Universal and Loews Announce New Orlando Hotel

Universal and Loews Announce New Orlando Hotel

When it opens in the summer of 2016, guests visiting the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando will walk into a colourful Caribbean hideaway built around a lush, tropical lagoon and towering waterfall. Pricing will be announced at a later date and reservations will be accepted in spring 2015.

1,000-room Loews Sapphire Falls Resort open at Universal Orlando in summer 2016

1,000-room Loews Sapphire Falls Resort open at Universal Orlando in summer 2016


The new hotel, announced yesterday by Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels & Resorts, will be located across Adventure Way from the new Cabana Bay Beach Resort. It will become the destination’s fifth resort hotel and its 1,000 rooms, including 77 suites, will bring the number of onsite hotel rooms at Universal Orlando to 5,200.

Loews Sapphire Falls will immerse guests in a highly themed resort environment using traditional island styling with modern touches. A resort-style pool with a water slide, children’s play area, sand beach and fire pit will help form a central courtyard and will be surrounded by the hotel’s guest rooms. There will be water taxi and shuttle access to all of the entertainment and dining options throughout Universal Orlando Resort.

“We are excited to continue our growth plans at Loews Hotels by building another hotel with our long-standing partners at Universal Orlando,” said Jonathan Tisch, Chairman, Loews Hotels & Resorts. “Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will be every bit as distinctive as the other four onsite hotels and will offer a new option to families looking for a truly special Orlando holiday.”

“Our guests repeatedly tell us that our Universal Orlando onsite hotels provide them a completely immersive holiday experience from the moment they enter our hotels and are transported to another place,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive, Universal Parks & Resorts. “We look forward to bringing them yet another incredibly themed experience with the opening of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.”

The new hotel will be full service. Amenities will include Early Park Admission to Universal’s theme parks, a full-service restaurant with scenic views and outdoor dining, a themed lobby lounge, poolside bar and grill, quick-service marketplace, valet service and a fitness centre.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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