Sapphire Falls ~ 5 Reasons To Stay “Inside” The Parks!

Imagine a place where crowds seem to melt away.  An oasis of palm trees and lagoon style pools, plots of sandy beach and pool side service with a welcoming smile.  Picture an escape from your reality as you enter a tropical paradise.  Blue waterfalls, lush grounds, and calming colours.  The newest on-site hotel at Universal Resorts Orlando has a laid back Caribbean vibe and is located mere steps from the action.  Welcome to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios in Orlando.

A whirl-wind girls getaway with my daughter and her BFF allowed me to check out this hotel and all it has to offer.  We stayed together in a lovely Pool View 2 Queen Bed Room on the 8th floor with a stunning view of the resort below.

The room was well laid out with two exceptionally comfortable beds, a flat screen TV, free WIFI, an in-room safe, coffee maker, small dresser, mini-fridge, desk/chair combo, and a comfy chair by the window.

Picture Courtesy of Loews Hotel

The bathroom was divided into two spaces.  The shower and toilet area, were neatly separated from the sink and counter space by a sliding pocket door.  The only draw back to the room was that this pocket door didn’t provide a whole lot of privacy.  Other than this little surprise, I was thrilled with how clean, quiet and conveniently the rooms were located to the lobby, pools and on-site restaurants.  This was a great place to call home for our 4 day getaway.

Ready to plan that next vacation?  Here are five reasons you should consider a stay at Loews Sapphires Falls Resort at Universal Orlando for your next family vacation.

  1. Early Park Admission. Guests staying at this on-site hotel enjoy Early Park Admission one hour before the theme park opens.  There is something very VIP about gaining access to Universal Orlando before the crowds.  No need to run to your favourite rides and jump in a cue, you can take your time, snap some pictures and dive into your day of adventure feeling relaxed and even accomplished!  Potter Heads rejoice, as you tackle all the rides in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter before the gates even open to the other guests for the day!
  2. Resort-wide charging privileges.  Charging privileges can be added to your room key card.  No need to carry your credit cards or a lot of cash.  When you check into your hotel you can choose to activate your room card and select how much money to allow to be charged each day.  For instance; I chose to allow up to $200 per day to be charged on each room key.  This gave myself and my girls the ability to pick up the tab for dinners, desserts or any souvenirs we may need or want throughout our stay.
  3. Complimentary water taxi and shuttle service to and from the Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal CityWalk.  Although we were close enough to walk to both CityWalk and Universal, one of my favourite features of staying on site was the water taxi.  Before you board your water taxi you are ushered through a short and friendly security line.  Now you are ready to enter the parks!  No need to go through security a second time.  The water taxis came around about every 15 minutes (usually less) and went directly from our hotel to Universal Resorts and CityWalk.  A seamless and relaxing way to travel.
  4. The pool.  One of the big draws of this hotel is the spectacular pool.  An oasis in the middle of the action.  Plenty of lounge chairs, an endless supply of towels, and friendly pool side service.   A special shout out to the lifeguards.  In all my years of travel and pool time I’ve never seen more attentive, engaged lifeguards.  I was impressed.
  5. The location.   A couple of days walking around in the heat can be…exhausting.  You know what makes Universal even more incredible?  The option to pop back onto the water taxi and head back to your on-site hotel for a quick swim to cool off in the middle of the afternoon.  Nap time and pool breaks are good for everyone.
  6. Bonus Reason.  The On-Site Restaurants:  The Dutch Trading Co., The Strong Water Tavern, Amatista Cookhouse, and poolside at Drhum Club Kantine.

Insider Tips:

*When you are getting towels, ask for a chair cover.  Ingenious “towel like” covers that fit over the loungers and stay in place.  Can you have a crush on a towel?

*Consider purchasing a re-fillable mug from the New Dutch Trading Co.  A one time purchase you can re-fill as often as you like for the duration of your stay.

*New Dutch Trading Co. is fabulous spot for a “grab and go” breakfast as you head out in the mornings.

*Don’t miss the waterslides and children’s area complete with small splash pad.

*If your thinking about spending an entire day at the pool, consider renting a cabana.  They come equipped with dedicated pool chairs, a shaded area complete with couches, a patio table and chairs, a stocked mini-fridge with sodas and waters, and a small safe to lock up your valuables when you go for a swim.

*At time of posting, Standard Rooms began at $204.00 per night, multiple nights were discounted.

