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The Ultimate Guide to Universal Orlando Hotel Pools

September 9, 2019
Hard Rock Hotel Pool

Welcome to Florida: the sunshine state. The perfect place for you to dip your toes into our beautiful and refreshing pools. Or you might want to grab a cocktail and make a shaded lounge chair your next nap destination. Well, if you’re staying at one of our amazing hotels, you’re in the perfect place.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Pool Relax

Universal Orlando Resort is just that—a resort. You’re minutes away from Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Universal Volcano Bay.

Sure, you may be at the theme park that makes all other theme parks jealous, but you’re staying in the heart of where adventure meets relaxation. So grab some sunscreen, a fruity drink and soak up The Ultimate Guide to Hotel Pools.

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando Splash

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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel - Beach Pool

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel transports you to the tranquil beauty of Italy with three unique pool experiences: the Beach Pool, Villa Pool and Hillside Pool.

Beach Pool

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel - Beach Pool

The Beach Pool is the ideal place for your family to spend the day together. This lively, yet serene pool area features a Roman aqueduct–inspired waterslide, a sandy beach, children’s pool, two hot tubs and colorful beach cabanas.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Poolside

  • Poolside Restaurant: Splendido Bar and Grill
  • Amenities: Towels, water, waterslide, poolside activities, sandy beach, hot tubs, pool bar, pool concierge

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Poolside

Villa Pool

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel - Villa Pool

For a bit more exclusivity, the Villa Pool offers additional amenities including private cabana rentals and upgraded lounge chairs. Get away from the action and kick up your feet under a cabana that includes a ceiling fan, refrigerator, phone and plasma TV.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Pool

  • Amenities: Towels, water, cabana rentals, pool concierge, bocce ball court

Hillside Pool

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

The third pool, the Hillside Pool, is just off the hotel’s east wing. This pool offers a bit more privacy for a quiet place to relax by the water. The most secluded of the pools – you’ll feel like you’re on your own private Tuscan estate. Vacations are for dreaming, right? And if you’re looking for the perfect poolside nap, you’ve found it at the Hillside Pool.

  • Amenities: Towels

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Hard Rock Hotel Poolside Hat

If you’re looking for a pool that rocks, it’s waiting for you at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando. And when I say that it rocks, I’m not joking. You’ll never miss a beat in this 12,000 square–foot pool that features an underwater sound system. I think this is what the Beach Boys would call ‘good vibrations.’ On select days, you might even get a chance to hear live music poolside.

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando Underwater

The entertainment doesn’t stop there. The pool at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando also features a 260–foot slide, two hot tubs, a sand beach and volleyball court. Now that’s the kind of pool that will wear the kids out.

  • Poolside Restaurant: Beachclub
  • Amenities: Towels, slide, poolside activities, pool concierge, cabana rentals

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando Band

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Loews Royal Pacific Resort Pool Arial

If you’re seeking a tropical oasis in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, skip the 15-hour flight and indulge at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Sink your toes into the white-sand beach that hugs the huge lagoon-style pool.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort Pool

You’ll feel like you’re on a Polynesian island as you relax by the palm tree-lined pool. This area features two hot tubs and the impressive Royal Bali Sea interactive water play area for children. For some shade and privacy, rent a private cabana complete with amenities such as a ceiling fan, phone, TV, refrigerator with water, soda and a fruit bowl.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort Volleyball

On select evenings (weather permitting) you can witness a torch-lighting ceremony featuring the “oli aloha” welcoming chant, a fire dancer and more. This is a hidden gem you won’t want to miss.Loews Royal Pacific Resort Pool Walking

  • Poolside Restaurant: Bula Bar and Grille
  • Amenities: Towels, pool concierge, cabana rentals, poolside activities, water play area

Loews Royal Pacific Resort - Play area

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Pool

Next stop: Caribbean escape. Welcome to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, featuring the largest pool at Universal Orlando Resort – a 16,000-square-foot, zero-entry pool. Now that’s a lot of room for fun, and even more for relaxation. Surrounding the pool, you’ll find a sandy beach, hot tub, cabanas for rent, waterslide, children’s play area and a fire pit.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Pool Walk

  • Poolside Restaurant: Dhrum Club Kantine
  • Amenities: Towels, pool concierge, cabana rentals, poolside activities, firepit, slide

