Did somebody switch me with Micheal J. Fox in back to the future because I swear I’ve time traveled. I am in absolute love with the all new Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando. Having just reached completion in June 2014, this new Loews Hotel property made its way to the top of my list of family friendly resorts. We recently stayed at Cabana Bay Beach Resort during our trip to Universal Orlando to explore the all new Harry Potter, Diagon Alley, and boy were we in awe at all the cool things happening from the drive up right to the bar of soap! We gave the Cabana Bay Beach Resort 99 Fairytale Sleep points for family friendly amenities, design, convenience and value. Check it out!
Cabana Bay Beach Resort at First Glance
Someone was wearing their blue suede shoes when they came up with the concept for this property. The first thing I thought when we pulled up was,
Oh my gosh this place is soooooo cool!
From there my jaw remained on the floor until I drifted off into a cocktail-sun-and-fun induced coma. Well not really, but you get the point. Every single detail of this place was decked out in Atomic-age, fifties, retro style. Literally everything. We pulled up to the front and were greeted by fifties-beach uniformed staff, then the music kicked in. Elvis, the Beach Boys, was I dreaming?
There’s no shortage of things to do for the whole family. Whether you want to roast in the Florida sun or make a splash; the two resort pools offer both a giant slide and a lazy river. All surrounded by lush tropical landscape, poolside bars for your adult beverages, beach music, volleyball and activity areas, fire pits, and cabanas. By night enjoy a beautiful atmosphere of soft LED lights that bounce color from the water and gleam with the neon retro ‘motel’ signage surrounding the pool.
Inside you have a late night bowling alley (a fifties era favorite of course) a fitness center (inspired by the famed weightlifting legend of the fifties Jack LaLanne), and the Bayliner Diner where you can serve yourself up just about any type of food you like. Sit in the atomic-aged retro dining room and watch old films and cartoons project on two giant digital screens. See for yourself!
The atomic-age design is so much fun. They really nailed all the details here with payphones, fifties inspired furniture, and even fifties inspired bathroom amenities. Such a hoot! At the front of the building you will see cars from the fifties that serve as props to really bring everything together and make you feel like you were warped back in time.
Located at Universal Orlando Resort, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort is just a short shaggin wagon’s ride from City Walk and Universal theme parks. You guessed it, that bus picks you up at a fifties inspired bus stop and carts you right over there in five minutes. No parking, no dealing with excessive walking (cause we all know you’re gonna be walking your butt off all day anyway), just easy access to City Walk. Perfect. Of course with all the food options on property, you can easily get breakfast before you go along with lunch and dinner. There’s an on-site Starbucks as well which I thought was just fantastic.
Guests of ALL Universal Orlando on-site hotels, including Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, enjoy:
- * Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, one hour before the theme park opens (valid theme park admission required)
- * Priority seating at select restaurants
- * Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the destination to your hotel room
- * Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
- * Enjoy dinner with some of your favorite Universal Orlando characters at select hotel restaurants
- * Start your day with a wake-up call from one of your favorite Universal Orlando characters!
So bottom line, what’s the bang for your buck? Rates at Cabana Bay Beach Resort are moderately priced with Florida resident discounts as low as $79 / night! HOLLA! We did find the cocktail prices to be a bit high and the bowling was pretty steep, but the dining was actually very reasonable and with all the options there we saved a lot. You’re not getting a better deal. With the swank style, convenience, and quality commitment of Loews Hotels, this is a definite family WIN!
For more information on Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando check out their site!
Note: This review was made possible Loews Hotels and Universal Orlando Resorts. While we received a complimentary stay, it in no way changes our opinion of this property. We think Cabana Bay Beach Resort is the bees knees.
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