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Caribbean Rum Cake Recipe from Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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Caribbean Rum Cake Recipe from Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Are you looking to spice up your Universal Orlando Resort vacation? At Caribbean Carnaval, you can take a journey through the Caribbean with an interactive dinner show filled with singing, dancing and music.

One of the things guests love about Caribbean Carnaval is the delectable flavors from the Caribbean islands in all the dishes. Chefs prepare an amazing all-you-can-eat feast with authentic recipes that transport your taste buds to paradise as singers and dancers put on an exciting live show.

One of the guests’ favorite items on the menu is the Caribbean Rum Cake. This dense vanilla cake is baked with Kahlua, spiced rum, pecans and brown sugar. The sugar crystalizes, creating a fantastic crunch that keeps you wanting more.

After the rum cake comes out of the oven, it’s topped with more rum, Kahlua and sweet delicate syrup. It then soaks for about three days and the result is absolutely delicious.

Reserve your spot at the next Caribbean Carnaval. Then, enjoy a piece of the islands at home with our Caribbean Rum Cake recipe.

Ingredients

For the Rum Cake:
    • 2 Cups Cake Flour
    • 1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
    • 4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
    • 1 Teaspoon Salt
    • 1/2 Cup Butter (Softened)
    • 3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
    • 3/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
    • 1-2 Cups Pecan Pieces
    • 1/4 Cup Myers’s Dark Rum
    • 1/4 Cup Kahlua Liquor
    • 3 1/2 Ounce Package Vanilla Instant Pudding
    • 1/2 Cup Milk
    • 4 Eggs
    • 1/4 Vegetable Oil
    • 1/4 Cup Pineapple Juice
For the Rum Soaking Syrup:
  • 1/2 Water
  • 1/2 Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Myers’s Dark Rum
  • 1/2 Kahlua Liquor

Directions

For the Rum Cake:
    1. Pre-heat over to 325 degrees.
    2. In a large mixing bowl or an electric mixer, combine the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, softened butter, and oil together until crumbly like a streusel topping. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.
    3. Prepare a 10- inch cake pan by lining it with a parchment paper circle. Sift ¾ cup of light brown sugar on the paper evenly around the cake pan. Top this off with 1-2 cups of pecan pieces (just enough to cover the bottom completely).
    4. Continuing on with the cake: On low speed with the paddle attachment, combine the remaining ingredients until the batter is very smooth.
    5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for approximately 45-55 minutes, or until fully golden and tester comes out clean and cake springs back when touched in the center.
To Make the Rum Soaking Syrup:
  1. Carefully bring the sugar and water to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the rum, and Kahlua.
  2. Once the cake is taken out of the oven, carefully cut the top of the cake with a serrated knife so that it is level with the rim of the cake pan.
  3. While cake is still warm, pour the hot syrup on top of the cake, allowing it time to soak in (this may take a few minutes as there will be a lot of syrup). Continue to add syrup until it is gone.
  4. Allow cake to cool completely in the pan before turning out onto your serving platter.

After indulging in the delights of Caribbean Carnaval, burn those extra calories while you dance the night away to the rhythmic sounds of the islands! Caribbean Carnaval takes place every Wednesday evening at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

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 Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando

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Everything in Loews Sapphire Falls Resort—from the delicious food and drinks to the gorgeous views and tropical décor—makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a Caribbean island.

As if you needed any more reasons to checkout Sapphire Falls, here are five hidden gems at Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort that will leave you craving an island escape.

1. Party in the Caribbean

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Have you always wanted to attend a party in paradise? Well, this is your chance! And good news – you don’t even need a passport. Caribbean Carnaval at Sapphire Falls will take you on a high-energy journey through the Caribbean islands. The family-friendly dinner show includes authentic dishes, yummy beverages, jammin’ island music and fun dancers that will make you want to conga all night long.

2. Find your Perfect Rum at Strong Water Tavern

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I have to be honest with you, I’m not a huge rum drinker. However, when I walk into Strong Water Tavern I’m immediately converted into one. The main reason for this is the Rum Flight which takes you on a rum journey with one of the bar’s rum captains. With over 60 types of rums available, your rum captain will suggest different rums based on your specific pallet. Trust me – you’ll find one that makes you want to sip the night away on the bar’s picturesque outdoor deck.

