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Top Five Ways to Stay Fit at Universal Orlando Resort’s Hotels

Universal Orlando’s fourth on-site hotel, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is now open! The retro-inspired hotel features incredible amenities for endless family fun including a 10,000 sq. ft. zero-entry pool with iconic dive tower waterslide, 10-lane bowling alley, the Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio, family suites that sleep up to six and much more. This summer, guests will be able to enjoy even more family fun, including a second 8,000-square-foot zero entry pool, Universal Orlando’s first lazy river at an on-site hotel, The Hideaway Bar & Grill, and additional moderately-priced family suites and value-priced standard guest rooms. © Universal Orlando Resort. All Rights Reserved.

Vacations are the perfect way to unwind, forget your worries and relax. What better way to relax than dedicating some of this newly acquired free time to your personal and mental health.

Here are some ways to keep up with your fitness goals while enjoying your vacation so you can stay fit at Universal Orlando Resort:

1. Fuel Your Body with Healthy Dishes

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Being on vacation doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice eating healthy. Universal Orlando offers healthy eating options throughout the entire destination.

Some of the most popular choices throughout the destination include:

Click here to explore all of the dining options at Universal Orlando Resort.

BONUS: All of Universal’s restaurant menus identify vegan and gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions.

2. Pump Some Iron at Our Fitness Facilities

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Universal Orlando Resort’s on-site hotels offer amazing amenities, from complimentary transportation across the destination to Early Park Admission. Yet, the best amenity for guests looking to sneak in a workout is the complimentary fitness facilities.

Universal’s fitness centers offer a wide range of exercise equipment including strength training equipment, treadmills, exercise bikes, stair masters, elliptical machines and many more. Each on-site hotel includes a fitness facility so you can break a sweat no matter where you choose to stay.

3. Enjoy Universal’s Swimming Pools while Mastering Water Aerobics

Swimming is a great way to work out your entire body while on vacation. Each of Universal’s on-site hotels have swimming pools where you can work out while working on your tan.

Choose between white sand lagoons at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, or exploring the 16,000-square-foot pool at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, or any of the other hotels. Because when you say on-site, you’re welcome at all the hotel pools, so pick your favorite and dive in.

4. Travel by Foot to the Attractions While Taking in the Scenery

Many of Universal’s attractions are accessible by foot when staying at one of their on-site hotels. You can enjoy the lush tropical landscape while walking to Universal CityWalk from Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, traveling from Universal’s Cabana Bay Resort to Universal’s Volcano Bay, or just enjoying a stroll on the walking paths.

The walking paths at the on-site hotels are perfect for a jog and marked with mile markers so you can easily keep track of your progress. Here’s a map of the jogging trails that you can download for your upcoming visit.

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Once in the parks, you can keep burning those calories while making your way to your favorite attractions. It’s estimated that the average theme-park-goer walks more than five miles per day.

5. Decompress with a Spa Day

Staying physically fit is important, but vacations are the perfect opportunity to work on your mental health as well. A day at the spa promises blissful renewal, so come and unwind at the Mandara Spa at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

Indulge in pampering skin care, wraps, body treatments, massages, nail care and hair care. Each of our on-site hotels also has sauna facilities to destress after a workout. Enjoy this tranquil retreat and leave the rest of the world behind.

While you’re planning your next trip to Universal Orlando Resort, let us know in the comments your best tips for staying healthy and fit while on vacation.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top Ten Reasons to Stay at a Universal Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort

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It truly pays to stay where you play. Here are the top ten reasons to stay at a Universal hotel during your next Universal Orlando Resort vacation, which will make you never want to leave.

1. Immerse Yourself into a Themed New World

Just because you’ve left the parks doesn’t mean you have to go back to reality. Keep living your best vacation because our hotels are themed to perfection:

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – relax within an Italian seaside village.