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort - Slide

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Fire Pit

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Pool

Cabana Courtyard

Step back in time and into fun at the pool at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Experience retro-relaxation at its finest with this amazing pool that the whole family will obsess over. The kids will splash to their heart’s content as they slide down the dive tower-themed waterslide. Treat yourself at the poolside Atomic Tonic bar and relax under one of the cabanas for rent or shaded picnic tables. The Cabana Courtyard offers a large fire pit and fun for the whole family.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort Slide

  • Poolside Restaurant: Atomic Tonic
  • Amenities: Towels, slide, cabana rentals, poolside games, splash pad

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort Underwater

Lazy River Courtyard

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Pool

If you were already sold on the mid-century leisure at Cabana Bay, just wait. The Lazy River Courtyard is home to another sparkling swimming pool that features a winding river, sand beach, two fire pits, hot tubs and plenty of outdoor seating perfect for relaxing and soaking up the warm Florida sunshine. Yep, you heard that right, a lazy river at your hotel –– you can even catch a glimpse of the Volcano at Universal Volcano Bay!

Lazy River at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

  • Poolside Restaurant: Hideaway Bar & Grill
  • Amenities: Towels, lazy river, inner tubes for purchase, poolside games, hot tub

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Universal's Aventura Hotel - Pool

Modern meets South Beach style at the pool at Universal’s Aventura Hotel. The pool, a splash zone for kids and a fire pit provide for plenty of chill time after a long day in the parks. This is the oasis you were dreaming of where you’ll soak in the sun, cool off and tell tales of the day’s adventures while planning the next.

Universal's Aventura Hotel Pool

  • Poolside Bar: Bar Sol
  • Amenities: Towels, splash pad, hot tub, fire pit

Universal's Aventura Hotel Firepit

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites Pool

For a pool that’s so cool it’s shaped like a surfboard, hang ten at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites. You’ll feel like you’re catching a wave in the middle of the ocean as you kick back in the waterfront pool and soak in the Florida sunshine. It’s the perfect place to relax and play for the whole family. Sounds pretty rad to me.

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites Pool

  • Poolside Bar: Sand Bar
  • Amenities: Towels

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites Pool

Which pool are you most excited to dip your toes into? Tell us in the comments.

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  • Reply Gaby September 11, 2019 at 7:26 am

    After staying many times at the Hard Rock, we decided to try the Portofino and the Royal Pacific. They are both beautiful in different ways! We came back to the Hard Rock though, it’s by far our favorite!

  • Reply SandyS March 5, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Does anyone know which on site pool and surrounding sunbathing gets the sun the latest?

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      Reply Social Media Team March 5, 2020 at 6:57 pm

      Hi Sandy!
      While our Guests enjoy all of our pools, we recommend Loews Sapphire Falls Resort for the most sun while enjoying the biggest pool!

  • Reply Jim T July 16, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Wife and I stayed at Sapphire Falls in 2018 by far the best Hotel we’ve ever stayed in and we’ve stayed at many. Pool was awesome and great to end a day at the parks. I’m a huge Disney fan for years and thought they were number one. That was until our last visit to Universal. All the rides , Volcano Bay right nearby, Hogwarts, and oh those reflection pool nighttime spectacular 3d shows. Now Universal is King of the heap and can’t wait to return. The water taxi at the hotel makes driving obsolete so more time enjoying your hard earned vacation.

    Hope this helps

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    Reply Social Media Team July 16, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Jim!

    Thanks so much for sharing this! We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

  • Reply Wendy October 3, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Are the pools heated for use year-round? Thanks!

  • Reply Kimberly Feasel June 13, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    I understand that if you are staying at one of the resorts you can pool hop. Is this true? And what pools can you hop too?

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    Reply Social Media Team June 13, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Hey Kimberly, we’re excited you’re interested in visiting our hotels! Guests can pool hop to other Universal Hotel pools; however, Guests staying at Universal’s Endless Summer Resorts are only able to visit the pools at their respective hotel.

  • Reply 먹튀 April 6, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Great info. Lucky me I found your website by chance (stumbleupon). I have book marked it for later!

    • Reply Digital Guest Communications April 6, 2023 at 6:41 pm

      We hope to see you soon! 😊

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