3. Imported Goodies at New Dutch Trading Co.

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This quick service coffee and snack bar is anything but average. At New Dutch Trading Co., you can choose from familiar favorites like craft sandwiches, fresh brews and blends, pastries, ice cream and other sweet treats. But if you’re looking for something more adventurous, sample exotic finds from around the globe with imported goodies like Dutch chocolate and Spanish wine, specialty spices from the Caribbean, or seasonings and teas inspired by Sapphire Falls’ signature restaurants.

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4. The Best Nachos in the Caribbean (and Orlando)

What’s better than lounging by the pool? Lounging by the pool with nachos. The nachos from the Drhum Club Kantine pool bar are some of the best in Orlando. Topped with black beans, cheddar cheese sauce, sour cream, Pico de Gallo, guacamole and optional chicken or beef – or both; no judgment here – these nachos are the perfect poolside snack.

5. A Pool that’s Unlike any Other

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The pool at Sapphire Falls is the best of any Universal Orlando on-site hotel. For starters, it’s the largest resort pool at Universal so there’s plenty of room for the entire family. The waterslide is so much fun that you’ll see both children and adults taking a ride. But, one of the best features is the zero entry sand bar that goes across the middle of the pool. It looks like you’re walking on water and you don’t have to walk all the way around the perimeter of the pool to get your nachos at the Drhum Club Kantine.

Have you already visited Loews Sapphire Falls Resort? Share your favorite hidden gems at Sapphire Falls in the comments below!

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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. 

Enjoy a Tropical Paradise at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando

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Every trip to Universal Orlando Resort should be full of riding roller coasters, character meet-and-greets, eating ice cream, and nonstop adventures. But after the miles of walking and navigating the theme parks, one of the best things about your visit will be coming back to your on-site hotel.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is Universal Orlando’s newest on-site hotel and is Caribbean-inspired. If you have a great love for island living, you will be taken to paradise as soon as you step through the door of you room.

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At Sapphire Falls, there isn’t a shortage of activities, and you can easily spend an entire day at the hotel, because of all the amenities available.

The best place to cool off from the Florida heat is the pool. It’s a gorgeous 16,000 square foot pool, complete with a water slide, sand area and private cabanas (for an additional charge).

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Depending on the day’s activity schedule, you may even catch a ping-pong tournament or a nighttime movie showing. There is always something going on, so be sure to check with the concierge during your visit.

Plus, if you get hungry, you can head to Drhum Club Kantine, the hotel’s poolside bar. It’s the perfect place to stop for a drink or snack while getting your tan on!

In addition to Drhum Club Kantine, the hotel has several dining options. New Dutch Trading Co. is a quick-service café, whereas Amatista Cookhouse is a sit-down restaurant with an extensive menu. Room service is also available 24 hours in case you’re craving something at 3AM.

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Amatista Cookhouse offers a delicious menu, but some guest favorites are the margherita pizza (and french fries!), finished with a slice of chocolate cake for dessert.

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Although you can easily spend most of your “hotel days” swimming and tanning in the pool area, if you would rather spend the afternoon in air-conditioning, the Calypso Game Room is the best place to be!

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You can even fit in a workout if you don’t want your exercise routine to take a vacation. Kalina Health and Fitness Center is the full-service gym at Sapphire Falls. Plus, there are various walking and jogging paths that wind around the hotel. Whether you’re using the cardio machines in the gym or going on a run around the resort, you’ll be able to get your sweat on.

The internet at Sapphire Falls is super fast and reliable, and it’s complimentary for up to four devices per room.

Another benefit of staying at an on-site hotel is Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Being able to visit one hour before the theme park opens to the public is immensely helpful and will maximize your experience at Hogwarts!

As for getting there? No worries. There is complimentary transportation from Loews Sapphire Falls Resort to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk.

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You have the choice between a shuttle bus or a water taxi. While both are efficient, I recommend the water taxi (or as I like to call it: the mini cruise). It’s an enchanting ride, especially at night!

The tropical atmosphere, endless activities, and savory meals at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort are pure bliss. Are you planning a trip to Universal Orlando Resort soon? Think about booking at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

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. 

