resorts Cost?
Nightly rates at luxury RV resorts typically start at around $70 and go up from there. It is important to note that the price per night varies not only by resort, but by site and time of year. For example, the Bluewater Key RV Resort in Key West, Florida has two different seasons and 4 different site types, each with a different cost. Regardless of which type of site you choose, it will come with 30 and 50 amp electric service, public water/sewer, HD cable TV, free WIFI, and tiki huts with exterior lighting and outdoor seating. Many sites are right on the water with a private deck.
Where Can I Find Luxury RV Resorts?
You can find a luxury RV resort the same way you find any other type of RV park or campground.
- Trip planning sites like RV Trip Wizard or RV Life allow you to search by location and rating. As you might imagine, RV resorts will have higher ratings (if they don’t, they aren’t truly resorts).
- One of the best ways to find great RV resorts is through the recommendations of other RVers. Anytime someone recommends a truly spectacular space to us, we make a pin in Google Maps, which also allows you to add notes.
Recommended RV Resorts
We’ll share six luxury RV resorts across the country. Three we have stayed at ourselves and three are on our bucket list after receiving recommendations from friends. Watch the video below or read on to learn about each resort.
Cava Robles RV Resort
This RV resort is located in Paso Robles Wine Country in Central California. The region has approximately 33,000 vineyard acres planted with wine grapes, and is well known for its heritage varietal Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Rhône-style wines, so as you might imagine, wine tasting is a top activity at the beautifully appointed community center.
It is a large resort that offers a little bit of everything including a gorgeous swimming pool and hot tub area, an outdoor play area for children, walking trails, and two dog parks.
The sites themselves are large with full hook-ups, but they don’t have the extra casitas or outdoor kitchens that you’ll see at some of the other resorts. What you’re paying for here is the location and fabulous climate.
Learn more: Cava Robles RV Resort
Tucson Lazy Days RV Resort
This is actually a KOA, but it is not a franchise location. Instead, it is the company’s flagship resort. We’ve stayed here a few times and it is one of our absolute favorite destinations.
Amenities include two pool areas with hot tubs, a restaurant and bar, mini golf, tennis courts, and community fire pit areas. One of our favorite parts of staying at this RV resort is direct access to The Loop, a system of more than 100 miles of paved bike paths around Tucson and Pima County.
There are also many different type of sites from standard back-in’s to allow you save money while enjoying the amenities at the resort, to deluxe and premium sites with elaborate outdoor kitchens, private pet yards, and even second floor balconies.
Learn more: Tucson Lazy Days RV Resort
Gulf Waters Beachfront Resort
This resort is located on Mustang Island beach in Port Aransas, Texas, which is right on the Gulf Coast. In addition to boardwalk access to the beach, the resort itself is beautifully landscaped palm trees beside and ponds.
The resort offers 158 uniquely designed RV sites, many with lush tropical vegetation, pond-view patios, pergolas, fire pits, wet bars, and outdoor kitchens.
Learn More: Gulf Waters Beach Front RV Resort
Catherine’s Landing RV Resort
This is a wonderful RV resort for those who enjoy active vacations. It is a large, but quiet area just outside Hot Springs, Arkansas with 400 pastoral acres and surrounded by one mile of water frontage on beautiful Lake Catherine. The premium sites back right up to the water.
The resort has pontoon boats and kayaks to rent if you’d like to enjoy an outing on the lake. There is also a zip line for the more adventurous guests. If you want to enjoy the free activities, you can take a walk on the 3-mile hike around the property or relax at the large swimming pool, which also includes a splash pad for the younger kids.
Learn more: Catherine’s Landing RV Resort
Bluewater Key RV Resort
This resort is on our bucket list. While we stayed at the military campground in Key West, our friends were at the Bluewater Key RV Resort. You won’t find a site here for under $100 a night, but you certainly get luxury for your money. This resort is located on its own peninsula in the Saddlebunch Bay.
All sites have their own tiki huts with outdoor seating and many have private docks. If you want to splurge on luxury while enjoying some fabulous weather and the laid back Key West vibe, this is the place to do it.
Each lot is individually owned so they have their own style and decor. Most have pavers and lush tropical landscaping. The tiki huts often include outdoor kitchens with ceiling fans and televisions. The website is really easy to manage so you can choose the site that is right for you. Rates vary by location within the resort — obviously waterfront is a premium.
The resort also has a heated pool, dog park, and a 200’ community dock.
Learn more: Bluewater Key RV Resort
Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort at Disney World
This last one is our annual splurge. Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort is located on the Disney World property in Orlando, Florida. When staying at the “Fort” as it’s affectionately known, you get all the perks of being a resort guest like the extra magic hours at the parks and the ability to make dining reservations and fast pass selections early. Most importantly, the Disney Magic is alive here. I especially enjoy the Chip & Dale Campfire and Sing Along that is held each evening. There are also two pools, one with a water slide and very large splash pad. Finally, you can enjoy the Disney fireworks and the Electric Water Parade each evening from the beach at Fort Wilderness.
The Fort also offers two restaurants one of which has a take out window if you’d like to enjoy your meal back at the RV. You can rent bikes (although I recommend bringing your own), golf carts, boats, fishing gear, and more. Some people love Fort Wilderness so much they never even go to the Disney theme parks. However, if you do want to enjoy the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom, or Hollywood Studios, you can take advantage of the free transportation which includes a boat ride to the Magic Kingdom and busses to the other parks and Disney Springs Dining & Entertainment complex. There is even a doggy daycare / boarding facility so you don’t have to leave your puppies cooped up in the RV while you’re out enjoying the parks.
This is Disney, so it’s not going to be cheap. There are different prices depending on time of year and site type:
- Pop-Up / Tent Campsite: Water and power only sites with room for a pop-up camper or a camper van-type vehicle and up to 2 tents. Accommodates equipment on a concrete pad up to 10 feet by 25 feet.
- Full Hook-Up Campsite: Full hook-up (water/power/sewer) sites with room for an RV plus a tent with water, power, and sewer. Accommodates equipment on a concrete pad up to 10 feet by 50 feet.
- Preferred Campsite: Full hook-up (water/power/sewer) sites close to the marina with room for an RV plus a small tent. Accommodates equipment on a concrete pad up to 10 feet by 45 feet.
- Premium Campsite: These full hook-up (water/power/sewer) sites have room for larger style RVs. Accommodates equipment on a concrete pad up to 18 feet by 60 feet.
- Premium Meadow Campsite. These full hook-up (water/power/sewer) sites have room for larger style RVs and are close to the Meadow Trading Post, Meadow Recreation Area, Bike Barn and Campfire Area. Accommodates equipment on a concrete pad up to 18 feet by 60 feet.
Learn more: Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
Other Luxury RV Resorts
There are many other wonderful RV resorts that we’ve heard about over the years. Unfortunately for us, many are motorhome only, which is why we didn’t include them in this article. Please share your recommendations in the comments below.
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