At Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, a tropical paradise meets an oasis of fun. Royal Pacific is one of the premier resorts of Universal Orlando and falls on my short list of top three places to stay!
We think every island paradise should have three things: sun, sand—and tons of palm trees. Good news: at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort you’ll find all three, plus so much more. This is your chance to enjoy a South Seas vacation without sailing halfway around the globe. Feel the excitement of a time when adventurous travelers first island-hopped the South Pacific. Since we’re located on the grounds of Universal Orlando, and all guests receive exclusive theme-park benefits, the thrills couldn’t be any closer. After hours of excitement, come back to explore our lagoon and sandy-white beach. Sip a mai tai in our Orchid Court Lounge and enjoy its shimmering reflection pool—where you can watch the waters dance past carved statues of imperial-style elephants. Or take the time to savor our colorful Balinese umbrellas, called tedung; a symbol of protection and date back to the 13th century.
Benefits of staying at a Universal Orlando Resort
There are valuable benefits to staying on-site at a Universal Orlando resort hotel. When staying at Portofino Bay, all guests receive the following. (These benefits also apply to Hard Rock and Portofino Bay.)
Early Park Admission
Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ one hour before the theme park opens with paid theme park admission.
Skip the Regular Lines
Guests of select on-site resort hotels enjoy free† Universal Express Unlimited™ to skip the regular lines in Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ (valid theme park admission required. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay™).
Get There Faster
Enjoy complimentary transportation to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk™.
Cut your wait time in half withpriority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort hotels and CityWalk.
Now, I have two KEY takeaways on these benefits….
First, let’s chat about the FREE Universal Express Unlimited Pass. For my Disney fans, this is like having a FastPass for every ride. In all of my trips, including over holiday weekends, I’ve never waited more than 10 minutes in a line.
Next, the priority dining had us seated with 20 minute waits every time we used it. The normal wait times were about 40 minutes.
Finally, I send quite a few clients to Universal so I look at pricing often. If you are considering adding Universal to a larger Orlando trip, I have not seen a case where you wouldn’t fare better staying on property at Universal versus coming in for the day from somewhere else.
Dining at Royal Pacific
Islands Dining Room
A large, luxurious Indonesian-style dining room serves the best Pacific Rim cuisine and traditional fare around, with a unique evening Children’s Buffet and Bali-style play area that provide a well-deserved meal-time break for parents. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.
Jake’s American Bar
Through a collaborative effort of his friend and co-workers, Jake’s American Bar celebrates the life of Royal Pacific Airways’ most beloved pilot, Captain Jake McNally. Jake’s is the perfect place to meet for drinks, food and lively entertainment after your day’s adventures. Featuring a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees, Jake’s has something for every member of the family to enjoy. If you’re searching for the perfect cocktail, look no further than Captain Jake’s favorites on the specialty drinks menu. There’s also a full bar with enough options to quench any thirst.
Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar
The all-new Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar is at the heart of our South Seas paradise. Offering a vibrant menu of inventive sushi, sashimi, salads and appetizers, along with Japanese whiskeys, sake and beer, Orchid Court features a theater-in-the-round design and seating areas with sweeping views of our tropical retreat.
Bula Bar & Grille
Bula means “welcome” in Fijian, and you’ll definitely feel at home in this casual poolside eatery. Enjoy food and beverages with a tropical flair, including fruity drinks, sandwiches, wraps and the Big Bula Burger. Also located poolside is the Bula Ice Cream Shop featuring variety of frozen treats, open seasonally. Also located poolside is the Bula Ice Bar featuring a variety of frozen treats, open seasonally
Tuk Tuk Market
Our all-new lobby marketplace offers coffee, breakfast items, pastries, our exclusive Tuk Tarts, plus hot and cold sandwiches, wok bowls, sushi to go, ice cream and gelato. Grab a bite and relax in our seating area overlooking the luau pavilion.
Sit back and experience an evening of authentic Polynesian food and entertainment at the enchanting Wantilan Luau, a weekly Hawaiian dinner show featuring all-you-can-eat buffet of Polynesian specialties and live Hawaiian music. Hula and fire dancers delight the audience and entice a few people to get up and learn the hula. Maybe it will be you?
Enjoy additional perks and privileges when you upgrade to a Club Level room or Club Level suite. You’ll get access to personalized concierge service and the private Royal Club Lounge serving continental breakfast, evening beer, wine and snacks. I highly recommend it!
Royal Pacific Guest Rooms
Each of Loews Royal Pacific Resort’s guest rooms strikes the perfect mix of pretty and practical—with an island-style flourish. They are updated, clean and perfectly themed. They sleep up to 4 with 2 queen beds, or 2 with a King bedded room.
Royal Pacific Recreation
Lagoon-Style Swimming Pool
One of the most impressive features of the resort is the lagoon-style swimming pool and sandy beach. Sink your toes into the sand and ease your body into your lounge chair. You’ll find a variety of organized poolside activities for kids including ping pong tournaments, pool basketball, hula hoop contests, arts and crafts, and more. Check with the front desk upon your arrival to find out what’s happening during your stay.
For a nice shady retreat, rent a private cabana complete with such amenities as a ceiling fan, phone, TV, a refrigerator with water, soda and a fruit bowl.
Poolside Activities & Recreation
From ping pong tournaments to pool basketball to hula hoop contests and arts & crafts, you’ll find something fun to do poolside for the whole family. Check with the front desk upon your arrival to find out what’s happening during your stay.
Let’s Travel & My Services
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