Three Reasons to Attend Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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If you’re craving a journey through the Caribbean islands, look no further than the new Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

Beginning April 5, you can add this family-friendly, fun-filled dinner show to your visit and experience the delightful tastes, festive sounds and dances of the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad. The festivities take place every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Cayman Court at Sapphire Falls.

Here are three reasons why you’ll want to join the Caribbean Carnaval party.

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  1. Delicious Food and Drinks

Not only is the food at Caribbean Carnaval delectable, it’s all you can enjoy! The dinner includes authentic dishes from around the Caribbean, such as Mojo Roasted Suckling Pig, Ropa Vieja, and Jerk Chicken. And with everything from vegetarian to gluten-free options, there’s something for everyone to devour.

You can also enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, wine, beer, and Planter’s Punch – one of the signature drinks from Strong Water Tavern.

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  1. The Island Music is Jammin’

While the food and drinks are enough to entice any island lover, the music and entertainment really transport you to the Caribbean. Jam out to a live band, complete with steel drums, that covers island inspired hits.

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  1. You’ll Want To Conga The Night Away

All of the authentic food and music makes you want to get up and dance. The energy of the dancers is contagious as they show you how to shake it Caribbean style. Once you find your rhythm, be sure to jump in the conga line and see how low you can limbo.

Whether you’re a local or visiting Orlando, Caribbean Carnaval is the perfect escape for anyone. Grab your tickets and enjoy the flavorful dishes, electrifying music, and high-energy dancing.

Caribbean Carnaval takes place each Wednesday evening in the Cayman Court at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Tickets are required. Self-parking for the event is complimentary.

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. 

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Now Open at Universal Orlando Resort

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Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Now Open at Universal Orlando Resort

It’s not every time you walk into a hotel that you’re greeted by cheering team members, a steel drum band, stilt walkers and a colorful burst of streamers. However, the first family checking into Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort received fanfare, a special tour of the resort, a complimentary stay, and more.

This brand new Caribbean-inspired property is the fifth on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort and will whisk you away to an island state of mind. Here are a few of the “must-do” experiences at Sapphire Falls:

  • Unwind at the pool (which is the largest pool across all of Universal’s on-site hotels!) and take a ride down the water slide.
  • Enjoy a leisurely water taxi after a busy day in the theme parks back to the hotel and take in the incredible view of the waterfalls at the lagoon.
  • Indulge in a Strong Water Tavern grog and our signature mojo-marinated rotisserie chicken from Amatista Cookhouse.
  • Experience incredible views from your room, which is one of 1,000 guest rooms, including 83 suites.
  • And more!

As with all of Universal’s on-site hotels, you’ll also receive a plethora of benefits, including Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and complimentary transportation to both theme parks and Universal CityWalk.

Whether you come to Universal Orlando Resort in search of fun, relaxation or adventure (or all of the above), you will create lasting memories. Book your next stay at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and be transported to an island escape on your next Universal Orlando vacation.

Are you going to stay at the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort during your next visit to Universal Orlando Resort?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios 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. 

Enter to Win a Trip to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

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Win a Trip to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort for Four!

How would you like to win a trip to paradise at the all-new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando. Now is your chance! From now until Sept. 16, you can enter to win a 3-day, 3-night trip for four in the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort “Message in a Bottle Sweepstakes”. Here’s what you need to do to enter.

First step is to click through to the “Message in a Bottle Sweepstakes” page and fill out the required information. Next step is to write your message to your friends and family and share on either your Facebook page or Twitter, telling them why you want to stay at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. You can write one message per day to increase your chances of winning the grand prize or up to 100 other prizes.

The grand prize winner will be chosen on Sept. 19, and will receive airfare, a 3-night hotel stay, as well as 3-day park-to-park tickets to Universal Orlando Resort and a $150 meal voucher to use at any on-site restaurant for the winner and three guests for the duration of your trip.

The 100 other prize winners will also be chosen Sept. 19 and include:

  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort towel and towel stakes
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort thermal bottle
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort insulated beverage tumbler
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort utility bag

We look forward to seeing your messages and welcoming you to paradise!

See complete details and enter today.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Purchase or payment will not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes starts 12:01 am ET on 8/26/16 and ends 11:59 pm ET on 9/16/16. Open only to legal residents of 50 US & DC (“Eligibility Area”) 21 or older. Limit 1 entry per person/email/household/day. Subject to Official Rules. See Official Rules for complete details. Void outside Eligibility Area and where prohibited. Sponsor: Universal City Development Partners, Ltd. d/b/a Universal Orlando Resort, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL 32819.

