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Sapphire Falls Opens To Its First Guests at Universal Orlando

Hotel & Resort | Michael Schottey | July 15, 2016

Sapphire Falls Opens To Its First Guests at Universal Orlando

Photo courtesy of Sapphire Falls 

Sapphire Falls opened its doors to its first guests on July 14, and the new resort gives Universal Orlando another unique and exceptional experience with top-notch service and Caribbean-themed amenities.

The new property from Loews might be the company’s most ambitious offering yet as it looks to compete once again in an Orlando market stacked top-to-bottom not only with hotel and resort options, but also with terrific and exciting things to do.

Sapphire Falls seems more than up for the task.

Picture floating up to your resort and passing by a lagoon waterfall lit up to welcome you to Sapphire Falls’ own little island paradise.

Sound good? We’re not done.

What about a rum journey with an expert rum captain leading you around the various islands and types of libations, choosing from a menu of 75 rums in the Strongwater Tavern?

I can’t decide if I want to head toward Orlando immediately, or find out where to train to be a rum captain.

Barb Bowden, the Complex Managing Director of Sapphire Falls spoke with TravelPulse about the new property and specifically to what is going to make the new resort stick out and thrive in a busy and competitive marketplace.

“Most of all,” Bowden said, “I would say we’re excited about the continued growth at Universal Orland, and Sapphire Falls gives us another exciting option. It really is a destination in and of itself with a feeling that you’re truly in the Caribbean.”

Bowden mentioned that every facet of the resort is patterned around the theme, which is clearly meant to be a transformative and immersive experience rather than just paying lip-service to tropical elements as so many other properties fall into the trap of doing.

No, at Sapphire Falls, the archways, interior and exterior design, the indoor and outdoor restaurant concepts as well as the unique swimming pool and water areas aren’t just reminiscent of the Caribbean, but are meant to transport guests hundreds of miles away.

READ MORE: INFOGRAPHIC: Fun Facts About Universal Orlando's Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Best yet, it’s all within walking distance of the fun and excitement of Universal Orlando.

Bowden underscored the immediate proximity of everything around Sapphire Falls a number of times in our conversation. Some resorts sprawl over large areas, but the new Loews property is specifically meant to feel more intimate — another Caribbean theme — but specifically to tailor to guests who spend a day walking around a park and don’t want to spend their nights walking long stretches between resort amenities.

It’s yet another Caribbean idea: that vacation is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable.

Resort guests also receive early park admission to the Universal Orlando theme parks one hour before the theme park opens, along with complimentary resort-wide transportation and other benefits.

Sapphire Falls is Universal Orlando’s fifth on-site hotel. 

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