*As at most resorts the cost of food both on-site and off can add up so plan accordingly.

The staff were friendly and helpful, the room quiet and comfortable and the proximity to the park can’t be beat.  We loved our stay at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and hope to return one day soon.

Happy Travels!

Disclosure:  I was provided accommodation in order to facilitate this review.  As always all opinions on this blog are my own.


Comments

  1. Cynthia says:

    This looks like paradise!

  2. Melinda says:

    Visiting Universal is definitely on my bucket list. Great place!

  3. Cheryl , h says:

    Wow, looks stunning

  4. Shirley p says:

    This would be an awesome place to visit

  5. Janet M says:

    Such a beautiful complex. I love the size of the rooms.

  6. Sandy Trojansek says:

    Looks fabulous!!

  7. Marisa. P says:

    Wow! Looks AMAZING 😉

  8. Looks amazing! I would love to try a Universal Resort as we visit Universal every year. I have to say the water attractions at the park are my favourite, so the pool at Saphire Falls really attracts me to that resort!

    • Stephanie says:

      If you love the water you would adore this resort. One thing I did appreciate is that there was never a fight for space. The pool is massive, there are a ton of pool chairs and a never ending supply of towels. Hope you get to check out Sapphire Falls on your next visit!

  9. That pool! I so need a vacation:) I just can’t imagine taking the kids, so maybe in a few years.

    • Stephanie says:

      The beauty of staying so close to Universal is that it makes it so easy to take the kids. Mine are a little older now, but let me know if you have any questions!

  10. Alayne Langford says:

    Can I just say I love the sliding pocket door in the washroom?? This and of course your bucket list worthy photos!!

    • Stephanie says:

      The pocket door is a smart way to save on space 🙂
      So happy to hear you love my pictures. Thanks so much!

  11. Melissa Dupuis says:

    What a beautiful place!

  12. The colors are so vibrant. It is literally a happy place.

  13. Holy that place looks amazing with absolutely no need to leave for 5 days.

  14. seems like a cool place to stay!

  15. The rooms look very invotong and I love the idea of the water taxi. The refillable cup is brilliant! Drinks can really add up, especially when you are somewhere hot.

    • Stephanie says:

      The water taxi was amazing!! And yes so happy we invested in the re-fillable cup. You never want to say “no” when your kiddo wants another drink. 🙂

  16. Stephanie says:

    These parks are beautiful! I would love to visit one day!

  17. ivy pluchinsky says:

    Looks and sounds like a great place! Perfect for a vacation!

  18. Judy Cowan says:

    Looks really nice! Sign me up, I would love to take a trip to Universal Studios!!!

  19. kristen visser says:

    i love how cute the rooms are and oooooo look at all the beautiful palms around the pool!! i haven’t been away in 11 years jeez

  20. Florence Cochrane says:

    Beautiful!! Look at the size of the pool.

    • Stephanie says:

      It’s one of the biggest pools I’ve ever seen. Definitely a reason to keep Sapphire Falls on your must see list.

  21. Brenda A says:

    Perfect timing! We are planning a Universal trip for Aug 2018 and I am researching the heck out of it!

  22. Anna Roszak-Robinson says:

    WOW!! This looks like a beautiful place for a holiday.

  23. Lynda Cook says:

    Wow it looks like a lovely place, a perfect place for girls getaway!!

  24. I’ve been to Orlando before and loved it. I’d love to go back again but not sure it’s in the cards for me. This is the kind of place I’d love to stay at. Thank you for the review. Sure looks like fun!

    • Stephanie says:

      Thanks for reading! I hope you have the chance to head back to Orlando soon, I’m sure you’d love a visit to Sapphire Falls.

  25. Love the colours! I’m starting to really think we need one of those relaxing type vacations…

    • Stephanie says:

      The colours here are amazing and Sapphire Falls is the perfect place to relax in between all those visits to Universal!

  26. lori n. says:

    You say Palm Trees, and I’m there! It looks fabulous!

  27. Looks amazing! Great tips, I would definitely consider staying here!

  28. This place looks like a blast!

  29. Kristi F says:

    What a fun and bright room! And I would love the chair covers too, what a great idea.

  30. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the tips,i definitely need another vacation soon !

  31. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    What a heavenly place to take a vacation, palm trees and sunshine what more can one need to be happy?

  32. Fussy Cat says:

    Oh boy, would I like to be there right now. It looks so relaxing.

  33. Tania B says:

    Oh, I could handle a trip like this right about now. Looks awesome.

