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 Porte Cochere and Parking Garage 

When you approach Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, the driveway leads to the hotel's porte cochรจre. 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.)

 Drive leading up to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Be sure to check out the waterfall feature on the left. The parking garage (not seen in this picture) is on the right. 

Drive leading up to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Be sure to check out the waterfall feature on the left. The parking garage (not seen in this picture) is on the right. 

  The porte cochere of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. If you choose valet parking, the valets will help you with your luggage and park your car. 

The porte cochere of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. If you choose valet parking, the valets will help you with your luggage and park your car. 

 Entrance of the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort parking garage. 

Entrance of the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort parking garage. 

 Level three of the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort parking garage. This garage has four levels and contains spaces for regular-sized cars and compact cars. 

Level three of the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort parking garage. This garage has four levels and contains spaces for regular-sized cars and compact cars. 

 The outdoor (but covered) walkway that connects the parking garage to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

The outdoor (but covered) walkway that connects the parking garage to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

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. 

 The front desk in the lobby of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

The front desk in the lobby of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

 The lobby area of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The New Dutch Trading Co., Strong Water Tavern, the Universal Store, the Attractions Ticket desk, and the Hertz desk are on this level near the lobby.

The lobby area of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The New Dutch Trading Co., Strong Water Tavern, the Universal Store, the Attractions Ticket desk, and the Hertz desk are on this level near the lobby.

 The beach ball chandelier in the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort lobby.

The beach ball chandelier in the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort lobby.

 This lobby level seating area in  Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has  a view of the lagoon, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Universal's Islands of Adventure.

This lobby level seating area in Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has a view of the lagoon, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Universal's Islands of Adventure.

 Fresh white orchids in the lobby of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

Fresh white orchids in the lobby of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

 The Attractions Ticket desk at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort (on the lobby level). A Minion turned up one morning to help the Universal Team Members work the desk. 

The Attractions Ticket desk at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort (on the lobby level). A Minion turned up one morning to help the Universal Team Members work the desk. 

 The Hertz rent-a-car desk at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort  (on the lobby level). Hotel guests can get rental car discounts at this desk. 

The Hertz rent-a-car desk at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort (on the lobby level). Hotel guests can get rental car discounts at this desk. 

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).

 Standard room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort with two queen beds.

Standard room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort with two queen beds.

  Desk in a standard room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. There is a large flat screen TV (not seen in this picture) to the left of the desk. The TV sits on a large counter with a cabinet and a hidden (empty) mini-fridge. 

Desk in a standard room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. There is a large flat screen TV (not seen in this picture) to the left of the desk. The TV sits on a large counter with a cabinet and a hidden (empty) mini-fridge. 

  Corner chair and lamp   in a standard room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

Corner chair and lamp in a standard room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

  Bathroom   in a standard room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This room contains a toilet and a bathtub/shower combo; no sink. The room has a barn-style sliding door that does not lock. 

Bathroom in a standard room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This room contains a toilet and a bathtub/shower combo; no sink. The room has a barn-style sliding door that does not lock. 

  Vanity mirrors in a standard room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. There is a single sink and a small counter beneath this mirror that can't be seen in the picture. 

Vanity mirrors in a standard room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. There is a single sink and a small counter beneath this mirror that can't be seen in the picture. 

  Closet in a standard room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This closet contains a wall safe, iron, ironing board, clothes hangers, a rack,   extra pillows, and an empty plastic bag. 

Closet in a standard room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This closet contains a wall safe, iron, ironing board, clothes hangers, a rack, extra pillows, and an empty plastic bag. 

 Lagoon view from the sixth floor of Guest House Two at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. You can also see Loews Royal Pacific Resort (another on-site Universal hotel) in the background. 

Lagoon view from the sixth floor of Guest House Two at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. You can also see Loews Royal Pacific Resort (another on-site Universal hotel) in the background. 

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. 

 The pool at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This style of pool is known as a "river pool."

The pool at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This style of pool is known as a "river pool."

  The top of the waterslide at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

The top of the waterslide at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

  The hot tub at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

The hot tub at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

  The fire pit at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. You can purchase s'mores sticks and the makings for s'mores at the New Dutch Trading Co. inside the hotel. 

The fire pit at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. You can purchase s'mores sticks and the makings for s'mores at the New Dutch Trading Co. inside the hotel. 

