While Orlando is one of my all-time favorite family destinations, it is impossible to escape the fact that you are in fact, in Orlando. A highly branded city, every billboard, store and theme park in Orlando screams excitement and things to do before you leave in a few short days. Sometimes that feeling can be a little overwhelming.
On a recent trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, however, I found a respite. Loews Royal Pacific is an oasis in the center of it all.
With 750 rooms, the Royal Pacific is large enough to accommodate some of the crowds that Universal Studios draws annually but manages to pull off a intimate feel throughout the property. After a long flight or a big day at the park, it’s the perfect place to collect yourself.
The lagoon-style pool offers a beach entry for the smallest of visitors or the most relaxed of guests to hang out in. The surrounding deck has plenty of comfortable lounge chairs to kick back in, and umbrellas are everywhere to help keep the Florida sun from wearing you down. If you’d like a to up the luxe then consider renting a private cabana for the day, that comes with a ceiling fan, television and refreshments. Also worth noting, is the Royal Bali Sea kids play area, that offers plenty of water fun for children. When the sun goes down, the pool becomes the place to catch a “dive-in” movie under the stars!
Of course, there’s very little chance you’re here without the kids and you’re no doubt dreading the standard “kiddie” food fare, but not to worry at the Royal Pacific. Drop the kids off for an hour or two at The Mariners Club and try the Asian-Polynesian fusion cuisine at Emeril Lagasse’s Tchoup Chop. I loved the food here and wished I had more time to eat my way through the menu. I also quite enjoyed the inside of Tchoup Chop with it’s stunning contemporary 360 degree spillway pond in the center.
Try Jake’s American Bar for delicious American style food. This charming eatery is a throw back to American outposts during WWII in the South Pacific. Finally, the Islands Dining Room is the perfect place to fuel up with a fantastic buffet breakfast before you hit Universal Studios!
Rooms at the Royal Pacific, as you would imagine, are full of South Pacific charm. For a special treat though, the Royal Pacific offers 8 Jurassic Park themed rooms for families looking to continue the adventure outside of the ride!
From the beautiful breezeways wrapping around the hotel, to the charming walk along the water to Universal, to the gorgeous flora and fauna surrounding Loews Royal Pacific, you’ll truly feel as if you’ve been transported to a less frenzied part of the world. That is until you hit the park, but you’ll be ready because you’ll have totally recharged your batteries at this lovely and calming place you’ll call home during your next visit to Orlando.
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Disclosure: Child Mode was hosted by Loews Royal Pacific, during a media tour. All thoughts and opinions are our own as always.