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. 

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Brings a New Paradise to Universal Orlando

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We’re just weeks away from the arrival of first guests at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, and let me tell you, this place looks absolutely remarkable! Today, the time has arrived to give you an inside look at the inspiration and story behind this tropical oasis. So let your worries wash away and ease into island time.

From cascading waterfalls and massive stone turrets to vintage rum and fresh ceviche, we’ve always been drawn to the history and allure of the Caribbean. Imagine, in the middle of a secluded island, we stumble upon a winding river leading to a beautiful, sapphire-blue swimming hole surrounded by ancient stone ruins and dense palms – the perfect environment to reshape into your exclusive island hideaway.

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The resort is directly inspired by magnificent landmarks and architectural ruins from islands throughout the Caribbean – towering stone turrets, beautiful rock walls and a spinning waterwheel accent the tropical landscape and waterway twisting through the property.

In fact, you’ll never be far away from crystal-clear, serene water when you’re here. You’ll be greeted by waterfalls cascading into a sparkling pond upon arrival, which is your first glimpse of the amazing water features throughout the resort. There’s a gorgeous pool, surrounded by two sand beaches, a quintessential Caribbean waterfall – inspired by Jamaica’s iconic Dunn’s River Falls – and a breathtaking lush lagoon. It’s from this lagoon that you can hop on a water taxi to travel to our theme parks, CityWalk and our other on-site hotels.

The wide expanses of the Caribbean Sea inspired us to do something grand – design the largest pool at any of our resort hotels. But we didn’t want to just make a bigger pool, we wanted to do things that we’ve never done before. That’s why the Sapphire Falls pool has random and slightly varying depths to mimic the sea floor. There’s also a huge fire pit for the entire family to enjoy after the sun sets. Those are just a couple of the many unique features you’ll have some fun exploring.

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With every step you’ll escape deeper into that distinctive attitude of island living. The beautiful new rooms in our Caribbean-inspired guest houses are designed to envelop you with a sense of relaxation from the moment you arrive. You’ll find it easy to let go and enjoy your incredibly themed private retreat. And just outside awaits the excitement and adventure of Universal Orlando’s two incredible theme parks.

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Vacation is as much about great drinks and dining as it is about the journey itself. That’s why we’ve created Strong Water Tavern, a stylish hangout with reclaimed wood, mahogany leather and exposed brick throughout. Let our rum captains take you on a one-of-a-kind cocktail journey, or enjoy the many variations of fresh ceviche available throughout the resort.

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At nearby Amatista Cookhouse, you can indulge your appetite with waterfront dining and watch our chefs at work preparing delightful dishes highlighting the freshest ingredients.

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Both experiences will give you a true taste of Caribbean flavors and define all that is unique and special about Sapphire Falls!

All of this and more can be yours in just a few weeks. Book a stay now to be one of the first to enjoy all this island escape has to offer! Plus, you can sample all the flavors of Sapphire Falls with a limited-time offer that includes a free dining credit to make your stay with us even more special.

We’ll see you in paradise soon!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios 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. 

Free Dining Credit at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal

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Book your next Universal vacation and get a free dining credit at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort!

You can be one of the first to experience Universal Orlando® Resort’s new island jewel – Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – and receive a FREE $150 dining credit* (per room) by booking any vacation package with a 4-night stay or longer by May 31, 2016.

Plus, hotel guests enjoy exclusive benefits including:

  • Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the general public (valid theme park admission required)
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with room key
  • Complimentary transportation to both theme parks and Universal CityWalk®

This offer won’t last long so book your Universal Orlando Resort vacation and get a free dining credit at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort today!

* Offer valid for select travel dates July 14- December 15, 2016 with blockout dates November 23- November 26, 2016.

This is a great time to start thinking about Halloween Horror Nights 26 which runs mid-September through October! The nation’s premier Halloween event quickly sells out each year so start planning your visit now.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida. She would love to help you plan your Universal Orlando adventure at no cost to you! Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information or for your free, no obligation quote. Plus, you will receive our Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter ($19.99 value) when you book your Universal Orlando Resort vacation with us!