While there's no beach on the resort per se, the new hotel will have two pool complexes, one with a 10,000-square-foot, zero-entry pool with a 100-foot water slide, waterfall features, sand and a 4,000-square-foot interactive play area. Cabanas will be available to guests for rent, and lounge chairs will ring the deck, backed by zones for sunning, game playing, picnicking or relaxing on the grass. The other pool complex will feature a lazy river experience, a first for the Universal Orlando Resort hotels. (And probably the biggest kid-pleaser there is.)
As for dining options, the resort will have the all-day venue, Bayliner Diner, which will be similar to a buffet/food court experience along with a Starbucks and some light fare by the pool and in the bowling alley. Oh yeah! There's a 10-lane “retro” bowling alley, a game room and a fitness center on-site as well.
Best of all, Universal and Loews have made this family resort "value-priced" with family suites starting $174 a night and standard rooms at $119 a night. Also, staying here will get you the same perks as other Universal Orlando Resort hotels including early theme park admission to Wizarding World of Harry Potter, complimentary shuttle bus, complimentary delivery of merchandise and resort-wide charging of goods with your room key. Special package rates are available too with savings based on length-of-stay such as a family of four can stay for seven nights for $47 per person, per-day – including accommodations and tickets to both Universal Orlando theme.
Indeed, we found rates for a family suite on opening night for $174. Rooms at the other Loews Universal hotels--Loews Portofino Bay, Loews Royal Pacific and The Hard Rock--are all upwards of $300 a night. We say book Cabana and save your money for cool Universal merchandise like the Butterbeer steins!
[Photos and renderings: Cabana Bay Beach Resort]