 Some of the loungers and private cabanas on the edge of the pool at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

Some of the loungers and private cabanas on the edge of the pool at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

 Inside a private cabana at  Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

Inside a private cabana at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

  The poolside Drhum Club Kantine at   Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. You'll find seating areas inside and outside. 

The poolside Drhum Club Kantine at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. You'll find seating areas inside and outside. 

 The bar inside the  Drhum Club Kantine at   Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

The bar inside the Drhum Club Kantine at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

  The ping pong table is on an outdoor patio near the pool at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. You'll also find a pool table, hula hoops, cornhole games, and more in this area. 

The ping pong table is on an outdoor patio near the pool at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. You'll also find a pool table, hula hoops, cornhole games, and more in this area. 

 Tables and chairs on a covered patio near the pool at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The fitness center is on the other side of the windows. 

Tables and chairs on a covered patio near the pool at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The fitness center is on the other side of the windows. 

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). 

 The water wheel and waterfalls at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

The water wheel and waterfalls at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

 View from the Waterfall Overlook at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

View from the Waterfall Overlook at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

  Close up of one of the waterfalls at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

Close up of one of the waterfalls at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

 The waterfalls and the Waterfall Outlook at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort are beautifully lit at night. 

The waterfalls and the Waterfall Outlook at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort are beautifully lit at night. 

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. 

  Inside dining area of Amatista Cookhouse at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

Inside dining area of Amatista Cookhouse at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

 The outdoor seating area at  Amatista Cookhouse at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This seating area has a view of the water wheel, waterfalls, and the lagoon. 

The outdoor seating area at Amatista Cookhouse at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This seating area has a view of the water wheel, waterfalls, and the lagoon. 

 Part of the (very large) breakfast buffet at Amatista Cookhouse at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

Part of the (very large) breakfast buffet at Amatista Cookhouse at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

  New Dutch Trading Co. at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This bar is the only seating area inside New Dutch Trading Co. 

New Dutch Trading Co. at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This bar is the only seating area inside New Dutch Trading Co. 

 Some of the grab-and-go food options at  New Dutch Trading Co.   at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. You can get hot sandwiches after 11:00 a.m.

Some of the grab-and-go food options at New Dutch Trading Co. at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. You can get hot sandwiches after 11:00 a.m.

 There are many food-based souvenirs available for purchase in the New Dutch Trading Co. at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

There are many food-based souvenirs available for purchase in the New Dutch Trading Co. at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

  Indoor seating area of Strong Water Tavern at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

Indoor seating area of Strong Water Tavern at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

  Outdoor seating area of Strong Water Tavern at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This patio is not covered.

Outdoor seating area of Strong Water Tavern at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This patio is not covered.

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). 

 Water taxi dock at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. There is a security checkpoint that you must go through before boarding the water taxi. 

Water taxi dock at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. There is a security checkpoint that you must go through before boarding the water taxi. 

 The water taxi leaving the dock at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

The water taxi leaving the dock at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

 The interior of the water taxi at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

The interior of the water taxi at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

 Outdoor patio overlooking the water taxi dock at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The patio contains chairs and small tables with built-in fire pits. 

Outdoor patio overlooking the water taxi dock at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The patio contains chairs and small tables with built-in fire pits. 

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.

 An area at the bottom of the staircase at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

An area at the bottom of the staircase at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

 There are couches, benches, and other seating areas like this one scattered throughout Loews Sapphire Falls Resort so that you can sit down and enjoy some "Island Time" whenever the mood strikes you. 

There are couches, benches, and other seating areas like this one scattered throughout Loews Sapphire Falls Resort so that you can sit down and enjoy some "Island Time" whenever the mood strikes you. 

 The Kalina Health and Fitness Center is filled with a variety of Life Fitness equipment. The fitness center is complimentary for guests of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

The Kalina Health and Fitness Center is filled with a variety of Life Fitness equipment. The fitness center is complimentary for guests of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

 The Calypso Game Zone at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has a nice selection of arcade games. You need to purchase a game card to play the games. This card can be purchased from a machine located in the game room. The card is rechargeable. 

The Calypso Game Zone at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has a nice selection of arcade games. You need to purchase a game card to play the games. This card can be purchased from a machine located in the game room. The card is rechargeable. 

 We saw Bart Simpson, Homer Simpson, Woody Woodpecker, Gru, and Minions on the lobby level during our stay at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

We saw Bart Simpson, Homer Simpson, Woody Woodpecker, Gru, and Minions on the lobby level during our stay at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.