5 Hidden Gems at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

July 2, 2017
Enjoy an island escape at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando.

If I could be any of the on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort, I’d be Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. For real, everything in this hotel—from the delicious food and drinks to the gorgeous views and tropical décor—makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a Caribbean island.

As if you needed any more reasons to checkout Sapphire Falls, here are five hidden gems that will leave you craving an island escape.

1. Party in the Caribbean

New Caribbean Carnaval Dinner Show at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

Have you always wanted to attend a party in paradise? Well, this is your chance! And good news – you don’t even need a passport. Caribbean Carnaval at Sapphire Falls will take you on a high-energy journey through the Caribbean islands. The family-friendly dinner show includes authentic dishes, yummy beverages, jammin’ island music and fun dancers that will make you want to conga all night long.

2. Find your Perfect Rum at Strong Water Tavern

Strongwater Tavern Rum Flight from Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

I have to be honest with you, I’m not a huge rum drinker. However, when I walk into Strong Water Tavern I’m immediately converted into one. The main reason for this is the Rum Flight which takes you on a rum journey with one of the bar’s rum captains. With over 60 types of rums available, your rum captain will suggest different rums based on your specific pallet. Trust me – you’ll find one that makes you want to sip the night away on the bar’s picturesque outdoor deck.

3. Imported Goodies at New Dutch Trading Co.

New Dutch Trading Co. at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando.

This quick service coffee and snack bar is anything but average. At New Dutch Trading Co., you can choose from familiar favorites like craft sandwiches, fresh brews and blends, pastries, ice cream and other sweet treats. But if you’re looking for something more adventurous, sample exotic finds from around the globe with imported goodies like Dutch chocolate and Spanish wine, specialty spices from the Caribbean, or seasonings and teas inspired by Sapphire Falls’ signature restaurants.

4. The Best Nachos in the Caribbean (and Orlando)

Nachos from Drhum Club Kantine at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

What’s better than lounging by the pool? Lounging by the pool with nachos. As a self-proclaimed nacho aficionado, I can confidently say that the nachos from the Drhum Club Kantine pool bar are the best I’ve tried. Topped with black beans, cheddar cheese sauce, sour cream, Pico de Gallo, guacamole and optional chicken or beef – or both; no judgment here – these nachos are the perfect poolside snack.

5. A Pool that’s Unlike any Other

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort.

I know I’m partial but I’d argue that the pool at Sapphire Falls is the best of any Universal Orlando on-site hotel. For starters, it’s the largest resort pool we have so there’s plenty of room for the entire family. The waterslide is so much fun that you’ll see both children and adults taking a ride. But, my favorite feature is the zero entry sand bar that goes across the middle of the pool. It looks like you’re walking on water and you don’t have to walk all the way around the perimeter of the pool to get your nachos at the Drhum Club Kantine.

Have you already visited Loews Sapphire Falls Resort? Share your favorite hidden gems in the comments below!

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  • Reply Lynn Mederos July 11, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Sign me up!!! What a fantastic description of paradise!

  • Reply Mary Jo Salerno July 20, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    In October 2016 my husband and I were staying at Royal Pacific and walked next door to Sapphire Falls so I could visit Strong Water Tavern. As soon as we entered the stone-walled spiral staircase I was hooked! The Tavern was fantastic. Next morning we AGAIN walked next door and had an excellent breakfast at the Amatista Cookhouse before heading to the park. Long after we got home I kept saying I wish we had stayed at Sapphire Falls. So, in Spring of 2018 we’re going back to Universal but THIS time it’s to Sapphire Falls. Will I miss the EXPRESS perk – – maybe – – but I can’t wait to spend more time at the beautiful and interesting Sapphire Falls.

    • Reply Doug August 24, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Yeah, the EXPRESS PERK…. that is why we won’t be staying. We prefer the PERKS and the Royal Pacific has them! UOAP Holders.

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