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pool heating in villas

Discussion in 'Accomodation away from the Resorts' started by jenster5, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. jenster5

    jenster5 DoingFlorida Associate

    im sure i may have asked this before but i cant remember! im sure magic and disneydaft can answer this one,
    do you need to heat the pool in mid november, we are there from 17th -24th and have a villa with a pool, its not a private villa so we cant contact the owner direct, we can pay on arrival to have it heated,, but obviously it will take time to heat up unless the people in there before us had it heated. its $200, or we can pay the holiday company before we go for £175 ( crap exchange rate ) ,what i need to know is do we really need it heated. i dont want to pay all that money out if we dont, but i also dont want a pool thats too cold to get in either.
    weve only ever done a villa once in march and we had that heated, and we needed it as it was freezing cold on some mornings and evenings.
    we have been in november lots of times and have been in the hotel pool, and the water parks, do you know if they are heated, because if they arent ,then they will be warm enough ???????????:confused:
  2. janeyliz

    janeyliz Well-Known Member

    Our pool at the hotel was never heated but once the sun was out it was warmer enough for me to swim in it and i don't like the water cold:D
    And that was in November about the same time you are going this year
  3. magic

    magic Active Member

    We have just had a look at our 'piece of string' to see how long it is !!

    First ~ we have stayed in two hotels during October, one had a heated pool and it was just warm enough for us, the other wasn’t heated and it was freezing so didn’t use it after the first time, should have known as we were the only ones in the pool area !! You have to remember that your private pool will be screened and this reduces the effect of the sun (solar gain) dramatically ~ most hotel pools will of course be uncovered thus the sun’s warming effect will be so much greater.

    Second ~ As a rough rule of thumb we would opt to have our pool heated from late October / early November. If you were ‘guests’ staying at our place we would certainly recommend it for mid November. The cost of pool heat seems about right at $200, (£175 seems a bit steep though), we charge $210 for one week’s pool heat, ours it a large pool and that about covers the cost of the gas, 13% tax, and fees. Also our pool faces South so gets a little benefit from solar gain. If we arrange for the pool heat to be ON our Management Company turn it on about mid day on the day of arrival, being gas it heats the water quite quickly and we’d expect it to be warmed by that evening. Of course a lot depends on the air temperature, if it is raining and if the previous guests had pool heating.

    So there are a lot of variables, we can’t think of any guests who have had pool heat say with hind sight they didn’t need it. At the end of the day it’s down to how much time you think you’ll have to use the pool.

    Hope this has helped and not confused you more.
  4. Fernix

    Fernix Well-Known Member

    I would agree with Magic, we've stayed in villas a few times at that time of year and would advise having it heated, unlessyou are very hardy.

    One year our pool should have been heated but wasn't when we got there and it was too cold to use. The heating was switched on and the cover put over the pool and within a couple of day the pool was like a bath! We then had to ask for it to be turned down a little.
  5. jenster5

    jenster5 DoingFlorida Associate

    thanks guys, i think i'll have it just in case, i can just imagine the kids faces when they go on their first ever holiday and cant use the pool, it would spoil the whole trip. im sure they'll be in it everyday as soon as we get in from the parks
  6. eyore007

    eyore007 Member

    i don't care what time of year it is I like the pool heating on....don't like cold water.


    SPAKADO Member

    Very cold

    Spent our last 3 Disney trips in villas in oct/nov and pool heating is a must if you want to use the pool :)

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