This past summer we made our third visit to Universal Studios as part of the Family Forward Conference. The first two years we stayed at Loews Royal Pacific (which we loved) but we were looking forward to switching things up. This year we stayed at Universal’s newest property, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, a Caribbean themed hotel. We took a tour of this resort last year and fell in love, so we were excited to have the opportunity to stay at this property.
Upon arriving, we were greeted by friendly staff members who helped us with our luggage and directed us to the check-in counter. The lobby area was bright and very spacious. My boys made themselves at home and lounged in the comfy sitting area while my husband and I checked in. Our room wasn’t ready when we arrived, which was fine because we were starving! We grabbed lunch by the pool until we received the text notification. Within an hour, we were in our room.
We were booked in the standard room which is about 321-square-feet. It was perfect for the four of us and gave us enough room so we weren’t tripping over each other. The room was very bright and clean and the island theme was sprinkled throughout.
I love that the vanity and shower were in separate areas making it easier for everyone to get ready at the same time.
The room comes with a small refrigerator, which we loaded up throughout our stay with water bottles, juice, and milk. It was nice to have cold drinks on hand especially with boys who love to run around the room and work up a sweat. It’s never a dull moment that’s for sure!
This was the real reason I wanted to stay at this property. The pool is beautiful and quickly sweeps you away to a tropical island, or at least that’s how it makes you feel.
It’s a 16,000-square-foot pool with two sand beaches, hot tubs, cabanas (for rent), water slide, children’s play area, fire pit and more. My boys enjoyed the water slide and spent a lot of time there. The pool also has beach balls that the kids could play with and there’s shallow areas for the smaller children.
Whenever we are at a crowded pool, I always take notice of the lifeguards. I was happy to see that they were very attentive to the guests and were always scanning the pool and moving from side to side.
We had a little scare with my younger son. He jumped into the pool forgetting that the water was shallow and didn’t bend his legs. The lifeguard in that area was quick to help him to a chair and check him out. He had some pain in his legs but after resting he felt better. The next morning they gave us a call to check on him again, which was very impressive and made us feel that we were in good hands.
Whenever we book trips like this we make sure that we plan one day at the pool for some downtime. We ordered food at Drhum Club Kantine, which is located pool side. They have tables or you can order food and have it delivered to your lounge chair. We usually order a few appetizers because the boys love to nibble in between taking laps in the pool. If you like food with a little zip, I highly recommend the grilled jerk chicken sandwich.
If you have little ones, I highly recommend renting a cabana for the day. It’s about $100 and comes with 16 beverages (soda or water) and a fruit tray. We didn’t rent one but our friends did and they said it was helpful so that their kids could rest and lay down when they were tired.
The resort also has delicious tropical drinks! Quick tip; order the souvenir cup and keep it to save money on refills throughout your stay.
With my friend Julia from Wine in Mom.
They have enough activities to keep the entire family occupied. If you want to take a break from the sun you can play ping pong, oversized connect four or check out the arcade located right off the pool area. Every night there’s a dine in movie at the pool so you can swim and watch a range of blockbuster hits and family favorites.
There’s lots of benefits and perks staying at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort:
- Enjoy early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before the theme park opens to the public.
- There are complimentary water taxis and shuttle services to Universal CityWalk, Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventures.
- If you decide to walk, it’s about a 10 minute walk on a lighted trail along side the water.
- There’s 24 hours room service.
- Use your room key to Access Complimentary live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk.
- You can have merchandise purchased at select stores delivered to your hotel room free of charge.
- Access to onsite resort pools including Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay Resort, and Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
My family had a blast staying at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The pool was fun, the food was great, the resort is beautiful, and there’s lots of activities to keep the entire family happy. The boys loved taking the water taxi over to University CityWalk. It was a neat way to see the sights and the perfect way to rest the legs after a long day of walking.
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My family attended Family Forward at Universal Orlando. With our conference pass we received discounted park admission, hotel, along with special experiences like a VIP Tour of Universal and park events.