Hard Rock Hotel – live like a rock star.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort – escape to a South Seas paradise.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – unwind in a Caribbean island retreat.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – revel in retro fun with a Florida twist.

COMING IN 2018: Universal’s Aventura Hotel – experience a new, modern lifestyle.

2. Earn that Unlimited Free Universal Express Access

Three of the five hotels on property—Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Royal Pacific Resort—include Universal Express Unlimited access with their stay. They’re valid at all attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. That means you get to skip the regular lines and ride more rides during your time in park.

3. Quick and Easy Transportation

Whether you’re taking the famous water taxis, shuttle bus or walking, you’re never more than a few minutes away from all the action of Universal Orlando’s three theme parks. That extra hour of sleep in the morning will work wonders.

4. Three Words: Early Park Admission

…Or don’t sleep in and take advantage of Early Park Admission. Each day, one or more theme parks and their most popular attractions open an hour before the scheduled time for on-site hotel guests. Those parks and their attractions include:

Universal Studios Florida

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Universal’s Island of Adventure

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Flight of the Hippogriff

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Volcano Bay rides, slides, and attractions are available during Early Park Admission.

5. All the Amenities

It’s true – we’ve got all the things you didn’t know you needed. Looking to rejuvenate at the spa? Got it. Want to work off the big dinner you had last night? We have complimentary fitness facilities. Craving some friendly competition? Step into our game room, my friend.

6. Afternoons at the Pool

After a long morning of exploring the parks, it’s about time to grab a drink and pull up an inner tube. Our refreshing hotel pools will help you rest up before heading back out for the evening’s festivities.

Pro Tip: spend a day pool-hopping and see every resort’s oasis, from the sand-entry at Portofino Bay Hotel all the way to the lazy river at Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

7. Surprises only Universal Orlando can Provide

Name another hotel where you might be greeted by a Minion… We’ll wait…

8. Free Delivery of that Merch You’ve Been Eyeing

And don’t worry about carrying large, heavy bags. Have your souvenirs delivered directly to your hotel.

9. Dance the Night Away at Universal CityWalk with a Complimentary Party Pass

If you’re looking for a night out, your room key gets you club-to-club access at Rising Starthe groove, and Red Coconut Club in CityWalk throughout the duration of your stay. No cover charge!

10. Are You Not Entertained?!

As if all of the above wasn’t enough, staying on-site puts you right in the heart of the best entertainment Orlando has to offer.

Feast and hula at Loews Royal Pacific Resort’s Wantilan Luau, party island-style during the Caribbean Carnaval dinner show at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, watch a live show at Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions, enjoy an evening out under the stars at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel’s  Harbor Nights, or head over to CityWalk and dance to the beat of the famous Blue Man Group.

There’s no question you’re going to be staying here during your next vacation. Which resort is the object of your affection?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top Five Hidden Gems at Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort

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Are you wanderlusting for a European getaway? How does being whisked away to the seaside village of Portofino, Italy sound?

That’s exactly where you’ll feel like you are when you arrive at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. Staying here will feel as if you’re living the sweet life… or as they say in Italy, ‘la dolce vita.’ If you are looking to make your Universal Orlando Resort vacation extra special, don’t miss these five hidden gems at Portofino Bay Hotel.

Here are some of my favorite things to do at the hotel that you definitely won’t want to miss.

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1. Opera Singers on the Piazza

Every night around sunset (weather permitting), you’ll be able to hear the romantic sounds of our opera singers. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this beautiful music is with a cheese plate and small bottle of wine for two from Sal’s Market Deli, just below the balcony where the singers perform. It makes for a perfect date night.

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2. Gelato

What’s a trip to Italy without a delicious scoop of creamy gelato? I definitely can’t leave the hotel without enjoying a cup of pistachio gelato and taking in the view on the harbor! You can get yourself a cup of gelato from the Gelateria, which is next door to Starbucks on the Harbor Piazza. And if gelato isn’t your thing, there are also milkshakes, smoothies, pastries, coffee and espresso.

