We had the opportunity to stay at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Universal Orlando Resort for our first Family Forward conference. It’s been over 15 years since I’ve been to Universal. The hubs and kiddos have never been so the stakes were high. I wanted them to have the most unforgettable experience. We don’t get big vacations so having the best time was a major goal.
This trip was of course planned around Universal Orlando theme parks, but just imagine with me the opportunity of also being able to feel like you’ve had an island getaway. I’m here to tell you that it’s POSSIBLE! As soon as you arrive at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort you are pleasantly surprised because you immediately feel like you’re in the Caribbean. I love the beaches and tropical weather so it was great to feel like I was in the tropics, while in the middle of Florida! It’s one of Universal Orlando newest resorts complete with a beautifully landscaped, resort-style pool with a water slide surrounded by cascading waterfalls, blue waterfalls cascade across lush grounds and the over 1,000 guest rooms and 83 suites available.
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We love hotel stays and we usually stay close to home. The close to home getaway is what we like to call it. Our top, non negotiable rules for any hotel stay are always the same. It has to be affordable, clean and overall great service. I know that not all hotels are perfect, but if we’re going to spend our hard earned money, it has to be an overall positive experience, it’s only fair. I can tell you with confidence that Loews Sapphire Falls Resort exceeded our expectations. This hotel hosted our Family Forward conference and were very much aware of all the families in attendance. It was a lot of responsibility to tend to us and also all the regular guests that were there.
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has so much to offer. Let me just list some of the exclusive benefits:
Early Park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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 when you stay at this on-site hotel.
Valid Theme Park admission required.
Fun, Free and Easy Transportation
Waterways, roads and walking paths connect this Preferred resort hotel to Universal Studios Florida™, Universal CityWalk™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. Guests of Premier and Preferred on-site hotels can get around easily with complimentary water taxis and shuttle services. Universal’s Volcano Bay™ is accessible only by complimentary shuttle.
More than just a Room Key
Stay with us and get resort-wide charging privileges using your room key card. You can also use your key card for complimentary access† to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk™ for the length of your stay.
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Resort-style Swimming Pool
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort offers the largest pool across the Universal Orlando Resort™. The pool features two sand beach areas, a children’s play area with pop-up jets, a huge hot tub, and a waterslide. There are also private cabana’s available for rent.
The Loews Sapphire Falls Resort staff will offer a variety of activities including hula-hoop contests, poolside moves, splash contests, and more!
There are also on-site restaurants and lounges such as Amatista Cookhouse™, a full-service restaurant that offers scenic water views and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The New Dutch Trading Co.™ is a Caribbean-style grab-and-go marketplace featuring ready to go meals. Strong Water Tavern, a lobby lounge and bar hosts a tapas inspired menu, ceviche bar and rum tastings. The Drhum Club Kantine, a pool bar and grill offers a fresh seafood inspired menu and taste-tempting drinks. Join the all new Caribbean Carnaval celebration where you will enjoy authentic food, lively songs and fun dances of the Caribbean Islands. And room service operates 24 hours a day.
Check out some of the beautiful architecture, the ruins of the stone turret in the lobby area
All the rooms at the Sapphire Falls Resort still maintain that warm, vibrant Caribbean vibe. It’s easy for any guest to stay in that consistent, “everything is all right” mood! You can just chill in that
Loews Hotels offer:
- Free Wi-Fi
- 300-thread-count, 100% cotton bed linens
- Smart room technology for automated heating and air conditioning
- Flat-screen TV with HD channels
- On Demand movies and video check-out (fees apply)
- iHome clock radios with iPod docking stations
- Mini Refrigerator
- Cuisinart single coffee pod brewer
- Spacious work desk with ergonomic chair
- In-room safe
- Telephone single line with voicemail Iron and ironing boar
- Separate bath and vanity area in most guestrooms
- 100% combed and ring-spun cotton terry towels and bath sheets
- Comfort Zone skin and body-care products
- Davines shampoo and conditioner
- Julien Farel Professional Hair Dryer
- Magnifying makeup mirror
- In-room dining service
- Wake-up calls
- Dry-cleaning and laundry service
- Access hundreds of newspapers and magazines via PressReader when you download the Loews Hotels mobile app
- Cribs available upon request
- Pets under 75 lbs are welcome. A fee of $50 per night with a maximum of $150 per say will be applied at check-in
One of my favorite perks was the opportunity to ask any questions I had to the front desk via text! It made things so much easier. How cool is that?!
This was our beautiful, CLEAN, warm and welcoming room. ( Before we fully made ourselves comfortable, of course)
Our sink area
Our barn style door that leads into the toilet/shower area.
….and I mean, look at this view! Perfect reminder of our “island escape”
This was one happy kiddo and the fun had not even begun!
I do highly recommend that if you are a family with kids, make sure to bring snacks and food with you. Like any other hotel, items like snacks and even baby wipes can be pricey. We drove to a nearby Walmart and stocked up on some of the essentials.
The entire hotel was beautiful, tropical luxury. The staff treated us like family. The maid that took care of our room while we were there was so helpful and sweet. She reminded me of my grandma and how comfortable she would make us feel whenever we visited. From the front desk to the parking garage attendants, the overall service was beyond what was expected and because of that I look forward to returning to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.
Thank you to Universal Orlando and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort for making my family feel so special and for an unforgettable vacation in paradise!
**I received a hotel stay at a discounted rate for the Family Forward conference. However all opinions are truthful and my own**