  34. Rosa Cross says:

    This place looks and sounds heavenly! Makes me want to go.

  35. Jackie M says:

    Wow! The place looks great! I love how there are complimentary shuttles to the parks and the walk! Living inside the park makes it so much more easier!

    • Stephanie says:

      It might be the best way for park lovers to experience Universal! It just makes life so much easier! Oh now I want to go back!

  36. Dorothy H says:

    That looks like a great escape. Nice tips.

  37. Kim Tanti says:

    Looks like a great spot. We just went to Cuba this year and loved it. I just want warmth and sand. I live in Northern Ontario and need warmth.

    • Stephanie says:

      The feel of sunshine on your face, and the knowledge that one of the world’s best theme parks is just a few minutes away? Perfection!

  38. Sylvia Reddom says:

    thanks for the great idea for a rip sounds amazing….thanks again for your great sharing articles!

  39. Jaimeem says:

    Needless to say that looks like a gorgeous place to stay! Your family must have the travel bug ! Great photos

    • Stephanie says:

      We really do have the travel bug. At this point I’ve stayed in quite a few resorts and this one was fantastic!

  40. Lorena Grande says:

    Love the insider tips!

  41. Thanks for the tips! Will re-read them if I ever get the chance to go here. So beautiful!

    • Stephanie says:

      So happy you will be bookmarking this post. I hope you get the chance to see Sapphire Falls for yourself.

  42. Piroska says:

    What a gorgeous place! I’d love to go there…someday.

  43. Michelle Policelli says:

    Wow this place is absolutely gorgeous!!

  44. Elizabeth Vlug says:

    I can’t believe we have never been to Florida. We made it down to New Orleans but didn’t think about heading over to Florida. This resort looks fabulous, love the Caribbean vibe, a great place for a family. Thanks for the review.

    • Stephanie says:

      Oh yes, you defiantly must add Florida to your must see list. It really is easy to get there. Let me know if I can offer any tips!

  45. kathy downey says:

    Wow very nice the bedroom sure looks fresh and inviting

  46. So far away!!! 😛

  47. Our family would love to stay here, it looks great.

  48. Lynda Cook says:

    A place I will only dream of, looks so lovely and amazing!!

  49. Shirley p says:

    I would love to visit this beautiful place it looks so peaceful

  50. Christine w says:

    Love how the room looks!

  51. We would love to visit here someday. It looks absolutely gorgeous and a lot of fun as well!

  52. Cheryl H says:

    Oh my gosh this place looks amazing

  53. Florence Cochrane says:

    Sounds and looks amazing. I love there is a shuttle service to and from the Universal Orlando theme parks and you can also get in early.

  54. Tiffany Rotulo says:

    That look is massive. The rooms look nice too.

  55. Janet M says:

    It is such a beautiful resort. I love the rooms.

  56. Looks so beautiful!!

  57. mongupp says:

    wow, what a dream to be able to stay there!

  58. Doris Humber says:

    Haven’t been here before; it looks lovely.

  59. Janice Cournoyer says:

    I think that complimentary water taxi and shuttle service to and from the Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal CityWalk. would be the best!!

  60. heidi c. says:

    Pairing this resort with Universal Studios sounds like it would make for the perfect, dream vacation. Sign me up!

    • Stephanie says:

      It’s such a good choice for families. I’m helping a friend sort out the details of a trip today!

  61. Melinda says:

    I would love to sit in that comfy chair by the window and enjoy the scenery!

  62. Catheirne Robichaud says:

    This place looks and sounds amazing. Hopefully I will be able to stay there next time we visit Universal Orlando.

    • Stephanie says:

      I hope you have the chance to stay there during your next visit to Universal. Do let me know if you have any questions.

  63. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    Anywhere warm right now would be awesome, where is the sun?

  64. Carole D. says:

    What a beautiful place, paradise on earth! Would love to go there.

  65. Oh gosh – that pool DOES look fantastic!

  66. Kirsty Connor says:

    Looks lovely!

  67. What a beautiful place to relax and enjoy! I love all your pictures and glad to hear of the wonderful experience you had there.

  68. Rebecca Roberts says:

    What a gorgeous place to stay! This hotel looks like it’s right up my alley!

  69. Laurie P says:

    Great information, and stunning photos!

  70. I want to go to there.

    Now.

  71. Your pictures of this resort are so beautiful and it’s not hard to tell how emphatic you are about the great time you had.I am so happy for you, and hope I get there someday too.

