For the second time in just a few months, I was lucky enough to travel to Universal Orlando. The last I visited, we stayed at Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel, one of the luxury resorts on the property. Portofino Bay Resort was a gorgeous, luxurious resort and my family and I loved it.
On this visit, I stayed at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a brand-new value and moderately-priced property at Universal Orlando. Created in a 1950s and 60’s theme, the resort invokes a fun, retro feel from the architecture and design all the way down to the retro toiletries supplied in each bathroom.
Check out the awesome room I stayed in:
So fun! I felt like the Brady Bunch music should have been playing in the background.
My suite had a separate sitting area compete with a sliding wall that could be closed to divide the bedroom from the sitting room and kitchenette area.
The kitchenette had a fridge, microwave, sink and lots of great storage for food and drinks.
I loved being able to bring my own favorite snacks and drinks to enjoy while we were there. While we loved taking advantage of the room service and great on-site restaurant options, there were definitely a few times when I preferred to just stay in and enjoy the room.
The bathrooms were also retro-themed and included my very own Zest soaps, VO5 Shampoo and Creme Rinse. How hilarious is that?
There are a lot of awesome things to do at Cabana Bay:
• Bowling a strike at the 10-lane Galaxy Bowl
• Indulge in a retro cocktail from Atomic Tonic or Swizzle Lounge
• Get a state-of-the-art workout at the Jack LaLanne Fitness Studio
• Enjoy a meal at Bayliner Diner with salad bar, burgers, pizza & more.
Those were all amazing and my friends and I had a ball enjoying them. But I must confess that my favorite activity was enjoying a cocktail and chatting with my friends right here:
Cabana Bay Beach Resort is worth the trip just for the pools.
There are two gorgeous pools, a lazy river and a dive tower water slide. The main pool in the Cabana Courtyard is an enormous 10,000 square foot zero-entry pool. Alongside Universal Orlando’s first on-site lazy river sits the 8,000 square foot zero-entry pool.
Both pools and the lazy river have plenty of lounging and seating areas available, both in the shade and in the sun. And with The Hideaway Bar & Grill and Atomic Tonic only steps away, it was easy to grab refreshments throughout the day.
We enjoyed the lazy river so much, that a couple of nights we decided to forego the offsite bars and fun for drinks and girltalk as we floated around the river.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort has 1,800 rooms, including 900 moderately-priced family suites and 900 value-priced standard guest rooms. The family suite, like the one we stayed in, sleeps up to six in two queen beds and a fold-out foam bed. It also includes a kitchenette, sliding partition for privacy, two flat-screen TVs and a bathroom with three separate sections so several people can use it at once.
Rates for the family suites start at $174 per night and can run as low as $134 per night depending on the length of stay. Standard guest rooms begin at $119 and can run as low as $93 per night depending on length of visit.
Cabana Bay guests get exclusive benefits only available to Universal Orlando on-site guests, including early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter,
Get more information at Universal Orlando.
Em Mahr says
The 50’s, 60’s theme is so fun! What a great idea! I could definitely imagine relaxing in the lazy river – sounds heavenly!