By David Sibila
Lazy days of sun filled fun and a watery paradise on island time is the feeling you get when you arrive at Universal Orlando's newest hotel Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The Caribbean inspired property is the fifth on-site hotel with direct access to Universal's two theme parks and brings a whole new world of tropical accommodations in Orlando designed around relaxing colors, tropical gardens and a waterfall centerpiece.
A leisurely stroll through the resort, with it's island charm with modern touches, easily transports guests to a relaxing stay just steps away from the thrills and excitement of Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure theme parks.
The 1,000-room hotel offers both standard and family suites. Each room features a light and relaxed design with modern amenities and views of this tropical oasis.
The cool pool is a impressive 16,000 feet, watery lagoon, the largest at Universal Orlando, with a zero degree entry, sandy beach-style areas and a large water slide.
Dining is also an adventure around the hotel property including their signature restaurant, Amatista Cookhouse. Featuring Latin and Caribbean cuisine, Amatista also offers Universal's newest character breakfast option.
In true island style, the hotel offers a unique rum bar, Strong Water Tavern. Directly off the main lobby, this lounge and restaurant serves a variety of vintage rum and tasty tapas with breathtaking views of the lush Universal property.
The entire property is anchored by a rocky stream springing from the lagoon style pool and leading to a multi-story waterfall that provides the picturesque, post-card moment for guests.
As with the now five on-site properties at Universal Orlando, Sapphire Falls features free water taxis to the the two Universal theme parks. Guests can also enjoy early park access and a variety of additional benefits.
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Written by David Sibila, Senior Manager of Content and Social Media for Visit Orlando. He's a TV producer turned content and social media strategist, hands-on dad and a casualty of four rescued pets.