  72. Andrea D says:

    This looks amazing!! After record rainfall this past winter/spring in Vancouver I am dreaming of sunshine!

  73. I am dreaming of staying as a beautiful place like this for a week or two.I love all the amities and beautiful
    pictures of the resort.So glad that you posted this awesome feature to see.

  74. Andrea Amy says:

    Wow that looks amazing! I’ve never travelled before and love looking at pictures of those who are lucky enough to go to far away places! I’ve only ever been to BC lol 🙂

  75. Oh my… sounds like a dream come true! I`ve never been anywhere like this. That pool!! Wow!

  76. Liz Howard says:

    Wow, this place looks amazing and I like that it is only a boat ride away from Universal!!!

  77. This hotel looks incredible. I’ll have to try it me t time I’m in Orlando 🙂

  78. This hotel looks incredible. I’ll have to try it next t time I’m in Orlando 🙂

  79. Cairine says:

    Looks lovely, I could use a nice holiday at a hotel like this.

  80. Wayne Couzens says:

    It looks like a great idea to be close to where all the action is

  81. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I like your advice regarding nap time and pool breaks–so true to keep a holiday enjoyable and not too busy!

  82. Calvin F. says:

    On stop relax park 😮 has a lot of to offer and it looks wonderful.

  83. Marly lahn says:

    looks like an amazing time

  84. Lisa Nelson says:

    looks like an awesome place to stay!

  85. Krista M says:

    This place looks incredible! I love all your tips right down to the refillable mugs! Very helpful to know all the little things. And I really adore the idea of how charging privileges can be added to your room key card! Absolutely a great idea & so convenient!

  86. Alison Braidwood says:

    I think I’d be tempted to never leave the resort. Who needs rides when you have a pool :0

  87. Mike Gismondi says:

    This looks like an amazing resort!

  88. Laurie P says:

    what a gorgeous place to stay!

  89. Savannah says:

    Beautiful! We’ll definitely go when baby #3 is big enough!

  90. would love to go here

  91. travelbuds says:

    This place looks amazing. I pick a hotel based on the pool and that pool looks fantastic.

  92. Sounds like fun!

  93. Those little things are so awesome – the chair cover? Genius!

  94. Lushka Smith says:

    Sounds like a great place for a vacay.

  95. Very timely post! I’m trying to figure out a mini-vacation for my daughter and I and it sounds like the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort would be perfect!

  96. Cheryl Grandy says:

    Beautiful. The early park admission and water taxi sound like wonderful benefits.

  97. Abbie N says:

    That would be a great time

  98. This place looks amazing

  99. Christine says:

    This place looks like a dream ! Amazing! And who doesn’t want early admission!

  100. This is now on my list

  101. September Dee says:

    This place looks fantastic! Lots to see and do!!!

  102. Jeannette Laframboise says:

    I’m sold! It looks and sounds absolutely beautiful! My idea of paradise. My eldest son just got his benefits from the airline he works for and that includes HUGE flight savings for immediate family. This means I could fly there for approximately $50. Thanks for the info, I think I have found my next vacation spot! ☺

  103. You always have great insider tips!

  104. Melinda Jana says:

    oh my it looks so dreamy! thanks for the awesome tips

  105. That pool looks amazing! I love your insider tips!!

  106. Looks like a stunning resort! Love it in Orlando.

  107. Alicia H says:

    Wow, Beautiful place! Hope you enjoyed your trip!

  108. Jared Denison says:

    This looks like a pretty swanky place to stay when your travel here.

  109. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    Everything says ‘Relaxation” Wow, what a beautiful place to unwind, play and rest.

  110. Darren Scrubb says:

    Great looking pictures of a place I would enjoy visiting this Summer.

  111. Treen Goodwin says:

    wow i can only dream , looks like a beautiful place to visit <3

  112. This is a dream family vacation getaway wow 🙂 a lot of little things I did not know I would have asked just for a towel and never knew they have chair covers .. that is the best advice ever cause sitting on chair after someone else is ewwwwwwww ..you just never know

  113. Betty S says:

    I always appreciate when people give honest reviews. will always need a family friendly place to stay

  114. LILLIAN M BROWN says:

    My daughter recently stayed there and told me I would love it

  115. janine a says:

    great advice! this place looks fantastic!!

  116. This looks so nice, a great pool is a must for our family when we vacation!
    Thanks for the info.
    Karen

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