Author: Kyle McCarthy
One of the Loews-managed hotels within the Universal Orlando themepark complex (including the Portofino Bay, Hard Rock and the budget Cabana Bay opening in mid-2014), the Royal Pacific Resort shares the advantages of an exotic style, top caliber service, proximity to the parks and special perks at Universal. And as a Loews Hotel, it features the many Loews Hotel family-welcoming programs for ages infant to grandparent that distinguish this small chain of distinctive properties.
Location, Location, Location & More at Royal Pacific
Guests at the Royal Pacific can take advantage of its super convenient location near Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, or CityWalk at any time day or night. Active families will enjoy the 15-minute walk around the landscaped lake front, but there's also a free water taxi, shuttle bus and free transportation to Wet-n-Wild Water Park or SeaWorld. Shuttle transportation for a fee is also available throughout the day and evening to all the Walt Disney World parks, with advance reservation.
Loews' families enjoy special Universal Orlando theme park benefits, such as one-hour early admission (essential if you are going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or the new Diagon Alley) and the ability to use your room keycard for the Universal Express ride system. Just show the line guards your room keycard, walk right to the front, and you've just cut about 45 minutes off your wait time! It works the day of arrival and departure, so even if you've checked out, you can still get the family on as many rides as possible. Unfortunately, it won't guarantee you the first row on The Hulk or the right rear seat on Revenge of the Mummy.
We also like the ease of visiting the other themed Loews resorts. For example, you can play with the water cannons at the Royal Pacific one day and in the sandbox at the Portofino Bay's Beach pool the next.
This Loews is an Asian Oasis of Tranquility
As you cross the bamboo bridge over a lazy river outside its front doors, you realize that you're in for an exotic treat. Men in native South Pacific costumes -- banging on drums, blowing on conch shells -- and women wearing grass skirts, welcome special visitors. The lobby itself, modeled after a Balinese pendopo or open air pavilion, encloses a courtyard illuminated at sunset by torches. The friendly staff really goes out of its way to greet families. At our visit one chilly evening, the concierge had set up a big movie screen by his desk and had a half dozen kids wrapped in blankets watching "The Mummy."
Throughout the property, you can sense the attention to detail. Beautiful decorations adorn the woven reed, rattan and rice paddy backdrops, continually reminding you of the resort's Asian themes. Orchids, carved teak murals, stone and wooden statues, and live tropical birds abound. There is even a small plane, reminiscent of the explorers of the 1930s, docked in the resort's free-from lagoon pool. Everything seems unique about this resort, including the palm trees bent in dramatic angles, survivors of the damaging Hurricane Andrew. Universal decided to plant these unusual trees around the resort as well as in Seuss Landing, in their Islands of Adventure theme park. See if you can spot them in our video.