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3. Mandara Spa

spa day is definitely what you need after a long day in the theme parks! The name Mandara is Sanskrit and comes from an ancient legend about the gods’ quest to find the secret to eternal youth and beauty. I’d say that’s reason enough to indulge in a spa day.

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4. Three Pools

Do you love a little variety in life? At Portofino Bay Hotel you don’t just have to settle for one pool. We have three amazing and unique pools to choose from. In fact, this hotel has the most pools of all of our on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort!

  • The Beach Pool is our main pool and the perfect place for the family. This pool features a Roman aqueduct-themed water slide, a sandy beach, children’s pool, two hot tubs and plenty of games for all.
  • If you like a bit more exclusivity, our Villa Pool is a beautiful, calm pool with private cabanas and upgraded lounge chairs.
  • If you like even more seclusion, the Hillside Pool is definitely for you. The pool sits next to the hotel’s east wing and is a quiet place to relax by the water and perhaps catch up on that book you haven’t been able to finish.

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5. Bocce Ball and Games by the Pool

I love some peace and quiet by the pool but I also love a little friendly competition. You can challenge your friends and family to a game of bocce ball next to our Villa Pool or battle them in a ping-pong tournament by the Beach Pool. You can even join one of our poolside activities like water balloon tosses, pool basketball, hula hoop contests and even arts and crafts. The poolside activities take place at the Beach Pool and change daily. Be sure to check out the pool activity board for all the details.

What are your favorite hidden gems at Portofino Bay Hotel? Share with us in the comments.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Four Ways to Choose the Best Universal Orlando Resort Hotel

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Four Ways to Choose the Best Universal Orlando Resort Hotel

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite parts of vacation planning is the “oohing” and “aahing” over hotel options. For me, the hotel is a big part of the escape. This is certainly true when I visit Universal Orlando Resort. It offers five spectacular on-site hotels—with a sixth on the way, Universal’s Aventura Hotel—that offer all the comforts of home, terrific theme park benefits and even a few thrills of their own!

With each of them so close to the theme parks and the fabulous dining, shopping and nightlife at Universal CityWalk, vacationers are just a hop, skip and a jump away from the fun. So no matter whether you enjoy the romance of Italy at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, unleash your inner rock star at Hard Rock Hotel, savor the South Seas at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, drink in the flavors of the Caribbean at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort or dive into the ‘50s and ‘60s Florida beach town vibes at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, you’re going to have a fabulous time.

But which one is right for you? We’ve got a few tips to help you decide!

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1. Factor in the time of year you are visiting.

If you’re visiting during a busier time—such as summer or around holidays—we highly recommend you stay at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel or Loews Royal Pacific Resort. These hotels offer Universal Express access. Universal Express means you can skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions as many times as you want.

Each person staying at the hotel room receives free Universal Express access for Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (valid theme park admission is required). After you’ve checked in at one of the participating hotels, head to the lobby where you’ll find the Universal Express kiosk and print your passes. They are valid every day of your hotel stay, including the days you check in and check out.

No matter when you visit, take advantage of Early Park Admission, which is available to guests of all the Universal Orlando on-site hotels.

Hotel guests get one-hour early admission to select attractions at either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure. It will also include one hour early access to Universal’s Volcano Bay, which opened May 25. Valid theme park admission is required.

All the on-site hotels at Universal offer additional benefits, including complimentary transportation to the parks—by bus or boat—resort-wide charging privileges, hotel or room delivery of merchandise purchased in the theme parks and more.

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2. Factor in your party size and how long you are staying.

If you’ve got a larger family or are planning a longer visit, you may want to consider the family suites at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. These affordable family suites come with mini kitchenettes, double vanity areas, and separate toilet and bath/shower areas. Best of all, they sleep up to six! Plus, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort just added brand new standard guest rooms and even 2-bedroom suites that sleep up to eight in an expansion consisting of two towers at the south end of the property – where some overlook Universal’s Volcano Bay. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort also has a dedicated walking path that leads to Universal’s Volcano Bay, so when you are planning water theme park days, it’s the perfect choice.

