Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Pictorial
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, one of the newest on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort, opened on July 14, 2016. Like a lot of Universal fans, we booked a room because we wanted to check out this resort during its first week. We stayed for five nights and six days, and we were really impressed by what we saw. We took hundreds of pictures, and we are posting some of them here, so that you can get an idea of what this Caribbean-inspired resort looks like. For text-based coverage, you should see our comprehensive Guide to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, which covers rooms, rates, perks, activities, amenities, and much more. You may also want to check out our review of the resort and its dining options.
- Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Review
- Amatista Cookhouse Review
- New Dutch Trading Co. Review
- Strong Water Tavern Review
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Porte Cochere and Parking Garage
When you approach Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, the driveway leads to the hotel's porte cochère. Temporary parking is available in this area for guests who choose to pay the additional fee for valet parking. Guests who choose self-parking should follow the self-parking signs to enter the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort parking garage. (Note: there is a daily parking fee even if you choose self-parking.)
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Lobby
When you walk through the front doors of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, you enter the lobby. The front desk (where you check in and check out) is on the left. There is a lot of seating in this area as well as a large table that has electrical outlets and USB ports that you can use to charge your devices. Things that you should keep in mind when using the elevator: the lobby level is on the fourth floor of the hotel, the pool entrance, fitness center, and game room are on the second floor, and Amatista Cookhouse and the water taxi docks are on the first floor.
Standard Room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Standard rooms at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort are 321 square feet. There are two basic types of standard rooms. The first type has a single king bed. The second type has two queen beds. Both types feature a single bathroom (with a toilet and a shower or bathtub/shower combo) and a separate vanity area. View options include standard view, lagoon view, and pool view. We had a standard room with two queen beds and a lagoon view. Our room was located on the sixth floor of Guest House 2. This room offered a view of the lagoon and the water taxi dock. It was also in close proximity to the main pool entrance (we just had to use the elevator to go down four floors).
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Pool Area
The pool at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is the largest of all the on-site pools at Universal. It has a beautiful white sand beach and a 100-foot waterslide. Adjacent to the pool, you'll find a splash pad for kids, a hot tub, a play area with a pool table and ping pong table, private cabanas, lots of lounge chairs, a towel hut with free towels, and a pool bar (Drhum Club Kantine) that serves food, alcoholic drinks, and non-alcoholic drinks.
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Waterfall Overlook
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has a gorgeous lagoon area with a water wheel, waterfalls, and tropical landscaping. You can get a good view of this area from the Waterfall Overlook, which you can access through a gate near the pool area. We highly recommend heading down to this overlook during the day and at night (when everything is beautifully lit).
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Dining
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has several other restaurants in addition to the Dhrum Club Kantine (seen above in the pool section). Dining options include: Amatista Cookhouse (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), New Dutch Trading Co. (sweets and grab-and-go food like sandwiches and salads), and Strong Water Tavern (rum and small plates). You can also order food and drinks from the room service menu, which features many of the same dishes as Amatista Cookhouse.
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Water Taxi
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has a dock in the lagoon and a water taxi that can take guests from the hotel to CityWalk (just steps from the parks) and from CityWalk back to the hotel. The water taxi ride lasts about 5-7 minutes (depending on how many other water taxis are in the lagoon - sometimes you have to stop for a red light to let another water taxi pass). Other transportation options include a shuttle bus (located at the front of the resort) or a walking path. It takes about 12 minutes to walk on the path from the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort docks to CityWalk (walking at a normal pace - not slow or brisk).
Other Picture of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has a lot more to offer. You'll find a game room, fitness center, and many other areas to explore when you visit this hotel.