Sapphire Falls—Caribbean Island Vibe at Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando offers island adventures for everybody’s taste, and with spring just around the corner, what could be better than spending some time on an island, not so far away?

Skull Island: The Reign of Kong, the longest ride at Islands of Adventure, takes you into a 1930s expedition inside an island where Kong is king. If you want to experience prehistoric beasts, a larger-than-life Kong himself, and a queue that will scare the willies out of you, go for it, as this island is just right for you!

I loved the ride, but I must admit that my idea of island time is more the kind you can find at Sapphire Falls Resort, the latest addition to the Universal Orlando portfolio. The beautifully appointed rooms, as well as the overall Caribbean island vibe of the resort, are welcoming and calming after a long day in the parks. Relaxing at the 16,000-square-foot, zero-entry main pool (with a drink from the Drhum Club Kantine in hand) made me quickly forget about the live actors that lurked inside the queuing area of Skull Island.

My favorite drink was a “Top of the Palm” margarita. Signature drinks are served in a 15-oz. souvenir glass for $15, with refills available for $10. Hotel guests can actually enjoy all pools at any of the Universal Orlando resort properties. How about floating in the lazy river at Cabana Bay Beach Resort? The pool at the Hard Rock Hotel is equipped with an underwater sound system, so you can rock on while enjoying the water and the sunshine. The lush tropical vegetation at the Royal Pacific Resort invites guests to set their watch once more to island time. Best of all you can bring your souvenir glass along and get refills at all the pools for $10. Can life get any better?

Sapphire Falls

On May 25th Universal Orlando will open Volcano Bay, the Polynesian-island-inspired waterpark. For a water puppy like me, Volcano Bay is a dream come true. Between the Krakatau Aqua Coaster, the Kopiko Wai Winding River, and Waturi Beach, I’m sure I will be on island time all the time.

I am most excited to find out if TapuTapu really lives up to its promise. The waterproof, complimentary, wearable device is set to eliminate queuing at Volcano Bay. Guests can tap their wristbands on the totem at the entrance of each attraction, and they will be given a return time. So look for me on Waturi Beach while I wait for my return time to Krakatau Aqua Coaster!

Volcano Bay is adjacent to the Cabana Bay Resort. I’ll be returning to Sapphire Falls and will report back on Volcano Bay in early June. In the meantime, check out my reviews of Skull Island: The Reign of Kong and Sapphire Falls.

Check Out these Hip and Fun Watering Holes

New, Hip, and Fun Watering Holes Shine at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando

AbrakadaBARAbracadaBAR at Disney’s BoardWalk is the newest watering hole to open at Walt Disney World.

I recently had the opportunity to visit the bar for drinks with friends. The atmosphere is elegant, and the décor draws on the 1930s, the golden age of illusionists.

The lounge is intimate and offers plenty of seating. Similar to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs, the bar tells a story with props, vintage posters, and artifacts throughout the lounge, the hallways, and even the bathrooms!

Over at Universal Orlando, Strong Water Tavern is the new kid on the block. Located in the lobby of the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, the tavern offers a unique dining and drinking experience.

A Rum Captain is on hand to help you pick the drink that is just right for you, and the cocktails do the name of the tavern justice—they are strong!

watering holesThe Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs is another great way to relax after a busy day in the theme parks. Make sure to request a table on the outside deck. It is a great place for sunset-watching.

And when you think it can’t get any better, believe me it will! In the Fall of 2017, George Miliotes, who formerly created an award-winning wine list for California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, will spearhead Wine Bar George at Disney Springs. Wine Bar George will offer more than 100 selections (both by the bottle and the glass) from renowned regions in North America and worldwide.

The bar plans to offer seminars with visits from renowned winemakers.

For drinks of a different kind, check out the steampunk-themed Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and try one of the irresistible sundaes and milkshakes with unique toppings.

Ready to relax? Read more here!