All of the other resort hotels offer standard rooms that typically sleep up to five with a rollaway bed, so they’re quite comfortable for most families. There are also larger suites available for those looking to stay with more than five people.

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3. Get ready to soak up that Florida sunshine!

When it comes to my family and picking a hotel, nothing is more important than the pool. We often plan pool time right after we check in, then do short “pool breaks” in between theme park time and maybe a little unwind, hot-tub time at the end of the night. If you’re also a family of water lovers, you won’t be disappointed by any of the Universal Orlando on-site hotels.

All of Universal’s hotel pools are perfectly family-friendly with various water features and poolside activities. Still each pool has a distinct vibe:

  • Hard Rock Hotel takes the show outdoors with its rockin’ pool scene. Enjoy the underwater speakers, live music, DJs, sand volleyball and the zippy 260-ft. pool slide.

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4. Decide what else is important to you.

One of the benefits of staying on-site at Universal Orlando’s hotels is that it’s super easy to hop from hotel to hotel via water taxi, shuttle bus or a short stroll. No matter where you stay, you can escape to the Mandara Spa at Portofino Bay or take the whole family bowling at Cabana Bay. Moms and Dads can leave the kids at one of the on-site kids camps and enjoy a date night out. May I suggest Emeril’s Tchoup Chop at Royal Pacific? Plus, there is a dining shuttle that will take you to any of the on-site hotel restaurants.

Here are a few of the major selling points for each hotel:

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  • Hard Rock Hotel Orlando – Music memorabilia throughout the hotel; Sound of Your Stay program which lets you rock out in your room; monthly cocktail concerts in the lobby for Velvet Sessions; it’s closest to Universal Studios.

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  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Tranquil orchid court; Emeril’s Tchoup Chop; weekly Wantilan Luau; wide selection of craft beer; Jake’s Beer Dinner offers a five-course meal paired with specialty brews; it’s closest to Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

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  • Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – Fabulous food court and on-site Starbucks; original Jack LaLanne memorabilia at the fitness center; bowling alley; closest to Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Now that you’re in the know, it’s time to plan your next escape!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Plan A Night Out at Harbor Nights at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel


Plan A Night Out at Harbor Nights at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

When a weekend trip to Italy just isn’t possible, relish the next best thing during Harbor Nights at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. Set under the twinkling lights of the picturesque Harbor Piazza, Harbor Nights invites locals and visitors to enjoy the starlit sights, sounds and flavors of Italy without leaving Orlando.

Included in the event’s entrance fee are an array of wines and gourmet foods, which are placed at stations throughout the piazza. The delectable dishes range from classical Italian favorites to more adventurous dishes that will electrify your palette.


And as if the fabulous food and wine wasn’t enough, the evening is made that much better with the addition of charming musical performances. Dance the night away to dreamy jazz and romantic crooning.  Be sure to keep an eye out, because you just might see an opera singer booming from one of many balconies overlooking the piazza.

Upgrading to Harbor Night’s VIP experience is a must. During a recent visit, we were treated like royalty as we were sat at our own table for two, just a stone’s throw from the stage. We had the option to visit the food stations within the VIP area and beyond, but with the VIP experience, top-notch servers catered to our every whim, making it hardly necessary to leave our seats. Servers kept my Prosecco glass full and brought a constant barrage of delectable small plates.


There simply isn’t anything to rival Harbor Nights in the Orlando area. Combining ambiance, food, music, and scenery in a way that excites every one of your senses, Harbor Nights is truly a romantic experience that every couple needs to experience at least once.

Want a romantic night out? Harbor Nights takes place seasonally throughout the year, so be sure to find out when you can transport to Italy for your next date night.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote.