I just returned from one of the most gorgeous and relaxing Universal Studios Orlando hotels – Loews Royal Pacific Resort. The moment I stepped onto the bamboo bridge walkway headed toward the lobby, I was captivated by the serenity of a Southeast Asian-inspired paradise.
Exotic orchids, lush foliage and tranquil fountains surrounded me at every turn and served as a reminder to slow down and enjoy every precious moment of my getaway.
My guest room had a stunningly beautiful orchid wall mural that gave the room such a tranquil feeling. It was one of the most unique and beautifully designed hotel rooms I’ve stayed in, and it was a perfectly peaceful oasis at the beginning and end of each day.
Fun in the Sun
The Royal Pacific is home to an enormous lagoon-style pool and there are loads of chaise lounges both in and out of the shade for guests to relax in as they enjoy a day of swimming, sunning, reading or sleeping.
There is also a smaller pool and hot tub area tucked away, and anyone looking for a mainly child-free zone may enjoy those areas. A volleyball court and beach area are just a stroll away as well.
There are several dining options within the resort itself, so guests don’t have to leave the resort all day if they don’t want to.
- Wantilan Luau – live music and authentic Polynesian cuisine (reservations required)
- Emeril’s Tchoup Chop – Emeril Lagasse’s take on Asian/Polynesian cuisine
- Islands Dining Room – offering breakfast and dinner
- Jake’s American Bar – featuring live entertainment on select nights
- Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar – inventive sushi and South Seas martinis
- Bula Bar & Grille – poolside eatery
- Room service – available 24 hours a day
- Reservations for character meals can be made for Sunday breakfast at Jake’s or for dinner in the Islands Dining Room Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Call 407.503.3463 (DINE)
I enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast buffet in the Islands Dining Room every day, and if you’re a breakfast person, it’s not to be missed. A nice perk is that you can enjoy your meal indoors in cool air-conditioned comfort or out on the veranda during milder weather.
The Royal Pacific Resort has definite appeal for travelers with and without kids. I didn’t have kids with me during my visit, and I never once had the feeling that I was surrounded by families with children, when in fact I was. (I felt the same peaceful vibe when I stayed at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel last year, a sister property.)
There are some very nice theme park benefits to staying in one of the Universal Studios Orlando hotels. Loews Royal Pacific Resort room keys serve as express passes (with paid admission) to the attractions at both the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks, allowing you to avoid long wait times for rides. (Individual hotel perks vary.)
There is also complimentary and continuously running transportation by water taxi to and from City Walk where the entrances for both theme parks are located. Guests who would rather stroll the grounds can take a short 10-minute walking path instead.
As one of the official Universal Studios Orlando hotels, Loews Royal Pacific Resort offers deluxe accommodations, fantastic theme park benefits, easy access to the theme parks and a complete escape from crowds at the end of each day. It’s truly a tropical paradise.
For more information, rates and availability, visit the Loews Royal Pacific Resort website.
And in case you missed it, check out my post about the annual Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Studios.
Accommodations were provided by Universal Studios Florida as part of the #UORGirlsGetaway press event. The opinions and experiences are mine alone.