Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is the newest onsite hotel at Universal Orlando. Loews Hotels and Universal outdid themselves with this resort for sure. Our Last Minute Traveling Mom felt as if she was in a tropical oasis and not in Central Florida. Imagine palm trees swaying and steel drums playing as you settle into vacation mode and hear more about Sapphire Falls.
Escape to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort
My family and I travel to Orlando quite often and we have stayed in the onsite resorts at Universal Orlando before. I have to say, Sapphire Falls Resort is by far my favorite of the five options onsite.
As we arrived to the resort we were immersed in island themes and it definitely didn’t feel like Florida anymore. From the friendly valet and bell service staff to the knowledgeable front desk check in, everything was a pleasure. Sapphire Falls just opened its doors this summer but I would never have guessed it was the new kid on the block.
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Review
Upon entering the resort, I was greeted by the sight of a stunning chandelier and massive glass window that looks directly out to Islands of Adventure. That is how close we were to the Universal Orlando theme parks. Once we parked the car, there was no need to drive anywhere within the resort. We could walk, take the shuttle or ride water taxi to the parks and City Walk. We love the water taxi; it is a pretty and relaxing five minute ride that dropped us directly in front of City Walk.
We had a Pool View Kids Suite during our visit, and it was the perfect amount of space for my family of four. A kids suite is a two room suite with two twin beds in one room and a king in the main room. We travel with a teen, and she doesn’t want to share a bed. At Sapphire Falls, both girls had their own beds while my hubby and I had a king bed.
Overlooking the pool was great because we only had to go down two floors and we were at the gates to enter. The theme is subtle island/nautical. Our room also had a large bathroom with the shower and toilet separate from the sink area. This is a plus for me as I hate when it is all together. Who wants to brush their teeth while someone is showering?
The room had a mini-fridge, where we could stash drinks and snacks for the evening once we settled in. There is also a coffee maker in the room – an absolute necessity, as I need my coffee when I travel and I don’t want to have to put pants on to get it elsewhere.
Be sure to take a day off from the parks and enjoy the 16,000 square foot pool at Sapphire Falls. From a zero entry area for the little ones to a water slide for the big kids, the kids can play while mom and dad sit poolside all day and sip fruity drinks from Drhum Club Kantine. Lucky visitors can even find a chair on the sandy beach side of the pool grounds and find shade under a palm tree. If planning to stay and play all day, consider renting a private cabana. Once the sun goes down, enjoy a movie under the stars while swimming (an activity that is included in a resort stay!).
Visitors can also purchase a smores kit in the lobby shop and roast marshmallows on the beach fire-pit. From sun up to sun down the pool at Sapphire Falls has something for everyone.
Traveling Mom Tip: Purchase a refillable mug in the New Dutch Trading Co and fill it at the pool all day. Choose from Powerade, juice and sodas of every kind with the Coke Freestyle machines. It is a huge money saver!
If you aren’t spending the day pool side there is plenty of fun to be had at Sapphire Falls. The Calypso Game Room is open daily until midnight. Just outside the game room on the patio are free games such as Connect Four, hula hoops, ping pong and corn hole. Need a daily workout? Head to the Kalina Health & Fitness center for a daily dose of exercise.
Guests will not go hungry at Sapphire Falls with four different dining options onsite, plus in-room dining. We dined at the Amatista Cookhouse for breakfast and it was wonderful. They offer both a breakfast buffet and ala-carte options. We opted for the buffet and it was full of fresh fruits, yogurt, pastries and hot breakfast items. The open dining room has beautiful views of the lagoon and Islands of Adventure. You can even dine outside on the terrace if you choose.
The New Dutch Trading Co offers quick grab and go options as well as salads, sandwiches and hot pots. The chicken and rice looked so good. Dining poolside at the Kantine, a few families around us ordered the nachos and I kid you not it could feed a family of ten. They were huge!
Adults can enjoy the Strong Water Tavern rum bar. The tavern features rums from all over the world including Jamaica, Barbados and Martinique to name a few. Enjoy a rum flight and a light meal to cap off your evening.
One of the best features of the Loews Universal Orlando hotels is that you can stay at one and play at all, meaning we could use the amenities at all the Loews hotels as a Loews guest. If you are looking for a spa day head over to the Mandara spa at the Portofino, or if you want to send the kids to a evening kids club, you can do that as well.
Loews Sapphire Falls is a great resort for families and won’t break the bank. It is a mid-range priced hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. What that means is that you get the perks of early park admission, and free transportation but you do not get the Express Pass with your stay. You must be at the three “deluxe” hotels for that perk.
If you go during a non-peak time it won’t matter that you do not have Express Pass as the parks will have low wait times. The island escape that Sapphire Falls offers is a fantastic addition to a Universal Orlando vacation. Leave your cares at the door and enjoy your vacation mon’.
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